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Super DUPE-r Good: BeautyBlender Alternatives

What's a budget-friendly dupe for the HG makeup sponge?
PHOTO: Mixi Ignacio

The BeautyBlender is the pink egg-shaped sponge that almost all YouTube gurus and makeup artists are crazy about! Unlike brushes that you sweep on the face, the BB is stippled (tapped and bounced) to provide a more targeted application and a flawless, airbrushed finish. It may be used wet (for liquid and cream products) or dry (for powders). Plus, the latex-free material isn’t too absorbent, minimizing product waste.

The downside: It costs P1,000—quite hefty for many. Thankfully, there are more affordable versions available. Read on to find out which is the best budget-friendly dupe for the HG (holy grail) makeup sponge below!

Happy Skin Air Touch Sponge

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Price: P499

Where to get it: Glorietta

What is it: Just like the BB, its shape also cradles the contours of the face and may be used wet or dry.

Why it works:  Although the material is firmer than the BeautyBlender, it does provide an airbrushed finish. It also comes in cute pastel colors!

EcoTools Total Perfecting Blender

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Price: P350

Where to get it: SM Beauty

What is it: A firm, egg-shaped sponge that can be used wet or dry. It comes from 70% plant-based materials and is PETA-certified, making it cruelty-free and vegan!

Why it works: It makes thick foundations easy to apply and blend. Plus, it comes with a stand where you can place it while you finish your makeup.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

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Price: P460

Where to get it: SM Beauty

What is it: A latex-free sponge with a rounded bottom for large areas of the face, a precision tip for covering blemishes, and a flat edge to reach the eyes and nose area.

Why it works: The sponge is soft and squishy like the BB, and it doesn’t soak that much product, too! It delivers a dewy, flawless finish.


ARTWORK & PHOTOGRAPHY: Mixi Ignacio MAKEUP: Sassa Carlos HAIR: Toni Santos

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