Battle of the Makeup Sponges: Real Techniques VS Beautyblender

The Beauty Blender VS the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

The Beautyblender (left) VS the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (right)

I am already a huge fan of the Beautyblender. The latex-free, washable, reusable sponge is my favourite way to apply liquid foundation. The only downside is that it costs $26 CAD. Although my first one did last about 4-5 months before needing replacing.

The Real Techniques tools were on sale at my Lawtons, so I thought I would try out the decidedly less expensive Miracle Complexion Sponge. Normally $9.99 CAD, I got it for only $7.99. Either way that’s much less than the Beautyblender. But how does it compare to the original?

After using it for over a week, here’s what I felt was similar:

  • Both are latex-free!
  • Similar material: The Real Techniques is made from polyurethane foam. The Beautyblender doesn’t say what it’s made of specifically, but the two sponges feel extremely similar and I think they are made of the same material. Both are very soft and neither soak up much product. With my eyes closed, I don’t think I could tell one from the other by touching them (except for the shape).
  • Both blend liquid foundation into my skin perfectly. I felt the Real Techniques did just as good a job as the Beautyblender.

The one difference I really LIKED:

  • Shape. I really enjoyed the flat side of the Real Techniques sponge.

Some differences I DIDN’T like as much:

  • Size. The Real Techniques sponge is bigger. I found it slightly more difficult to use around my nose, under my eyes, etc., but this wasn’t too big a deal.
  • Cleaning. The Real Techniques sponge is a bit more more difficult to wash. Not sure why that is.
  • Drying time: The Real Techniques sponge doesn’t seem to dry as quickly as the Beautyblender does.
  • Packaging: The Beautyblender comes with it’s own little plastic “house” you can dry it on and store it in. I don’t have anyplace to put the Real Techniques sponge.

I think the shape and size difference will come down to personal preference; Some people might prefer a bigger sponge, and some people might prefer the Beautyblender’s egg shape instead of the flat side of the Real Techniques sponge. Overall I thought the Real Techniques worked just as well as the Beautyblender in applying my foundation smoothly, evenly and streak-free. If you aren’t interested in paying the extra $12+ dollars, I think the Real Techniques is a pretty good dupe for the Beautyblender.

Thanks for stopping by ❀


Nerdy Librarian Girl


Filed under Accessories & Tools, Reviews

7 responses to “Battle of the Makeup Sponges: Real Techniques VS Beautyblender

  1. Pingback: Battle of the BeautyBlenders: How does Sephora Brand Compare? | nerdylibrariangirl

  2. I’ve heard good things about the Real Techniques, but haven’t tried it yet. Great review!


  3. I have both and use both equally. They need replacing soon, though. I think the RT is slightly denser and compact in terms of the material, which makes it more difficult to wash and to me, it’s not as “bouncy” as the BB – if that makes sense. But at the end of the day, the both do about the same job and as I said, I use them interchangeable. πŸ™‚

    Beauty Isles | An Island Girl’s Beauty and Lifestyle Blog


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