a SHOUT OUT for the SPONGE TIPS! (foam)
To all the haters *jk*: don't be too quick to brush these tools off. (ha, like the pun?) Aside from shadow, I use these to help diffuse gel liners, cream eye bases and even adjust lipstain/lipstick applications. (I think they work better than a lip brush, since they place the product over a larger surface more evenly) And for powder eye shadow- these are IDEAL for packing on glittery/metallic shades to the lid. You just press into place! If you take some time to gently wipe clean, they will last a bit longer before disposal. On the go- I see why these are often included in small palettes. As mentioned, you use the flat/wider side to place color and can lightly use the side (at an angle) for minimal blending/diffusing. In no way do they replace brushes for this, but it's convenient to have in a pinch/for touch ups. Haha, brands like Dior and Tom Ford who include them in their palettes can't be wrong now, can they? ;)
Shadow Applicators by Ulta
I am not a fan of using shadow brushes. I do use shadow brushes, but generally only when highlighting the brow bone area. I feel like applicators give better coverage. Years ago Ulta sold applicators that were FAR BETTER quality than these. The previous applicators were all white and the sponge tips were actually sponges, not foam. They were made from the same material that foundation "wedge" applicators are made from. They lasted much longer than what is sold in Ulta today. I have asked several times about the previous product, but no one in Ulta seems to know about them. It could be that they did not work at Ulta when these were part of their product line. I even brought in one of the older applicators, but no one recognized them. So these work, but they are more abrasive than the sponge kind. And the foam pops off after some usage. I would prefer the others, but they do not seem to be sold anywhere.
Perfect for eyelash extensions!
I use these whenever I have eyelash extensions to remove my eyeliner.
No cotton fuzz stuck in my eyelashes!
This is perfect to use so you don't have to use your fingers
I use this product to use for my eyeshadow I use it to blend if there's a mistake I try out different eye products on it I have two little canisters of them and I use them for any makeup they are perfect.
Tip is fatter than I prefer, so it's hard to get as thin a lash line as I like to do with my shadow color, but the brand I loved is no longer available, so these are an ok substitute.
Use all the time
Use every day. They are inexpensive enough to dispose of often!! Fit hands good. Not too small
These sponge tip makeup sticks are the perfect size. Easy to handle. Stock up!