Despite the pushback from the beauty community, silicone sponges are still trying to make fetch happen. Made of non-porous silicone, the silisponge is supposed to blend makeup easily without wasting a drop of product. They’ve gotten very mixed reviews from beauty enthusiasts— you either love them or hate them. One of the number one complaints is that they don’t buff product in as flawlessly. On the flip side, one of the biggest draws was the ease of cleaning.
Since their inception, I’ve tried 4-5 silisponges and soon became an Evie Blender convert. The Evie Blender was the first silicone makes sponge that featured a texture on the surface to help with buffing. The texture is visible on the surface, and looks a little wrinkly. It also had a full shape very similar to a traditional makeup sponge, with an indentation on one side to make it easy to hold.
While there was a learning curve with the Evie, I soon got the hang of the “roll-on” method and perfected my application technique. I absolutely loved how I didn’t have to worry about staining, wasting makeup or buildup with the Evie Blender. You can watch my full review of it here.
One of the first silicone sponges I ever tried was The Makeup Drop. At the time, it was the best available due to the shape. It was one of the first silisponges that came to a point for easy precision around areas like the eyes, nose and mouth. However, the surface was completely smooth like a standard silicone makeup sponge, so blending took forever.
A few months ago, I noticed a new product from the brand called the MakeupDrop+. This was a new version with the same signature shape, with a new element in play: texture. I knew I had to try it out and compare it to my fave and see if there was a place for it in my routine.
My first observation is that the texture of the MakeupDrop+ is pretty invisible. You can’t see any obvious ridges or wrinkles. However, compared to the original Makeup Drop, you can feel the difference right away. It’s not as slick, and has a grippy feel on the skin.
So, I put it to the test against the original MakeupDrop and my Evie Blender.
Watch the video above to hear the full comparison.
The MakeupDrop+ definitely took less time to get a blended out look than the original. However, the flat shape still didn’t feel easy to hold or maneuver for me. The patting motion of application made it harder to spread the foundation quickly as well. However, I did get a really nice blend and it’s still easy to clean this textured silisponge with only a makeup wipe.
However, the Evie Blender still performed better in my opinion— I was able to blend over a larger surface area in less time for a diffused look. The Evie Blender feels more comfortable in my hands and the shape makes more sense to me for spreading foundation and buffing out other cream makeup like contour and blush. I think the only aspect the MakeupDrop+ had over the Evie is that it’s slightly easier to wipe clean, since the texture isn’t as deep. Also, the small flat shape does make it easier to travel with by slipping into any pocket.
The price difference is minimal— both MakeupDrops are $20 while the Evie Blender is $26 (though is regularly on sale for $19.95). With both, you’re still getting a much better value than a standard makeup sponge since they will last far longer. While I prefer the Evie Blender, there is a learning curve with the application technique moreso than the MakeupDrop+. In the end, it comes down to your preference and what’s convenient for you. The Evie Blender will still be my day-to-day tool but I can see myself traveling with the MakeupDrop+.