Beauty Blender vs Spectrum Collections Unicorn Tears Blending Sponge

Beauty Blender vs Spectrum Collections Unicorn Tears Blending Sponge

Beauty Blender vs Spectrum Collections Unicorn Tears Blending Sponge

Today I thought I’d write about the Beauty Blender vs Spectrum Collections Unicorn Tears Blending Sponge. I’ve been a big fan of the Beauty Blender for quite a while now. I find the sponge is absolutely perfect for blending my concealer, foundation and even cream contour products. However, one thing that I find a little bit of a let down is the price. The original makeup sponge, the Beauty Blender costs £16.00. For me, this is a little outrageous for a sponge regardless of how well performing it is. Because of this, I have been seeking a cheaper alternative. This is when I discovered the Spectrum Collections Unicorn Tears Blending Sponge.

The Spectrum Collections Unicorn Tears Blending Sponge retails at £4.99 on the Spectrum website. I very luckily received this sponge in my Birchbox May 2016: For The Dreamers box. At first, I really enjoyed the sponge as I found its similar design to the Beauty Blender was very effective. Both sponges have a rounded end for distribution of the product as well as a pointed end for precise application. Each sponge is of a similar size, colour and overall look. However, they differ greatly when it comes to their texture and performance. The Beauty Blender has a very soft texture and feels quite lightweight. The Spectrum Collections Unicorn Tears Blending Sponge on the other hands feels slightly heavier and is definitely much denser.

Similar in appearance, different in performance

When it comes to actually applying the product I find the Beauty Blender almost effortlessly blends the product into the skin. With the Spectrum Collections Unicorn Tears Blending Sponge, I find application can take longer as it doesn’t blend the product as well. One thing I will say is that I found the Spectrum Collection Unicorn Tears Blending Sponge definitely absorbed less makeup. However, I oddly found it a lot harder to clean.

Essentially the way the two sponges perform is totally different. Is the Spectrum Collections Unicorn Tears Blending Sponge a dupe for the Beauty Blender? I don’t think so. Do I prefer it? I’m afraid not. For me, the Beauty Blender definitely wins hands down. However, in terms of price tag, I still think it is way overpriced for what it is. Having said that I will definitely continue to love and use the product in the hope that one day I’ll discover a cheaper dupe.

Have you tried either of these sponges? What did you think?

These products were sent to me for consideration. All thoughts, views and opinions are 100% my own and aren't influenced by any brand, company or individual. 
  • Shannon Wilson


  • I’ve never used a Beauty blender before so I can’t compare them I only use makeup sponge

    Beauty Candy Loves

  • Gorgeous blog post! I’m dying to try something by Spectrum.

    Jasmine McRae | London Beauty & Life Blog

  • I’ve tried both sponges too and have to say I actually reach for the Spectrum sponge more, I like how it grows bigger in size once dampened under water, I find it pretty easy to blend my make up out and doesn’t take me as much time.I do notice that the Beauty Blender gives me higher coverage though so it’s a lot better on that front. The price tag is pretty hefty as you say x

  • I like the real techniques version of the beauty sponge but the Beauty Blender always wins over all of them for me. Great post doll!

  • I’ve never tried applying my foundation with one of these sponges. I might try the real techniques version! xx