Do you ever see a trend happening around you in the beauty world, and think ‘I won’t succumb, it must be a gimmick, it can’t be as good as all that’? Well, that is exactly what I thought when I noticed the kerfuffle surrounding this new little pink sponge called a Beauty Blender. I was determined I didn’t need one, and certainly not when they cost £16. And indeed I held off until very recently. I purchased a Stila Double Ended Blending Sponge last year. Then, more recently, a Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. It kept niggling away at me though, and eventually (as I knew I would) I gave in and bought one. So, being me, I really couldn’t leave it at that. I decided to pit them against each other in the ‘Great Battle of the Beauty Sponges’. I also included, to make the numbers even, the Lottie London Blend and Snap Sponge, a fairly new offering from a newish brand.
Firstly, let’s talk about the Beauty Blender. It is very light and doubles in size when dampened. It feels like a sponge. albeit a dense one. It is very soft; and cooling on the face when damp. It has a pointed end, which makes getting into the crevices on the face very simple. I found that it doesn’t suck up too much product, which means that it doesn’t waste foundation (excellent), but also that it gives good coverage. I particularly like using it on my under-eyes, as it stops the skin there looking too ‘cakey’. I really can’t fault the application, and I can see why it is so beloved. However, the Real Techniques sponge is also an excellent little tool. It has a very similar texture to the Beauty Blender, it works well damp and feels soft and pleasant on the skin. I, personally, much prefer the shape of the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, the flat side just seems to work better when applying foundation (or BB Cream), and it also has the pointy end for smaller areas.
I happen to love Stila makeup, but the Double-Ended Blending Sponge on the other hand, me no likey. I have mainly used it wet (I have no idea if this is what it is designed for, but dry doesn’t work either) and it just doesn’t cut the mustard I’m afraid. When damp it feels almost slimy, and not nearly as nice on the skin as the others. Because it is more rounded it isn’t as easy to use; I find myself using it sideways to cover the most skin in one go. Not my favourite. It is also quite dense, so bouncing it on the skin feels a bit like punching oneself in the face.
Finally, the Lottie London Blend and Snap Sponge. I thought this sponge looked quite promising when it arrived. It has a very similar texture – at first glance – to the Beauty Blender, and obviously it is the same colour. It works fairly well too. In order to test the sponges properly, I used two at a time, one on each side of my face. When it came to comparing the Lottie London sponge with the Beauty Blender, the main difference seemed to be that the Lottie sponge drew in a lot more foundation, and deposited far less on my face. So, great if you want a very light coverage, but not so great if you don’t like wastage. In contrast, the application between the Real Techniques sponge (how many times can I write the word ‘sponge’?) and the Beauty Blender was identical, in my opinion. Of course, I am not Lottie London’s target audience – apparently they are aimed at teenagers – so I don’t suppose they give a tiny rat’s a** what I think.
What about price though? The Beauty Blender sells for £16 for the original – pink – version. They also offer a white ‘pure’ sponge, mini green ones, and a large black Body Blender. These are available online, and I believe in Space NK stores.
The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge is £5.99 and is readily available online, and in Boots and Superdrug stores.
The Stila Double Ended Blending Sponge is £11.00 and seems to only be available online, it may be found in some stores, although I have never seen it.
The Lottie London Blend and Snap Sponge is £5.49, and is available from Superdrug stores and online. I purchased mine from ASOS.
My final conclusion? The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is easily comparable to the Beauty Blender, and is almost a third of the price, so I say go for that. I know there will be some die-hard BB fans who will think I am talking rubbish, but this is just my humble opinion. While the Lottie London sponge is ok, if you are going to spend £5.49, I suggest you splurge the extra 50p and get the Real Techniques sponge instead.
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