REAL TECHNIQUES // Miracle Complexion Sponge ReviewFriday, April 04, 2014
Makeup sponges were a bit of uncommon territory for me; they'd been used on me for school productions etc but I have never used one myself. The Beauty Blender seemed to be everywhere for a while there but I just couldn't justify paying $20 for a sponge that I didn't know if I would like slash get the use out of. When Real Techniques came out with their Miracle Complexion Sponge and for only USD $6.00 on iHerb I had to give it a go. I watched quite a few tutorials on Youtube to get tips and tricks on how to use it, and I have finally found a way to use it that works great for me!
The sponge is bright orange and has a very unique shape. It is about the size of an egg when dry and pretty much doubles in size once wet. It has a pointed end and the other end slopes down with a flat edge. First off I run the sponge under water for a bit until it soaks it up and doubles in size, I then squeeze out the water so it isn't saturated or dripping with water, you just want it damp. It then becomes very squishy and easy to work with.
It works the best with relatively thick liquid foundations/base products; lately I've been using it with my Rimmel Stay Matte foundation which is a very thick mousse texture and is hard to blend out with a brush. I dab the foundation over my face using the flat edge using quick bouncy movement across the skin rather than swiping or pushing it across the face and it helps to blend out and give pretty flawless coverage. The dampness of the sponge just helps to really work the foundation into the skin, especially when working with thicker foundations.
As the shape goes, the edge of the larger flat oval is the perfect shape for getting around the nose and chin area, the pointed edge is great for working concealer under the eyes (using the light bouncy motion) and the curved back side is great for going over the whole face and making sure it is blended out. You can also use the sponge with liquid highlighter, cream blush or even cream bronzer - if it's a liquid product the sponge will work well with it (but make sure it isn't too damp or you end up losing half the product off your face!)
Washing up was the thing I was mostly worried about - I currently still haven't found the best way to do it, but I just use the same baby shampoo I use for my brushes and run the sponge under pretty hot water and place a bit of the shampoo on my hand and lather it up with the sponge, continuously squeezing it out and repeating however many times needed until it is looking clean enough - there will always end up being a bit of staining, I think it is inevitable! This method works well for the moment, but if you have some great cleaning tips then please share your wisdom with me in the comments!
If you have given it a go, let me know, how did it work for you?