Review // Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

This was a total impulse buy. I was in Boots, saw it, remembered the hype and grabbed it. Luckily for me, the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is one of those rare products that actually does live up to the hype. I am in love with it!

Review of RT Beauty Blender
APPEARANCE
Although it's frequently compared to the Beauty Blender (which I have yet to try), this sponge is a very different shape, with a flat end and rounded edges meeting in a point. I do wish it wasn't orange, as it makes it quite difficult to spot the areas that need most attention when cleaning, although perhaps the idea was so it didn't look as dirty!

 APPLICATION
The beauty of the distinctive shape is that it can be used for a huge number of uses. I start by applying my foundation with the broad, flat end before using the pointed tip to target blemishes with my concealer. Once that's applied, I can use the round edges to "roll" cream blusher on (like an old-fashioned blotter!). It's advised to use a damp sponge but because I'm nowhere near a sink when I apply my make up, I've been using it dry and it works just as well. I keep forgetting to use it but I've bought a little spray bottle that I'll use to dampen the sponge. Another bonus is that you can use the flat end as an eraser if you apply too much blusher. Magic!

RESULTS
Oh my word, my make up is flawless! My foundation blends so well and it creates a super smooth, natural finish, even when I build up to quite heavy coverage. Remember that NARS foundation that showed up dry patches I didn't even know existed? I've been using it with this sponge and it just glides on. No dryness, no patchiness. Just a really even finish. 

CLEANING
I won't lie to you, cleaning the sponge is a pain! I use Johnson's Baby Shampoo to clean my brushes so I've done the same thing with this but it takes forever! The sponge, being a sponge, completely sucks up the shampoo, soaps it up and takes ages of rinsing before it's clear. Plus there's the fact that I'm never entirely sure if I'm targeting the right areas since the foundation shade blends into the orange. Of course I clean the whole thing but you know how you get those stubborn bits? It's hard to tell if I've got them all. However, I have recently read about Nicki Minaj's MUA's trick so I'll be trying this out next time!
Real Techniques Beauty Blender review
I cannot believe it's taken me this long to try the Real Techniques sponge. It's completely changed my make up routine and is perfect for travelling- instead of a foundation brush, concealer brush and blusher brush, I just have to squeeze this one squishable sponge into my make up bag and off I go! Plus, it's only £6 instead of the £20-odd I'd spend on three separate brushes. Lifesaver, I tell you!

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16 comments:

  1. I think I might need to try this, looks much nicer than the knockoff beauty blender I have at the minute.

    Kelly
    The Life Bath

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  2. I'm obsessed with this sponge. It's such a nightmare to clean, I ripped my first one as I got a little too vigorous in the cleansing process lol.

    Sarah x

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  3. I really want to get this, and I always eye it up when I'm in Boots! Definitely gunna pop one in my basket with my daily meal deal!

    Chelsea x

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  4. I love this sponge, the coverage makes my skin look airbrushed! It is such a little blighter to wash, takes forever, though at least it means its a proper thorough clean. However i think the amazing price makes up for that!

    Ellie

    http://lovelaceandlilies.blogspot.co.uk/

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  5. I think i bought mine off Cohorted at a discounted price (of course) and i love it!
    Love Vicki | victoriajanex.co.uk

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  6. I saw this at the drugstore and wanted to buy it, but then I decided not to. Unfortunately, the last 2 times i went they didn't have it :( I kind of regret it now. But if they do get it soon, I will definitely get it.

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  7. I've ignored any form of sponge for so long as I can't stand the feel of having one on my face but the finish it provides sounds awfully tempting. I'm not sure I have the patience to wash it though.

    Raise The Waves

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  8. I have one of these and love it - it's just seriously in need of a clean!

    Claire | Stylingo.co.uk | xx

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  9. Oh man, I love this blender/sponge thing so damn much. I ruined mine with kid's face paint, and my makeup has definitely suffered!

    Beth || babbleswithbeth.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. I love love love this sponge! Recently I've been using a KIKO one as I have misplaced my Real Techniques one but they're all very similar. The finish is just completely flawless!

    Anna xx | Anna Hopeless

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  11. Ooh! It seems like a great deal vs the beauty blender. I would love to give it a try!

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  12. I just ordered this for my foundation and concealer for my graduation ball and I am so glad this review was so good because I'm glad I've ordered it now. Thank Becky!

    RebeccaJane
    http://pocahontasjane.wordpress.com

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  13. You have 100% just convinced me to buy this haha, thanks for the review! xx

    graceblogslife.blogspot.com

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  14. I do really like makeup sponges but don't tend to use them because of having to wet them and then store them somewhere to dry. I might try using mine dry and see what I think. I've got this, the BeautyBlender and a cheapo Primarni version and although this one and the BB are very similar I prefer this one because of the flat side to cover large areas x

    Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty

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  15. I really want to start using this sponge as I genuinely believe it will blend foundation in flawlessly, however do you find that you use up your foundation much faster because the sponge soaks some of it up? I have found that with other sponges and it drove me mad!

    Carrie xx caroline--rebecca.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Apparently, because it's damp, it doesn't soak up as much foundation and instead it sits on the surface of the sponge. I definitely use more though so I'm not sure how true that is!

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