3 More Affordable Alternatives To This Famous Makeup Sponge

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There is no makeup tool more iconic than the egg-shaped wonder that is the Beautyblender. The sponge is a beauty-blogger, editor, celebrity, and consumer favorite — and for good reason.

If you haven't tried it, you might be wondering why a little pink sponge is getting so much praise in the beauty world. Well, it makes applying cream, liquid, and even powder makeup incredibly foolproof. How? When damp, it doubles in size and manages to provide a natural-looking, almost airbrushed finish with just a few taps.

The only downside? One Beautyblender costs $20, and although you can wash it with soap, most pros recommend replacing it every three months. So we don't blame you if you prefer a more affordable alternative. Fret not if this is you, because we've rounded up three other sponges that do the trick for a smaller price tag. Check 'em out, ahead.

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The Beautyblender's uniquely plush material makes it super-easy to bounce product onto the skin. You can use it dry (for fuller coverage) or wet (for sheerer coverage) — we prefer the latter for the dewy effect it has on the skin.

Beautyblender Original, $20, available at Sephora.
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Real Techniques' Miracle Complexion Sponge is almost identical to the Beautyblender in texture, which means you can achieve a similar finish with it. The only difference (apart from the flat, slanted edge on the sponge) is the size when soaked in water. The orange sponge is larger than the Beautyblender when damp, which can be cumbersome for some.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, $6.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
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Although Ulta's Makeup Blending Sponge is denser than the Beautyblender when dry, it applies makeup evenly and easily when wet.

Ulta Beauty Makeup Blending Sponge Duo, $10, available at Ulta Beauty.
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This Korean import applies makeup beautifully both dry and wet. Although it's stiffer than the Beautyblender, it lends an even, flawless finish. The best part? The unconventional flat edges on the sponge make it easy to stamp product into large surfaces of the skin quickly and easily.

Pony Effect Pebble Blender in Powder Blue, $12, available at Memebox.
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