Before I get started on this review I want to apologise for the radio silence over the last few days. I’ve been bitten on my ankle, I think by a spider as there are two neat little fang marks, and whilst spiders in the UK aren’t dangerous they can cause reactions. My ankle had blown up like a balloon, it was super gross and a bit tender but luckily it looks like it’s starting to go down today. I usually like to post a review every day, and I had items ready for Thursday and Friday but ended up going straight to bed after work. I might post an extra review or two today to make up for it!
I’ve been experimenting with the Nanshy Sponge from my Roccabox for a little while now, and it was the item I wanted to tell you about on Thursday. If you watched the Roccabox unboxing video, or read the write up for it you’ll know that I still use brushes to apply my foundation, concealer, powder, blush, bronzer etc. I’ve watched tons of videos on YouTube and Instagram showing how to use the sponges effectively, but I’ll confess this is one of those items where I didn’t know what to try. I would wonder if the cheaper sponges would work effectively, or if the better known brands like Beauty Blender are worth the extra cash, and end up buying nothing. This is reason I subscribe to beauty boxes – to help me with such conundrums! I was so excited to see it in my box when I opened it. The Roccabox card says:
“This 4-in-1 Sponge (yes +1 more than all the other 3-in-1’s) does everything!”
The Nanshy Marvel sponge is packaged in a resealable plastic pouch, which can be kept and used for storing the sponge when it’s dry after cleaning. The front of the packaging is mainly transparent to show off the sponge, but it does contain the brand and product names. Some key benefits are also shown on the front of the sponge – the sponge is non-allergenic, odour free and latex free.
The back is the sponge is black with white writing. There are some directions to use the sponge, along with the product bar code, and place of manufacture. The packaging says that the sponge is cruelty free and vegan, and has links to Nanshy’s various social media contacts of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. The packaging describes the blender as:
“Brighten your complexion and create build-able airbrush-like coverage, hide imperfections and achieve the smoothest finish imaginable.”
In Dry Mode: Moisten the sponge with whatever you are about to apply – your liquid foundation, beauty balm cream, concealer, blush or bronzer. The lightly dry off with your powder products.
If You Prefer it Wet: Wet the sponge until it’s completely saturated then squeeze out the excess water. Never twist the sponge as it may damage it. Apply foundation to your sponge and use stipple effect on face, do not rub! You can build up coverage using the sponge by dabbing more makeup into the skin. Bounce it along the skin, pressing slightly on the surface as you go. If you accidentally overload the product and want to erase it, no problem. Instead of dabbing, gently drag the sponge over the overloaded make up. Use the sponge to dry with a powder to take any shine out.
I’ve prepped my skin using the following products (anything in italics I discovered in a beauty box):
Balance Me Daily Essentials Pure Skin Face Wash (Skincare Limited Edition Birchbox), La Theorie des Volcans Noir Eternae Purifying Youth Potion Mask Scrub (February Glossybox), La Mer The Micellar Water (La Mer Limited Edition Glossybox), La Mer The Treatmemt Lotion (La Mer Limited Edition Glossybox), Clarins Toning Lotion with Iris, Caudalié Glow Activating Anti-Wrinkle Serum (March Birchbox – this will be my next review), Benefit It’s Potent Eye Cream and Clarins Hydra Matte Lotion. I let all of this sink in while I dry my hair. I then apply Clarins Beauty Flash Balm and New CID I-prime (March Roccabox) and I’m ready to begin.
I was amazed at how soft the outside of the Nanshy sponge is, it almost feels too good to ruin with make up. The sponge is a lovely mint green colour, and is cleverly shaped to get into all of the nooks and crannies of the face. I’ve decided to try it wet, and there are three application methods I want to tell you about. For all of the applications I’m using Clarins Extra Firming Foundation, L’Oréal Paris Perfect Match Concealer, and PS Pro Longwear Finishing Powder (Autumn or Winter time 2016 Glossybox).
1. Same Amount, Different Tool: When applying foundation with my trusty brush I know that two squirts on the back on my hand will be anough to cover my entire face and neck. Two squirts with the Nanshy did cover the same area but the coverage was significantly reduced, although the finish was beautifully blended. The same happened with my concealer and I had to go over the eye area with more product and a brush before I left the house. This method is good if are after a natural look.
2. Just Add More: I learnt from my first attempt that the sponge is quite thirsty and the amount of product doesn’t go so far, so I tried again using extra squirts of foundation and extra concealer. This did give me the coverage I felt was lacking from my first trial of the sponge, and I still managed to obtain a beautifully blended finish. Whilst I love the result I had used double the products, and these items are not cheap! This method is great if you want full coverage and are not on a budget.
3. Double Trouble: This method was by far my favourite and the one I’ll be sticking to from now on. I went back to using the original amount of makeup and used my brush to roughly distribute it around my face. I then used the Nanshy to blend it to an even finish, I finish I admit I find difficult to obtain with my brush. Sometimes the brush leaves little streaks that can be tough to blend out. I do the same with my concealer, and spread it with my brush before using the Nanshy to blend it in. Finally, I use the Nanshy to apply finishing powder – as it’s a little damp it picks up a lot of the powder, but distributes it all to my face. I find it a lot more precise than my powder brush, and it delivers more powder to a concentrated area. This method is a great compromise between full coverage and getting good value from your makeup.
This sponge is capable of applying all sorts of other products like bronzer, blush etc. and I haven’t even scratched the surface with those yet, but for the cost of this sponge I’d happily buy a few of them to try with all of these different products. I’m converted, and I’m going to continue using the the Nanshy Marvel Sponge each time I apply my makeup using the double trouble method. Finally, on the other side of the leaflet that came with my sponge are cleaning directions. I couldn’t get my sponge completely clean, The are already some kakeup stains on it but I have been following these and I’ll leave them for if you want to read below.