The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is my favourite under £10 beauty sponge, so when I saw the Real Techniques Miracle Powder Sponge launch, I knew I had to try it. The Juno Microfiber Velvet Sponge went viral a couple of years after Nikkie Tutorials raved about it in one of her beauty videos, and ever since, brands have copied and created their own microfiber sponges.
“Revolutionary foam technology paired with proprietary velvety material for maximum pickup, evenly blended powder.
Seamlessly set (powder) foundation for a matte base. Rounded side for blending, flat edge for baking, pointed tip for coverage.”
The Real Techniques Miracle Powder Sponge is £7, whereas the original Miracle Complexion Sponge is only £5.99. I’m not entirely sure why it’s £1.01 more expensive than their standard sponge, as it’s identical in terms of size and shape. The only difference is the material it’s made from, which I guess must be more expensive to manufacture. Whereas the Juno Microfiber Sponge is £5.95.
So how do you use the Real Techniques Miracle Powder Sponge?
- Use damp for a satin finish or dry for a matte finish.
- To dampen, soak sponge in water until fully wet and gently squeeze out excess water.
- Press sponge into powder for maximum pickup.
- Use pointed tip for precision and the flat edge to contour around the eyes and nose.
- Blend all over using rounded sides with a dabbing motion and using the flat edge to set or bake where needed with a pressing motion.
Something which really surprised me with the Real Techniques Miracle Powder Sponge, is that Real Techniques recommend you change your sponge after every 30 uses. What if you use it multiple times a day to apply powder? I can’t believe they want you to just buy a whole new sponge potentially less than once a month, and at £7 a month, it’s going to add up.
I have tried using the Real Techniques Miracle Powder Sponge both damp and dry, and I prefer to use it dry as I find that once it’s wet, it can make the powder quite thick and cakey on the skin. It also makes the powder stick to the skin, and become almost paste-like which is really unpleasant. It’s not the kind of sponge you can use with pressed powders I’ve found, as it doesn’t pick up enough powder.
In all honesty, the Real Techniques Miracle Powder Sponge performs just the same as the Miracle Complexion Sponge, and I wouldn’t repurchase this microfiber version, as I don’t feel like it performs any better than their standard sponge. Plus, the fact you’re supposed to repurchase it so often doesn’t sit right with me.
When you buy a makeup brush say the Zoeva 127 Luxe Sheer Cheek Brush (which applies powder very well), you’re spending £15 and that brush will last you years and years.
So spending £7 on something that might only last you a few weeks isn’t cost effective, and it should be better quality, so you don’t need to repurchase it so often. I can’t imagine the foam is bio-degradable, so over a year, you’d be sending a hell of a lot of sponges to landfill, and it just doesn’t sit right with me.
You can find the Real Techniques Miracle Powder Sponge right here.
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