If you're not already familiar with Sam and Nic, the makeup artists behind the Pixiwoo YouTube channel, Two Magazine, the Real Techniques makeup brush line, and more…you're welcome! I'm about to introduce you to something wonderful.
Sam and Nic, based in the U.K., are sisters and partners, and their makeup tutorials are some of the best online, in my opinion. They seem quite committed to helping the average person with his or her makeup in their tutorials, and to back that up, they have a line of great-quality brushes at average-person prices. No more of this trading
your right arm $50 for a lone makeup brush. Their average brush is priced at about $10. Thanks, ladies!
The Miracle Complexion Sponge is a new addition to their line, meant to compete with the much more expensive Beauty Blender Sponge. I've never actually tried a Beauty Blender, so I can't compare the two products. After using the RT sponge for the last few weeks, though, I can say that if you like applying your base with a sponge, you'll probably like this product.
- It's soft and feels comfortable against the skin
- It's easy and quick to use
- It leaves a great, natural-looking finish to your foundation—even if you're using full-coverage products (which I do almost daily)
- The contours of the sponge make it fairly easy to get at hard-to-reach spots on the face
- It's inexpensive—only about $10 Canadian
- It absorbs more product than I would like
- It's a pain (really) to wash
- Storage isn't the most convenient
You can use the sponge wet or damp, but I think it leaves a better finish when used damp. It also absorbs less product while damp, so that's how I prefer to use it.
You can use the sponge to to apply your base and then blend it in (the best technique I've found is a bouncing motion), but to minimize product waste, I like to apply foundation with a brush, blend the product so that it's even on my face, and then bounce to a flawless finish with the sponge. It's also great for making sure concealer is perfectly smooth.
My favourite thing about the sponge, though, is the fact that it lets me be lazy during the week. Unlike my brushes, I can use the sponge for a week before it really needs washing. If I don't spot clean my cream-product brushes every day or two, their performance suffers.
Here's what the product looks like:
Here's the other side of the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. See the pock marks on the bottom there? I did a little damage the other day trying to get all the product out of the sponge. I scrubbed a little with my nails—whoops! Don't be like me.
The verdict: Overall, a decent product—especially for the price. I don't feel the need to spend triple the cash on a Beauty Blender. I don't think it will replace my favourite brushes in my foundation routine, but it's great to have around when I'm in a hurry or when my concealer brush needs washing.
Rating: Three and a half stars out of five. I'd like it to absorb less product and be easier to wash. That could be an unreasonable expectation for a sponge, though.
Have you tried the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge? What did you think? How does it compare to other foundation sponges you've tried?
Disclosure: This product was provided by PR for my consideration.