I have a confession…I’ve never tried a Beauty Blender.
And I don’t want to.
I don’t know what it is. I don’t know if it’s the rebellious side of my personality that doesn’t want to join the hype and start obsessing over something that everyone loves, or the fact that it’s £16 for a sponge or the fact that it just doesn’t appeal to me at all.
Let’s be real, it’s probably because it’s £16 for a damn sponge.
Anyway, you’ll never see a Beauty Blender review here on Beauty Rant because they look solid as a rock and…yep, still £16 for a sponge.
My favourite ever makeup tool is the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. I love everything about it; how it feels to apply foundation, how it blends my foundation out seamlessly and the fact that it’s usually on sale for £5 which is a steal.
I don’t know why people are so ‘ashamed’ to use makeup products that don’t cost ridiculous amounts of money, this YouTube era we have entered where beauty influencers are telling us it’s normal to spend £50 on a foundation is just not okay with me.
Before I go off on a tangent more than I already have, today’s post is going to be a smackdown between my beloved Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge and the Eco Tools Perfecting Blender Duo!
On first impression the Real Techniques sponge and the larger EcoTools sponge have the exact same density and feel exactly the same, despite the difference in shape and in comparison the smaller EcoTools sponge is a lot harder.
Once dampened, all the sponges increased in size but the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge had the largest increase in size. Whilst the EcoTools sponges did get larger, the smaller sponge remained as hard as it did dry.
As you can see, the Real Techniques sponge doubled in size!
Is the application different?
Overall application is quite similar when testing out the two larger sponges against oneanother. The one main difference is that foundation applies a lot more matte with the EcoTools Perfecting Blender compared to the dewy finish you get with the Real Techniques Miracle Sponge.
I’m not a big fan of the smaller EcoTools sponge as it is very hard and makes blending out concealer under the eye quite difficult, but as the larger sponge also has a flat edge this is perfect for a seamless blend between concealer and foundation. I also think the flat edge would be perfect for blending out cream contour for a sharp line!
Have you tried these sponges – if so, which is your favourite? ❤