I’ve wanted to do this post for over a year now, but lost my Beautyblender for quite a while. Honestly, I lost stuff all the time, it’s horrendous! Anyway, I found it a couple of weeks ago, ‘tidied’ away nicely…so here I am. I’m sure this post has been done to death, but I wanted to put my two cents in. So is the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge a dupe for the Beautyblender? Let’s find out!
A Beautyblender is an elliptical shaped sponge that supposedly creates an airbrush finish to your base. You need to wet the sponge and squeeze the water out; wetting the sponge expands it and makes it feel lighter. Then you just dab and bounce your makeup on our face to blend it out. On the Beautyblender site there are some YouTube videos that’ll show you how to use it best.
The Beautyblender is edgeless and this is supposed to help you achieve a flawless base. I like how easy it is to use. You don’t need to hold it a certain way or do anything special. It works with pretty much any product – powder, cream blush, foundation. This eliminates the need for various brushes for various purposes. One of my worries with using a sponge was that it will ‘suck’ up all my makeup. That wasn’t actually the case, and I find it strange to this day that it desn’t just drink all my foundation up! Apparently, the Beautyblender uses material that means makeup only sits on the surface of the spone and doesn’t get inside.
It feels really soft on my skin when I’m blending my makeup. A noticeable difference I see is that as I bounce the Beautyblender on my face (to blend my foundation), straightaway it seems take the shine/flat finish off any foundation and makes my skin look like skin. This is especially helpful for creamy foundations that can look quite heavy on my skin, but the Beautyblender allows me to have that coverage without the excess shine.
I find it really easy to wash as well. I do have the Beautyblender cleansing solid (which by the way is an overpriced soap), but I rarely use that to wash it. I just go in with handwash and it washes out to look good as new! I’ve had this for quite a while and it still looks as good as new. That fact that the sponge doesn’t absorb the makeup helps.
The RT Miracle Complexion Sponge is about a third of the Beautyblender price. When dry, it is bigger than the Beautyblender and it expands when wet too. It’s slightly different to the Beautyblender in shape. It has the rounded side to blend the larger areas of your face, then a precision tip for concealer and the different part – a flat edge, to blend the contours around your eyes and nose. I’m going to be honest, I don’t find that that extra feature adds anything to the product. It doesn’t make it any easier/better to blend those areas. Some might disagree, I personally don’t feel it’s a necessarily useful feature.
I also find that it retains slightly more water than the Beautyblender. So you have to squeeze that bit harder, or really squeeze with a kitchen towel to suck all the water out. The RT Miracle Complexion Sponge feels lighter on the skin. It has similar effect to the Beautyblender but it’s not as good. It is good at blending out makeup, but I wouldn’t say ‘flawless’ finish in comparison to the Beautyblender.
The Real Techniques sponge doesn’t wash as well as the Beautyblender either. There are a couple of foundation stains that just can’t get out no matter how much I’ve washed it! And believe me, I’ve tried, as the stains make the sponge look dirty even when I’ve washed it. Another point, I’ve had the RT sponge for a shorter time than the Beautyblender, yet it is showing signs of wear. So it’s not quite as durable as the Beautyblender.
Having said that, it’s probably the closest any sponge has ever gotten to a Beautyblender. Which would I recommend? If you have the money to spend, I’d pick the Beautyblender as it’s just that little bit better. But if you’re unsure if a sponge is for you, definitely go for the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. It will give you a good taste of what to expect from the Beautyblender.
Have you tried the Beautyblender or the Real Techniques Sponge? Share recommendations in the comments below or tweet me @aspiring_london!