When I posted about my purchase of this on Instagram the comments mimicked a poll on peoples preference to Marmite. The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is obviously a ‘love it/hate it’ kind of thing. Sophie loves it (my justification for picking it up), but there are a fair few of you out there that don’t. When this kind of divide occurs it almost makes me want to try a product more, I want to know what camp I side with. So where do I stand?

Here’s the thing, I’ve never really been one for sponges, which may mean I was already a bit bias on this one pre-purchase. I must also note that I’ve never tried the Beauty Blender so can’t give a side-by-side comparison. The sponge is designed to be used, damp or dry, to apply, blend and buff in your base. There’s a domed end for all-over application, a flat side for larger areas and a tip to get in all the nooks and crannies. The shape works. It’s more the function that I can’t get on with. The spread of product was limited, I began to get elbow ache from tapping halfway through putting on my foundation (a major sign that I need up my arm exercise from just more than reaching into my fridge on an hourly basis) and the end result, to me, just looked a little heavy. I’ve tried it with my two favourites – Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation and CHANEL Vitalumiere Aqua - and with both I just felt like I got a more natural, even and dewy finish using my fingers or my ol’ fave, Real Techniques Buffing Brush.

But all is not lost. There is one redeeming feature of this orange egg-like thing which means that it will be sticking around in my stocks. It’s great at tapping in concealer. Sometimes I find a brush just wipes away the coverage I need to hide away my blue-toned bags and using a finger can feel heavy handed. However the tipped side of this thing steps up to the plate; blending, yet covering in equal measures.

For concealer it’s a winner, but for foundation? I’ll be sticking to my own 10 digits thank you very much.

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  • blushingbiddies

    I haven’t tried -any- sponge yet, just because I’m afraid of the cleaning! And I would think you’d lose soo much product as it soaks into the sponge? It’s good to hear I’m not really missing out. Brushes and digits FTW! XD


  • http://www.finurligheter.com/ Maria

    I just knew this wasn’t for me. I’m really not a sponge girl at all and I find them quite dirty. Just petri dishes for bacteria, ick!


  • Evelyn Morales

    I am like you, I also never buy any sponges for mysleft but I have used them before and I did like the result that it gives. I think a sponge like this is great if you are doing somebody elses make up.


  • Anna Blush

    Interesting to hear your thoughts Anna, as a fellow RT buffing brush lover I think I’ll have to give it a miss x


  • Kasope Sonola

    i am the type of people who would probably hate it, I am too obsessed with my buffing brush to use a sponge


  • Zazie Bibi

    love the buffing brush too! really want to try the expert face brush, as i’ve tried the models own beauty blender version, and like you, im not a fan of sponges! xx


  • Ellen Findley

    I’m a hands-on girl myself, but it’s interesting to know what’s on the market. Thanks for the review, Anna!

  • Marlenne

    I really don’t like sponges, they get really dirty and never will be so fresh and clean as a brush can be. By the way, I just use my (clean) fingers to work in foundation, but I just ordered the Real Techniques Buffing Brush. Can’t wait to try it!


  • Jelena

    Definitely 10 digits girl :)
    Used sponges for dancing competitions make-up, but never for everyday.


  • http://LoveBeautyLifeStyle.nl/ Joli LoveBeautyLifeStyle

    I use the sponge sometimes and it really works for me.
    But nothing can beat my Real Techniques buffing brush. And my own fingers ofcourse!

  • Leanne Webber

    I’ve been eyeing this up in Boots for a while not but like you I’m not such a fan of sponges.

    Thanks for the review!

    Please check out my beauty blog nailsandteapots.blogspot.co.uk


  • http://lottiekerr.blogspot.co.uk/ Lottie Kerr

    I’ve got this on my birthday list purely for concealer application purposes, so I’m glad it matched up to my expectations for that!

    Lottie x


  • http://www.zoeblogsbeauty.com/ Zoë Baldwin

    I only use mine for concealer also. I’d much rather stick to my brushes which I’ve invested money in and do a great job xx


  • http://pearlsandsparkle.blogspot.com/ kirsty thompson

    Really want to try this!


  • http://loveaugustblog.blogspot.com/ Stephanie @ Love, August

    I’m not a huge sponge person either but my friend gifted me the Beauty Blender a while ago. I really disliked it for direct foundation application but I LOVE it for blending my foundation after applying it with my buffing brush as it gave a more even finish and got rid of any possible streak marks.

    Stephanie | Love, August

  • http://www.thebravestindividual.blogspot.co.uk/ Emma Payne

    Very interesting. I wanted to try this as I’ve never tried a sponge, but I think I’d get tired/bored of the dabbing process.


  • http://emmabebeauty.blogspot.ie/ Emma Be Beauty

    I bought this and liked it but I love there brushes so much I just never use the sponge.

  • YaaLia

    Yes I find it a little heavy with foundation too. Stippling ia great for me.

  • Eleri Roberts

    So glad you did a review on this! I saw your post with Sophie and I use the same foundation as her (Chanel Vitalumiere) so was very tempted to try it, perhaps I’ll stick to my buffing brush now though! xx

    Eleri Roberts

  • Jemma Milnthorpe

    I was tempted to pick this up but I don’t think anything will ever replace my buffing brush! x

  • Marie Taylor

    I’ve never tried sponges to apply my make-up as I wasn’t sure I’d have the patience to tap it onto my face. But you saying it’s good with concealer making me rethink. I agree with brushes never fully covering a blemish or under eyes. Might have to give it a go :)

    Thank you
    Marie x

  • Beth

    It’s just the hygiene factor that really puts me off sponges all together. In my mind they are just germ breeding grounds!


    Beth Young Makeup

  • http://www.alittleboatsailing.com/ Amy

    I’m unsure about this too. When it was first released I really wanted to buy it but never got around to it. Having never tried a beauty blender I have no idea what these products are like, I tend to use my fingers to apply my foundation depending on which one it is.

    Amy x A Little Boat Sailing

  • JasmineCara

    Interesting… Not too sure whether I should give this a go or not! xx


  • sarazbeautytonic

    i always wanted to get the beauty blender but neva got to get one cuz its expensive..and thought this must be a dupe…


    • http://kimjandu.blogspot.co.uk/ Kim Jandu

      You should try the Cosmopolitan Blend Perfection Sponge! That’s what I use for full/heavy coverage foundations and it’s only around £5 ish in the UK! kimjandu.blogspot.co.uk

      • sarazbeautytonic
        • http://kimjandu.blogspot.co.uk/ Kim Jandu

          I get mine from superdug! :)

          • sarazbeautytonic

            i’ll get that on my list next time m out..thanks for the recommendations!!

  • Stephanie

    A fab honest review, thanks!

    Stephanie (@hopefreedomlove)

  • Annie Lindsay

    Ahhh, good to know. I saw this one day and didn’t buy it and then I was kicking myself after because I was so curious. I’m in love with the Buffing Brush and with an Eco Tools stippling brush so perhaps I’ll just stick with those.

  • Lucy

    I personally loved this! I was struggling to use the real techniques expert face brush for applying my foundation throughout winter as my skin was a little on the dry side and it seemed to exacerbate my unsightly flaky bits so thought I’d give this a whirl and it got on with my dry skin tons better. I use it damp with revlon colour stay foundation which I pour onto the top of my hand and then apply using the sponge in a dabbing motion which doesn’t really take too long. It doesn’t soak up all the product like other make up sponges and makes my foundation look really even and allows for light coverage if using the sponge damp but you can build light layers to get a heavier coverage if needed. I feel bad neglecting my favourite brush all winter but I love this little sponge! I wash It after 1-2uses and it’s held up well and for how inexpensive it is I think it’s great

  • Cassie

    I tried this too, and I couldn’t decide whether or not I liked it! Regardless, I still like the Real Techniques expert face brush better.


  • Chelsea Leigh

    Yea I have to say i’m not a huge fan of the sponges either, I just prefer a brush! Less time consuming I find


  • http://unstitchedd.blogspot.co.uk/ Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD.

    I haven’t tried these yet, it looks great for concealer though! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD


  • Abby Connigale

    I’m not a fan of sponges and haven’t tried this, I much prefer my buffing brush too! xx

    Abby | http://teenagelovesxo.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Allison

    using sponges grosses me out! I don’t feel like I can get them clean so I just stay away


  • Ruth

    I bought this last week and found that it works brilliantly with foundation, whereas concealer looks worse than having no concealer on at all


  • Celina

    I haven’t tried this yet, but I would like to to see how it compares to something like the BeautyBlender which I love.
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

    • http://kimjandu.blogspot.co.uk/ Kim Jandu

      You should try the Cosmopolitan Blend Perfection Sponge! That’s what I use for full/heavy coverage foundations and it’s only around £5! kimjandu.blogspot.co.uk

      • Celina

        I’ll have to check it out! Thanks!

  • http://www.amyalaska.co.uk/ Amy Hales

    I got this the other day – it was great at first, but I think I messed up whilst washing it, as it hasn’t been the same since! Such a shame as I really enjoyed using it. I might give it another rinse in the hope that it will return to normal – but aside from that I think I would recommend it! It’s really helpful for getting the amount of coverage right for each part of the face.
    amyalaska | Beauty & Lifestyle blog

  • Kim Jandu

    I use the Cosmopolitan Blend Perfection Sponge for my full coverage Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation and it blends so beautifully! Much better than my Real Techniques brush (which leaves stipple marks with this foundation) I love sponge and brush just as equally, depending on what foundation I’m using! kimjandu.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://kimjandu.blogspot.co.uk/ Kim Jandu

    I use the Cosmopolitan Blend Perfection Sponge for my full coverage Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation and it blends sooo beautifully! Much better than my Real Techniques brush (which leaves stipple marks with this foundation) I love sponge and brush just as equally, depending on what foundation I’m using! kimjandu.blogspot.co.uk

  • crystald

    I picked this up a month ago&luv it.I never like the cheepie wedge sponges (just to flimsy, altho I liked for cleaning up around my eyes) I really like this sponge tho, I alternate at the moment with EL double wear& LM silk cream& both work well with this, altho silk cream comes out a bit more heavier with the sponge vs my fingers or. My BH cosmetics stippling sponge.I just started getting into using more then just my fingers this last year (getting older&trying to head off lookin older) I cant afford the beauty blender@ the moment so I cant compare it but I cant imagine the 20 BBlender doing a better job then this wonderful lil 5 dollar sponge.my foundation looks flawless altho it does make em seem more glowy then they are without the sponge (more in DW’s case then the SC)

  • http://itotallypaused.com/ Georgina Fox

    I actually really love this for my night out face, or for days when I feel like I need a little more coverage.

    Georgina at itotallypaused.com