Don't Underestimate the Microfibre Sponge
BY JENNY JUNG
Calling all microfibre sponge sceptics! This is a phenomenal tool when used correctly- here’s how.
18 JUL - 2022
Out with the old and in with the new: the Beauty Blender has got some competition…
In the beauty space, we have to be experimental and open to try new tools and techniques. Afterall, that is the only way we can really elevate our beat to feel and look our best. I understand that the microfibre sponge has received some heat in the past- hell, it’s taken me years to try one myself! However, for $10 a sponge, I think we can all give something new a chance.
As consumers, we ought to be vigilant about trying things for ourselves rather than judging a product based on a quick youtube review. This is especially the case when new products enter the market. This is because new products require new or different techniques in order to utilise something to its fullest potential.
When the Juno & Co (Juno) sponges were splashed all over our Youtube and Instagram feed, we were fed with a lot of negative criticism. However, what we really needed was an investigative approach educating us on how to best integrate this tool into our routine. Using the Juno sponge without changing anything about our techniques isn’t going to allow this tool to shine.
Disclaimer: Absolutely not sponsored! I am just excited to share a new favourite!
Original vs Rose?
Before we get into the nitty-gritty, there are a few little things we need to know. What I thought was a cute colour variation in the microfibre sponges from Junoco, is actually a practical difference between them. Today we will focus on the Original blue sponge as well as the Rose shade.
The Original blue sponge is the densest of them all, making it perfect for powders. On the other hand, the Rose sponge is 30% softer in texture. In theory, the Original sponge is for fuller coverage looks while the Rose sponge is more suitable for buildable formulas. However, after experimenting with both sponges, they both work great for all the techniques I am about to share with you.
Velour Puff Dupe Alert!
If you know you know: velour powder puffs have been a long standing MUA trick for achieving poreless, smooth powder application. However, powder puffs are notorious for their hefty price tag. No fear, because the microfibre sponge is the perfect dupe!
Whether you use it damp or dry, the microfibre sponge replicates the soft and plush surface of a velour powder puff. This means that you can softly bake or pat on your powder the same way you would use a powder puff. In fact, the fibres pick up powders just like a velour puff while diffusing the product on the face with ultimate ease. There is one palpable difference, however: microfibre sponges are *much* easier to clean and reuse.
If you have been dying to try the powder-puff technique for a while, you can do it without breaking the bank with a Junoco sponge. This might just be my favourite discovery of 2022. Trust me on this one.
When I first started using the microfibre sponge as part of my normal routine, I found that my usually medium/ soft-matte foundation looked heavier and drier than usual. As a result, I started to experiment with my tinted moisturisers and I hit the jackpot.
Nowadays, I am using less product and less layers all thanks to my microfibre bestie. Try blending your tinted moisturiser with a microfibre sponge and you will be amazed at the elevated coverage, longevity and vanished texture.
Due to the nature of the material, liquid products seem to lose some of their emollient qualities when used with the Junoco. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing! When used with the right formulas, you can manipulate your lower coverage products into something more whilst maintaining the benefits of your tinted base products.
You can use the same philosophy for medium coverage or dewier products that need a little more oomph. The world is your oyster- you just need to explore.
Juno & Co Original Microfibre Velvet Sponge, NZD$10.00.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
In the past, I was constantly faced with a bit of a Goldilocks predicament. Blending in my cream products with a brush can sometimes result in streaks. On the other hand, sponges can often pick up my base work while trying to blend out my cream bronzer. Turns out, the perfect middle ground existed in the form of a microfibre tool.
Sponges are fabulous. The Beauty Blender and the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (MCS) has received countless accolades since their conception and I am not about to denounce their title. Rather, I would love to see the microfibre sponge share the spotlight: the holy trinity of makeup sponges!
If the Beauty Blender/ MCS is bouncy and smooth, the Junoco is dense and fluffier. Not to mention that microfibre sponges absorb much less product. Essentially, it embodies the best of both sponges and brushes: product is deposited and blended effortlessly so that you can achieve professional, airbrushed results.
From powders to foundation and blush to highlighter, the microfibre sponge can handle all textures with finesse. A do-it-all power tool that deserves a space in everyone’s collection, the microfibre sponge is bound to impress absolutely anyone!