We all know that if you achieve a good makeup base, more than half the battle is won. You can have the best of foundations, but without a good tool, it would never perform to its best abilities. Of course, there are some formulations that work best with fingers...but most formulations need a good tool.
It has taken me a while to build my stash one thing at a time. You might have read my review of the Real Techniques Stippling Brush and the Expert Face Brush. While those two are fabulous on their own, they work differently and offer different finishes. While I was quite content with the brushes, the curious side of me always wondered about makeup sponges. Most people love and recommend them....okay okay...they recommend the Beauty Blender, but as a sponge newbie, I was lookout for cheaper alternatives. Which is where the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge comes in. I got it from amazon a few weeks back and here's what I think :
Comes packed in a plastic carton with all details about the sponge, it is bright orange and as you can see very different in shape from the original Beauty Blender.
The 3 different surfaces - A Flat End, Rounded sides and a Pointed Tip gives us 3 surfaces for better productivity. the flat and rounded sides blend large areas of foundation in a jiffy while the pointed tip is especially useful in blending concealer over blemishes. The flat end can also be used for contouring.
The idea is to use the sponge damp - Just run it under water and give a few good squeezes to remove all excess water....it doubles up in size (don't get shocked) and you are ready to bounce it gently over your face to blend in product. I dispense some product on the back of my hand, pick it up with the sponge and bounce it (in a stippling motion) over my skin.
Of course, the sponge takes more time and a bit more effort compared to the brushes, but it makes a noticeable difference, for which, I think, it is worth spending those extra 5 minutes.
Firstly, the finish is much more natural and my skin but better (mainly because, there is no excess product on the skin). You also avoid any brush strokes that can be left in a hurry. It flattens down dry patches (if any) instead of irritating them and making them more noticeable. I also feel that I get a more hydrated plumped look with the sponge as compared to the brushes (the dampness helps). Now I have not use the Beauty Blender yet, so I cannot compare, but I am surely in love with this one!
On the downside, the sponge tends to soak up more product as compared to brushes, so I do not reach out for it every time (lazy me)...maybe with time I will. I use a mild baby shampoo to clean it and it washes out the gunk effectively. If you suffer from acne/breakouts, you will have to wash the sponge after every use to avoid bacteria farming in your sponge.
Price : 899 INR approx (can be found on discounts)
If you are on the lookout for a good makeup sponge and do not want to burn a hole in your pocket, look no further than the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (It is available on good discounts on Amazon many times). The damp sponge gives a much lighter more natural finish compared to the brushes. You will reach out for this one a lot once it is in your stash :)