I’m a big fan of Real Techniques products in general, and you can find them in the U.S. at Ulta. My all-time favorite foundation/base makeup brushes are the Expert Face Brush and the Stippling Brush. Both are high quality and budget-friendly — and, combined with regular Ulta coupons, this range of brushes is great for beginner and makeup experts alike. For me, as a makeup enthusiast, I like having multiple Real Techniques brushes on hand because they’re easy to use, easily accessible, and perform well for the price.
Recently, I purchased the Miracle Complexion Sponge due to reviews online. It’s compared to the highly coveted and highly raved about Beauty Blender. Other than the massive price difference, both sponges perform well; but, I’d have to say that I prefer the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge.
This sponge is a “3-in-1 multi-functional makeup sponge [that has] rounded sides” to blend larger, small, and contoured areas of the face. The “precision tip covers blemishes/imperfections and the flat edge contours around the eyes and the nose, leaving you with a complexion that’s smooth, enhanced and gorgeous.” It sounds promising and claims to flawlessly apply your makeup, just like the Beauty Blender. A major perk for the Miracle Complexion Sponge is its unique shape.
As the product description explains — the rounded parts of the sponge are perfect for stippling and dabbing foundation over the larger parts of the face, such as the cheeks and forehead. I’ve noticed that a swiping motion works just as well on larger areas. The slanted edge is perfect for the sides of the nose and the flat area where the sides of your nose meets the cheeks. This part of the sponge is excellent for the the chin as well. The pointed end and the flat edges are great for the contoured areas of the face, such as the nose and under the eyes. For absolute precision, the pointed tip can be used to add concealer to spots and pigmented areas of the face.
The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is excellent for those who prefer using a sponge for base makeup application. Your makeup goes on so smoothly and softly, with no indication of foundation demarcation or sponge marks like others sponges. It blends liquid and creamy formulas onto the skin so beautifully and quickly. And, more importantly, I appreciate that the sponge doesn’t soak up all your valuable makeup. A little bit of makeup goes a long way with this form of application. While the Beauty Blends requires to be damp, the Miracle Complexion Sponge seems to do just fine dry. The quality of the sponge is just bouncy enough for flexibility, and sturdy enough that it doesn’t feel like it’s going to peel and flake away.
It’s a great alternative to the Beauty Blender, and it’s eco-friendly since you can continue to re-use the sponge for months before replacing it. Also, for $5.99, it definitely beats the price of a $20 Beauty Blender for sure. For me, I find brushes more useful; however, I’ve found that the Miracle Complexion Sponge is great for blending in cream blush and adding concealer to the skin. View Michele1218’s review of the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge for a video review! :)
Retails for $5.99 at Ulta Beauty.
Made in China.