Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

For the last few years, I was a slave to buffing brushes. As the condition of my skin has gradually improved (all thanks to a good, strict and thorough skincare routine!), I’ve been favouring less heavy coverage. My favourite way to achieve that is by using a dampened sponge – using something like Eau Thermale Avene or The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Facial Mist – and for most of the year I’ve been using a knock-off beauty blender and getting on really well with it. When the opportunity arose to try this new Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge*, I wasn’t exactly going to say no!

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The thing that makes Sam Chapman’s sponge different from the others out there, is its three distinct surfaces that are meant to make your foundation application even easier and more flawless:

- The rounded sides to blend large areas of the face
- The precision tip to cover blemishes and imperfections
- The flat edge for contours around the eyes and nose

Well, that’s what it says anyway. I personally find the flat edge better for layering up on areas which might need a little bit more coverage, and the precision tip much more convenient to get right into the contours of the nose and so on. Not sure how the flat edge is supposed to make getting into those tiny crevices easier! The versatility of the different surfaces makes application a breeze though, I can be done with my base in about 90 seconds which is pretty good going, right? And I love the poreless, flawless finish it achieves – just one reason why I’m preferring sponges to brushes these days!

I do really like the ease of application using the Miracle Complexion Sponge, but there is one thing that’s bugging me. It seems to absolutely drink foundation, absorbing way more product than a brush or other sponges I’ve used, particularly if used dry. Using the sponge wet does combat the problem a bit, but this is definitely the thirstiest sponge I’ve ever used.

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So while it’s not quite a miracle, I do like this sponge a lot and am pleased that the different surfaces are actually useful rather than just a novelty feature. If you prefer a sponge (or even if you’ve never tried one!), I’d recommend giving this one a try because at £4.99 it’s less than a third of the price of a Beauty Blender and provided you dampen the sponge before using it, it shouldn’t drink up too much of your foundation. It will start to appear in Boots and Superdrug stores that carry Real Techniques around September time – keep an eye out!

Are you a sponge advocate or a brush lover when it comes to foundation? I don’t think there are too many sponge slaves out there!

  • alittlemummymagic

    I love a brush but really want to try a sponge! Think i might opt for the beauty blender though after reading this, i don’t fancy all my foundation being soaked up into a sponge! Thanks for the review!

  • GlitterInfatuation Jazz

    Oh my gosh I’ve never even thought of using my Avene Thermal water to dampen the sponge! That’s such a clever tip, I do like a foundation sponge I find the finish a lot more natural, but it takes a long time to get my make up even when I do use one :)

    Jamie-Lee | Glitter Infatuation | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog!

  • makeupmonster1

    Definitely want to try this!!

  • Rai

    I find them too wasteful. They waste your foundation and they waste your money replacing them constantly — I haven’t tried a sponge I was comfortable still using after cleaning there just to much crap in there.

    So I’ll keep sticking with my brushes (and freshly washed hands for lighter foundation days). While the application method definitely matters I’ve found the most important thing effecting how natural your foundation looks… is the foundation.

  • Sheenie Shaikh

    I know sponges leave a nicer finish but you can’t beat using your fingers and brushes aren’t bad either. Sponges should really only be used in a make-up artist’s kit for saving time in cleaning and for hygiene purposes otherwise they are just a bitch from sucking up so much foundation.

  • Ellis

    I want to try this but I may try one from eBay first for about 50p even though £4.99 is reasonable.

    • Sackva

      Ah, but the quality though.

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  • MyBeautyJunction

    I adore the Beauty Blender, it converted me away from brushes except for the eyes! I can’t wait to find out how this will fare against the Blender.
    My Beauty Junction

  • Matilly Rose

    I love my beauty blender but this sounds great might have to see if I can pick one up in Oz.

    Jac x0x

  • BeautyStore4U

    Thank you for your review. Another great product from Sam Chapman. I love Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

  • Ligia

    Sadly the “miracle” sponge didn’t survive drenching & squeezing underwater… it didn’t expand at all and actually lost completely the shape. It
    behaved like a plasticine and shrunk… Not good at all.

    • Sackva

      You probably got a dud. Contact RT; they’re really good with sending out replacements.

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