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Saturday, 20 May 2017

Review | Primark Silicone Make-Up Sponges

I've seen silicone beauty sponges popping up here, there and everywhere over the past few weeks; the next big thing in getting that flawless base we all crave, these slightly odd-looking make-up tools claim to blend your foundation without absorbing product. I'm sure we all know the frustration of half your foundation disappearing into a Beauty Blender or buffing brush, so when I spotted that Primark have launched their own version of the Silicone Sponges, I couldn't say no.
Primark Silicone Sponges
"The perfect tool to blend make-up without soaking up any product." The information on the packaging is brief and to-the-point - in fact, that's all they tell you. At just £2 for two sponges, these are super budget-friendly and unlike Beauty Blenders (and their dupes, like my beloved Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge), I don't see them disintegrating anytime soon - so if they work, I can see these being a pretty fab buy all round.
Primark Silicone Makeup Sponge
Unfortunately, I've been pretty disappointed with their performance - I'd definitely agree that the sponge doesn't absorb any product, but really that's the only good point for me! Rather than blending my foundation in for a flawless finish, the silicone sponge seems to kind of push it around on the surface of my skin (even using the tiniest amount of product) leaving it looking frankly awful - it sits weirdly over the open pores on my cheeks and doesn't give the kind of coverage I'm used to getting from a standard sponge or buffing brush. No amount of blending seems to help and my foundation just ends up looking mask-like and unnatural. I end up using a sponge or brush to buff the product in properly, which kind of seems to defeat the object?
I'm not sure how well you can tell in the photo below but this is just foundation "blended" onto my skin after moisturising, you can see the product sitting horribly over the pores around my nose and even out to the edge of my cheek.
Foundation applied with Primark Silicon Makeup Sponge
So overall I can't say I'm impressed with Primark's take on the Silicone Make-up Sponge, it's certainly not a tool I'd recommend and not one I'll be repurchasing. If you're really that keen on your application tools not absorbing any product I'd honestly suggest using your fingers - they'll give a better finish! Have you tried any silicone sponges - Primark or other brands? Do you have any tips for making them work? I'd love to hear about your experiences!



  1. I havent tried the Primark ones but I do have one by another brand to try and I am intrigued by them x

  2. I've seen a couple of people talking about these Primark silicone ones and I'm yet to hear anything good. I think them not soaking up even a tiny bit of product makes it harder to blend

    Steph - www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

  3. This is the first time I've heard of these silicone sponges but I can see what you mean how they may not do the best job of blending the foundation in.

  4. That's a shame, they actually look intruiging but I'd not bother to pick one up now.

  5. I haven't tried any - sometimes I guess you just get what you pat for :) Kaz x

  6. I didn't know that silicone sponges were a thing, not sure I'd try this one after reading your review!

  7. I've heard of these! To be honest, I cant see these being any better whatever the cost. I just don't get it. It sounds like a good concept though.

  8. I would like to know if there is one that actually does work? I'm not sure how they could make them any more special or different... I mean, silicone is silicone, right? Thanks for this! I was going to get one for my 16 yr old and now I don't think I will!

  9. I have quite big pores, so I am avoiding these like the plague. I can't see there being any difference between budget ones and pricier ones, but I'd like to know if others have better experiences.

  10. sounds like a great deal considering they wouldn't disintegrate!

  11. These sounded like such a bargain, it's a shame they weren't that good but Primark can be hit and miss.


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