Ulta Blender Sponge Kit vs. Beauty Blender


I first started using beauty blenders last December, and have been hooked on them ever since! I usually end up neglecting my foundation brushes at times. One beauty blender costs $20. That can be pricey if you're planning to replace it every few months. I discovered that Ulta had a Blender Sponge Kit for $10, and I began to wonder if it was a dupe for the Beauty Blender.

Beauty Blender

Beauty Blender Pros
  • Full coverage look can be achieved
  • Much more bouncy than the Ulta brand sponge
  • Streak free foundation
  • Made out of a soft material  
  • Able to blend under eye area with the pointed tip
  • Helps your foundation appear natural looking
Beauty Blender Cons
  • It leaks a pink tint when I wash it
  • I have a hard time blending near nose area
  • It's a bit pricey ($20 a sponge, but you can find it in kits)
  • It can grow mold if you don't wash it correctly or air dry it in a ventilated area (This personally hasn't happened to me, but it has happened to others)
  • The water tends to dry up quickly if I leave it sitting for a couple of minutes (I'm sometimes  still working on my eyes, or brows before I start my foundation)
Ulta Blender Sponge
Ulta Blender Sponge Pros
  • Price is $10 for 2 sponges
  • Also helps foundation appear natural looking
  • It has a wider bottom compared to the Beauty Blender
  • It stays wet longer than the Beauty Blender ( Like I stated above, I'm usually working on my eyeshadow, or my brows before my foundation)

Ulta Blender Sponge Cons
  • Hard to blend foundation near nose area & my under eye area
  • It absorbs foundation quickly ( This might not be the quickest way to apply your makeup)
  • Not as soft or bouncy compared to the Beauty Blender
  • It never seems clean enough after washing it
  • This will help you achieve sheer coverage at the most (Some people may be okay with that though!)

The Ulta Blender Sponge is most likely not a dupe for the Beauty Blender. It's an okay sponge, but it just absorbed too much product for my liking. I also don't like that I can't get it clean enough. The Beauty Blender won this round. The Beauty Blender has definitely changed my beauty routine. I find it easy to work with and it helps my foundations appear more natural looking. This is just my personal opinion on these products. They may work differently for you. I know a lot of people favor the Ulta sponge and vice versa.

I have heard good things about the Real Techniques sponge, so I may need to check it out.

- Lupe


  1. I'm a huge fan of the beauty blender and I neglect my foundations brushes too because they get dirty so fast so the sponge is easier. I like the nude version better that the pink one! The real techniques sponge is the best ive tried after the beauty blender. Definitely give it a go too if you're thinking of trying if!

    1. I'll have to check out the nude version. Thanks! I'll also have to look into the real techniques sponge too.

  2. I was looking for a cheaper version of the BB. Now I know to avoid the Ulta one. Thank you for letting us know about it. :)

  3. I finally caved in and placed an order for a beauty blender through Beautylish.com but I hated the finish it left on my skin. I know many love the beauty blender but I just can't get along with it so I returned it. :-(

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    1. I'm sorry it didn't work for you! ): Have you ever used cosmetic wedges? I like using those too if I'm not using a brush or a beauty blender.

  4. Since I started using these type of sponges, I've been hooked. They work so much better than brushes and fingers or at least on me. Believe it or not I haven't tried Beauty Blender. I did buy some recently at PHAMExpo.


    1. Agree! They leave a much nicer finish than some brushes.


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