Real Techniques Expert Air Cushion Sponge ($4.19) is a fairly new cushion makeup sponge that is meant to create an airbrushed finish when using cushion makeup.
I purchased this on a whim early last month. I say whim because it seems like a silly purchase considering cushion makeup always comes with its own sponge which technically applies the makeup just fine. Cushion makeup doesn’t come with your standard run of the mill sponge. They use a microsponge of sorts that doesn’t absorb the makeup easily. Since cushion makeup is lighter and thinner this is a good thing as it can easily become absorbed into a regular sponge or brush. The idea behind the Expert Air Cushion Sponge is pretty much the same concept. It has the feel of a cushion makeup sponge but Real Techniques attached a handle to it to give you a bit more control over application.
At first I felt like I didn’t really need something like this in my life because as I said cushion makeup already comes with sponges that apply the product just fine.
But after using it for a while I was like, “Wow! This is handy!” For one thing, the sponge seems a little bigger than your typical cushion makeup sponge and seems to cover a lot more area. To use it you simply dip it right into your favorite cushion makeup compact and just dab it gently onto your face to blend. It blends perfectly and gives skin a very flawless finish without patchiness or streaking. I find the handle very handy as it gives me nice control during application.
Interestingly you can remove the cushion cover from the top and wash it off, allow it to dry, and pop it right back on which makes it a nice hygienic option as well.
So, yes, sure cushion makeup already come with adequate sponges already but if you want to step your game up slightly I’d totally indulge in the Real Techniques Expert Air Cushion Sponge.