The Beautyblender is an essential tool for applying make-up. It is amazing for blending out cream products like foundation and concealer. The Original Beautyblender is quite expensive however, so there are my dupes around. One of the most popular dupe is the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. I’m going to review and compare these beautyblenders.
The Original Beautyblender
Let’s start by introducing the products first. The Original Beautyblender is an egg-shaped sponge type of applicator. It is latex-free, cruelty-free and 100% vegan. There is also a Pure Beautyblender, Pro Beautyblender and Micro Mini Beautyblender for specific applications. According to Beautyblender, the Original Beautyblender is made for blending out foundation, powder, BB + CC cream, cream blush and powder.
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is an orange, egg-shaped sponge type of applicator made from polyurethane foam which is latex free. The sponge that has a slanted flat surface, which is promoted as a 3-in-1 multi-functional applicator. The rounded sides blend large areas of the face with a repeated dabbing or “stippling” motion. The Precision tip covers blemishes and imperfections. The Flat edge for the contours around the eyes and nose. Real Techniques only makes cruelty-free products.
You can use the sponges by completely saturating the sponges with water. Squeeze the excess water out so the beautyblender is towel dry. The beautyblender is then ready to use. Both beautyblenders are about the same size and expand about twice as big when saturated with water. The Original Beautyblender has a more rounded tip compared to the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge.
The Original Beautyblender has a rounded bottom compared to the Miracle Complexion Sponge, that has a flat, slanted bottom. It is very noticeable that the Original Beautyblender is much more porous, which makes it easier for the water to go in the Beautyblender. The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is much more dense, so it takes a bit longer for the sponge to saturate compared to The Original Beautyblender.
You can also notice very well that The Original Beautyblender is much less dense compared to the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge by squeezing them. It makes a very slight difference in application of my foundation. The Original Beautyblender takes up more excess product since the pores are bigger, and distributes it better. The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge still does a good job, but it takes a slight bit longer to even out the foundation but it still gives the same result at the end. I only notice this when blending bigger surfaces, I don’t notice any difference when I’m blending out concealer under my eyes.
Both The Original Beautyblender and the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge blend out my make-up perfectly. The only difference in application is that The Original Beautyblender is slighlty faster when used to blend out foundation, and dries quicker because it is less dense. It is recommended for both sponges to replace them after 3 months. I personally use them twice as long.
The biggest difference is the pricing. The Original Beautyblender is available for a whopping €19,95 Euro, while the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is available for €5,99 Euro, so the price difference is more than three times. I would personally go for the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, since it gives the same results as The Original Beautyblender. Both of these products are available at Boozyshop.nl and TheMakeupspot.nl.
Do you like to use sponge applicators for your make-up? Which one do you use?