To me, what really sets the Beauty Blender apart, more than the shape or anything else, is how soft it is. The material is pliable when pressed against the skin, allowing for super gentle application and a perfect fit to the contours of your face. Other egg-shaped sponges I’ve tried have all been denser, so they don’t expand as much when dampened and feel harder when pressed against the skin. The Miracle Complexion Sponge is the first dupe I’ve tried that that shares the Beauty Blender’s super soft, “bouncy” texture.
In terms of shape, one side of the Miracle Complexion Sponge is quite similar to the Beauty Blender, while the other is an oval-shaped flat edge. The Real Techniques site says the flat edge is designed for contours around the eyes and mouth, but I’ve been using it to place the foundation on my face. At first, I figured the flat end was simply to avoid copying the Beauty Blender too exactly and that it wouldn’t add much to the sponge’s performance. I also thought the fact it’s a flat surface with edges wouldn’t give as seamless a finish as the rounded end. But I’ve found it does offer some unique benefits. I start my foundation application with the flat edge. Because it’s a relatively large surface area, it lets me stipple foundation over my full face faster than the rounded end. After the initial application, I’ll use the rounded end for around my eyes, nose, and general blending. Overall, I think I actually prefer having the two different shapes on either end versus two rounded ends.
Of course, the RT Miracle Complexion Sponge beats out the Beauty Blender on price, at $5.99 vs $19.95, respectively. While I’ve only been using the Miracle Complexion Sponge for a few weeks, so far it’s held up well. There’s a tiny tear on the flat side, though I’m not sure whether that’s due to the material so much as the shape. I tend to clean my sponges by gently running them directly on bar soap and rinsing. I feel like the flat surface requires an extra light hand when cleaning this way, it just seems a bit more prone to wear and tear.
Overall, I’m as happy with the Miracle Complexion Sponge as I am with the Beauty Blender – I love them both! You could hand me either one and I can achieve equally flawless results with equally minimal effort, so they really feel interchangeable to me. I can’t pick one over the other on performance alone, but in the future I’ll probably go with the RT given the price difference. If you’re looking for a less expensive Beauty Blender dupe, my suggestion: before you buy other egg-shaped sponges on the market, try the RT first.
Have you tried the RT Miracle Complexion Sponge or another egg-shaped sponge? I’d love to hear your thoughts!