Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

Saturday, October 05, 2013

For a while now, I've used my trusty Real Techniques Buffing Brush to apply foundation on an almost daily basis. I honestly never saw myself using anything else, that is, until I got my hands on the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. Ever since the original Beauty Blender exploded onto the scene I've been intrigued by beauty sponges. I used various ones a couple of times in my teens when I was first getting to grips with beauty, and I just never really got them. Luckily, my latest venture into the world of sponges has gone a lot better - my Buffing Brush has officially taken a back seat as I've found myself reaching for the Miracle Complexion Sponge day after day. Here's why...


Quite simply, this sponge applies foundation fantastically. I like to use this damp - I hold the sponge under running water until it expands, then get rid of any excess water by squeezing it out using a clean towel, so that I'm left with a slightly moist sponge. Sounds like a bit of a faff, but it becomes second nature very quickly and the results make the extra couple of minutes in a morning worth it. I then use the sponge to blend foundation in a stippling motion, - the softness of the sponge coupled with the slight moisture from the water gives a really light, even finish on the skin. The sponge has a unique shape featuring three different surfaces - a standard round end, a flat edge and a "precision tip" - the idea being that you can use each surface in a different way to optimise your foundation application. Honestly, I think that this is a bit of a novelty factor because I haven't found the different edges have made any difference to the application - especially the flat edge which I've found almost impossible to use for the contours around my nose and eyes. However, this sponge works so well on it's own that I don't mind a little extra blending with my fingers when it comes to more precise areas.

The downsides? Well, as with any sponge, this is a bit of a nightmare to clean - even after a thorough cleansing there are still visible unsightly stains from foundation. Honestly, that's about it though. I've been thoroughly impressed with Real Techniques newest offering and it has quickly become one of my favourite makeup tools. And to top it off, you can grab it for just under a fiver. Real Techniques, you can truly do no wrong. 

24 comments

  1. I've been wanting to try this for aaages, you may have convinced me to make a cheeky order! It sounds so good :)

    Jess xo

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  2. I absolutely love my buffing brush, i don't know how i feel about going over to a sponge...first world problems! after this though i may try it x
    http://theadventuresofhann.blogspot.co.uk/

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  3. I really want to try this also! Sounds amazing ^_^ i eonder if its better than the beauty blender with the different shape.

    from Brigitte at // BreezeyBee Blog | BlogLovin'

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  4. I haven't tried any of the beauty sponges yet but I was hoping this one would be a winner! You've also convinced me to give it a try haha :)

    Jordan | Boho Vanity

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  5. lovely review! I've never tried the beauty blender because I can't part with paying so much money for a sponge and really don't mind applying my foundation with a brush or my fingers-- but this one seems like good quality for a way more affordable price!

    sundays grace

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  6. Hahah I've been using this for a while and LOVE IT but haven't even done the water thing. What a numpty I am - I'll be giving that a try!

    Rosie x

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  7. I love using sponges, such a flawless finish !

    Madeline | Its a Mads Mads World

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  8. I've never tried a foundation sponge and as a big Real Techniques fan, I think my first one will be this one :)

    Annie | www.raspberphobia.com

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  9. I haven't seen this around my area yet. Hope I'm able to get my hands on it somehow :) thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  10. Sounds pretty good, I'll have to try it out myself :)

    Roses are bluee ♡
    xx

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  11. I'm not a fan of sponges but I still like having them around for when I want a lighter finish or when my brushes are dirty x

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  12. I purchased this the other week, tried it once, didn't really 'get it' and gave up. I think I need to give it another go, as I keep hearing such great things :) x

    lamourjosie.com

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  13. This looks really nice!

    www.whatmolliedid.blogspot.co.uk

    xxx

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  14. I've never used a sponge to apply my foundation before, I was tempted to get a beauty blender but was always put off by the price. I might give this a try though, it sounds great!

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

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  15. I have been using this for the last couple of weeks and I love it - especially with the dr jart platinum bb cream :) x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness

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  16. I've yet to try any brushes from real Techniques, I will definitely have to seek this out. I love my beauty blender as well.

    Thanks for sharing!

    xo, Janelle @ GlamorousMama

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  17. Love Real Techniques, and swear by the Buffing Brush as well!
    However I have never tried a Beauty Blender sponge before, always wanted to though! And now that Real Techniques have brought out their own version; I am definitely going to get one :)
    Hope you're well
    Much Love,
    Kate xo

    www.and-kate.blogspot.com

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  18. oh, i have never seen one of these! i think it would work really well, i'd love to try this!

    lindsey louise

    hellomrrabbitblog.com

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  20. I have the original beauty blender and I love it. So glad RT brought out a version too! :)

    http://novarellie.blogspot.com.au/

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  21. I've really been wanting to try this out!! I might get one along with some of there other brushes! :)

    Cstephrun

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  22. real techniques are just the best, aren't they? i was using my trust buffing brush for the longest time and a few weeks ago i invested in the expert face & stippling brushes. i've only used the stippling brush for cream blushes so far but i'm going to give it a try applying foundation eventually, i've just loved the finish of the expert face brush so much i haven't wanted to yet, haha. the cleaning has put me off getting a sponge a little bit but since real techniques are so affordable i might have to give this one a go.

    little henry lee

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