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An update to the eggsperiment - Nicka K Professional airbrush FX blending sponge

Back in June I did a post on an eggsperiment (I know, dreadful!) comparing the Primark make-up egg, Real Techniques Miracle complexion sponge and the original BeautyBlender. I crowned the Miracle complexion sponge as my favourite of the three with the BeautyBlender coming a close second. Since then I have gained yet another make-up sponge which came in my October Glossybox. This one is the Nicka K Professional airbrush FX blending sponge. As I now have four make-up sponges from different brands I thought it would be a good idea to update my eggsperiment and compare this one to my existing three.

Nicka K Professional airbrush FX blending sponge

The main different between this sponge and the others is that this has what I can only really describe as an 'hourglass figure' with a 'waist' or groove in the middle of the sponge. At first I thought this was a little pointless when it comes to using the sponge as it doesn't appear to add anything to how you can apply your product. But when I used it I then realised this actually gives you a good grip on the sponge, either using your fingertips or by resting the groove in the crook of your thumb holding it in place with your index and middle fingers. You can use the curved bottom for large areas of the face and the pointed top for getting into areas like the eyes and around the nose.

Nicka K Professional airbrush FX blending sponge
Nicka K Professional airbrush FX blending sponge

Price wise this one costs £6.50 meaning it's slightly more expensive than the RT one (around £6) and much cheaper than the BeautyBlender (£16). This is a much denser more solid feeling sponge than the RT and BeautyBlender, it's much closer in feel to the Primark sponge. I didn't find that this one particularly swelled up after running under water but then I often don't run it under the tap for long enough (I'm impatient) but this might also be because it's a denser sponge so it requires more water. 

As this is quite a solid sponge I don't find this as comfortable to use as a softer sponge. It's far from uncomfortable but as I stipple foundation onto my face it feels quite solid, especially on bonier areas like the cheek bones, brow bone and the jawline, and I'm not really keen on this, I personally prefer a softer feeling sponge. 

Like all of the make-up sponges I've tried this does provide a really nice almost airbrushed looking finish, but because of how solid the sponge feels it's definitely not my favourite. My favourite out of all four sponges is still the RT one followed by the BeautyBlender and then it's a close call between the Primark and Nicka K sponge. I think the Nicka K one just wins because of the unusual shape, although I don't think this is really needed.

Are you a fan of make-up sponges and which is your favourite? 

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13 comments:

  1. Can't say I'm a fan of favourite makeup sponges to be honest. Brushes seem to distribute the products more but each to their own.

    Anything & Everything | Bloglovin'

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    1. I prefer to use a buffing brush as it's so much quicker to use but I do like the finish a sponge provides if I have the time and patience x

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  2. I got this in my Glossybox and I thought it was quite good - I might give RT or beautyblender a go though as you've rated them better!

    Thanks for sharing

    Jodie @ Jodetopia x

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    1. I do like this one but I much prefer a softer feeling sponge rather than a denser one when it comes to bouncing it against your face. I'd recommend giving the RT one a try as it's really good for such a great price x

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  3. For whatever reason I've always had ill luck with makeup sponges -- I have no clue why! My foundation always ends up looking terrible when I try blending it out. Although I'm glad that it's worked for you!

    -Alex
    A Northern Light

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    1. Oh that's such a shame as they can give such a great finish. Maybe they just don't work well with your skin x

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  4. I am a massive fan of make up sponges and beautyblender is by far my fave. xx

    Julie
    www.rainingcake.com

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    1. It's very close for me between the BeautyBlender and the RT one so RT wins it based on price x

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  5. Ohh haven't tried this one. My fave is RT xx
    Glossy Boutique

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    1. Yes the RT one is still definitely the winner for me x

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  6. I have this but haven't tried it yet, I don't think anything can top the beauty blender for me, it has me addicted!

    Makeup Monster

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    1. The BeautyBlender is a goodun, but it really should be for the price! x

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  7. Just a FYI, but in Poundland (via their Makeup Gallery range) they now do makeup sponges - in the "hourglass", "egg" and the shape of the Real Techniques sponge (circular with a sharp diagonal cut off the top). I took a picture of the Beauty Blender knockoff option I bought yesterday - http://i.imgur.com/anmd6Cy.jpg?1
    Haven't seen any reviews of these yet, though.

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