(Apologies for the gross picture - both sponges are freshly washed but do tend to stain with product after a while)
A comparison between two sponges isn't something that I ever thought I'd be publishing on my blog, but here we are. It's been a few months since I first converted to using a sponge for foundation application and now I rarely use anything different. The same soft focus finish is something that I've never been able to achieve with a brush - even the more luxury ones in my collection. Having gotten used to the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, I recently picked up The Original Beauty Blender to see how the two compare.
The price is one of the most striking differences between the two. The Real Techniques sponge can be picked up on the high street for a little over £5, whereas the Beauty Blender is more difficult to track down and comes in at an eye watering £16. It's worth noting that I bought mine in Space NK, where I managed to grab a sponge and cleanser set for £18. Still a significant amount of money for such a tiny tool, but it managed to soften the blow ever so slightly.
You could definitely argue that you're unlikely to see a huge difference between two (almost) identical looking sponges - and to some extent I agree. Both are of a similar size when dampened and have that classic egg shape that Beauty Blenders are so well known for. The Real Techniques option does have a flat side which is supposed to be used to blend products across larger areas of the face, but even when I used it alone I always found that angle a little difficult to work with. The curved bottom of the Beauty Blender allows you to really 'bounce' the sponge across the skin, seamlessly blending product in a way that's hard to do using the Miracle Complexion Sponge. In comparison, it feels heavy and clumsy against the lightweight, velvet feel of the original.
I hate to say that I've really fallen for the hype around the Beauty Blender. The larger pores of the Miracle Complexion Sponge prevent you from achieving the same flawless level of coverage, while the ultra soft feel of the original allows for a smooth, satin finish to the skin that makes even the most high coverage foundations appear barely detectable. It's not going to be within everyones budget and if you're on the hunt for a more purse friendly option then the Real Techniques sponge is a great tool for the money. Still, if you can afford to choose between the two then I'd recommend the Beauty Blender every time.