I recently got the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. I got this from Ulta. It's $5.99 and it also comes in a two pack for $11.99. This is supposed to be the closest thing, or better than the Beauty Blender which is $20 a piece. I finally decided to try it. I think it's shape is interesting. It's mainly long and oval and has a flat side. Which is mainly it's selling point. It also has a point on the other end. It's not tapered like the point on the Beauty Blender though. Below is side by side comparisons.
When they are damp and larger they are close in size. Sponges need to be replaced every 3 months, due to molding and bacteria growth. It's just as soft and bouncy as the Beauty Blender if not more. At first I felt like it sheered out my foundation too much. I used a full coverage foundation. You definitely have to bounce this on the face to have coverage. You can't swipe. I used this for everything I could think of, foundation, concealer, cream contour and highlighting. It worked very well. The bottom right picture is just foundation (and intense brows) no powder or anything. So it's just the work of the real techniques sponge. I really do like it. It stays damp and usable longer than a Beauty Blender. A Beauty Blender I feel gives a bit better coverage. The Real Technique sponge stains very easily. I washed it right after I used it and it wouldn't come completely clean from my concealer. Not a big deal in all actuality but if that bothers you then, there ya go. Just a heads up.
Also you can use a coupon at Ulta which is $3.50 off $10 purchase which saves you even more money.
This is the look after the rest of my makeup. It done very well . It looked even more beautiful after several hours.
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