Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

After the much deserved great success of Beauty Blender, a lot of brands have been releasing egg-like sponges with the same concept to compete with Beauty Blender. Sometime ago, Real Techniques which is a drugstore UK brand created by Samantha Chapman, a make up artist and beauty vlogger, and then joined with her sister, Nic, released Miracle Complexion Sponge. I have tried a lot of brushes from the brand and have been using them religiously as they are really affordable, they have soft bristles and effective. My beauty blenders are starting to fall apart so I decided to give this a go as they are available in the country and more affordable. After using it several times, here's what I think about the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge...

The shape is different from a traditional egg sponge, it has a flat surface that I use to stipple foundation and blend concealer under the eyes, a domed sides that's more oval and longer than a typical egg sponge, and a tip that I use to pin point conceal and cover the area around my nose.

My first impression of this is that it's much more dense than Beauty Blender, it's not as bouncy and squishy either. First time using it I did not like it because it absorbs so much product that one pump of foundation that's usually enough for me on my natural days did not cover at all. I ended up patting more and more foundation to see that it did not build as much as it usually does. I always use these type of sponges damp, so I don't know how they work when they're dry.

However, the second time I used it I tried not squeezing all the water out of the sponge. I usually squeeze hard and multiple times so I can get it as dry as possible before I use it, but knowing that it absorbs much more product than my Beauty Blender, I decided to try leaving quite a bit of water in it so it would not absorb my foundation. And it worked! I still squeezed enough so it's not drenched though! Hehe. I find that I still need to use more foundation than when I use my fingers but I love the finish this sponge gives so I have no problem with it. You need to throw away your foundation at some point anyway ;)You can build layers with it and your foundation will not look heavy! That's what I love about using sponges like these is that they leave you the most natural but they give you enough coverage to make you look flawless.

The trick for me is to put two pumps of foundation on the back of your hand, and then stipple the foundation quickly onto your skin using the flat surface. As I said above, so far I only use the flat surface and the tip, as I find the domed sides quite awkward to use. But experiment all you want!

Another thing I find is that it takes more time for me to finish doing my base with this sponge compared to when I use Beauty Blender. One last downside to the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is that it can be quite difficult to clean. I can never get all the product out so it's left with a stain. I always try to keep them clean before and after each use as sponges can be a home to bacteria!

All in all, I think this is a great alternative to Beauty Blender, it is more affordable, you use it with the same technique, you can buy it in Jakarta, and it leaves you with a similar finish. However you need to practice and experiment with it so you know how it works best.

Much love,

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