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This month’s beauty review is on the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge.  This sponge is a frugal buy at $5.99 compared to the Beauty Blender sponge at $20 .  I purchased mine at Ulta. In all fairness, I haven’t ever tried an actual beauty blender sponge, but I have tried a $3 knock off from Five Below.
First off, the real techniques sponge is lightweight, making me think that it would absorb most of my product.  This was not the case at all.  I liked how I did not have to use a ton of product in order to achieve a result.  The 5B sponge was more durable feeling, and thicker, but as a result felt as though I was being punched in the face as I tried to dab the product onto my skin (!!!)  Alternately, the Real Techniques sponge was light, and gentle on my face and skin.
The shape of the RT sponge allows you to contour with the flat end, use the rounded sides for regular application, and the pointed end for more precise work.  The 5B knockoff was shaped like an hourglass, making for only two ends for applications; the round end, and the pointed end.
I love how I can build my foundation using the RT sponge.  No product is wiped off by the sponge as long as I save my precise applications for the end of my makeup routine.
Cleaning both sponges is fairly easy, but the RT sponge is softer and allows for faster dry time, and a more thorough cleaning.  Both sponges were left with a little staining from my foundation, and also from being inside my makeup bag.
For double the price (at $6) I would recommend the Real Techniques sponge for the long run.  It creates an airbrushed look, with a light application.  I would recommend the Five Below knockoff sponge for perhaps theatre makeup, or Halloween makeup application.
Maybe pick up one of each for everyday, and to get ready for those Halloween looks!
Next month I will review the Gelogic nail colors that I picked up at Five Below for only $3!

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