I have been a big fan of the beautyblender for a couple years now. I don’t use it every day – fingers are just faster and easier – but I always pull it out when I want the best finish possible, especially with thicker foundations. The one big downside of the Beauty Blender is the price – $20 for just one sponge! You can also buy two for $29, that’s still quite pricey for sponge. So, I was intrigued to hear that the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge is as good as the beautyblender – it’s $6, and frequently on sale. In fact, just for today (Thursday), all Real Technique brushes & tools are 25% off at Ulta.com – which makes the Real Techniques sponge a real bargain at $4.50.
So, how do they compare?
Obviously, they’re shaped differently – both are egg-like with a pointed end and a rounded egg, but the RT sponge has a flat section as well. I don’t find that this makes any practical difference – I don’t generally use the flat section, but it doesn’t detract from the sponge either.
Both are smallish and relatively dense when dry, and just about double in size when damp. The texture is a bit different when they’re damp – the Real Techniques sponge is denser than the beautyblender. You can see the texture difference in the macro shots below.
However, practically speaking, I don’t notice any difference when I use the sponges. Both are much softer and “bouncier” than your standard latex wedge sponge. Both soak up a little foundation, but not too much, and both give a flawless, streak-free finish. Given the price difference, I know which one I’ll be repurchasing!
Have you tried either or both of these sponges, or any of the other supposed beautyblender dupes? I’d love to hear what you think of the various sponges available!
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