You all know that I love a good make up brush - I'm all for dense bristles and heavy coverage and make up that looks like make up; so, when Pamper Therapy offered to send me one of their Flawless Finish Sponges, I was intrigued and so accepted it and put it up to the test against my favourite foundation brushes. Now I've tried a Real Techniques sponge before this and it just really didn't work for me and so I was pleased to see whether or not Pamper Therapy could be the one to change my mind from a brush lover to a sponge convert.
This is fairly similar to the Real Techniques sponge in the way that is has a sloped flat edge instead of being the traditional egg shape of most blending sponges, and to be honest I thought I'd hate that but it's come it pretty handy. This feel a lot less sturdy than the other sponges I've tried in the past, a lot closer to traditional like dish washing sponge material; but when you wet it, it's soft, bouncy and doesn't suck in too much product so, as a cosmetics sponge it's actually pretty good.
I've used this a ton of different ways to try and gauge what's best for me - but this is what I've found works best for the type of make up I like to apply. I put a little bit of make up on my skin and use the rounded end to blend it out - you can get pretty good coverage from this even when it's damp, but I've found that the damp sponge gives such even, glowy coverage that I actually like it a lot sheerer than I would normally opt for when I'm using this to apply. I then go in with the rounded side of the pointed end and use that to get right into my lash line for concealer, and then to blend out the edges of the rest of my concealer.
I've found the best thing to use to apply translucent powder to bake with is the flat side of the pointed side, it's just right to collect the perfect amount of powder and it's the exact shape to set my concealer without getting powder everywhere. I was a little dubious of putting powder on with a damp sponge but I've actually found that it looks considerably less cakey and it doesn't clump like when flour gets wet which was pretty much what I was imagining.
I have to say though, I do have some issues. I'm a bit of a clean freak and so I pretty much clean this every time I use it, but I just feel like it harbours bacteria and, given that this is pretty much the only thing I've changed since I've started getting regular breakouts, I'm pretty sure that I just can't get this clean enough to be good for my skin (or maybe it's just spreading the bacteria around more? I'm not quite sure.) Similarly though, I find this tears quite easily (although not as easily as the Real Techniques sponge) and so I'm reluctant to wash it too much for fear of making it tear more. So, vicious circle on that one.
All in all - you can get one of these for £7.50 and it's on prime so you won't even pay shipping if you have an Amazon Prime account; and I'd say it's definitely worth it. Don't expect it to be as good as Beauty Blender, and be careful if you have problematic skin, but this can definitely hold it's own in a world full of identical beauty sponges, and especially for day out make up when you want it to look natural and glowy, this is your one.