Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge - £5.99 via Boots
I'm not really a big fan of beauty blender sponges and they are something I tend to stay away from, however I was intrigued by the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. After already falling in love with many of the Real Technique brushes I couldn't wait to give this 3-in-1 beauty blender a shot. Just like the many Real Technique products the beauty sponge has been designed by makeup extraordinaire Samantha Chapman.
The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is designed to give you the pixel perfect, flawless base you have always dreamed of. This innovative sponge is different from other beauty blenders as it features three distinct surfaces giving you three different ways to apply liquid foundation. The flat edge is brilliant for contouring around the eyes and nose or to apply concealer in this tricky areas. The rounded sides are great for blending product over the face in a dabbing motion. Finally the precision tip is brilliant for concealing blemishes and imperfections.
For me using the sponge was a strange experience, after using foundation brushes daily to try a sponge was completely alien and new. To apply foundation using the complexion sponge, you will need to begin by wetting the sponge lightly and wait for it to expand and then just squeeze any excess water out and lightly squeeze in a towel to make sure you soak any remaining water up. I then pump my foundation onto my hand and then dab the sponge into the product and then start dabbing it onto my face in a stippling motion.
Overall I found the sponge really easy to use, I was mostly worried that my foundation would appear streaky however I found it did completely the opposite. My foundations definitely appeared on the lighter side and gives a kind of radiant effect. I have found this works best with my Nars Sheer Glow foundation just due to the fact the foundation itself is on the heavier side and combined with this sponge is gives a lighter and more radiant finish.
The brush retails for £5.99 which I think is a great price in comparison to the slightly more expensive beauty blender, and it makes the sponge a lot more affordable for those who do want to venture down the blender route.
I won't go all the way and say that the miracle sponge has replaced my trusty buffing brushes, however this is a great product to use in between the washing of dirty brushes or if you're like me go to use a brush and find that it's in need of a good wash so put it to one side for a clean.
Have you tried Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge before? I'd love to know if you prefer brushes or sponges!
PS. Sorry folks for the lack of posts this week, been quite ill going to and from Docs and A&E so just kicking back with the painkillers whilst I await further tests. However I should be back on the blogging front soon just when I feel well enough to be able to get my camera and set up all out - yes any movement currently leaves me in pain.