REAL TECHNIQUES Miracle Complexion Sponge

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge Review REAL TECHNIQUES Miracle Complexion SpongeI’ve tried countless budget-friendly alternatives to my beloved Beauty Blender, but none compared. That is, until the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge.

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!

  • Soccerrocker1234

    I really love the Real Techniques line! Every review i’ve seen of their stuff has always been good, and I’m loving their expert face brush too :)

    • Catherine

      I’m such a fan of RT, too. With all the beauty blogosphere raves for the line, I think my expectations are extra high and I approach their products with an extra critical eye, but I have yet to be disappointed by anything I’ve tried. ♥

  • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

    Hey Catherine, I haven’t tried ANY sponge applicators at all! I have no idea why. Seems like I started with brushes and I’ve just stuck to them. I’m glad you like this so much! Considering the price difference, it for sure sounds like a winner :)

    • Catherine

      Hi Sunny, thanks for your comment! I always love the finish others’ get with brushes, but they just never seem to work for me for foundation. Maybe one day I’ll find one I like. Which do you use? I’m glad they work well for you. If you ever do want to venture into sponge applicators, this is a great one to try (and at the price, it’s not a huge loss if you dislike it), and I think RT ships all over the world ♥

      • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

        Hey Catherine, I own 3 foundation brushes for the moment including Wayne Goss 1, Hourglass #2, and Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush. They all work pretty well, but my favorite has to be the Wayne Goss one because it’s SOOOO soft! I blend my concealer with it as well!

        • Catherine

          Ohhhh the Hourglass and Wayne Goss… those are both ones I’d love to try. Especially the Wayne Goss. I’ve taken his suggestions on brushes so many times in the past, so I really trust that any brushes he’d release would be top quality. I remember his brushes sold out so quickly last time they were released. I think I saw he’s releasing more this spring, I’ll have to get up to date with that ♥

  • Tiffany

    Yay! I’m so happy you compared the two. I love my RT sponge, but I haven’t tried the BB so I wasn’t sure if they were really comparable (although I suspected they probably were). I’m definitely sticking with the RT version :)

    • Catherine

      Hi Tiffany! I loveeeee my beauty blender, but I really see no advantage to it over the RT. So I’ll definitely be sticking with the RT, too :)

  • TinaBowling

    Great review, I have the Beauty Blender but have never used it!

    • Catherine

      Thanks, Tina! ♥

  • SmashinBeauty

    awesome review I should try this sponge since I love the BB

    • Catherine

      Thanks! If you try it, let me know what you think ♥

  • RumpyDog!

    Nope, but Jen would like to try it. Where did you get yours?

    • Catherine

      I got mine from Amazon ♥

  • Christine

    I’ve just recently decided I actually like my Beauty Blender, so I ordered the RT version to try. I haven’t had a chance to test it out yet, but it’s encouraging to hear you find them to be pretty similar. :) $20 for a little sponge is just ridiculous, so I’m glad RT is offering a good alternative! :)