What do you use to apply your base (foundation, BB cream, concealer)? If you’re not using a sponge of some kind, you should be. I love a good buffing brush and kabuki brush as much as the next girl, but a good makeup sponge will take your base game to a whole other level, allowing you to apply your foundation evenly to near-airbushed perfectness! Hello close-up.
So now that I’ve made a case for why you should own one, I thought I’d compare two cult favourites in the sponge game in a head-to-head challenge of sorts. The iconic beautyblender v. the Real Technqiues Miracle Complexion Sponge.
A quick note before we get started – if you’re wondering why my beautyblender is black and not pink, don’t worry. The pink sponge is the original beautyblender, this one is the beautyblender pro. It’s specifically made black so that darker products do not stain the sponge so easily (hello melanin!). Also all photos were taken when sponges were dry, but as with any beauty sponge, they grow significantly when wet (don’t forget to squeeze properly before use).
The two sponges have distinct shapes. The beautyblender pro is a perfect teardrop shape with a pointed end at the top that’s perfect for getting into those corners, and a rounded bottom for applying product to a bigger surface area. The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge also has a pointed end, but has a flat bottom end which is also great for packing on product to the face. Both sponges have rounded edges, which if used correctly (roll and press, not pat) give a flawless finish.
The two sponges are roughly the same size when wet, although the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is a little bit bigger due to it’s flat angled edge.
Winner: It’s a tie! The beautyblender pro edges slightly ahead with it’s slightly narrower tip, but the flat surface on the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is genius.
The mark of any good beauty sponge is in its texture – you’re looking for a soft, springy texture that gives way easily to your fingers even when the sponge is dry. Both the beautyblender pro and the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge pass this mark. When wet the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge feels quite a bit softer than the beautyblender pro, and I feel this has an impact on how it applies product. It sheers out foundation more giving a more diffused look, which is probably great for a super high coverage thick foundation, but I wouldn’t advise it for a medium-coverage foundation as you might have nothing left.
Winner: beauytblender pro takes this one as the slightly firmer texture gives more control over application.
This is a complete win for the beautyblender pro. If you look at the pics above you can tell that both sponges are a bit worse for wear. But what the pictures don’t tell you is that the beautyblender pro had been washed tons of times (I’d owned it for more than one year at this point), but the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge had only been washed two times!
Winner: Landslide victory for the beautyblender pro. Despite its softness and springiness it stays together even after lots of vigorous washes.
One of these sponges costs $6, the other will set you back $20.
Winner: Of course this one goes to the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. You can get 3 sponges for the price of one beautyblender pro and still have some change. No-brainer.
Both sponges are cult favourites for a reason, and I think I’ll always repurchase both of them. But my final vote goes to the beautyblender pro. It beats the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge on application and durability – key measures for any beauty tools success.
Have you used any of these beauty sponges to apply your makeup? What’s your take on them? Any other beauty sponge recommendations I should try out (I’m hearing great things about the Morphe ones!)
Let me know below.