An affordable way to get that airbrushed finish.

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When I was first introduced to makeup sponges as a teenager, I grouped them in the same category as Q-Tips: A non-glamourous, yet practical vanity essential. Those white, wedge-shaped sponges served the singular purpose of making my liquid foundation go onto skin in a smoother, more even fashion. While functional, they were flawed — their sharp edges created streakiness, their size wasn’t ideal for a full-face, and they were quick to deteriorate. It was only a matter of time before I switched over to a makeup brush, leaving those sponge multi-packs as a distant drugstore memory.

Nowadays, if you google “makeup sponges”, there won’t be a boring wedge in sight — and instead, your search results will be a rainbow of funky, spherical shapes. Even though these new designs are a huge improvement in terms of foundation application, I didn’t go back to using a sponge full-time until recently. The catalyst? Trying Juno & Co.’s Microfiber Velvet Sponge.

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The first thing that differentiates it from other sponges is its dual layer build.  Most blending sponges are all made of the same anti-microbial material. While June & Co.’s has that in its core, its exterior — a lightweight microfiber — is what really sets it apart. This outer layer has teeny tiny fibers that pick up your makeup (even super liquid-y formulas) and gently deposits these pigments exactly where you place the sponge. Its velvety microfiber also prevents you from using too much product while still giving you a perfectly airbrushed finish.

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However, the thing about this sponge that I personally found most appealing was its shape. I’ve tried other rounded sponges and none of them have a flat bottom like this one. It seems silly, but when I’m rushing to get out the door in the morning, I don’t want a sponge that keeps rolling off my bathroom counter. Plus, I can use the flat bottom to apply product as well. Juno & Co.’s sponges also have a tapered side, making it easy to apply foundation or concealer on the inner corners of my nose or underneath my eyes. Plus, I even use it to blend contouring cream or blush along my jawline. Basically, thanks to its unique shape, design and ability to be used wet or dry, I rely on this microfiber velvet sponge for nearly all of my face makeup needs — officially forcing my old foundation brush into retirement.