It seems like every company is coming out with a makeup sponge now. It started with the beautyblender and it doesn’t matter if they’re high end or drug store, there are dozens of options out there now. I have two to compare today: the original beautyblender and the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, a more affordable alternative.
When dry the beautyblender is much smaller than the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, but when wet, the beautyblender grows to two or three times its original size, whereas the Real Techniques sponge only expands a little.
The Miracle Complexion sponge feels much denser to the touch than the beautyblender, which made me think it might not soak up as much product. However because the beautyblender does expand so much when wet, the opposite is actually true. The water fills the pores in the sponge so that the foundation sits mostly on top of the sponge whenblending. After wetting both sponges and comparing how much product I used, I used slightly less with the beautyblender. It’s not a huge difference, though.
The biggest difference I feel with the two sponges is ease of use. I find the beautyblender blends product in faster and easier than the Miracle Complexion sponge. It could be the age difference (I’ve had the Miracle Complexion sponge for about nine months and the beautyblender for one month) but the beautyblender fits easier into my hand and is a bit easier to control.
Where the Miracle Complexion sponge is stronger, though, is in its shape. The flat side of the Miracle Complexion sponge is so perfect for getting around the eyes and nose area and I find that precision is lacking in the beautyblender. The beautyblender does have a more precise point on the end, but unless you’re trying to conceal an itty bitty spot, I don’t find that matters much. I think beautyblender tried to challenge the whole getting into tight corners thing with the mini beautyblender, but it just doesn’t seem the same.
So which would I recommend? Honestly, I love them both and use them pretty much interchangeably, depending on which one I dirty first. It really depends on your budget and how much you’re going to use them. I’m interested to see how well the beautyblender lasts throughout the months considering my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge is starting to lose its shape…
What’s a makeup tool that you can’t live without?