I’m back this week with a review of the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge! I have to say, I’m really excited to be posting this review. Up until two months or so ago, I didn’t believe in the hype of using these sponges to apply my foundation (Real Techniques Sponge or the Beauty Blender). I know how absurd that sounds, since almost every beauty blogger I watch have been using these sponges for years to apply their makeup. But I feared that the sponge would soak up too much of my foundation and the application process would take longer, since you have to dampen the sponge first and then instead of quickly swiping a brush across your face, you have to gently dab the sponge all over your skin. But, I decided that if there was a product I needed to try, it would be a beauty sponge! So let’s jump into this review!
- Product Summary
- According to the Real Techniques website, this tool was designed “with a foam technology to evenly blend makeup for a smooth, enhanced finish.” The round sides “blend large areas of the face with a dabbing motion” and the flat edge is for “contouring around the eyes and nose”. You can dampen the sponge for a dewy look or use it dry for more full coverage, and they suggest to use this product with liquid foundation.
- Since I had no prior experience or knowledge about any beauty sponge, I decided to try the cheaper sponge. The Beauty Blender is $20, but the two pack Miracle Complexion sponge set from Ulta was only $11! Plus, it qualifies for the $3.50 off $10 Ulta coupon so can technically get two Miracle Complexion sponges for $7.50!
- I have to say that I love the flat edge of this sponge, it is the side I use for all of my application. It’s perfect for applying concealer under the eyes and getting right in the inner corners or any other hard to reach areas. The sponge has a nice bounce to it and provides an amazing dewy finish when it is used damp. As someone with dry skin, using a damp sponge to apply foundation just makes my skin feel wonderful and moisturized. My face doesn’t feel dry or cakey at all and my skin looks healthy and glowy. Also, I feel like I’ve gotten more of a flawless finish using a sponge to apply my foundation and concealer than using a makeup brush. I actually use the sponge not just for foundation, but to set the other layers of makeup I apply as well. So after I set my foundation with powder, after I apply blush and after I highlight my face, I set each layer by tapping the sponge all over my face. I think this helps remove excess power, it keeps my face dewy even when applying mattifying products, it helps prevent harsh lines by blending everything together and makes the products I use stick to my skin better, providing longevity of my makeup.
- The only negative thing I’d have to say is that it soaks up a little bit of my foundation. I’ve noticed that I’ve increased the amount of foundation I use now than I did when I used my Sonia Kashuk buffing brush. Using a damp sponge does make your foundation dewy, but it also reduces the coverage you’re applying as well. So to get the desire coverage I want, I have to add more product than I used to because the damp sponge is soaking up some of my foundation, keeping the layers of application more sheer. Now, it isn’t making me double the amount of foundation I used to use or anything, but it is a little bit of a drawback to using this sponge.
- I was pretty impressed with how the sponge looked after I cleaned it for the first time. I was worried it would lose its shape, become textured, fall apart, etc but it didn’t! I just used my Sonia Kashuk brush cleaner to rinse it out and although there was some minor staining, it looked amazing.
My overall review- Overall, I love this sponge and I truly believe my foundation looks the best it ever has. I love how flawless, healthy and dewy my skin looks when I use this product. I love how my dry skin feels when and after I apply my foundation with a damp sponge. And I love using it to set every layer of makeup I apply. It truly makes a difference, and I haven’t touched my buffing brush since I’ve bought this product and probably never will.
I wrote this review for those of you who also doubted the power of using a sponge to apply your foundation. Whether you try the Real Techniques sponge, the Beauty Blender, etc, I think you will love the outcome! My dilemma now is deciding whether or not to spend $20 to try the Beauty Blender. So if you’ve tried both the Beauty Blender and the Miracle Sponge, please comment below and tell me which one you like better! Is the Beauty Blender worth the $20, is it that much better than the Miracle Sponge? Tell me what you think!
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I love this sponge! I do not own a beauty blender because I refuse to pay $20 for a sponge lol but I have been through a few of these and I never use brushes anymore. I wash mine with charcoal soap and it cleans so well, the sponge looks brand new. I am glad to hear you enjoy it. I have read that many makeup artists prefer this over the beauty blender.
Ok good I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks paying $20 for a sponge is crazy! 🙂
Absolutely not. I do buy expensive makeup but for a sponge that is too much.
I agree! Thank you for your input!
I love this sponge so much! Haven’t touched my beauty blender since getting it. The flat part is so useful
Wow, really? Good to hear. I love the flat part, it’s the only side I use!
I’ve been thinking about getting a sponge for a while now, and you’ve convinced me! Great review!
Thank you! You definitely should!
I actually love the beauty blender and the real technics sponge exactly the same. They both do an amazing job at applying my foundation and concealer. I don’t think you HAVE to get the beauty blender, but if you’re a makeup collector, then I guess its worth the buy! Loved the review 😘😘
Thank you! So far I haven’t been convinced yet that I need the beauty blender, so thank you for the feedback!
I literally had this sponge and it was harder than my beauty blender. I didn’t like it but I guess that’s why it disappeared after a week of trying it 😂
Yeah I’ve heard the beauty blender is softer and has more of a bounce to it, but I wasn’t sure how big of a difference that made.
I’ve been using this sponge for awhile and I absolutely love it! I agree, this is the best my foundation looks as well. I used to be all about stippling… until I started using this sponge. x
Great review and I love the sculpted flat part of the sponge as it is so easy to apply foundation onto the face.
I completely agree! Which is why I can’t see how the Beauty Blender can be better without that factor.
I agree with you and the important wow factor from beauty blender is it is too spongy and very much bendable when they are soaked which any other sponges doesn’t have that feature and that makes beauty blender a s a special one and to have that amazing element, you have to be ready enough to pay a hefty price tag.
I’m so glad you have it a try. I love applying my foundations with a sponge. The beauty blender is softer and has more of a bounce but it is just too expensive! Plus, I really love the slanted edge that this sponge has. I also use it to apply my foundation and it’s perfect! Great review!
Oh good! I honestly thought I would get a bunch of comments telling me I’m missing out on the beauty blender but to my surprise, everyone agrees that it isn’t worth the price and isn’t much better than the RT sponge. Thank you for the comment!