30 September 2013

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

I have been raving about beauty blenders for months, finding them the perfect way to get a truly flawless finish. I've never tried the original Beauty Blender, but I've tried my fair share of dupes from 99p eBay finds to online finds like the Makeup Blending Sponge. They are one of my favourite makeup products; they've completely transformed my bases and made me a complete beauty blender addict. 

So, how exactly do you use a beauty sponge? To use, you simply hold under running water - I prefer cold, as it makes my base apply smoother - and let the sponge expand and fill with water, before squeezing out the excess water, quick squeeze in a clean hand-towel, and it's ready to use! You use a beauty sponge to apply and blend your foundation, and the theory is that by pressing the foundation onto your skin with a sponge - almost bouncing it lightly but firmly off of your skin - you will be left with a flawless base. This is something I have found is true with every variety I have tried, regardless of price.

When I heard Real Techniques were releasing their very own spin on the original Beauty Blender, I was more than a tad excited. Like, squealing in delight and voicing my elation on Twitter kind of excited. The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge* (Beauty Chamber*, £4.99) is different to any beauty blenders I have tried before. For starters the most obvious difference is the shape. The Real Techniques version isn't the standard egg shaped sponge, it's been precisely sculpted for use on all facial contours, and features. It has curves and points, rounded smooth surface for application in a variety of techniques. It's more versatile, I think, than the popular simple egg shape. As well as being incredibly easy to use, I love the way you can technically use it for three products in one. Using one surface for under eye correctors and concealers, highlighter and foundation, putting all three surfaces to good use! It's pictured dry, and it does expand a little when you use it but not so much as smaller, more compact and firm sponges do. This sponge is soft when dry, softer when wet and expanded. I think this makes a big difference, and a positive one at that, when compared to other varieties I have tried. It's much easier to use with the softer sponge, than my other beloved beauty blenders are. I think I may just repurchase another, so I have two for use between brush washing - and ditch the others to the back of my makeup drawer! Because this has taken number one spot as my favourite beauty sponge. Well done Real Techniques, well done.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
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18 comments

  1. I have this one too and found another great purpose for it. I recently treated myself to Illamasqua's new Velvet Blusher in Peaked and it is great for putting that on too. Admittedly I haven't tried any other cream blushers with it, but it really works a treat with that one. It leaves a gorgeous finish to it.

    The blender itself with regards to foundation has been a godsend since I started branching out into cream to powder foundations. I haven't gone wrong with it yet. It is great with liquid ones too, but I found my Revlon 24 Hour Colourstay did stain it quite a bit and it took an awful lot of elbow grease to get rid of it!

    I haven't tried the original Beauty Blender but have got a couple of the dupes which I will keep for my Revlon, but this one is definitely being kept for the rest of my face x

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    1. I will have to try that! I find beauty blenders to be a real pain to wash, so I checked a few online reviews, tips & tricks and I now stick all of mine in the washer! Not in the dryer, just the washer. But it gets them clean as anything! It's a shame their not easy to clean along with makeup brushes in the sink. But they are definitely a great (and purse-friendly) investment! I kind of want to try the original Beauty Blender, just to see what's so special about it! xo

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  2. I just bought this is absolutely fabulous! Great idea about buying another they are that affordable it's easy to do so. Fab post lovely.
    Liza | Glambeautys | YouTube

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    1. I am so glad to hear you love it too Liza! Thanks, thrilled you enjoyed my post :) xo

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  3. Great review! I've never really been into using sponges to apply my foundation but this looks too good not to try out! xo

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    1. Thanks Megan! It is such a fantastic way to apply bases, give it a go! xo

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  4. This is the sponge I need to get. I love my beauty blender and could do with another one in my collection so I'm not forced to constantly wash every single time I use it because I need to use it the next day too.

    You've sold me on the softness. ;) xo

    Adrienne @ Late Night Nonsense | Bloglovin' | YouTube

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    1. And it's much more purse-friendly to add this to your beauty blender collection, than buy another Beauty Blender! :) Let me know how you get on with it lovely! xo

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  5. Really want this, it's so affordable
    Megan x | MeganRoisinn

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    1. It really is, you should give it a go! :) xo

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  6. I really want to try this! :)

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    1. You should give it a go Emily, it makes my bases look flawless, I adore it :) xo

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  7. I'm intrigued by beauty sponges - for this price it's worth trying even if I end up disliking it! xx

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    1. Definitely - And I bet you will love it just as much as me! :) xo

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  8. I'm yet to try a beauty blender but I think I need to try this one! Sounds like it's a miracle sponge.

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    1. It's perfectly named, isn't it? ;) xo

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  9. I've tried this and the beauty blender, to me both work well and I am a sponge convert.
    It also seems the beauty blender is harder to clean and RT sponge is more pocket friendly.

    www.lovesandbeautycom

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  10. I have just recently started using this, and really love it! I was tempted to get the original Beauty Blender, but was really put off by the price it. So when I saw this at the bargainous price, well, thought it would be rude not to get it....!

    Also, I love the fact that you can do your concealer and foundation just with this and not two separate brushes! - Less cleaning ;)

    Paula at Beauty Lover xx

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