Thursday, 14 August 2014

Splurge or save? #1 Beauty Blender vs Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

Ever since finding out about the Beauty Blender sometime last year I wanted to try it as it had great reviews and it seemed like the perfect tool to achieve a flawless complexion. Unfortunately with RRP £16 I couldn't justify the purchase of this make up sponge. But I was still very curious about this, new to me, make up tool so I bought a similar sponge by Cosmopolitan. Even though it wasn't the original Beauty Blender the finish it gave to my foundation was so much better than using my fingers or foundation brush and I was hooked. After that I got the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge and I loved it.
Recently I had to repurchase my RT Miracle Complexion Sponge and also decided to get the original Beauty Blender as I still had the desire to try it out and to see if is any better than its rival.

Beauty Blender vs Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

Firstly, if you are new to this make up tool (which I highly doubt) it's a synthetic but latex free, sponge that expands its size in the water and after squeezing out all the water excess you use it damp to apply your liquid foundation, concealer with stippling/bouncing technique. I love this method of applying my foundations as it gives me really beautiful, nearly flawless finish that any other foundation brush can do. Also as I normally use medium/high coverage foundations the damp sponge sheers it out a tiny bit and gives a nice dewy effect to my skin. My skin is oily/combination but also dehydrated and often has some dry patches which look really bad after applying my base with make up brushes. That's why I prefer using Beauty Blender/RT Miracle Complexion Sponge as they don't accentuate those flaws.

Let me share with you my thoughts on those two make up sponges and how they perform against each other.

- both are made from similar/the same synthetic material with lots of tiny pores, very soft to the touch with Beauty Blender a bit more velvety and both odour free
- both are egg-shaped with the difference that RT Miracle Complexion Sponge is slightly bigger and one side of the domed end is flatten
Using method:
- both can be used wet or dry but the preferable method is to use them damped, I've noticed that RT Miracle Complexion Sponge retains more water and is slightly more difficult to wring it out completely
Application method:
- both sponges should be used for best effects with stippling motions, just like bouncing them off your face, I noticed that Beauty Blender seems to be "bouncier" and slightly easier to use it, both pointed ends are perfect for applying concealers on any areas
Cleaning process:
- I clean both of them the same way: rubbing on the antibacterial soap bar and rinsing in warm water, RT Miracle Complexion Sponge seems to be more difficult to remove all the stains
Finished effect:
- both give flawless/airbrushed, dewy look
- Beauty Blender £16, RT Miracle Complexion Sponge £5.99

My final thoughts:
I like both of them and they give me pretty much the same finish after applying foundation and concealer, it's really hard for me to tell the difference if I apply my base with Beauty Blender or RT Miracle Complexion. I slightly prefer the Beauty Blender because is just this bit easier to apply my products and also doesn't get stained as much. Also in the past my RT Miracle Complexion Sponge lasted only around 3 months and now I've had both of the sponges only 3 weeks and I can see that RT Miracle Complexion has already a small tear while Beauty Blender is still perfect and I've been using each of them on alternate days in order to compare them properly against each other.

Now I've tried the Beauty Blender I can honestly say that it's totally worth the hype as it's a great make up tool but I don't think it's worth the price as its rival RT Miracle Complexion Sponge does exactly the same job for a fraction of the price. I know which one I will be repurchasing in the future:)

Have you used Beauty Blender or Real Technics Miracle Complexion Sponge? Did you like it?




  1. Loved reading this post! Really want to try out the beauty blender x

    1. For me Beauty Blender gives me the best finish to my foundation, definitely worth trying it out but also the Real Techniques Sponge gives pretty much the same effect so you might try this instead. Thanks for commenting! x

  2. Great comparison! I haven't tried either as I don't wear foundation too often so I usually apply with fingers - eek. I didnt realise the RT one was so cheap so I might pick that one up for future use! :) xx

    Jasmin Charlotte

    1. If you get the chance to pick up any of them you should! It's amazing how beautifully the foundation applies with these sponges. xx

  3. I bought the RT one at the weekend after watching Youtube videos comparing the two. It gives me a much better finish than a brush but I have noticed just how much liquid foundation it absorbs! Worth it though for the flawless look? The only thing is when you wet it and it expands, it's just that bit "too" wet/damp for me.. there's always a bit more to be squeezed out, which people reviewing the Beauty Blender said didn't happen! May try the BB in future...

    Amy |

    1. Yes, I did noticed that BB Is easier to wring out the excess water but maybe try squeezing out the sponge in a towel, I do that and I haven't experience too much wetness. I agree that the sponges absorb more foundation but for me it's worth it as the finish is so much better than with a brush. Thanks for commenting! xx

  4. Great review :) I have recently bought the RT sponge but have not got round to using it yet. Looking forward to using it now :) x

    Brenda |

    1. I much prefer this from brush to apply my foundation. xx

  5. My beauty blender arrived today! Can't wait to try it out :) xx

    Laura |


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