The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge featured in this post was purchased by myself. Affiliate links that benefit this site may be included. All opinions are 100% my own.
On a recent trip to Walmart I came across an end aisle display of the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge and, of course, I had to pick one up for scientific beauty blogging purposes. I had a makeup sponge comparison on my mind!
While this sponge isn’t a new addition to the Real Techniques line of makeup tools, I’ve never used it before and wanted to see how it stacked up next to my PUR Cosmetics Contour Blending Sponge ($12) and BeautyBlender ($20), which is the gold standard by which all other sponges in the makeup industry are compared.
Real Techniques is a line of budget-friendly makeup brushes that were developed by the sisters behind the beauty blog Pixiwoo. They are professional makeup artists, as well, and created a line of brushes that are truly fantastic and some that I reach for in most every makeup application.
Back in the day when all we had in terms of makeup applicators were wedge shaped white latex sponges, who ever thought this architectural perfection was even possible? It goes to show you that there’s always room for improvement in anything and that possibilities are truly endless.
The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is created to be used either wet or dry and is a 3-in-1 multi-functional foundation applicator. Use the round end to cover large areas, like the sides of your face, use the chiseled side under your eyes or around your nose, and use the pointed top to get into those really hard to reach areas.
In comparison, the teardrop shaped BeautyBlender is to be used wet (run it under a faucet then squeeze the water out) and doesn’t have the edges that are in the Real Techniques sponge. Out of the three sponges I’m comparing, the BeautyBlender is definitely the most lightweight and airy.
The PUR Cosmetics Contour Blending Sponge can be used both wet and dry and has the advantage of having a chiseled side that makes blending contour products easy. Of all three sponges, it’s the most dense and not as lightweight as either the Real Techniques sponge or BeautyBlender.
My Final Thoughts: The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge holds its own when compared next to two other options that are both a bit more expensive. While you can’t beat the lightweight texture or results of the BeautyBlender, you really cannot beat the price and functionality of the Real Techniques sponge. The PUR Cosmetics sponge is nice, but when all is said and done, you’ll get the most bang for your 7 bucks with the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. It’s a winner!
Price: Between $5 – $7, depending on where it’s purchased.
Availability: Walmart, Ulta Beauty, and wherever Real Techniques products are sold.