July 24, 2015

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

There was a time before beauty blogging where I always used makeup sponges.  After the discovery of makeup brushes, my sponges were binned and I never looked back.. until now.  With the rise of the makeup sponges and contouring trends, I decided to see what I was missing and picked up the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge to see what all the fuss was about.
Now there's all sorts of makeup sponges out there, from Beauty Blenders to Primark's own £1 version but ultimately, I decided to settle on the Real Techniques version.  The price was somewhere in the middle and having been impressed by their brushes, I had high hopes for their other products.

The sponge is shaped with three uses in mind, the flat edge is used in the contours around the eyes and nose, the sides are for blending around large areas of the face and the pointed tip to cover up imperfections.  This is something I hadn't seen from the other brands so it was a real selling point for me.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

To use the sponge, you simply dampen it, making sure you squeeze out the excess water and blend out your foundation/concealer of choice.  Personally I find it most effective using a sort of dabbing motion to move the product around rather than dragging the sponge.  It did take a little more time than average to apply my foundation but what I was left with was the most beautiful natural finish.

I often find when I use brushes I pick up too much product but because the sponge is wet, it sort of reduces the coverage and helps your skin show through.  It felt like I had nothing on my face but provided just enough coverage so I think this would be best used with a medium coverage foundation.

I find it best to wash it after each use as sponges tend to get dirty much quicker, especially appearance wise! I dreaded the washing process but I found it really easy, soap and water is all you really need.  The best part is that you can wash it just before you use it too as it's used wet anyway!

All in all, I was really happy with the results.  Now that I've gotten to grips with the foundation application, I think I'll try my hand at a little bit of contouring!  Watch this space..

Where to buy: Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge - Amazon (£4.48)
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