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Are Silicone Makeup Sponges Worth It, or just a Hype?

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Have you ever applied a makeup and looked at your sponge or puff then felt a little sad on those wasted product absorbed by your applicator?

I feel that every time I applied my BB cream using my puff. Some would say “just use your fingers” yes, I could. But it’s messy! Not everyone likes makeup on their hands. So when I heard about the silicone sponge, I knew this is the product I’ve been looking for. But is it? The beauty industry is known for making up stuff that women didn’t actually needed but they advertise it like it was something been missing in our whole lives. So are these cute transparent makeup applicators worth it, or just a hype? Read my silicone makeup sponge review below to know.

What is it?

When I got my silicone sponge, I asked my family what it was as a joke. Just like how those girlfriends asked their boyfriends about beauty blenders that went viral recently. Well, I was really surprised and impressed that my brother know what it was. But my mom’s first guess was hilarious! She said it’s a bra insert, and it does look like one. Actually, some people literally used bra inserts as an alternative. While my dad (an engineer) was very technical, he does know what it was just like my brother, but he was also trying to figure out what materials it was made of.

My dad’s curiosity made me also wonder if this product is safe to use. What if the stuff inside is leaking while I’m using it, or it was exposed to heat, will I get an allergic reaction? If someone like me who has a semi-sensitive skin gets an allergic reaction to makeup brushes, there’s a chance this product might trigger it as well.

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Silicone makeup sponges are highly debated in Reddit. One user named Briannasaurusrex92 argued based on her “excessive knowledge of sex toys” that these probably aren’t made of silicone. Her intro might be funny but she has a point, she said “Real silicone is almost never crystal clear like that, even in small thicknesses. Transparent, perhaps, but it almost always has a bit of cloudiness to it.”

She continued, “I’d be suspicious of the maker/seller until I could get verification that it is in fact actual silicone and not YET ANOTHER company jumping on the “people like silicone, let’s label our product as silicone even though it isn’t” bandwagon.”

But according to Molly Cosmetics, the brand that originally started this trend, the inner material is made from silicone and the outer shell is thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU)—a flexible plastic that’s resistant to oil and grease. So for now, I take their word for it.


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APPLICATION: Silicone Makeup Sponge is thin and flexible. It does not absorb your foundation or any liquid makeup. You can even use this as skincare product applicator like moisturizers. Everything will glide smoothly as you pat it on your face. Some people complain that it doesn’t reach the inner corners of the face, but the edges of my RiRe Silicone Mochi Puff is smooth and I could easily apply makeup on the sides of my nose and under my eyes.

But the best part I like, it’s very hygienic because you can easily clean it with cleansing wipes or water. And it does not easily crumpled or torn, so you’ll be able to use it longer than foam sponges applicator.

SMELL: It does not have any smell, just like most makeup applicators.

PACKAGING: I don’t know about other silicone sponge brands, but this RiRe Silicone Mochi Puff I bought has it’s own pouch for safe keeping inside your bag. It’s also packaged in plastic with cute face. Which fooled me, I thought the mini pouch has a design.

RESULTS: I’ve used all makeup applicators you can think of –brushes, sponge, rubycell puff (those you get in cushion compacts), water puff (Beauty Blender) and now this silicone sponge– but hands down this is the most convenient I’ve ever used.

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PROS: It doesn’t absorb your makeup thus no more heartaches from those wasted products. And it’s so easy to clean, wipe it with tissues, cleansing wipes, or just water. But the best part, you don’t have to wait for it to get dry which takes hours when it comes to foam sponges. You can just dry it with a dry clean cloth and you’re done! And it prevents skin breakouts because it’s easy to clean so no more leftover residue from old makeup products you previously used.

CONS: It takes time to get used to it because it’s slippery, and I’ve seen people using this then fall off their hand. Another thing that concerns me is that you don’t know exactly what’s inside the puff. It is highly recommended that you should stop using it when the outer protective layer has been removed. And keep it out of direct sunlight and heat as well. But most specially, keep it out of reach of children ’cause it so squishy they might chew it.

Worth it, or Hype?

Definitely worth it! I know some women hates hates cleaning their makeup sponges and beauty blender because every time those things get wet it becomes soggy little by little. But with silicone sponges, you can just use even just cleansing wipes. Plus, they don’t easily get soggy. And I think this will never go away since a lot of brands are now producing their own versions, like this Evie Sponge which is the glittery baby of Beauty Blender and Silicone Sponge.

Where to Buy?

The one I featured is RiRe Silicone Mochi Puff, it cost Php220 ($5) in Althea. You can get up to Php350 off when you used my Althea Coupon Code “stylevanity” when you signed up. They ship in the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, and recently the US and some parts of the world.

You can also buy it from Molly Cosmetics, the brand that started it for $10. They are based in Hong Kong but ships worldwide except in the Philippines. But if you’re from Philippines like me, you can buy from different brands thru

What do you think of this silicone sponge review? Have you tried using it, or  you’ve tried the bra insert alternative instead? Share it below!

  • Ash Neverson

    I have been seeing this sili sponge trend but wasn’t sure if it was worth the hype or not. I think I’ll have to try it myself.

    Ash |

  • I LOVE that it doesn’t soak up foundation, sounds like the perfect beauty tool to me~

    Vivian | LIVE . IN . LOVE


  • This is such a cool review! I was really wondering if it was worth it, I’m going to buy it asap ♥

  • Lauren Elizabeth

    I’ve seen the videos of this and thought it was very interesting! That’s awesome how it doesn’t soak up all of the foundation 🙂


    Lauren //

  • Such a detailed review, thanks for sharing!

  • Cool review! I haven´t heard yet about this! Thanks for sharing 🙂
    Meet My Lovely World

  • Oh wow I’ve actually never heard of silicone sponges before. How interesting and it sounds like you love it!


  • Mikayla Kuehn

    Loved the review! Makes me want to try it out for sure and I was pretty skeptical at first !!

  • La Veine

    I find them so funny looking! Hope I can test one out soon 🙂


    • Yah! They look like bra inserts 😀

  • Firstly, i love how you have described it and the photo comparisons. Secondly, after reading and seeing numerous reviews, i think it is most definitely worth it! I will be getting one soon!


  • Fabiana Aguilar Fernandez

    Sooo interesting!! thanks for sharing it 🙂

  • Meredith

    Thanks so much for sharing your opinions on these sponges! Definitely great information to read =)


  • It’s the first time I see a silicone sponge. If I didn’t see the title of your post first, I’d give the same answer as your mum did.

  • Great review and comparisons!!! =)

    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

  • This looks so interesting, I really want to try it

  • Have seen a lot of review on the silicon sponge and I think it’s worth it.

    Bernie, xx
    The Style Fanatic

  • Haha I love your mum’s reaction, that was my first reaction too when first seeing one! Spreading bacteria if not regularly washed was my main concern with ordinary beauty blenders, and so the ease of cleaning the silicone is definitely appealing! Thanks for the thorough review babe 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

  • I’ve been wanting to try a silicone sponge! 🙂

    Le Stylo Rouge

  • I’ve never heard of this before! I’m gonna have to try it!

  • Atsuna Matsui

    Oooh yes I’ve actually heard of this and on another review, I heard that it was just a hype product. Maybe it depends on the specific brands you choose though. 🙂 I’ll definitely have to try it out.


  • I have to admit, the first time I saw these I was like WHAAA?! I didn’t get it and it looked so ridiculous to me. But now after your review, I think I want to try one. I now use beauty blender and it works lovely but it absorbs too much product for my liking 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  • Rosy Ferry

    I’ve actually seen some pretty bad reviews of these floating around but your positive review has made me reconsider my opinion, I actually want to try one now.

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog
    My Instagram | Instagram

  • Jenn Dalisay

    Silicone sponges look so weird. I don’t know if I a willing to try. I just can’t seem to accept that you can use this to apply makeup. haha! I just find it odd. But thanks for your review. I am still thinking…

    The Pink Lemonade Girl

  • Great review! I should give this a try! 😀

    xo Tina

  • Laurencia Febri Savanna

    Very interesting!
    I should give a try this silicon puff. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  • AngeliePangilinan

    I think they are so worth it too! What I like to do is to finish blending using a beauty blender to get that airbrushed finished 🙂

    Angelie // Manicure Mondays: Caronia Pussy Red

  • I would like to use it but the application seems take more time than with a brush and I’m always in such a hurry. Thanks for the detailed review!
    Coco and Jeans by Marisa x My Instagram x My Bloglovin

  • Laura

    I got one in a beauty box and have yet to try it, but now I can’t wait to try it x

    Pink Frenzy

  • I am so glad you tried these – I’ve been wanting to give them a go for a while. Love that they seem easy to clean xx