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Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge Review

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Real techniques really pleased me when I heard that they were bringing out a sponge, I'd been lusting after a Beauty Blender for so long but just couldn't justify the price when I had perfectly good make up brushes that provided amazing results. While christmas shopping, my mum offered to get me a Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge for christmas, I instantly agreed and waited patiently until christmas day.
Now I own the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge and after putting it to the test can finally let you know what I think about it.

The Miracle Complexion Sponge is beautifully soft, it's the softest sponge I've ever felt, it's shaped to provide different surfaces for different application techniques and hard to reach places such as around the eyes.

I find the best way to use is to wet the sponge with warm water and squeeze out any excess, once the sponge is damp, I apply foundation straight to the sponge and dab the face, this may be obvious, however I was really just wanting to rub it over the skin in circles as you would a brush, it does take a lot of dabbing but so does a stippling brush and so long as the results are good it's worth it right?

Note: For Reference I have used Mac Studio Sculpt NC15 mixed with Laura Mercier Radiance Primer.




A close up of the skin and how real it still looks (With Flash)

Positives:


  • When using with a thicker, more coverage foundation the results are lovely and flawless with plenty of coverage. It's like your skin texture shows through the foundation but yet it still covers the face nicely. To me this is important because it makes it easier to pull off the 'natural no make up' look.
  • Also if I had of chosen to apply this foundation with fingers or certain other brushes, it's quite thick so tends to look caky but with the miracle complexion sponge it's dewy, even and cakeless.
  • There is also a feeling that it's providing your skin with moisture, that isn't a fact and I don't think it does but because its dampened before use it feels like your pressing water into the skin.
  • Miracle Complexion Sponge can be used wet or dry so I suppose it's versatile.


Negatives:


  • I've found this useless for applying more sheer foundations, it just seems to soak it up and the results are..well.. pointless, I will stick to applying sheer foundations with a brush.
  • The sponge soaks up precious product. I can't imagine reaching for this if I was using a really high end foundation no matter what the results are.
  • I find the miracle complexion sponge hard to clean. I've tried to clean this in the same way I clean my brushes by adding some baby shampoo but it seemed to take forever to show any results and even then it didn't remove the foundation 'stain' or the blush 'stain' (explained below.)
  • I've found that you can't use this for applying cream blush, now you may think "really?" but I defend my decision to try and I'm simply putting it down to research. I actually thought "well it applies my chosen foundation well so surely it should look lovely applying cream blush?" I dabbed at it and swirled it and as you can see above there was plenty on the sponge however it just wouldn't transfer to the skin, it might be the blush I was using? But this didn't work. However nowhere does the Miracle Complexion Sponge say that it's for this use so this isn't really a negative point towards the sponge and more towards my idea.


I must say though that despite this product having some negative points, it wouldn't put me off in the slightest and I'm still turning to this tool daily, I love the effect that it leaves with the 'right' foundation.


After Washing (Pink Blush Stain Still Exists)

To wash the sponge I simply wet the sponge under warm water and apply baby shampoo, I massage it into the sponge and rinse, I repeated this 3-4 times to get rid of the foundation that had been soaked up inside then left to dry for a few hours and its lovely and clean again. Almost.

It seems like it would withstand a good few washes and doesn't seem like it would tear too easily. 
I really like this sponge and since I now own this I don't feel the need to go out and buy the Beauty Blender. It's a welcome additon to my tools collection and I'd repurchase this if anything was to happen to it because you never know when you will need a sponge rather then a brush.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is available at various retailers but can be purchased from FeelUnique Here for £5.99 (and free delivery)

Have you tried a make up sponge or are you sticking to the brushes for now?

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