April 19, 2018

Real Techniques Expert Air Cushion Sponge Review

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

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.

Real Techniques Expert Air Cushion Sponge is available at ulta.com, amazon.com, and at drugstores.

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

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  • Dee

    What a nifty idea! Why didn’t they think of this when the cushion foundation was all the craze a year or so ago? I totally would have gotten this. But now, not so much. I’m kinda over the cushion makeup. Thanks for the review!

      • Dee

        I used to like them for awhile,,, Plus, I do own the Wet N Wild one, but I don’t find myself reaching for it. I’d rather use foundation from a tube, or a pump container. We’re all different and that’s cool! I guess that’s why they make/ place makeup in all kinds of containers. πŸ˜€

        • Isabella Muse

          I get it! Lots of people aren’t so into them! I tend to reach for them often I think I like the sheerness and lightweight feel of them on my skin! AGREED! That’s what makes makeup fun! All the variety and different things!

  • Ang

    Do you think this would work with regular foundation too? You know…to use less product?

    • Isabella Muse

      ummm….! Maybe! It might work great with TMs not sure about a thicker, creamy foundation!

  • kjh

    The reuse of the included cushion always kind of skeeved me out. Then there’s the shade matching issue. And most have chem sunscreen. If I could swatch, i’d bite, but I KNOW it would be wrong. Still, the LE Sulwhasoos are beyond TDF and belong in the Pantheon of Packaging. (Sound like old alliterative Agnew here, gack!). This is a great thing, to be able to wash the applicator skin. The Chapmans are pretty clever.

  • Rebecca

    I recently started using my Beauty Blender with my cushion foundation and really like it that way. I sometimes feel silly since the cushion comes with a sponge, but I feel like I distribute it better using the Beauty Blender.

  • Michelle Maffia

    Think I’m gonna give it try with my Estee Lauder Double Wear. Give it a smooth, lightwweight look hopefully!