When the Beauty Blender first hit the scene, I knew I had to have it because it was considered the sponge to have for a perfect makeup application. And it was. Before the Beauty Blender, we were stuck with those bland white makeup wedges that were either too soft and soaked up way too much product or too stiff to blend. The Beauty Blender changed the game and also opened the flood gates for other brands to come up with their own makeup sponges to compete.
Of course, the dupes aren’t always quite as good as the original but sometimes they can come pretty close. That’s exactly the case with the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Blending Sponge. Is it as soft and bouncy as the Beauty Blender? Not quite. Does it work just as well? Darn skippy!
The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge features an egg-like design that’s similar to the Beauty Blender with a tear drop point but it also comes with a slanted flat edge on the other side. This gives the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge the advantage because it makes it easier to highlight and contour and cover larger areas (like the forehead and cheeks) as well as apply powders with ease.
On my lazy days, I like to take the flat end of the Miracle Complexion Sponge and use it dry to apply my powder foundation to quickly even out my complexion. When I have a little more time (and energy), I’ll wet the Miracle Complexion Sponge and use it to apply my liquid foundation, concealer and cream contour. Basically, I use this bad boy to do my whole face. And the Miracle Complexion Sponge does it like a champ! Every time I use it to apply all of my complexion products my face looks super smooth and blended to airbrushed perfection. Sort of like my Beauty Blender that I paid 3 times the price for.
I do think Real Techniques could have made the Miracle Complexion Sponge a teeny bit softer but I still love it and find it rather comparable to the Beauty Blender. In fact, the Miracle Complexion Sponge has the advantage because you get two applicators in one (pointed end and flat end) and it doesn’t soak up as much product since it isn’t quite as soft as the Beauty Blender. Not to mention, you only pay $6-$7 for it versus the $25 you’ll shell out for the Beauty Blender. Plus, the Miracle Complexion Sponge holds up a little bit longer without getting dings and dents since it’s a bit more durable.
I’m not saying the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is an exact dupe for the Beauty Blender but I am saying that it’s freaking fabulous for $6. I can easily bust out a full face using this baby in less time than I would using a handful of brushes and my makeup still looks flawless. I definitely think the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is great option for guys and gals looking for a good makeup sponge without breaking the bank. Head to your local Ulta or CVS to pick one up and try it for yourself!
Have you ever used the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge?