Real Techniques Complexion sponge review and new version

The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is one of the most famous alternatives to the famous Beauty Blender when it comes to makeup sponges. I have been using it for the past year and thought it was about time to write a full review, especially due to the controversy on the “new” vs the “old” version of the sponge.

How to use the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge:

The sponge has an oval shape, with a tip on one side and a flat part on the other side, which means you get a lot of surfaces to apply makeup on your face. Like most makeup sponges, the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge is best used damp: get it completely wet in the sink, squeezing a few times to make sure the inside is also all wet. Then wring it first in your hands and then in a towel to get all the excess water out. It will duplicate in size and also become more bouncy. The idea is that the wet sponge will absorb less of the product. If the sponge is too wet, the excess water will instead dilute the product, reducing its coverage.

The shape is really versatile to be used as you please, but in this video you can see how I use mine. I apply my foundation with the widest side of the sponge, going back with the pointy end around my nose to blend that area in. I love to use this sponge for liquid foundation because it gives a beautiful finish to the skin. Until recently I used it to blend out my concealer with the pointy side as well, but I have moved on to using the Real Techniques Mini Eraser sponges since I tried them, due to their smaller size.

Once you are done applying your makeup, you need to clean the sponge to prevent bacteria from growing and then being transferred on your skin, causing you to break out. Did I scare you enough? Yes, that’s what happens if you don’t clean you makeup sponges, or brushes for that matter, often enough. Cleaning your sponge after every use would be optimal, and what your mom would tell you to do, but I’d say at least every 3 uses or every week.  To clean your sponge you can use a simple bar of soap and rub the wet sponge and rinsing it multiple times until it comes clean. Always let the sponge dry (clean or dirty) in open air and NOT in a closed box. This is also to reduce the time that it is wet and therefore can harvest bacteria.

Real Techniques suggests to replace the sponges every one to three months, depending on wear. In my experience, you should keep using it as long as you keep it clean and it isn’t falling apart. I changed mine when it started ripping from all the cleaning, after approximately six months.

The new “bad” version:

The Miracle Complexion sponge has been around for a few years, and a favorite for many many people. Unfortunately sometime last year Real Techniques had a remodeling of their brush handles and apparently also of their sponge. It wasn’t announced, but a lot of people noticed, myself included. I had an “old” sponge which was magical, but they don’t last forever and I had to change it with a new one, from the new reformulated batch. The new sponge is firmer and denser and somehow feels more “plastic-y” than the previous one. My first reaction was a bit “meh” about it, because of the reduced bounce when applying makeup. However I kept on using it because it still does the job well. I heard some people have experienced it to be too firm and that it “hurts” to use but I haven’t had any issues with it.

So here was a (maybe too) in depth how to and review of the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. You can purchase it in drugstores across the world, as well as online. Here are a few websites that I recommend*:





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Do you use it? Or do you prefer the original Beauty Blender?



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