As always I was behind on the trend of using Beauty Blenders/Sponges to apply makeup; I was still using a stippling brush. In all honesty I brought the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Makeup Sponge because I had heard it was very popular for creating a flawless base and I like to rack up the points on my Superdrug beauty card. First of all, lets talk about the price, in Superdrug a single sponge is £5.99 but they also sell them in packs of two or more and some are different shapes, sizes and colours. I think this is a very reasonable price for a product from a well known brand and when I brought my first sponge I was expecting it to be much more expensive due to the hype.
The way I would describe this sponge is being like a soft stress ball and it is equally as satisfying to squeeze because it bounces back into shape. I pump my liquid foundation onto the surface of my hand and swipe the (dry) sponge over to collect the foundation; then I apply to my face with a dabbing motion (not like the dance move). It is so quick and easy to blend foundation using the RT sponge and when I first started using it with my liquid foundation I couldn't believe how flawless it made my skin look with only one layer. I don't notice so much now though after so many uses, unless I build up my foundation with a second or third layer. As you can see, I certainly got my monies worth with my first RT sponge but when it started to fall apart I knew it was time to get a new one. Also, it's not a good idea to keep using an old sponge on my face when I am trying to prevent spots and clogged pours.
I recently opened and used my new RT sponge and I noticed that the design has changed because it now has a tapered tip which is great for concealing my under eye baggies. I gave it a little squeeze, as you do, and it felt firm and durable. It hasn't been applying my makeup as well as my old sponge but I think that is because it's still very new and that might change after more use and cleaning. Speaking of cleaning, it is important to do so with all makeup application products because they harbour germs and dead skin. I really try to clean my brushes every week, usually on the weekend and I use the Brush Techniques MakeUp Brush Cleansing Spray that I brought from Bodycare because the majority of their products are cruelty free, including this one. It was very affordable from Bodycare but you can also buy it on Amazon, the only down side is that it is more expensive.
I also decided to get the B. Blending Makeup Sponge from Superdrug for £4.99. It is pink, teardrop shaped and nowhere near as soft and porous as my other two, at least not whilst it's dry. I haven't tried this sponge when it's damp because I prefer my new RT sponge, I only use this one for the tapered tip part to blend out concealer under my eyes. It doesn't absorb foundation very well when it's dry which is useful if you just want to apply dots of foundation, concealer, contour etc onto your face without leaving lots of residue behind; then you can use a different sponge or brush to blend. If you are new to the sponge scene then this is a good one to buy because it's an affordable price. At this point I feel like throwing it out there that a Beauty Blender/Sponge is a must have item for your makeup bag and it took me a long time to realise this.
B. Blending Makeup Sponge, Superdrug.