Today I am putting two different makeup sponges to the test, to find out which one is superior in foundation application.
The first contender is the Beauty Blender, a fave for many beauty YouTubers / bloggers. People rave about this sponge, so I was thrilled when I received one as a Christmas gift last year. Since then, I have been using it religiously, without really thinking about its performance. Sure, my foundation looks good when I use the beauty blender… but could it look better?
I first heard about the Real Techniques sponges in a YouTube video and I was immediately intrigued by the flat edge. Using the Beauty Blender to apply foundation to your under eye area can be difficult, so I was hoping that the Real Techniques sponge could combat this issue. One of my best friends gifted me the Real Techniques sponges for my birthday and after that I was inspired to create this post!
Let’s get to the comparison!
The Beauty Blender is great at making sure foundation is applied smoothly over your entire face. One concern I have is that some of the foundation is being absorbed into the sponge, which is obviously quite wasteful. I have heard that wetting the sponge before use helps avoid this problem, but I still feel that some of the product is absorbed while the sponge is wet.
Cleaning the Beauty Blender is an absolute chore. As previously mentioned, my kit came with a blender cleaning solution, but even soaking the sponge in a bowl of warm water & the solution doesn’t help. I have makeup permanently staining my sponges (which is probably a sign I should throw them out anyway).
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponges
☆ $13.57 CAD from Walmart ($6.79 per sponge)
In terms of size, both sponges are approximately the same width, but the Real Techniques sponge is longer, likely due to the flat edge being present.
When I started using the Real Techniques sponge to apply foundation, I immediately noticed it wasn’t blending the same way the Beauty Blender did. As I bounced the sponge on my face, only the points I was hitting was getting product, and when I tried to blend it along, the sponge just picked up the product and moved it to the new spot.
As suspected, the flat edge does make applying foundation under the eyes easier, but once you get to the inner corner of your eye, the sponge is so big that your nose stops you from reaching that part of your under-eye.
This sponge was also difficult to clean. After putting on my foundation, I immediately went to the bathroom to wash it (something I never do), and yet the product still wanted to stay in the sponge. I’m t-h-i-s close to trying that microwave cleaning trick that may or may not end with my house burning down, lol.
Overall, my first impression of the Real Techniques sponge was not a good one, which is a shame. Looking at both price points, I would have loved to have been impressed by the Real Techniques sponge. I think (despite the steep price) I’ll be sticking to the beauty blender.
Thank you for reading my Sponge Showdown! Of course, these are all my opinions, so you may have a different experience with either of these products. What works for me might not work for you, and vice versa. I hope you enjoyed!