I’ve never jumped onto the ‘beauty blender’ bandwagon as it’s something that never grabbed my attention. After seeing the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge on Amazon for a day light robbery price, I decided to try it out and see what was so 'great' about applying your base with a damp, bright orange, egg-shaped makeup sponge.
I’ve never been one to use sponges for my makeup, I’m much happier using my RT brushes to apply my base so I was pretty skeptical to say the least. The sponge can be used damp or dry to apply and blend in your base products. It sort of feels like a stress ball – it’s very bouncy and firm. There are three sides to the sponge a round side for the whole face, a flat side for the larger areas and pointed tip for all nooks and crannies of your face. The shape is great and covers all bases.
Tapping it onto your face to blend can be a bit of a drag if I’m honest, it definitely takes longer to blend into skin rather than just slapping it on with a brush. BUT, the coverage and finish of it a lot better than using a brush and it doesn’t give that brush streak-free finish. I feel like it really gets the best coverage out of my foundation and concealer. I used my current favourite foundation, Nars Sheer Glow and I feel like the foundation sat better on my skin using the RT Sponge. Although it did give me a really full coverage look which could be a pro or con. Personally I don’t like too much full coverage but it’s great if you need/like that full coverage base.
A plus to this though is that you can really get the best out of your concealer. When I use a brush I never tap my concealer in, I tend to wipe it around my face so the coverage isn’t amazing. Whereas with the sponge you automatically tap it in and it gives amazing coverage. Covering up my late night bags and pesky, red blemishes. I’d much rather have a high coverage concealer to cover what I want rather than a high coverage foundation.
I have one small gripe with it and that is that it is such a pain to keep clean. I have lucky found a full-proof way to clean it but it’s still a faff as it soaks up product, which means you have to clean it regularly
It’s a win-win for me. Especially for concealer. I’ve been using this to apply my base products ever since I got it and I’m loving it. Bye-bye brushes, hello damp, orange egg-shaped make up sponge…
Do you use any beauty blender type sponges?