Face Off

FACE OFF: Battle of the Sponges

November 15, 2014
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Hi Everyone!

Today I have a duel for you…,two products are going to face off to see if one is really worth the extra money. Who will win?!? The Beauty Blender was for a long time the only sponge of it’s kind on the market with little to no competition. Then along came a $5 sponge from Real Techniques that has been challenging it ever since. So today I decided to see first hand if they are in fact dupes. In order to keep it fair, I opened a brand new RT Sponge and the Beauty Blender is fairly new as well. I am going to test foundation, concealer and then a final test of how much product they hold and use that criteria to determine a winner if there is one. I am not biased in any way, each side was given the exact same treatment and the results are fair. I would never manipulate a result one way or another. Okay so let’s get to it! Make your predictions now! No cheating! πŸ™‚

Size and Shape

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When wet (as pictured) the sponges are pretty similar in size, but do differ in shape. The Beauty Blender is egg shaped with a pointed end for concealer, while the Real Techniques Sponge features a flat edge as well as a pointed end.

The left side of my face is going to be the Beauty Blender (side with the hair clip) and the right side (no clip) is going to be for the Real Techniques Sponge.

Sides

Foundation

Okay so I’m going to start by testing them on foundation. Each side was already clean and moisturized prior to the test. Each side is going to get 1 and a half pumps of Make Up For Ever HD Foundation dotted onto my face from the back of my hand.

Let’s start with the Beauty Blender. One thing I noticed right away when holding both of them is the difference in texture. The Beauty Blender is a very soft sponge, whereas the Real Techniques is much denser. It’s almost like the Beauty Blender is springy-er or something.

Here is what the Beauty Blender side (left) looks like compared to the undone side (right):

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Now onto the Real Techniques Sponge (right).

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I honestly don’t see a real difference between the two sides here, they look pretty even. The sponges are a bit different in terms of application, I was finding that the RT just needed a little more work to make sure the foundation was blended and even. But for the foundation test, these performed very similar.

Verdict: Tie

Concealer

Now to see if one sponge can come out on top for concealer. For this test I’m using the LA Girl Pro Conceal. I put equal amounts under each eye, blended and this was the result.

I think for this test there is a much clearer winner.

Here is the left side that I used the Beauty Blender for:

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It did a very good job and concealed most of the darkness.

Now onto the RT Sponge:

Concealer- RT

You can still see some of the darkness for this eye, so the coverage is not as good. The differences are very minor though.

Verdict: Beauty Blender

Product Absorption

For the last test I really wanted to see for myself how much product these sponges hold. To do this I took a white sheet of paper and stippled each sponge on half until no more product was being released.

Versus

You can see clear differences here. The Beauty Blender definitely holds more water, as it dampened the page more, but the RT Sponge definitely keeps more of your product. I’m sure that if you actually measured the difference between the two it would be miniscule, but it is something to consider, especially if you like expensive face products, as your product will get used up quicker by the Real Techniques Sponge.

Verdict: Beauty Blender

In all the Beauty Blender did win 2/3 tests. However I think that these are both great products and if you weren’t comparing them side by side you likely would never notice a difference. The price is a factor because there is almost a $20 difference, and I think the RT Sponge does an amazing job for only being $5. For this face off I really think it’s personal preference, whatever you are comfortable spending. I think if you purchase either of these, you can’t really go wrong because one is not miles better than the other.

Leave me a comment below if there are any other face offs you would like to see or what you thought of this post!

Bye for now!

Chelsey

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15 Comments

  • Reply Andrea B November 15, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    They both give great results! I have Ulta’s version of a beauty blender and I like it well enough, but if I don’t clean it really really well it makes me break out : /

    • Reply Chelsey November 15, 2014 at 6:27 pm

      Ya I really think you can’t go wrong. I haven’t really picked up my foundation brushes since discovering these sponges. And that’s really interesting, I’ve never had that issue with either of these, but I’m not prone to breakouts.

  • Reply lkbeauty November 15, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Loved this! Xx

    • Reply Chelsey November 15, 2014 at 7:48 pm

      Thank you!! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Paige Mckinnon November 15, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    I am going to buy my first Beauty Blender this week~ :3
    I am very excited to see how it is! C:

    http://www.thedailydollyblog.com

    • Reply Chelsey November 15, 2014 at 9:34 pm

      Ooh that’s exciting, I’m sure you’ll love it. I’m considering getting a couple more, I love them.

  • Reply prettyloved November 15, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    I would say a tie as well. I really need to buy a beauty blending sponge. The sponge I currently have sucks haha. THank you for comparing the both. That’s super helpful.
    Kristin http://prettyloved.wordpress.com

    • Reply Chelsey November 15, 2014 at 11:28 pm

      Ya I think either is a great purchase! And you’re welcome, if there is anything else you want a comparison just let me know, I love writing these kind of posts.

  • Reply Amber T. November 15, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Thank you for this thorough review! I haven’t tried the Beauty Blender because I’ve loved my Real Techniques sponge so much, but maybe I’ll have to give it a try now.

    • Reply Chelsey November 15, 2014 at 11:33 pm

      They are both great!

  • Reply Arielle Tan November 15, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    Very lovely post! I bought the Real Techniques’ sponge since it is so budget-friendly but I always wondered if I missed anything compared to the Beauty Blender.

    • Reply Chelsey November 15, 2014 at 11:59 pm

      Thank you! They are very similar, if not compared side by side no one would probably ever know the difference!

  • Reply Heidie Makes November 16, 2014 at 6:47 am

    I’ve heard beauty blender is better. Great post πŸ™‚

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