Sephora The Painter: Airbrush Sponge | Beauty Blender Dupe

Shopping at Sephora is pretty much every beauty bloggers girls dream and I was lucky enough to visit the store whilst at the Florida Mall on my honeymoon. As soon I stepped inside I was surrounded by beautiful counters full of cult beauty brands such as Nars, Bobbi Brown, Marc Jacobs, Laura Mercier and Guerlain; as I said, every girl’s dream. After much deliberation, I picked up the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Taupe, tested out all the Fresh lip treatments, covered my hands/arms with swatches from Urban Decay’s Smokey palette, uploaded several photos of Tarte’s gorgeous lipstick collection and drooled over the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette for a good hour. As mesmerising as that beaut was, I was on a tight budget and MAC’s duty-free airport counter was calling my name. With my much-loved Beauty Blender on its last legs I decided to ask an assistant if they stocked any affordable alternatives and I was introduced to Sephora’s selection of own brand cosmetics.

Sephora Painter Airbrush Sponge - Beauty Blender Dupe

Sephora Painter Airbrush Sponge - Beauty Blender Dupe

Sephora Painter Airbrush Sponge - Beauty Blender Dupe


The Painter Airbrush Sponge ($12) is available in two colours: pink or turquoise. Unlike the pointed egg design of the Original Beauty Blender, this sponge has a flat bottom and a moulded shape which gives a better grip. It’s ‘dual-end design’ allows for precise application in all areas of the face and it’s latex-free material is soft, yet durable. Personally, I prefer to dampen my sponge and use a stippling motion to gently apply my foundation or BB cream, and then slowly build up my desired coverage. The sponge seamlessly blends makeup and gives a flawless airbrushed finish to my skin. Application is both fast and precise, and steaks are easily blended to give a natural appearance.

Sephora Painter Airbrush Sponge - Beauty Blender Dupe

I am honestly in love with this little sponge, so I was very shocked to read so many mixed reviews on Sephora’s website. It’s worth noting my version is marked ‘new and improved’ on the side of the packaging. Has Sephora changed the original design? Many of the reviews spoke of the sponge tearing (mines is extremely durable), their foundation being absorbed into the material (I find there’s very little wastage when wet) and the sponge being stiff (again, my sponge is extremely bouncy and squishy). I’m not sure how there can be so many conflicting opinions regarding the same product but what I do know is, I find my sponge an absolute dream to work with and because of that I highly recommend it!

Do you know of any other beauty blender dupes?

How do you prefer to apply your makeup? With a sponge? Brush? Your fingers?

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