The Silisponge

1/06/2017

The Silisponge, made by Hong Kong-based indie brand Molly Cosmetics, has been going seriously viral — so I had to make the gruesome journey half way round Lagos to get it . I convinced myself to get it to know if it was worth all the hype, tbh it's only because I'm a beauty junkie & not because i think its better than my HG beauty blender.




I do have A LOT of foundations — so many that I got for reviews that ended up not matching my skin tone or not the right consistency. I was hoping to get the Maybelline fit me foundation to try out with my new "wonder sponge" at their store in Surulere but for some weird reason they were out of stock. I went for my mac studio fix foundation with spf15 in NW45 (N11,500 Mac store Ikeja), which I have been using judiciously for the past 6months only because I don't have much of a choice.




It's inner material is made from silicone and the outer shell is thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU)—a flexible plastic that's resistant to oil and grease. With the SiliSponge, makeup adheres to your face instead of the tool.

HOW TO USE
Take the littlest amount of cream/liquid product and go in circular motions or back and forth to spread, until it stop spreading further.
Tap repeatedly to blend and settle, pay attention to edges (jawlines, hairlines, around the eyes. Hold the sides and fold to create a "point" for detail and point applications.
Repeat and build coverage as needed.
Blend till your arm fall off.


MY THOUGHTS

Wasting products is history now cos, of course, it doesn't soak in a thing! It isn't REALLY a sponge, because sponges absorb product — No pores whatsoever.

THE GOOD

The foundation needed is literally just half the amount compared to directly using brush or sponge.
It's hygienic. No fear of molds or bacteria buildup and Ideal for people who don't like to get their hands dirty.
Cleaning will literally take no more effort than rubbing it with a little soap and rinsing with some luke warm water. If you are a professional makeup artist, can you imagine how exciting it is that you can use it on one client/model, clean it with a makeup remover and sanitizing spray, and then you can use it on another client/model immediately just like that!!!
It's relatively cheap.
Since it's transparent, you can see what's happening on your face as you makeup and blend.


THE BAD

The shape is not user friendly when it comes to blending foundation in corners or areas where it requires precision. Because it does not absorb any excess product, it becomes difficult to remove it from a part of your face when you accidentally put too much foundation on in a specific area.
I used 3 times as long to successfully blend my foundation using this Silisponge as compared to a beautyblender. Even the original website says that final blending can be finished with a brush or a regular beauty sponge which I feel kind of defeats the purpose of this silicone sponge. It also requires some practice (or a lot of existing makeup experience) to get right.
Silisponge is just for foundation — I don't think you can set concealer with this. So applying and blending other products — concealer, powder, contour shades — will still require your usual tools. What's the point of an additional beauty tool? Beats me!!!

CARE
To clean, use mild soap and rinse it with lukewarm water, pad dry and store. Keep away from sharp objects like your tweezers or brow scissors. Once torn, it should be replaced.

I'm not yet 100% sold on it, I definitely see the advantages of a Silisponge for artists and people on camera (me, one day a week), but I have concerns about this product for every day use.

What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments.

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2 comments

  1. I will try this out. From ypur review it looks promising

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  2. I will try it but it looks cool

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