Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge vs beautyblender

real techniques miracle complexion sponge vs beauty blender

I used to love using my kabuki on a stick brush for applying my foundation until I tried using a sponge and I have never looked back. But I didn’t want to pay the price for a beautyblender so I spent my time and money looking for a beautyblender dupe and some were better than others. Some I just had to throw in the trash after one use but I still loved using a sponge for my foundation and concealer application and just recently I have started using sponges for also applying my powder.

Once I discovered the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge I thought I have found the perfect beautyblender dupe. It was definitely better than all the other sponges that I had tried previously. I was just in love with the Miracle Complexion Sponge but was frustrated because those who owned both said that although it was nice, it wasn’t a dupe.

Finally, I decided to just go ahead and try out the original beautyblender for myself and compare it to my beloved Real Techniques sponge so here is my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge vs beautyblender comparison review.

Beauty Blender vs Real Techniques Sponge


The beautyblender is about $20 compared to the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge which is about $5.99.


Both claim high-definition results. Your foundation will look like skin.


beauty blender vs real techniques sponge


When dry, the Real Techniques sponge is slightly bigger than the beautyblender but when wet, the latter is a little bigger.


Both increase in size when water is added with the beauty blender almost doubling in size and feeling much lighter than the Real Techniques sponge. The beautyblender seems to come to life in a weird way when water is added. It starts to expand immediately water is added like magic while the Real Techniques sponge takes a little while to expand.

The beautyblender also feels much softer than the Real Techniques sponge when wet and when applying makeup.


Both are obviously sponges but the beauty blender especially when wet feels very light and a bit hollow whereas the Real Techniques sponge feels a bit heavier.


The only difference in shape is that the beautyblender has a rounded bottom whereas the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge has a flat edge. The latter is a 3-in-1 meaning that the flat edge is for contouring around the eyes and nose, the sides are for blending in large areas of the face and the tip for covering imperfections. But I use both sponges however I like.

For how to use the beauty blender, see below;

real techniques miracle complexion sponge review

beauty blender dupe

Wet Or Dry:

I can use the Real Techniques brush wet or dry and both ways seem to produce the same results. However, with the beautyblender, it works best when wet. I did not really like the results of my makeup application when I used the beautyblender dry.

My Experience:

I will have to agree. While the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is a great alternative to the beautyblender, it is not a beautyblender dupe. The beautyblender is just in a class all by itself. I really wonder why it is so difficult to duplicate the beautyblender?

It just performs better as far as the overall look of my foundation/concealer. It feels better as you apply makeup and it just gives much more amazing results than the Real Techniques sponge. I hate that it is $20 but based on the results, it is well worth it.

The Real Techniques sponge did give me good results but I just love the beautyblender more. I am already thinking of getting a second beautyblender to complement the one I have. I am on my second Real Techniques sponge (my first one lasted a really long time) but I don’t know if I will buy another one now that I have tried a beautyblender.


Both are great but I have now jumped on the beautyblender bandwagon. If you are budget conscious, the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is the best alternative to the beautyblender that I have found so far and I have tired many! I would recommend both but if you can afford it, get the beautyblender.

That’s my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge vs Beautyblender comparison for you. Have you tried either of these sponges or have you found a beautyblender dupe? Let us know below.

Get the Real Techniques Miracle Complexions Sponge at ulta for $5.99

Get the original beautyblender at sephora for $20



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