While in Valencia, I made it my mission to find a Sephora and buy some things. We still don’t have a Sephora in Belgium so whenever I go travelling I try to hop in one of the stores. Time for a new location Sephora, come on!
I had been thinking of getting a Beautyblender for a long time now – I found them in London a few weeks earlier but was put off by the price: almost € 20! I figured I already have my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge, so I didn’t need another sponge. But then I found the Beautyblender for way less at the Sephora in Valencia! It was the cheapest I’d ever seen (€ 14,90!) so I quickly grabbed one and went on my happy way to the cash register.
Now I have both the Miracle Complexion sponge and the Beautyblender. What do you think? Time for a battle of the sponges? ;)
Beautyblender vs Real Techniques:
Splurge or save?
I’ve been using Real Techniques’ Miracle Complexion sponge for quite some time now.
By the way: the Miracle Complexion sponge you’ll see in this post is a brand new one – mom really likes them as well so we always have a spare in the house, lol.
I’ve always been curious to try out the Beautyblender, but just couldn’t muster the much heftier pricetag. You’re supposed to replace these sponges every few months – and we all realise this might add up at the end of the year. It is however such a raved about product that I just had to buy and try it. What can I say, my curious beauty-loving heart couldn’t resist ;)
Shape and size
When we want to compare the Miracle Complexion sponge to the Beautyblender, the first thing we notice is the shape.
The Beautyblender is a pink pointed egg and slightly smaller than the Real Techniques sponge. I love to use the fine point for getting in those tough spots like the corners of your eyes, nose and mouth. Larger areas, like your forehead, cheeks and chin are blended in no-time with the round bottom. It’s a very pleasant and fast way to blend your foundation with!
The Miracle Complexion sponge is an orange pointed oval with a flat edge. Just like its competitor, the fine point is perfect for tough-to-reach spots. The oval shape allows for quick blending on your forehead, chin and cheeks. But the Miracle Complexion sponge has another asset: the flat edge! This can be used to contour around the eyes and nose. Personally I don’t use the flat edge as much, but I do use the other side of it to blend my concealer with.
Both sponges double up in their size when they are wet.
Blending & Material
I love using both sponges, but I do have the feeling that the Miracle Complexion sponge is more dense. It doesn’t bounce back as quick as the Beautyblender and because it’s more dense, it doesn’t feel as soft and squishy.
I’m quite pleased on how both of the sponges don’t absorb too much product (when damp, of course!). There’s even less absorption if you apply your foundation with a brush and then blend it out with one of the two sponges.
Both sponges are latex free.
The Miracle Complexion sponge definitely triumphs the Beautyblender price wise. The Real Techniques sponge is way cheaper: with its very budget-friendly price of € 5,99 you can buy three RT’s for one Beautyblender (one BB is around € 20!)
Both sponges are widely available through various stores. I haven’t found the Beautyblender yet in-store here in Belgium, so you’ll need to order online. The Miracle Complexion sponge is available online and in the Di stores in Belgium.
Splurge with the Beautyblender or save with the Miracle Complexion Sponge?
My Personal Opinion:
I’ve been loyal to Real Techniques for so long, but I have to admit there is just something about the Beautyblender that makes me grab for it more than the Miracle Complexion sponge. I’m thinking it’s the bounce. It’s softer in use and for me that makes it more comfortable.
Don’t get me wrong, you won’t be hitting your face with a brick if you use the Real Techniques sponge ;-) It’s is actually a really good dupe for the Beautyblender! They blend almost equally well, so if you’re not ready to spend € 20 on a make-up sponge, Real Techniques has got you covered.
Will I keep on buying the Beautyblender from now on? Or will I stay loyal to my trusty Miracle Complexion sponge?
Honstly, it really depends on how long my new Beautyblender will keep up with me. I’ve had the Miracle Complexion sponge with me for over a year now. Yes, I hear you – over a year is way too long for a make-up sponge. But in my honest opinion: as long as you keep it superclean (no germ fests, please.) and if it still applies your foundation evenly, why would you throw it away? :-) However, I have to admit the bright orange colour of my first Miracle Complexion Sponge has now faded and recently little tears started to show up, so I bought the Beautyblender just in time.
I’m now using my new bright pink egg everyday. I love the bounciness of it and would definitely repurchase, but only if it lasts me as long as the other sponge. Or else… No deal! ;)
Do you prefer a brush or a sponge for putting on foundation? Would you splurge or save on your make-up sponges?