After reading this ,You will give your sponge applicators more love!

This post contains affiliate links. Read the full disclosure.

Most of us tend to throw away the sponge-tip applicator that often comes with some eyeshadow palettes, but do you know that this little tool can be very useful! In this article, I am going to show you different ways to use this sponge that really works!

– This tool is great for applying an eyeshadow color to the eyelid especially glittery shadows. This sponge can grab well the colors and you will get a dense effect!

In this picture I tried to pick up the glittery green shade from the new Covergirl Trunaked Jewels Palette with both a brush and a sponge applicator. For the brush, I used the MAC 239.

sponge applicator vs brush

As you can see, there is a huge difference in color payoff !The sponge tends to grab better this glittery color and can minimize the quantity of fallout.

– Because of its tiny tip, this sponge can be used to highlight the inner corners of the eyes or under the brow bone. By loading the color on the tip too; you can use it for applying an eyeshadow on the lower lashline.
You can also use it instead of a pencil brush to do a cut-crease look! In fact, you can draw the crease line with the tip and you can soften the edge with the sponge by moving it in a single direction toward the brow bone.I tried it and trust me, it works!

As you can see this oval-shaped sponge applicator has so many uses and it can apply products really evenly. This justifies the fact that we don’t always need the most expensive brushes to create a beautiful makeup look! The only downside is that most of the times, when you get this eyeshadow sponge applicator with an eyeshadow palette , it does not have a good quality, which makes it not very durable. That’s why many brands do sell a sponge tip applicator separately. One of them is bdellium tools, their sponge applicator has a long traditional handle that is very practical.

Do you usually use this sponge ? What do you think about it? You can find below some affordable sponges from Amazon.


eyeshadow sponge applicators
how to apply eyeshadow

Claire is a beauty enthusiast and lover of all things makeup. Her blog is a resource for makeup tips and tricks, product reviews and beauty tutorials.

27 thoughts on “After reading this ,You will give your sponge applicators more love!”

  1. great tips! YouTubers give these sponges negative reviews more often than not, so it’s really nice to read a positive perspective. Can’t wait to try it out for a cut crease!

    Reply
  2. This is definitely true, I noticed this a few years ago that certain shadows tend to apply better with a sponge than a brush. I try to give eyeshadow a few chances trying it with diff types of brushes and applicators before giving up on it if it doesn’t seem good at first swatch but I’m kicking myself really hard now because I had trouble with the exact palette you used this swatch from as an example and I didn’t try a sponge applicator before returning it!! I could not understand why people were raving about it when I couldn’t get the shades to show up.

    Reply
    • Omg Lorraine! I did the same thing about a year ago with a palette from too faced! We always forget these small sponges!

      Reply
  3. I tried to leave a comment but it didn’t work the first time for some reason- I was just saying that I completely agree that these are useful tools! They really pack on color. I feel like some “pros” tend to diss them for some weird reason, maybe ta conspiracy to get us to buy more brushes, I don’t know lol.

    Reply
  4. Ahhh the sponge-tipped applicator! I was actually thinking the same thing- these are useful! I find that they really pack on color- more so than some brushes. I kept some around but tossed flimsy ones. People diss them- at least I’ve heard some “pros” do this but I feel like it’s just a conspiracy to make people buy brushes! I love my brushes but if something else works, it works!! I like them sometimes! Do people wash them? I always wondered because they get dingy.

    Reply
  5. Nice post! 🙂
    I do use the sponge applicator when I’m only using one eyeshadow.
    And using this to highlight inner corners is a good tip! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    Snehal,
    http://www.beautytending.com

    Reply
  6. I usually throw the sponge tip applicators away because even though with the great color payoff, it was really inconvenient with the short wand. MUFE does have one with a longer wand, but it’s double ended which makes it hard to store and even then, you can’t as easily change color applicators with this as you can with a regular makeup brush with bristles.
    Thanks for your take on it though!

    Reply
    • yeah i totally understand ! the makeup forever 222 Sponge Applicator is not double ended though

      Reply
  7. All I used to use were the sponge applicators for my eyeshadow! It was only until recently that I kind of switched to brushes. But yea, don’t ditch the sponge! Great for adding shadow under lower lashes.

    Reply
  8. Yeah, I always throw the sponges away, but maybe next time I should give it a try. 🙂
    Only what I really don’t like about these sponges is cleaning them. I don’t think you can ever clean them properly. 🙁

    Reply
  9. Sponges aren’t appreciated these days, but they do work for packing on the eyelid color. Emily Noel (from Beauty Broadcast on YT) talks about it all the time! 🙂

    Reply
  10. I was still using the spongetip when it became cool to use brushes! But then I started using brushes, but now I think I’ll use the spongetip for sparkle on the mobile lid. Great post, food for though!

    Reply
  11. I usually hate those sponge applicators but you’ve opened my eyes up to some new possibilities, especially with shimmer shadow!

    Reply
  12. Wow, WHAT a difference! I use sponge applicators with chunky glitter eyeshadows, but I rarely wear those. I have to try the applicators with regular shadows. Thanks for the tip x

    Reply
  13. I for sure see the difference! I think I might have to try one out! They look way better, thanks for sharing! 🙂

    Reply
  14. I’ve tried using them before, but like you said they are often poor quality. I did have one in a Makeup brush set, but I found it really difficult to clean. This post is making me want to find one and use it though! X

    Reply
  15. Great tips! I learned a bunch of things I didn’t know. Thanks girl!

    Reply
  16. I can definitely see the difference. Especially when using them for eye shadow. The color comes out way more pigmented.

    Reply
  17. Great Post! I don’t throw away my sponge applicators. Like you said they are great for highlighting inner corners, and for packing on colour. I wouldn’t do my whole eye look with the sponge applicator, but it works great for those two purposes. I would also say that a downside is that you cannot really wash a sponge applicator, so you can’t really use it in a bunch of different colours.

    Samantha Series

    Reply

Leave a Comment

Skip to content