I have been a loyal user of the Beauty Blender for years. When it comes to make-up application, it has been my preferred sponge. Better than a brush, the Beauty Blender helps to provide great coverage with a flawless finish. With a $20 price tag, I am always looking for a less expensive alternative but have yet to fine one that compares to the Beauty Blender, until now. Enter Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge . . .
The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge may appear as a dupe for the Beauty Blender, but it is actually quite different. For one, the RT sponge takes a slightly different shape. Rather then the typically egg shape most blending sponge have, the RT sponge is flat on one side. I find this to be helpful when applying foundation to my cheeks and forehead or when I am blending out my concealer. It still has a round tip on the opposite end, which makes it great for getting into the corner of your nose or blending out under your eyes.
The density of the Real Techniques sponge is also quite different. It is allot denser and has more of a "memory foam" like texture. Because of that I find that I have to wet it a bit more before use and it sucks in a lot more product. I find myself having to clean it allot more because of this, and within about a week of use, you can really feel the product buildup in the sponge. For this reason, I feel like I will need to replace it a lot sooner than the Beauty Blender, but at $6 a sponge (compared to $20 for the BB) you kind of don't mind.
Overall, I do feel like I get a similar finish with the Real Technique sponge compared to the Beauty Blender. Because of the density, it is a tad heavier, which I find makes to easier to work with. It did take some adjustment at first, going a little lighter handed when applying the actual product to the sponge to make sure it doesn't soak up too much excess. Even with doing that, it does hold a lot of product and moisture as I already mentioned
The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge retails for $5.99 and can be purchased in the US at Ulta stores or Ulta.com.
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