Make-up Sponge Comparison: Beautyblender or Real Techniques?

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Hi everyone! It’s Kristina from The Feminine Files here again, and i’m back with a comparison review!

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Sponge make-up applicators…have you used them? If not, i’ll be going over “what are they”, “how do you use them”, and “what’s the difference between them” today! If you have used them i’ll also be showing 2 varieties (one being a great dupe) so stick around! First up…

THE ORIGINAL BEAUTYBLENDER:

Sponge Make-up applicators have been around for a few years now, (beauty blender being the first) so a lot of people already know all about them. If you don’t, here is a quick snippet from the Original Beautyblender page: “The Beautyblenders elliptical shape is designed to match the contours of your face, and it’s lack of edges eliminates streaks, allowing for a perfect application every time.

I only started using my beautyblender a couple months ago when I got one it my Glossybox. At first I wasn’t impressed (I’m pretty sure I wasn’t doing it right) but after I got the hang of it, I’ve got to say I was loving it! I use it with Covergirl’s 3 in 1 Stay Flawless foundation (which is medium to full coverage) and this does a very nice job at providing great coverage WITHOUT looking cake-y.

USE: To use them is simple. You hold them under running water and keep squeezing until the sponge is completely at “max capacity” (They expand and get softer when they are wet just like a regular sponge) Then squeeze all the water out, and squeeze again with a towel (you just want it to be damp, not wet!) Next you can put some make up on the sponge (I like to put a pile on the back of my hand and dip into the foundation as I go.) You apply it in tapping motions (pretty much just bouncing the sponge on your face.) Tap it all over your face with the large side and use the pointed side to get around your nose and under your eyes. When your done I would wash your sponge, and the best cleanser I have used is a black soap facial cleanser from Dr. Woods!

I received the white (pure) one, and I have to say it’s a silly thing to make a make-up applicator white. It gets dingy looking quickly, and has to be washed after every use. (In my OCD opinion! ;) ) The beauty blender retails for $19.95 which is pricey considering it has to be replaced much more often than your standard makeup brushes….SO, that brings me to the NEXT part of my post…

THE REAL TECHNIQUES MIRACLE COMPLEXION SPONGE:

So, the Real Techniques sponge is the same idea as the beauty blender (it IS a dupe after all!) I got this sponge from the giveaway on Pretty in the East and I am SO happy I won, because I love this thing!

There are a couple of things different about this version:

It has a slanted edge instead of being completely round. I actually PREFER the flat edge I think it covers more area faster.

When “plumped up” it is slightly bouncier than the beauty blender, which feels more dense/firm. I also actually like this aspect better too!

Lastly the price! The Real Techniques Sponge retails for $5.99 (about a 1/3 of the price of a beauty blender)

Beauty Blender Real Techniques Sponge Comparison

You can see they are pretty much the same size (They ARE expanded in this photo) I really like (and prefer now) the sponge make-up applicator because I feel like you can still get great flawless coverage without a heavy makeup look. I think using a damp sponge also helps prevent makeup from clinging to dry spots, so it would probably be ideal for people with dry skin! I think these DO work better with medium to fuller coverage foundations as opposed to light coverage or bb/cc creams. (It might water them down TOO much.) You can also apply gel or cream blushes with these and it gives a soft flush.

I do like them both, but the flat edge and the price of the Real Techniques one REALLY wins me over! If you haven’t tired a make-up sponge yet, give it a try…I think you will love it!

Have you tried a make-up sponge yet? Which one is your favorite, I know there are others out there! :)

Thanks so much for reading! xoxo Kristina

15 Comments

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    henryfacebeauty 3 years ago

    Wow great comparison. I have the real techniques one and was wondering if it was worth getting the beauty blender too but I think I’ll probably just save the money now :)

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      Kristina 3 years ago

      Thank you! Yes, if you are happy with the Real Techniques I would stick with it! Also, thanks for following and reblogging :D

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    Ivy 3 years ago

    I got a pack of 2 Beauty Blenders at the beginning of December and I really love them, but I think when it comes time to replace my second one I’m going to try out the Real Techniques because I’ve heard really similar stories on how impressed other people were with it as well! Thanks for the review!

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    henryfacebeauty 3 years ago

    Reblogged this on Seeking Subtle Glow and commented:
    Check out this great post on make up sponges from Jolie Pagaille. I personally own the Real Techniques sponge but am still perfecting my skills with it. There are some great tips here on the proper way to use make up sponges and how to care for them, as well as pros and cons of each brand, so check it out. Have you tried either of these? Any good tips or tricks you’ve stumbled upon?

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    Let me try this 3 years ago

    I have one I got as a gift but have yet to use it. However, it doesn’t say anything about wetting it. When I use it though I’ll blog about it!!!

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      Kristina 3 years ago

      The first time I used it it wasn’t wet enough so it didn’t work that good. You don’t want it soaking wet though, just damp. Thanks for reading! :)

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    Ashly Eyler 3 years ago

    It’s nice to see you on here Kristina! Ulta was out of the RT blender ball thingy when I went and so I picked up the Ulta version. I have to say I really like it! It was under $5 and does MUCH better than my fingers; which is what I was previously using. Thank you for the tips and tricks on how to use it!

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      Kristina 3 years ago

      Thank you Ashly! And your welcome, i’ve never tried others beside these 2 but i’m open to if they are a good price!

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    Christine 3 years ago

    Well hello, Kristina!! I STILL haven’t purchased this RT sponge yet, BUT, I’m gonna make it happen tomorrow. I saw you and another blogger talk about how great it is. I love my beauty blender, but if this one works just as good (if not better) and saves me some money, then I’m all about it! Great post!!

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    Samantha Penninipede (@sammipenni) 3 years ago

    Thanks so much for this! I’ve always been curious about sponge applicators, but never liked the idea of having to replace them so often (more often than makeup brushes, anyway). I think I’ll try the Real Techniques one if I get the chance.

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      Kristina 3 years ago

      Your welcome Sammi! I felt the same way about the beauty blender because of the price tag…it’s just not in my budget. But for $6 it’s much more doable :)

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    beautifulgoodies 3 years ago

    I’ve never used a sponge applicator, but just from looking at the photos, I would absolutely pick the Real Techniques sponge because I think the shape looks more functional and easier to hold in your hand. If I ever start wearing foundation on a regular basis, I’ll have to pick one up! Thanks for the comparison review! :)

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      Kristina 3 years ago

      I like the shape a lot better! I really don’t even need to use the pointed edge with the RT one because the flat edge has a good enough point for me :)

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