One reason I started this blog is to showcase dupes – products that will serve the same function as an original, more expensive product, but is cheaper. I realize that not everyone can afford, nor want to purchase high-end brands. On the contrary, there are folks who will only use high-end brands. I want this blog to cater to both, so I like to give options that everyone can enjoy.
I fell in love with the beautyblender back in 2013. When I wear makeup, I use it almost exclusively to apply foundation, concealer, and for general blending. I even listed it as one of my favorite products for all of 2015.
There is a sponge that is just as high quality as my beloved beautyblender and it is less than half of the price. In this post I will compare and contrast the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge versus the beautyblender.
REAL TECHNIQUES MIRACLE COMPLEXION SPONGE
Design: 3-in-1, Flat edge – great for around the eyes & nose; Sides – great for blending large areas of the face; Tip – great for covering imperfections. When the sponge is damp, it *grows* a bit bigger than its normal size, than when dry.
How to use: Use damp or dry with liquid foundation. Be sure to wring out excess water when using it damp.
Colors: Available in one color, orange.
Price: $6.99, available to purchase at Ulta, realtechniques.com, or Walgreens
Longevity: The instructions on the packaging say to clean it after every 1 to 3 uses, however you should clean it every day. Simply use whatever you use to clean your makeup brushes with. You should replace the sponge about every three months, or when you start to see imperfections – i.e. little holes in the sponge.
Design: Egg shaped, round on the bottom with a pointy tip on the opposite end. When the beautyblender is damp it *grows* into almost double its original size, than when dry.
How to use: Best when used damp, although you can use it dry. You can use this for liquid, cream, or powder products. Be sure to wring out excess water when using it damp.
Colors: Available in pink – the original color, black, white, and nude. (Over the years, beautyblender has released limited edition colors available at Sephora in red and purple.)
Price: $20, available to purchase at Sephora, Macy’s, and beautyblender.com
Longevity: You should clean your beautyblender after each use. Simply use whatever you use to clean your makeup brushes with. Beautyblender does sell it’s own cleansing soap, which is fantastic and it gets the sponge squeaky clean. You should replace the sponge about every three months, or when you start to see imperfections – i.e. little holes in the sponge.
KAYLA’S FINAL THOUGHT
While different, the sponges are similar in that they produce the same results – flawless application of makeup every time. Both sponges will give you a streak free, but airbrushed foundation application. They both are great for blending out under eye concealer as well.
The price difference is $13! The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is the only dupe that is just as good as the beautyblender, in my opinon. One edge I will I give the Real Technique Sponge is that it does hold water longer than the beautyblender. There have been times when I am using my beautyblender that I need to re-wet it to blend out a creamy concealer. That being said, the beauty blender is designed to hold just the perfect amount of water with each use.
I will not completely give up my beautyblender, but it is nice to know there is a viable option available.
So what do you think? Have you tried either sponge? Let me know in the comments below. I would love to hear from you.