Thursday, 9 March 2017

Battle of the Beauty Sponges

Original Beauty Blender
Original Beauty Blender
I love applying my foundation with a beauty sponge. More so than a brush. I stopped using a foundation brush and started using a Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge (the orange one) over a year ago and haven't felt the need to change this.
I have been very happy with the Real Techniques sponge and although I am well aware that the original sponge is the Beauty Blender, at £16.00 compared to £6.00 for the Real Techniques equivalent, I haven't been tempted. 
And then someone very kindly got me a Beauty Bay gift card and I thought "sod it". I mean how could I call myself a beauty blogger and not have tried a Beauty Blender, especially as everyone seems to rave about how good they are, that the material of the sponge is so different to any other sponge they've used etc. I mean I love my Real Techniques sponge, so imagine loving something even more than that.

The Beauty Blender is egg shaped, with a more pointed end which is ideal for blending around the nose and underneath the eye area. Just like the Real Techniques you need to saturate the sponge with water and squeeze out before every use and then apply your base/concealer/blusher with bouncing motions.
Original Beauty Blender
Original Beauty Blender
So I've now been able to pit these sponges against each other in a "Battle of the Beauty Sponges". (Think Gladiator type dual for foundation application!).
Original Beauty Blender v Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge
Original Beauty Blender v Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge
In the pink corner you have the Original Beauty Blender, and here are it's stats:

  • £16.00
  • egg shaped
  • pointed end
  • gives flawless application look (no brush marks)
  • soft, comfortable sponge material
In the Orange corner you have the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge, stats are:
  • £6.00 (£10.00 cheaper)
  • egg shaped
  • rounded edge (not as precise as the more pointed end of the Beauty Blender)
  • flat end, which is perfect for your base application where you want to cover a larger area
  • gives flawless application look
  • soft, comfortable sponge material

So as you can see the Real Techniques comes out ahead by points for the flat end of the sponge, which makes it slightly more versatile than the Beauty Blender. And the bonus point is the difference in price. Having now used both sponges, I cannot see any justification in spending an additional £10.00 on the Beauty Blender. 

For me sponges are the tool for foundation application and the Real Techniques sponge is my champion.



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