Saturday, November 30, 2013

Real Techniques: Miracle Complexion Sponge

    When Real Techniques came out with the Miracle Complexion Sponge, I was very skeptical.  I own the original Beauty Blender and always rave about it.  If you aren't familiar with the Beauty Blender, it is a pink teardrop shaped sponge that you dampen and apply foundation in a bouncing motion.  It makes my foundation look flawless and natural with almost any foundation I own.  There have been many companies that attempt to replicate the Beauty Blender but they usually are hard and do not perform in the same way.....until now. 
  The Miracle Complexion Sponge is a serious competitor for the Beauty Blender.  In fact, I actually think I prefer it over the Beauty Blender.  The Real Techniques sponge is unique in it's shape, which allows for more versatility than the Beauty Blender.  It has a flat edge on one side as well as two pointed ends.  I like the flat edge for stippling foundation as well as using a wiping motion under my eyes.  When dampened it expands and softens even more.  I usually hold it under water while squeezing it 3-4 times and then squeeze a towel around it to get any excess water out.  Dampening it prior to use will not only give more surface area to work with but it also prevents the sponge from soaking up to much of the foundation.  Let's face it, foundation can be expensive so I don't want any unnecessarily wasted!
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   The sponge is VERY soft which makes it more prone to tears.  When I first removed it from the package, it was already torn a little at the end where it must have gotten caught in the packaging.  I haven't been using it long enough to truly test the longevity of it but I would guess that it won't last as long as the Beauty Blender (which usually lasts me a few months).  I am definitely going to have to be very careful when washing it, even with my short nails.  Price: The Real Techniques sponge is $5.99 and the Beauty Blender is $19.95.  There is quite a price difference between the two.  If the Real Techniques sponge lasts as long as the Beauty Blender, it could be a big savings.  However, if I go through the Real Techniques ones quicker, it could wind up being similar because of the tearing potential.
   I think this is definitely worth trying.  I personally love it more than my Beauty Blender, which is saying a lot!  It is also much easier spending six dollars rather than twenty.  Another great thing about this sponge is you can get it at Ulta and use their coupons to make it even less expensive.  For example, I could buy two of them for $11.98 and use a $3.50/$10 Coupon to make it $8.98.  Real Techniques items are not excluded from Ulta coupons like Beauty Blender items.  All in all I really enjoy using the Real Techniques sponge and would definitely repurchase.


Pros

-Inexpensive
-Pillowy soft
-Versatile in application methods
-Fits perfectly under eyes and around small areas
-Applies foundation without streaking

Cons

-Can easily tear 

Availability

-Ulta
-www.RealTechniques.com

Price

$5.99 




I hope this review helps you decide if the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is right for you!

-Jaime-