The BEST Affordable Alternatives To The Iconic Beauty Blender!

Priyanka Ghura

Assistant Editor

You’ve got to be living under a rock if you haven’t witnessed the hoopla created by the original Beauty Blender sponge. From makeup artists to almost every single makeup tutorial on the internet, the Beauty Blender quickly became a cult beauty product across the world. Thanks to its flawless foundation application, it really does live up to the hype – your base looks amazingly natural.

cheaper alternatives to the beauty blender

It’s quickly become a must-have in the beauty world, but you've got to admit, it is pretty pricey for a sponge. If you manage to convince your NRI aunt to bring you one from abroad be prepared to spend $20 (Rs. 1,358 approx). It is available online, though, on sites like Amazon, Ulta and BeautyBay, as well as at local beauty stores for anything between 1,400 to 3,500 bucks.

If you don’t have the heart to spend that much on a makeup sponge, but would still like its awesome foundation-application power (who wouldn’t?!), then we give you cheaper alternatives to this makeup pro favourite.

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What we would look for in a good dupe for the Beauty Blender is:

  • Size and shape

  • Ability to expand when dampened

  • A soft, squishy texture

  • Blending power


Our top pick would have to be the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge which is priced at Rs 519 on Amazon, but is available for a mere 6 dollars abroad. It is slightly bigger than the Beauty Blender and not as soft, but in terms of performance it is pretty similar. It gives you a well-blended, not so heavy, natural looking base. It really is a wonderful alternative.

cheaper alternatives to the beauty blender

Other great options are:

  • Forever 21 Makeup Sponges (approx. Rs. 400)

  • Sephora Airbrush Sponge (approx. Rs. 820)


(Available at the stores)

P.S: An affordable but good alternative to a pricier, high-end product that can give you the same results is called a “beauty dupe”.

Images: Shutterstock

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Published on Feb 11, 2016
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