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    This New Makeup Sponge Is Better And Cheaper Than The Beautyblender

    It's half the price with better results.

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    Hey dudes! I'm Augusta, a beauty editor at BuzzFeed. I'm here to talk to you about something very near and dear to my heart: Cheap-ass makeup dupes that legitimately work.

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    I could walk into Sephora and justify spending like $75 on a foundation if it made me look the way this Snapchat filter does. But I barely have $15 to spend on foundation, let alone $75, so I try to stick to budget products.

    If there's one thing I've dupe hunted regularly, it's the Beautyblender, an egg-shaped sponge used for applying makeup. It costs $20 and lasts three months, which essentially means spending $80 per year on fancy sponges. Check, please.

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    Beautyblenders are like the Steve Buscemi of beauty videos on YouTube. They make an appearance in countless videos and they make everyone look better. But would anyone really notice if the production company saved money on a cheaper actor for the role? Probably not.

    So far, in the search to find a less-expensive-but-still-fancy sponge, the best alternative has been this lil' orange guy from Real Techniques.

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    It's a sponge that does the same exact thing for a quarter of the price of a Beautyblender.

    But this month, Real Techniques came out with a brand new DIAMOND sponge. I decided to test it out, and friends, I have to tell you, it's the shit.

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    Where the orange sponge matches the Beautyblender's quality, the Miracle Diamond Sponge actually has more utility. Also, it looks like a diamond which makes dabbing skin-colored liquid on your face feel very, very fancy.

    The innovation happens in the shape. Because there are 13 different facets (or sides), you get 13 different areas to blend different makeup products with one tool.

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    The Diamond works on both large and small areas of the face, whereas the original size Beautyblender is best for big jobs, but recommends a second, smaller Beautyblender — costing $15 — for tiny areas like the eyes and mouth.

    Real talk: You can use either of these sponges however you damn well please, in any area you please (hopefully on your face, but I'm not here to judge). All I'm saying is that to get the best possible makeup sponge job, the Beautyblender company sells a complementary product for $15 — for a grand total of $35 — but the Diamond sponge costs $10 and is suitable to use on all areas of the face.

    In case you were hoping there would be a chart quickly comparing the sponges, you're in luck.

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    Okay, so now for how it works IRL:


    There's WAY more surface area on the Diamond, which makes it easier to differentiate between blending foundation, blush, eyeshadow, concealer, etc. Technically, this only matters if you worry about your shit all blending together into an accidental hot mess, which I do.

    If you were wondering about how well the sponge blends makeup, let me tell you: My face looked airbrushed as hell.


    I used different sides to blend each product: Gel primer, liquid foundation, cream concealer, powder blush, and an eyeshadow stick.

    You can use the Diamond wet or dry. If you're using liquid or cream products, it's best to wet the sponge and squeeze out excess water first. For dry products, leave the sponge dry.

    And, of course, cleaning of ANY makeup sponge should happen about once per week. Use a bar of soap and warm water and you'll be good to go. Here's how:

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    Bottom line: If you're on a budget but want a fantastic makeup sponge, the Diamond is going to treat you like the sophisticated lady or man that you are.

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    You can get the Real Techniques Miracle Diamond Sponge here for $10.