Monday, 11 April 2016

REAL TECHNIQUES MIRACLE COMPLEXION SPONGE REVIEW



Not to sound all cheesy, but Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge really is a little miracle, to me at least. I’ve mentioned it before, but I suffer from very dry skin, and as a result foundation application has been somewhat of a struggle for me. When I was a teenager, my skin was fairly normal to combination and I would be fine using your typical, regular foundation brush no problem. But as I got older and my fibromyalgia started, I found that my skin became increasingly dry and sensitive. Despite really stepping up my skincare routine, it’s something I continuously have to deal with. Foundation brushes are now no longer an option for me at all as they make the foundation cling to the dryness and the end result is not pretty. I had read that using a make up sponge can help with this, and so I went and got myself one from Mac. This did make a big improvement, but it was still a lot of effort and it took careful (read frustrating, hand ache inducing, constant dabbing) application to get a somewhat decent finish, regardless of what liquid foundation I used. Sadly, I put up with this mediocre result for far too long. Shame on me.

For years I’ve heard people rave about the Beauty Blender, but for whatever reason I always presumed it wouldn’t really be any different to my Mac sponge, other than it being a different, slightly strange looking shape. Then a few months ago, someone recommended the Real Techniques sponge to me. I already used and swear by some of their brushes, so decided to look into it. After doing my research, I read nothing but great things about it and what an impressive (and cheaper) alternative it is to the Beauty Blender. So, I went ahead and ordered one from Amazon, and my God am I glad I did.

I seriously cannot tell you how incredible this sponge is and what a difference it has made to my make up. Never in my entire life has my foundation gone on so well or looked so good. It might not be flawless, but it is the closest I think I’ll ever get. Foundation just smooths right on to the skin and blends effortlessly. There are still a few places where some careful dabbing is required, but it is so utterly worth it. At first I wasn’t sure what to make of the unique shape or the best way to use it. It’s suggested that you use the rounded sides to blend large areas of the face with a dabbing or stippling motion, the precision tip to cover blemishes and any other detailed application, and the flat edge for contours around the eyes and nose. I don’t really pay too much attention to the directions though and tend to use it however I feel works best for me. As is made especially clear when it comes to cleaning the sponge, I primarily use the flat edge all over and then the tip for under and around my eyes and for covering blemishes and imperfections, and I rarely use much of the rounded sides. But of course that’s just how I find it easiest to apply my foundation and I’m sure others use it very differently. I guess you go with your make up instincts.

In addition to all the positive reviews, what really appealed to me was that this sponge can be used both wet and dry. I had tried dampening my make up sponge before but it just ended up a mess, so I really wanted one that could be used either way. The first few times I was of course stubborn and stuck in my ways, insisting on using it dry. But then one fateful day it desperately needed washing and I’d forgotten to do it the previous night so it would be dry in time for morning. I didn’t have a choice but to use it wet, and the results were even better. I now always use it damp and definitely find it to be the best way for me personally; it gives my make up a lovely dewy finish, something I have longed for but never been able to achieve before. I also use it to apply concealer and my trusty YSL Touche Eclat under my eyes. It really is amazing and an absolute must have for me. It’s a little orange wonder, and I can’t recommend it enough!

Have you tried this Real Techniques sponge? What do you think of it?

Katie xx
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  1. Oh wow this sounds so good, I might have to give this a try . To be honest I don't use anything to apply foundation I just use my hands! I definitely need to get a brush or try this out looks good.
    Great review!
    Natasha xx

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    1. Thank you lovely! I really do recommend it, it's amazing! I got it from Amazon for about £5 but they also sell it in Boots and loads of online sites. I don't think I'd even know how to apply with anything else anymore I'm that used to it now. I was shocked at how good my foundation looked for the first couple of weeks. Let me know if you decide to try it as I'd love to know how you find it! Xx

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  2. It's my go-to sponge also. I have SUPER dry skin at the moment too and it blends in my foundation a lot better than my usual buffing brush.

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    1. I'm glad it works so well for you too. It's made such a difference to my foundation application. I hate how dry my skin is and it's actually got worse lately so I'm very grateful I have it to help. I hope yours improves soon xx

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  3. Love this sponge but it shrunk aha...
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    1. Oh god that's terrible, I'm sorry. I haven't had that happen to mine and really hope it doesn't. It's held up really well so far and I've been using it for a few months now xx

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  4. I have this and like you didn't try it damp but I might now. Gemma x
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    1. Oh you should definitely try it damp, it's amazing. It doesn't give quite as full coverage as you get when using it dry, but it's more flawless and gives a dewy finish which I love xx

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  5. Ooooh I've actually not used anything like this before but this sounds fab! Definitely looks like a good affordable Beauty Blender dupe xx
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    1. It is such a great alternative, and much cheaper. I think I paid £4.99 for it and it's a must have for me. I'm sure the beauty blender is amazing too but I don't feel any need to pay the higher price to find out when this sponge works so well for me. I definitely recommend it if you're interested in trying it xx

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  6. I have used another sponge but not from RT. I would like to after reading your views:)
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    1. Aww thank you! This one really is amazing and I definitely recommend xx

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  7. I haven't really tried any sponges (all those posts about the things that grow inside them freak me out), but your review has been wondering if it's time! There don't seem to be any downsides about it, and the price is a lot better than the Beauty Blender.

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    1. Yes I know what you mean I read some yucky sounding things about sponges years ago but I was desperate to find something that would improve application on my super dry skin. I do clean it with soap after every couple of uses. I can't recommend it enough. It's made such a huge difference to my foundation application. And yes definitely a great price! xx

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  8. I definitely want to try this sponge

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    1. I hope you do, it's really great! Thank you for reading xx

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  9. In use this as well, and definitely find I get the best results when it's damp. The only thing I don't like about it is that the sponge breaks up a tiny bit every time I wash it and after I've had it for a few months it looks all yucky and I have to buy I new one because I don't want to put it on my face aha! I am so tempted to try the beauty blender in the hope that this won't happen!

    The Velvet Black | UK Style & Beauty Blog

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    1. I haven't had this happen to mine yet but I've only had it a few months. It's held up fine so far but I am very gentle when I wash it because I'm scared of it breaking up or getting ruined. Let me know if you do try the Beauty Blender as I'd love to know how it compares xx

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  10. This does sound like a really wonderful sponge indeed! I was always very skeptical about those weird shaped sponges as well, but I recently bought the Primark Beauty Blender dupe for about €1 and goodness I'm impressed - I use it to apply my concealer and it seems to cover so much better than when I do so with my fingers! Can't imagine what it would be like if I used the real deal. Thank you for sharing this post dear!
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    1. I know I was the same! I found the shape kind of intimidating and didn't really know how you'd use it or think they'd be that great but I was so shocked at how good it is! I know others who have used the Primark one and they all say it's good too. These types of sponges are great for concealer. It really helps with the concealer under my eyes to help it blend much better and gives more coverage than using my fingers. I'm so glad I bought it. Thank you for reading xx

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