Monday, April 14, 2014

Comparison: Beauty Blender vs. Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

Hello all! Today I will be doing a comparison between the much hyped Beauty Blender and the (semi-new) Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. The Beauty Blender is over double the price of the Real Techniques sponge, so I was very hopeful that it would work out to be a dupe and save us all some money! I had to go on a little bit of a hunt to find the Real Techniques sponge, as my local Ulta was always sold out of them! However, I finally picked it up, and have owned it for a few months now.

Beauty Blender

Beauty Blender

Miracle Complexion Sponge

Miracle Complexion Sponge

Besides the obvious differences between the way these sponges look, there are some other differences I have noticed. I find that the Beauty Blender is significantly softer and more flexible than the Real Techniques sponge, which helps it to apply foundation and concealer with more ease. For some reason, the Beauty Blender is also much easier to clean compared to the Miracle Complexion Sponge, which is a bonus. Perhaps it's due to the softer, more malleable design of the Beauty Blender? However, the Miracle Complexion Sponge does have the unique feature of a completely flat side for applying foundation.
While the Miracle Complexion Sponge gets the job done, it really doesn't compare to the Beauty Blender in my opinion. I've heard so many people who love this product, but once you've used the Beauty Blender, it's hard to go back! This is the first time I have been under impressed with a product from Real Techniques, as their brushes really are my favorites. If you're on a budget and don't want to splurge on the Beauty Blender, I will say that this is the best sponge I've found from the drugstore by far.

Unfortunately, I wouldn't call these two products dupes. As I mentioned, lots of other people seem to find these sponges incredibly similar, but I honestly can't say that. The Beauty Blender is just so much softer and a lot more squishy, for lack of a better word.

You can purchase the Beauty Blender here and here.

The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is available here, here, and here.

(p.s. The sponges in the pictures above are clean; as you can see, they both stain fairly easily.)

Have you tried either or both of these sponges? What did you think? Let me know, along with any questions or suggestions! Thanks for reading. :)

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