In my last “battle of the makeup sponges” post comparing the BeautyBlender to the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge, I declared the less expensive Real Techniques sponge a pretty good dupe for the Beautyblender. I was already a huge fan of the Beautyblender; the latex-free, washable, reusable sponge is my favourite way to apply my MUFE HD Foundation.
The thing about washable, reusable sponges that I find a bit annoying is the washing them part. Its a bit of a pain to rinse all of the cleanser out and I also microwave them regularly for 30 seconds to keep them germ- free (which actually works BTW). I’ve enjoyed having both the BeautyBlender and the Real Techniques so when one is dirty, I can use the other.
So when I saw the Sephora Precision Makes Perfect Mini Airbrush Set for $12 CAD as a Black Friday deal, I thought – I need more sponges! Although these minis aren’t available on the Sephora site anymore, Sephora does have a regular sized Precision sponge. But do these cute little sponges perform as well as the original BeautyBlender?
Here’s what I felt was similar:
- Both are latex-free!
- Similar material: The Sephora Precision sponges are almost as soft and neither soak up much product.
- Both blend liquid foundation into my skin perfectly. The Sephora sponges did just as good a job as the Beautyblender.
Some differences I DIDN’T like as much:
- Size. The Precision Makes Perfect Mini Airbrush Set is, as advertised, “mini” so it took a little bit longer to blend my entire face than it did with the larger BeautyBlender. However, the regular sized Sephora Precision sponge looks to be a comparable size (and shape) to the BeautyBlender.
- Poofiness. The Sephora sponges don’t poof up as much and increase in size as much when you wet them. They seem a bit denser. I find they feel a tiny bit less soft against the skin because of this.
- Packaging: The Beautyblender comes with it’s own little plastic “house” you can dry it on and store it in. Like the Real Techniques sponge, the Sephora sponges did not.
I think the Sephora sponges are a good dupe and apply liquid foundation just as well as the BeautyBlender. But consider the prices:
BeautyBlender: $26 CAD
Real Techniques: $9.99 CAD
Sephora Precision Sponge (regular size): $18 CAD
If the choice was between Sephora and Real Techniques, I would go with the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge hands down!
Thanks for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤