Hello everyone, I hope you had a great day! I decided to start a new series on my blog where I will be comparing high-end and drugstore products because better quality usually comes with a higher price, but not always!
The popularity of beauty sponges as tools for foundation application changed the makeup game completely. They allow smooth application without pulling or rubbing the skin. Cream products applied that way look nicely blurred and non-streaky while having higher coverage than if applied with for example fingers. Personally, I cannot imagine doing my makeup without a sponge anymore! Here I will compare two of my favorite ones: Original Beauty Blender and Real Techniques Miracle Sponge.
Let’s be honest here – Beauty Blender undoubtedly wins this one! The adorable hot pink, egg-shaped sponge looks really cute, especially compared to the Real Techniques unimpressive browny-orange color. The color, however, washes off gradually.
Tip: Wash your Beauty Blender with soap before the first use – I only rinsed it with water and a tiny bit of pink color came off the sponge onto my face when I applied makeup! And I have the original one for sure, it was purchased at Sephora 😉
Material and texture
You can see that Beauty Blender is more dense, looks like it will last long and it feels very bouncy. The RT sponge’s quality could be better – it doesn’t get back to its shape easily after squeezing, it’s not as dense and if you have long nails they are likely damage the sponge while washing, so you need to be careful. As you can see, mine is unusable anymore – I have been using it for around 6 months few times per week and washing it after every use. Tiny particles of the sponge started to fall off and to stick to my face, after that I stopped using it.
Even though BB looks prettier, its shape for me is less practical than the RT sponge. The wide end is meant for the face in general and the thinner end for places that are more difficult to reach like under eye area or around the nose. This seems to me like a waste of time and foundation, because it always sinks a little bit in the sponge so here it will sink on both ends instead of just one. The positive side of it is hygiene, because it’s better to use a separate part for under eye area but anyways I don’t use under eye concealer almost at all so it’s not that much of a plus for me. With the RT sponge you can use the same part of the sponge for everything because the shape allows you to reach anywhere so it minimizes the waste of foundation and makes cleaning easier.
I find the RT sponge easier to clean, the surface covered in makeup is smaller and foundation washes off quickly. With my BB sponge I sometimes have to wash it twice to get rid of all the foundation and because it’s so dense rinsing it takes more time. Also clumsy people like me might drop it while washing because it’s so bouncy it slipped off my hands a few times.
Maybe I’m being biased but I feel like makeup applied with the RT sponge looks actually better: more blended and smoother. I have never experienced cakey makeup when using this sponge and it happened to me a few times with Beauty Blender even though I used exactly the same makeup products.
Beauty Blender is almost exactly double the price of the Real Techniques sponge.
I personally prefer the Real Techniques Miracle Sponge. Compared to Beauty Blender it’s more convenient to use because of the shape that helps to apply makeup even on hard to reach places (without switching between both ends), the cleaning is easier and faster (and nobody likes cleaning makeup tools for too long I guess) and most importantly I feel like my makeup simply looks better. Even though the sponge gets damaged easily, it’s not a problem at such an affordable price, especially because sponges should be replaced once in three months anyways. I’m planning to repurchase the RT sponge when my new Beauty Blender gets old and I will buy the tiny green Beauty Blender sponges for under eye concealer as well.
I hope you enjoyed reading the comparison, posts like that will appear once in a while on the blog!
Have you used these sponges? What is your preferred way to apply foundation and concealer?