Make Up Sponge Applicators: Real Techniques vs Beautyblender

Back in March I bought the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge while we were on the hunt for Heston in beautiful Berkshire. Earlier this month I purchased a Beautyblender sponge. How do they compare and which one do I prefer? Only one way to find out…

First we should take a closer look at the facts of both these sponges. In general these make up sponges are meant to achieve a flawless, highly blended finish so we can all look like we have perfect skin, awesome! I think that’s something everybody is looking for, whether you’re taking the “no make up look” approach or the “full Kardashian” approach to make up.

The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is a “3 in 1 multi-functional sponge”, according to Real Techniques: contouring around eyes and nose, covering blemishes and blending your liquid foundation all over your face. To achieve these 3 functions the sponge has an odd, yet efficient shape. Of course the round shape is used to blend product over a large area and the tip is used to cover small blemishes, but the most interesting feature is the flat edge for contouring. You can buy it at Boots for £5,99.

The Beautyblender has an elliptical shape, so you don’t get the flat edge here. But the round base and tip should give you the flawless finish you’re looking for.
You can buy it at Liberty for £16,00. Beautyblender also sells a Blendercleanser ( £15,00) by the way. Because just like brushes the sponges have to be cleansed often, obviously this applies to the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge as well. They don’t sell a special product, but that’s no excuse to forget about clean tools, people!

Those are the facts about the products, how ’bout my thoughts on them?

I have to make a confession: I mainly use the sponges to apply my concealer. I just can’t get used to them to apply my liquid foundation, I prefer my Real Techniques Buffing Brush from their core collection (yes, that is £21,99 for 4 brushes!). It’s the best brush for liquid foundation I’ve used so far. I don’t plan on reviewing the brushes separately so let me just say this: Real Techniques brushes are easy to use and to clean. Seriously, they look brand spanking new after a good cleanse. I wish I could say that about my (waaaay more expensive) MAC-brushes, but alas… They don’t shed at all (again, as opposed to MAC), so I’m a total convert! Now back to sponges…

I use these to apply concealer with a stippling method and occasionally (when I feel all fancy) I use them to set my make up with MAC Fix +.

What I love about the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is the variety in surfaces, especially the flat edge. It’s really convenient when blending around the nose. However, I have to say the Beautyblender simply blends better and faster. It just requires less “work”.
Now when we take the price into account it’s safe to say Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is the best buy. I don’t think I will repurchase the Beautyblender, unless there’s an offer that lowers the price a bit.

If you’re on a budget or just don’t like spending too much on make up: definitely go for the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. It’s a great tool and you will not regret it.
If budget is not an obstacle and you’re into experimenting with make up: buy both! If you end up liking Beautyblender better that’s great but if you’re just as satisfied with the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge then your double purchase now could save you a lot of money in the long run. (which you can then spend on other pretty pretty products, and so it goes on and on, right?)

So… both great products, but what are you willing to pay?




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