I’ve been wanting to get my thoughts onto e-paper on my Beauty Blender for a very long time. But today dolls, I’m hitting 2 birds with one stone. I’ll be reviewing the cult Beauty Blender alongside Real Techniques’ Miracle Complexion Sponge. I was very skeptical in trying a sponge to apply my makeup. But boy do I feel different now. Every chance I get, I will always apply my foundation and especially my Kevin Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer and Banana Powder with this.
Onto this beautiful pink sponge, the one and only, original, Beauty Blender. This is a must have for all make-up artists out there and is used on celebrities across the world. For £16 a pop, it’s not cheap but my God, it will be one of the best £16 you will every spend. Now that’s surely something to draw you in right? When I first got my hands on this, I kind of forgot about it and thought it was a bit of a pain to wet it in order to use it every morning. Now, I’m totally regretting that! Since picking this up and seeing just how flawless it makes my skin look, I have totally forgotten what a foundation brush looks like.
[L: Before, R: after wetting]
The sponge almost doubles in size once it’s been wetted and squeezing any excess water into a hand towel. Now I thought this would allow more product to be soaked up by the sponge but this doesn’t do that (of course it soaks up some product but nothing noticeable)! It feels super light and airy – something which I love about it. I you watch my YouTube videos then you’ll know I tend to dot foundation onto my face and then blend it out with this. I also love setting my Banana Powder with this and also blending out my Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer too.
When it comes to washing, I have noticed that some of the pink ‘ink’ does wash out and some areas are slightly stained by the foundation, but nothing major. I tend to wash this with my brush cleanser however I am dying to try out the Solid Cleanser which is next on my list 🙂 Overall, this beauty has made me forget any foundation brush I have ever owned. I will be stocking up on this next time I order for sure.
Now onto the highly talked about, ‘dupe’ for this which is the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. For £5.99, I actually ended up getting it for free during Boots’ 3 for 2 offer, so quite a bargain! Now, I absolutely LOVE the RT range, the brushes are so incredibly good so I was super excited to see it work it’s magic on my skin.
[L: Before, R: after wetting]
This makeup sponge doesn’t get very big once you’ve ran it under water. I find that it feels quite heavy and thick once you’re getting ready to blend your foundation in. The coverage it gives you is very good, but in my opinion it’s not as flawless as the Beauty Blender. One downside is that it soaks up quite a bit of foundation.
When applying foundation and cleaning the sponge, I use the same method as the Beauty Blender but I’ve found this to get holes in the sponge very quickly! However, I do love that the foundation or product I use with this doesn’t stain the sponge in the slightest!
Now for £5.99 I’m not going to complain about this little drugstore gem because it does leave your skin looking super swell. However, if you’ve got £16 there to spend on the original Beauty Blender, I’d definitely opt for that! 🙂
Have you tried the Beauty Blender or Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge before?