When it comes to us beauty obsessed lunatics, it’s pretty much a sure thing that we all know the term “beauty blender”.
However, should you (somehow) NOT know what the glorious beauty blender is… let me explain. The beauty blender is an edgeless sponge applicator best suited for liquid makeup to blend out with a streak free finish. This sponge features an open cell structure that fills with water when dampened, and allows the sponge to become full so that makeup sits on top of the sponge rather than being absorbed. This allows you to use less product, and achieve a flawless finish. When wet, the beauty blender doubles in size and transforms into a bouncy texture, however it returns to its original size when air dried.
While this is a game changing makeup product, and I don’t think I’ll ever live without one again, it kills a part of my soul every time I shell out a whopping $20 on this tiny pink sponge.
Ever since the release of the elusive beauty blender, companies have been attempting to put out dupes left and right– and have constantly failed to succeed. That is, until the release of….
The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge.
Real Techniques is a company formed by YouTube beauty guru’s Sam and Nic Chapman, and has quickly gained prestige as one of the best affordable brush brands out there. Sure enough, this successful brand soon churned out what I consider to be the closest dupe available to the beauty blender.
Today I’m going to be sharing with you my overall thoughts, comparisons, and final verdict on whether the save (Miracle Complexion Sponge) or the splurge (beauty blender) is worth your cash.
I’m gonna start off by saying straight off the bat that the beauty blender is an absolutely incredible product and deserves all of the hype it receives. With its ultra lightweight and “squishy” composition, the beauty blender gives the most natural finish to the skin imaginable. Not only does it give a natural finish, but it also allows you to maintain a relatively high coverage.
That being said, there’s no denying that the beauty blender soaks up a WHOLE lot of product that you wouldn’t lose with a normal buffing brush. Along with the excessive product that is wasted when using the sponge, you can also achieve a much higher coverage with a brush than a beauty blender due to the fact that a brush doesn’t absorb product and instead packs and buffs it into the skin.
My favorite way to use the beauty blender is by getting it extra damp (run it under water and squeeze it about 5 times to fill it completely. Then squeeze it in a towel to dry it out.) Once the beauty blender is sufficiently damp and about 2x the original size, I put my foundation directly onto my face with my fingers (so that I lose less product than if I picked it up directly with a beauty blender) and then pounce the sponge across my face, blending out the product. For my concealer I use the pointed end of the sponge to reach all the way to my inner corners. I also love dipping my sponge into loose, translucent powder in order to achieve a beautiful “bake”.
My overall thoughts on the beauty blender are this: I love the shape and density of the sponge, and I love the natural finish. My absolute favorite thing about this applicator is the texture of the material, and how light it feels when used on the skin. However, what I find to be disappointing is that it absorbs an absurd amount of product, and takes away a noticeable amount of coverage when compared to application with a brush. It also pains me that this tiny sponge is over 20 dollars. Which brings me to my next review…
The Miracle Complexion Sponge:
The Miracle Complexion Sponge, is essentially the exact same thing as the beauty blender, save for a few things. But in essence, there is little difference. I use the Miracle Complexion Sponge in the exact same way as the beauty blender– extra damp and for both my liquid foundation and setting powder.
While I find the finish to be incredibly similar to the beauty blender, I do find that the Miracle Complexion Sponge has a much more dense weight, and is slightly more rough in texture. That being said, it’s really all about end results. I also find that after a period of time, the Miracle Complexion Sponge looks a little more haggard than the beauty blender, and grows noticeably more “worn”. However, with thorough cleaning and caring, it will last you just about the same amount of time as a beauty blender.
In terms of shape, the Miracle Complexion Sponge is noticeably different, and people’s opinions will be totally based on preference. While the beauty blender is very egg shaped, with a rounded bottom and a tapered tip, the Miracle Complexion Sponge differs. Instead, the cheaper option has one flat, angular side, one side that is more rounded, and the end, similar to the beautyblender, is tapered and pointed. I personally love using the flatter end of the Miracle Complexion Sponge to apply my foundation, however I much prefer the tapered end on the beauty blender because it is much smaller and can fit into all nooks and crannies of my face. I also noticed that, although the finish is essentially the same, I prefer the feeling of the beauty blender on my skin due to it’s less dense, softer texture.
Overall, the final results of the Miracle Complexion Sponge are nearly identical to the results of the beauty blender. I truly believe you would have a hard time finding a better dupe. I love the way this applies my makeup, and the price is unbeatable. While I don’t love the consistency of the sponge, when dampened and once your makeup is applied, you will love the finish either way. I personally prefer the fact that the Miracle Complexion Sponge has a flattened side, which makes application of foundation quicker and easier. However, I do wish the other end was slightly more tapered, like the beauty blender.
My final consensus is this– while I personally love the beauty blender, if I weren’t to have it, I would be just as content with the Miracle Complexion Sponge. I will be using both my beauty blender and my Miracle Complexion Sponge for the foreseeable future, but for anybody torn between the two, just know that they are, in essence, very equal. If you want to splurge on the beauty blender, I promise you won’t regret it, however I also promise anyone who (rightfully) believes that the pink little sponge is overpriced, that the Miracle Complexion Sponge will give you almost the exact same results. All in all, you can’t go wrong either way.
I hope this little review helped some of you guys decide whether you want to splurge or save! If anybody has tried either sponge out, don’t forget to let me know your thoughts down below!
Thanks for reading,