Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Nippon Pro Blend Sponge Review

My love for "Beauty Blenders" will always be there no matter how many packs of "wedge sponges" I consumed!  I still find myself using a "Beauty Blender" or tear-drop shaped sponges for natural-looking makeup with an "airbrush" finish.  

I owned 2 Beauty Blenders(review HERE) and after that, I was able to try out different brands that are similar to Beauty Blenders!  Examples are HD Makeup Blender and Pro Studio Beauty PRO Blend Sponge!  Unfortunately, there are more from brands like Etude House that I haven't tried!  Will definitely keep my eyes open on other brands and will review as much as I can!

Today, let us focus on the Nippon Pro Blend Sponge KIT that I got over the holidays as gift!  Yes, for a set, you get not one but TWO Pro Blend Sponges and a 20ml Pro Blend Sponge!  Finally!  I find myself having a hard time cleaning these hard-headed sponges!

The KIT looks like this!  I tell you, it is not just perfect for Christmas but perfect for any "gift-giving" occasions!

Nippons says ---

CLAIM TO FAME: A reusable makeup tool kit used by professionals

FAST FACTS: A sponge-and-cleaner kit for clean and precise makeup application. Comes packaged in a nifty travel pouch. Includes:
  • A pair of teardrop-shaped Nippon Pro Blend Sponges for flawless makeup application even in hard-to-each areas 
  • Nippon Pro Blend Sponge Cleaner to prevent bacteria buildup on sponges

AMW says ---
  • Price. 
  • Reusable sponge.
  • Sponge can be used for wet and dry application.
  • The kit comes in a nifty travel pouch!  Perfect for makeup artists like me as I can't seem to find the right "case" to store my Beauty Blenders!
  • Quality is really good!  It gives the right "bounce" to create that airbrush look.
  • The color!  The black color looks so professional!
  • Versatile, you can create light to heavy foundation coverage using this sponge.
  • No scent.

  • Difficult to wash, some makeup are really difficult to remove.
  • Not as soft as Beauty Blender, but not scratchy!  So I find the texture alright!
Good quality Pro Blend Sponge that can help create a smooth canvass.  You can easily create light to heavy coverage using this sponge.

from Nippon
  • Run the Nippon Pro Blend Sponge under water until wet. 
  • Gently wring out excess water until sponge is slightly damp. 
  • Apply makeup with sponge.
  •  Use the base of the sponge to blend. 
  • After each use, rinse and clean with the Nippon Pro Blend Sponge Cleaner. Airdry. 
  • Store in pouch when not in use. 
from AMW
  • I am still testing the Pro Blend Sponge Cleaner but just in case you don't have the cleaner, remove makeup stains by using an Extra Virgin Olive Oil or inexpensive Makeup Oil cleanser to remove liquid or cream makeup.
  • Use the sharp tip to conceal/cover smaller areas like under the eyes and sides of the nose.
  • Use the base with a bouncing/stippling motion to blur out harsh edges.
  • Always remember to squeeze excess water, too much water on sponge will not give a good coverage!
  • For dry application, apply powder foundation just like you're using any sponges! 
Will I repurchase?

To whom do I recommend this to?
Liquid or cream liquid foundation users, or even users who love to conceal can use this sponge for quicker "blending".

Where to purchase and how much?
Priced at Php400.00 (approx $9.00) a set (includes 2 Nippon Pro Blend Sponges and 1 Nippon Pro Blend Sponge Cleaner 20ml). 

Related Links 
Instagram: @nipponph
Twitter: @NipponPH


Size Difference
Left facing you: Wet
Right facing you: Dry
The Nippon Pro Blend Sponge expands at least a quarter of its original size when wet!  This gives a nice "fluff" thus making it easy to "bounce" the sponge for quick foundation/concealer application/blending!

I like to start application at the center of my face where it needs more coverage!  I like to gently roll the Nippon Pro Blend Sponge going outward.
Quick tip: NEVER rub instead, stipple or roll the sponge for better coverage.

Using the sharp tip, I like to cover smaller areas like the sides of my nose and under the eye!  I love using this sponge to blend out my concealer!

Once I'm happy with the coverage, I like the flip the sponge, use the base to blend out everything!  I use quick, stippling motion.

I am very happy with how the Nippon Pro Blend Sponge are packaged into 2s and comes with a cleaner!  For the price it is definitely worth it!  The quality of the sponge is really good and so far, the Pro Blend Sponge cleaner delivers!

Do you own a teardrop shaped sponge?
What's the brand and are you willing to purchase more?

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(Product sent by company/PR  for review.  Opinion 100% mine.  Please purchase at your own discretion.)


  1. I found it cheaper compared to my BYS Sponge. Since Nippon got 2 sponges + cleaner.
    Its a perfect gift even for starters :D

    1. I agree, I haven't tried BYS though, how does it work for you?

  2. It's good that it expands. I've tried cheaper ones that don't :(

    1. what? Naku, I haven't thought of that! That the inexpensive ones do not expand pala! thanks for sharing!

    2. Yeah! Meron ding nag eexpand naman, depends on the brand talaga. Meron akong cheap one that's similar to what you reviewed pero hindi ko na sha makita anywhere. Every time nag sstock yung Landmark ng sponges in wala na agad. :')) :))

  3. Wow I didn't know this product even existed! Thank you for sharing I would love to try this! Meanwhile you can also read up on other beauty blender dupes below Php500 at


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