I finally got my newest toy in the mail! I recently ordered the Miracle Complexion Sponge By Real Techniques and it finally arrived! I have been wanting to try the Beauty Blender for a long time, but I really can’t justify $26 CAD for a sponge. I think it’s excessive. I had been hearing that the Real Techniques Sponge was the closest “dupe” for the beauty blender, so I decided to give it a go. I didn’t know where to find this in Canada, so I ordered it from Amazon, for about $10. Still half the price of the Beauty Blender, so I thought that was much more reasonable. I’ve have only had this a couple days, so this will be my first thoughts as I have been testing this out. I specifically tried this with 3 different foundations that vary in coverage and thickness to see how it did with each and I feel like I have a pretty good idea of what I think about this. I want to see how this stands up to washing and regular use before I call it a review. My plan is to update this post when I see how it does in other aspects I haven’t tested yet.
The second picture is what the sponge looks dry, right out of the package. Dry it has a pretty firm texture, but the material is soft. Dry it fits right in the palm of my hand, just to get an idea of size. There were no instructions on how to use it on the package, only a link to their YouTube channel. From some research I did know how to use it, so I went ahead and ran this under warm water until it was saturated. Once the sponge had obviously grown in size, I squeezed it until no water came out. This is an important step, or I imagine it could move foundation around instead of blending it in. Once it was damp it was incredibly spongy (go figure) and very soft.
In order to get an impression of how this did with different foundations, I picked a different foundation each day for the last 3 days. I can also compare the coverage with my Sigma F80, which is my regular foundation tool.
The first foundation I tried this with is my usual L’Oreal True Match. This is my favourite foundation, so I of course I wanted to try it with this first. I usually pour a dime sized amount on the back of my hand, dot it on my face and then buff in, so I decided to follow that method for the best comparison. I had never used any type of sponge before so it took me a little bit to figure out the best method to use this. I dabbed the product into my skin and then once it was all on, I sort of rolled the sponge over my skin to blend. I did notice that it took only slightly more foundation to get equal coverage to when I use the F80. What I immediately liked was that it was never streaky. I do find that the F80 requires slight work around my nose to get rid of streaks and that didn’t happen with this. So that was a great start. Like I said, it did take slightly more foundation but not a huge amount more. I’ll say a pea sized amount more. My last FOTD with my sister was my first “go” with this sponge, if you want to see the results I got.
Next I decided to try one of the newer foundations I’m testing. Revlon ColorStay. Prior to getting the RT Sponge, I found this foundation to be a tad cakey. Likely not noticable to anyone except very up close, but still more noticeable than my True Match. This foundation is so thick. Like glue thick. I can turn the bottle over and nothing will come out, so I was curious to see how it would do with the RT Sponge. I used the same method as with the True Match and found that using the sponge completely got rid of the slight cakeyness I was getting before. I don’t know if it’s because of the water in the sponge, but it really worked. I once again needed a little more than with the F80, but not significant. When I use this foundation this will likely be my go-to from now on. It really helped it blend with my skin.
The last foundation I tried it with is very different than the first two. It is the L’Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder foundation. It is very, very thin and has the lightest coverage of the 3. The instructions say to use your fingers, so I was curious how this would do. Now I have never used this with the F80 because I got the F80 this winter and I didn’t use this foundation this winter. I found that it was clinging to dry patches, which is not a hot look. Now that my skin is under control, it’s safe to use this it seems. I was most apprehensive about this foundation only because it does have to be rubbed in to set, which is why it instructs to use your fingers. I used the same method and found that with 2 layers I got decent coverage. It didn’t cling to any of the couple dry spots I have and that may be because of the damp sponge. I don’t find that this one took any more foundation than normal. I would always do 2 layers for this foundation since it is thin. It never goes cakey so 2 layers is totally fine. I was happy with how my skin looked after using this, it looked really natural and still covered up a small breakout on my cheek.
In addition to foundation I used this for concealer and I can safely say that it’s my new favourite method. I used the pointed end this has and it was able to blend concealer quickly and smoothly with no creasing! Pretty impressive I think. Next i plan to try this with cream blush and liquid highlighter to see how it does on different products.
Overall, from the 3 times I’ve used this I has been a success. I still love my F80 and will likely rotate between the 2, but for anyone who doesn’t want to shell out the money for the F80, I would spend the $5-$10 on this. I think the end result is very similar. For anyone with dry skin, you can’t turn down the added moisture a damp sponge gives, so that’s a bonus. I can see this being a winter staple to try and combat dry patches.
The “store” I purchased from seems to be out of stock, but here is a similar price point.
Verdict: So far so good. Very pleased! I think it’s very multipurpose especially for it’s price point.
I hope you enjoyed this first impression, let me know what you thought of this sponge or if you plan on trying it! Or if there is something else from Real Techniques I should try, I’d love to know 🙂
Bye for now!