A next generation of cosmetic sponges have come around in the last few years, starting with the Beauty Blender which has lead to a number of ‘dupes’ or similar sponges being released. I have bought the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, which is a ‘3-in-1 multi-functional complexion sponge’. It has three different surfaces which have different functions, and they are all used to give your foundation a flawless finish.
Real Techniques was founded by Sam and Nic Chapman, makeup artists and sisters who run the incredibly popular YouTube channel Pixiwoo. They have a great range of makeup brushes at affordable prices, I have a few different ones in my collection. I bought the Miracle Complexion Sponge from iherb for $5.99 USD which is an absolute bargain considering a Beauty Blender is around $30 in NZ. In the video below, Sam demonstrates how to use each of the three sides to achieve flawless foundation.
- 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.
For this post, I used MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation, but I’ve since used it with some BB/CC creams, and it worked well with them too. You can use the sponge wet or dry, and for this post I used it wet. I ran it under the warm tap and it grew a bit bigger, then I squeezed it thoroughly so it was still damp but not wet feeling. I started out how I do when using a flat top foundation brush, I swiped some foundation on my forehead, cheeks, and chin. Then I took my Real Techniques Sponge and used the side of it in a stippling motion to get the bulk of the coverage on, applying a bit more foundation on my cheek/jaw area which is where I have the majority of my pimples.
I used the flat end of the miracle complexion sponge under my eyes and around my nose, and it seemed to keep the foundation from settling in my undereye lines as badly as it usually does. I didn’t use the pointed tip, but I can see how it would be useful when applying concealer. I liked the dewy finish that it gave me, and that there were none of the lines I sometimes get when using a foundation brush.
One reason why I had been hesitant to get on the sponge bandwagon was that I thought it would use a lot more foundation than usual, and considering the price of my foundation that was a serious concern! I think it used sliiiiightly more than when using a foundation brush, but I can’t be entirely sure. I’m almost tempted to do an experiment, weighing the tube before and after I use the Real Techniques sponge, and my usual XO Beauty flat top foundation brush. Stay tuned for that potential post!
Real Techniques say to wash the sponge every 1-3 uses, but I’ve been washing mine after each use with my Bossy Cosmetics Brush Shampoo and leaving it to dry on the windowsill in the sun. Who knows how long that kind of diligence will last though! (full review here).
To purchase, head to iherb.com where you can get the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge for $5.99 USD, as well as lots of other Real Techniques brushes. Enter my affiliate code JPP391 for a discount on your order, which also supports me and helps keep Lena Talks Beauty running.