silicone makeup applicator

Silicone Makeup Applicator Review: A Game-Changer for Flawless Makeup Application?

When I first saw the Silicone makeup applicator I thought it must be a joke! How does a piece of silicone apply anything never mind makeup?!

I’m sure you’re thinking the same. But everyone was talking about it, so it wasn’t a trend I could miss out on!

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How to use the silicone makeup applicator

After my initial scepticism, I was surprised to find that the Silicone Makeup Applicator is actually really easy to use. Apply a small amount of foundation or moisturiser to the silicone applicator and pat it on your skin.

Use a circular motion to blend it in. You may need to use your fingers or a brush to make sure it’s all blended properly.

My Honest Review of the Silicone Makeup Applicator

Silicone Makeup Applicator

The main advantage of the Silicone Makeup Applicator is that you don’t waste makeup. Both sponges and brushes absorb a lot of your makeup which is frustrating. It’s a big waste of money and annoying to have to buy new makeup so frequently.

Another MASSIVE advantage for me is that it’s so easy to clean. Let’s all be honest- how often do you really clean your makeup brushes?! I wish I could say that I clean mine after every use but, I don’t! I’m slightly lazy when it comes to it and I find it rather time-consuming to clean them properly.

The silicone makeup applicator is really simple to clean and it’s so much more hygienic as it doesn’t absorb anything. You can clean it with regular soap and water and it takes really quick too.

However, I found that it takes longer to apply foundation with the silicone makeup applicator than with a regular foundation brush. You have to work harder to get everything blended properly. The way I solved this problem is to start applying my foundation with the silicone makeup applicator, and then blending it with a foundation brush instead of the applicator.

But once you get your makeup brush out to finish the job, you might as well just start applying your makeup with it.

Is the Applicator for you?

For those whose every minute counts, the silicone makeup applicator is not a good idea. But in truth, I don’t really recommend it to anyone. It was a cute fad while it lasted, but it doesn’t do a very good job of applying makeup.

Its selling point is that it doesn’t waste any makeup, but in reality, the best makeup applicators are the ones that are absorbent. They allow for a more skin-like finish. If you’re looking for a flawless foundation, stick to your trusted brushes or beauty blender!

If you’re really not a fan of any product going to waste, simply apply your foundation and concealer with your fingers. It’s easier than using the applicator and will get the job done quicker and better!

Hollie xx


About Hollie

Hi, I’m Hollie, and I’m passionate about everything beauty. Over the last decade and a half, I’ve tested thousands of products to bring you the best of the best! I also love bringing you fun and creative beauty looks. Learn more.

Beauty profile – 35, dry, aging skin, focused on aging well with a healthy glow and natural makeup look ✨

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  1. This is exactly what I’ve been looking for! I don’t wear make up very often, so I am constantly frustrated by how much gets wasted in a sponge. You mentioned that you can use this for moisturiser as well, I assume you’d only need one because you can clean it so easily?

    1. This won’t waste any of your makeup! Yes, you can use it for moisturiser too because it cleans so easily:) Good luck!

  2. Sponges are definitely not the way to go. I’m he type that will try to save everything and use every the sponge is not something I would want to keep. I never heard of a silicone applicator. I will definitely check this out. It seems like that will do the trick in using every bit.
    How long were you able to keep yours? Does it seem to last a pretty long time without “flexing” out of shape.

    1. The silicone applicator is relatively new. Mines only a couple of months old and its condition is still like new. I don’t know how long it will last for but it feels pretty sturdy. Its really an amazing product and I’m loving mine:)

  3. Cool! This is totally something I didn’t even know I needed because I’m guilty of not cleaning my brushes too! It’s also never occurred to me that I might be wasting makeup on my sponges and brushes. Quick question: When I put on liquid foundation I like to place dabs around my face and blend it with a moistened sponge. Do you think this applicator would work with this method?

    1. Don’t worry- you’re not alone. A lot of people don’t realise how much makeup they’re wasting when they use a brush or sponge. The silicone applicator can definitely replace the sponge you use and you can use it for blending too. I recommend when you’re finished blending with the applicator to use your fingers or your sponge to go over areas that may not be blended perfectly.

      Good luck!

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