Monday, July 6, 2015

BeautyBlender vs Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

Today I am going to compare the BeautyBlender Original and the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge  After I started watching a lot of YouTube videos, I often wondered if I needed a beautyblender. I used regular makeup wedge sponges [these from Target] and they seemed to work ok for me, so what was the hype really all about?



beautyblender Original
From beautyblender.com:
The world’s first edgeless, non-disposable, high-definition cosmetic sponge applicator. The unique shape and exclusive material available only with beautyblender® ensures impeccable, streak-free application with minimum product waste. Use it with primers, foundations, powders, cream blushes, and any other complexion product.

beautyblender® features an open cell structure that fills with small amounts of water when wet. This allows the sponge to be “full” so that the makeup product sits on top of the sponge rather than being absorbed, allowing you to use less product every time. When wet, beautyblender® doubles in size and becomes even softer, returning to its original size when it air dries.

Price: $19.95 [
Sephora]

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
From Realtechniques.com:
Optimize your beauty routine with this 3-in-1 multi-functional sponge.
Rounded sides blend large areas of the face with a repeated dabbing or “stippling” motion.
Precision tip covers blemishes and imperfections.
Flat edge for the contours around the eyes and nose.

Its versatile design evenly blends makeup for a smooth, enhanced finish.

Made from polyurethane foam which is latex free.

For best results, replace the miracle complexion sponge every 1-3 months.

Price: $4.49for one; Two-pack $10.99 [
Target]

So, on to my personal comparison...

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is bigger both wet and dry and doesn't gain as much size after being wet like the beautyblender.  The beautyblender almost doubles in size once wet.

Dry
  

Wet
The beautyblender is a true teardrop or egg shape with a pointed end while the RT Miracle is a tear/egg with one flat side for larger parts of the face. I honestly don't miss that flat side on the beautyblender and don't find myself using it much as I just bounce the rounded egg side on my face to apply my foundation.

Both stain when used with product. The RT Miracle for some reason looks like dark or blackish stains where as the beautyblender just takes on some of the true foundation color.

The RT Miracle seems to soak up a bit more product than the beautyblender, which seems to just hold it on the surface. So there is a bit less waste with the beautyblender.

Both hold up well after washing and dry pretty quickly. I used the Dr. Bronner's Pure Castile Liquid Soap [from Target here] in Peppermint or Lavender to wash them.  {Side note: how amazing is Dr. Bronner's?!  Literally good for EVERYTHING!}

Overall, both are great sponges. I prefer the bouncier texture of the beautyblender and the less waste of product aspect.  However, the size and price of the Real Techniques are big perks.  Seeing that a two-pack of the RT Miracle pack is only $10.99, you could get almost 4 Miracle Sponges for the price of one beautyblender.  I do reach for the RT one more daily because I don't mind it getting dirty or tearing.

So if you don't want to shell out $20 for one single sponge, I think the Real Techniques is a very close second to the beautyblender