Today, I thought I’d talk about my love of the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. I must preface this entire post with the fact that I’ve not tried a beauty blender or any of the other variations out there on the market yet.. but that’s purely because this one works for me. I am very open to trying others, but if something works for you then why change it? Plus, the beauty blender is super expensive, whereas this one is priced fairly in my opinion.
As you can see from the picture I’m not lying when I say I love this product, that’s two other sponges covered in foundation that you can see and one brand new one ready to go when I need it. I like to be prepared! I find it difficult to part with my sponges and I try to get the maximum life out of them that I can. Real Techniques do recommend that you use a fresh sponge every 1 to 3 months, I guess that depends heavily on how often you use it. I don’t wash my sponge, I’m scared it would ruin it. Anyone washed theirs and it survived? Let me know if so! These are just the ones I have in my possession at the moment, I have gotten through so many!
I replace my sponge when it starts to get a little firm, that’s when I know it’s time. I use it dry, as I honestly didn’t see a difference from using it damp. I’m lazy and making it slightly damp was just an unnecessary step in my beauty regime that I just didn’t need. I know many sponges require it to be wet, but Real Techniques say this one can be used dry.. so that’s exactly how I use it. Apparently it’s meant to give a more dewy glow when you use it damp, but I have a setting spray that does exactly that and doesn’t require me getting up and going to the bathroom. I know, I’m so lazy!
I’m in love with the shape of the sponge. It’s got a flat edge which is great for pressing in your makeup and combined with the pointed tip it is perfect for getting foundation and concealer up under your eyes and around your nose. It feels comfortable in my hand, perfectly sized and has a nice texture. The sponge picks up foundation nicely and doesn’t absorb too much of it.. of course a little absorption is to be expected. It makes my makeup go on beautifully and if you dab it on it gives your skin an airbrushed look. Don’t swipe with it, that just drags your makeup and makes it looks a smeary mess. A gentle dabbing motion is the key to a lovely coverage. So far I haven’t found a problem with any liquid foundation or liquid concealer I’ve used with it.
The sponge is latex free too, so if you have a latex allergy you’ll be perfectly fine with this sponge. I think it’s made from some kind of foam.. that’s the way it feels anyway.
Personally, I don’t like using brushes to apply foundation, I find it gives me a streaky appearance. I know some people who are masters at using brushes for their foundation, but sadly I’m not one of those people. I think I have too much of a heavy hand or something. Pressing my makeup in with a sponge just works so much better for me. Before finding this sponge, I must confess I used to use my fingers.. and now I’ll never go back to that. I don’t know how I survived so many years without using a sponge, I must have looked a hot mess before.
The only thing I’d like to see different about the sponge is the colour. I’m not a huge fan of the colour, but that’s a minor niggle. I’m not exactly going around waving it about at people or wearing it as a crazy accessory, so I think I can live with the colour. However, I do think a lighter one would be better for me so I could see where my makeup was on the sponge, with more orange-y foundations you’re going to struggle to tell where the foundation is.
I do recommend giving it a go if you haven’t.. and let me know what you think. Do you use it wet or dry?
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