Hello my lovelies,
So I know, I’m extremely late to the party on this one, I mean sponges in the past 4 years have taken the make up world by storm and I have loved them probably for around 3 years. Obviously the original Beauty Blender is incredibly popular and started this craze off and then other brands jumped on the bandwagon to create their own. I think the only one that has really rivalled the original is Real Techniques. I mean they are the queens of affordable brushes so obviously they was going to create one. I thought I would share my opinion between the two as I have used them both extensively in my time.
We will start with Real Techniques Miracle Completion Sponge. It’s orange which is quite different to other brands on the market, it definitely stands out in my collection! I think the shape is the most interesting part of this design with there being a flat top edge which really is so different to what other brands offer on the market. Most people have adopted the Original Beauty Blender shape so it’s nice they have done something different.
I always use my sponges damp, I much prefer it and to be honest I can’t remember the last time I haven’t used a damp sponge to apply my foundation and concealer. What I do find with this sponge is that it absorbs a lot of water and you really have to squeeze to remove the remainder. I also feel is that the sponge doesn’t increase in size to increase it’s surface area which means the sponge becomes very dense and heavy. I use the flat top side of the sponge to apply product around the most part of my face which is fab. It’s evenly applied and my skin always looks great when I have used this.
The problem I have with this is that when moving onto the precision tip for my eye area all the water within the sponge just sits here and creates a very wet look, I have to go back in with the flat top to help take the water off. This is mainly because I suffer with oily skin so anything that wants to create shine like unwanted water is not ok.
What I would say, the finish this gives is fab. I mean it’s flawless which is exactly what Real Techniques describe their sponge as. It does a great job it can just take something a little while to achieve it. With this being a sponge I do find this really easy to clean and remove the product build up. I would say that these do start to break and tear away after a few months so I do have to repurchase these fairly frequently.
So now onto the Original Beauty Blender. I love the pink and to be honest I can’t comment on the shape too much as this is the original shape and in my eyes what a complexion sponge looks like. I love the dome shape and I find the whole sponge is able to get into all those nooks and crannies on my face with ease. This never absorbs too much water and increases in size when wet to create a much lighter sponge and in turn a lighter finish for cream/liquid products. This creates such an airbrush, flawless base which is every girls dream right?
I never have any issues with water clinging onto one end of the blender which is great so I can switch from the two sides effortlessly without a second thought. The blender itself really increases in size when wet which I find a lot easier to work with especially when your blending in products. I find that these are so easy to clean, within their packaging they come with their own soap but if I’m honest I stick to baby shampoo which works wonders on sponges and also brushes.
So which do I prefer? I’m going to have to say the Original Beauty Blender. It just really bugs me with the amount of water that is held within the complexion miracle sponge. I don’t know if anyone else has this issue but it’s a real point for me that separates the two. The overall finish of these two are pretty much the same, they both provide a flawless base and for both I just can’t fault. I do use both regularly because they are both great products.
I think what separates the two the most though is the price. The Original Beauty Blender retails for £17 which is staggering I know but for me it’s worth the investment. You would probably spend that on a brush so why wouldn’t you spend it on a sponge? The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge retails for £5.99 – what a difference!? Real Techniques are always on offer and now you can buy the sponges in packs of 2 and 4 which is great!
In my opinion, both are fab. If you are wanting to try out a sponge that you can rely on without breaking the bank then go for the Real Techniques sponge. However if you are wanting to treat yourself or move up to the next level then I would seriously recommend the Beauty Blender. For me it just has that edge and to be honest I don’t see that ever changing.
Let me know if you have tried these two and what your preference is. Also, have you tried any other blenders – what’s your favourite?