Product Review | Juno & Co. Microfiber Velvet Sponge
Product Review | Juno & Co. Microfiber Velvet Sponge ($6, Juno & Co. website and select local retailers in Los Angeles)
Product Details (from Juno & Co. website): Meet the JUNO Microfiber Velvet Sponge. If you're looking for a more natural, airbrushed foundation finish the JUNO Microfiber Velvet Sponge is your go-to. Made with velvet-soft microfiber bristles and a slanted edge for controlled stippling, the JUNO Microfiber Velvet Sponge provides buildable coverage, fast. Same awesome JUNO & Co. Microfiber technology. New shape!
Material: Hydrophilic Polyurethane, Anti-microbial Microfiber.
Review: I received this as a complimentary product along with a few face and eye brushes two weeks ago. I have seen a few YouTubers and Instagram Beauty Gurus use this sponge but as most of you know, I am a die-hard Beauty Blender user. It is also hard for me to try new sponges that are not easily accessible at a local retailer. I was very intrigued when I saw the words "microfiber" and "velvet" were both on the name of this sponge. I thought to myself, "Wow, they really are trying to beat the Beauty Blender!"
I like that it is in a resealable bag instead of a box. The bag is a frosted white plastic with a clear sponge-shape window to view the product with black and light blue typography. I love the shape of the sponge: a flat bottom to blend liquid or stick foundations, one slanted side with a very precise teardrop shape for precision blending such as concealer application or applying powder for a precise facial contour and a smooth oval side for blending cream blushes or bronzers or for touching up purposes. The dry sponge, at first touch, feels stiff. The velvet texture of the sponge feels strange in the beginning. After running water onto the sponge, it started to feel slightly soft but not as soft or bouncy as the Beauty Blender. One thing I noticed, this sponge does not absorb a lot of liquid because after wringing the sponge to let all the water out, there wasn't a lot of excess water.
I never put any of my liquid product on the sponge so I applied foundation, concealer and cream blush and bronzer directly on the skin. This sponge blends liquids flawlessly giving an airbrushed look. However, this sponge allows for a full coverage. I am not a full coverage type of person, you all who have followed me on Instagram and on this blog for a while know that. So, whenever I use this sponge, I have to use even less product to achieve a natural look.
I definitely recommend this product especially if you love a full coverage. If you are a light to medium coverage gal like me, unless you are willing to change amount of product you use on the daily using this sponge, this may not be the sponge for you. I still won't trade my Beauty Blender for this sponge, but I will definitely use it. The other con is that you cannot purchase this easily as you would have to go to Juno's website but I have heard it is also available on Amazon.