A couple of months ago I heard through the beauty grapevine that Real Techniques were launching their own beauty sponge; the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, and I was instantly excited for its launch. I really love using a beauty sponge to apply my foundation as it leaves such a flawless finish without any brush lines or tide marks along the jawline.
The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge retails for just £4.99* from Beauty Chamber. The regular Beauty Blender is a teardrop shape, however this sponge has a unique 3 different surfaces;
Rounded Sides: Blend large areas of the face.
Precision Tip: Cover blemishes and imperfections.
Flat Edges: Aids coverage for contours around the eyes and nose.
The sponge can be used dry, however to get the best results you can use it damp. I simply run it under a tap until the sponge is fully saturated, and then squeeze out all excess water until the sponge is damp.. by doing this, the sponge grows to almost double its original size.
When the sponge is damp, it helps to blend the foundation a little bit better as well as making the foundation go further. I really like how this Real Techniques sponge has three different sides which reduces the need for other brushes whilst applying my base, and makes applying my foundation so quick.
To use the sponge, I squeeze or pour my foundation onto the back of my hand and then press the length of the curved side of the sponge into the foundation. Once the sponge has a layer of foundation, I simply ‘bounce’ the sponge around my face wherever I require foundation. I start in the middle of my face where I need extra coverage, and then gradually work my way out to the outside of my face where I need little to no foundation.
Using the aforementioned bouncing method creates an all over light to medium layer of foundation. For the areas I require a fuller coverage like breakouts, acne scarring or discolouration I sometimes apply a second layer the same way or use the precision tip to apply a more concentrated layer of foundation or concealer.
If you have dry skin, I cannot recommend this Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge enough. Using makeup brushes, has an exfoliative effect on the skin which is why dry patches can look worse, or at least mine do. By bouncing the sponge against dry patches, means that they have flattening coverage on top of them without brushing them up to stick up through foundation.
I knew I was going to love this beauty blender dupe from Real Techniques, as their products are all brilliant quality. This is such an amazing little sponge, that makes foundation application so easy and gives a really lovely flawless finish. I cannot believe how cheap it is either, at just £4.99* it is one third of the price of the original Beauty Blender and can be bought online from Beauty Chamber.
I love this little sponge – it makes such a massive difference to my complexion, and really does help to disguise my dry patches which is my biggest concern. Hygiene is often a worry when it comes to makeup sponges, but I like to put mine in a bowl of hot water (tap – not kettle) add some baby shampoo, and squeeze the sponge repeatedly until it squeezes clear.
I try and do this once a week, and I’ve not noticed any extra breakouts or skin problems. I am so impressed! For the record this Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is a million times better than my £1 eBay bargain!!!
Have you ever tried a beauty blender type sponge before? What did you think?