The Original Beautyblender vs. Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge⎜Which one is best?

On my shopping trip to Switzerland I was finally able to get a hold of the Original Beautyblender makeup sponge. I found it at a department store called 'Manor', there was a special display with all products coming from the US, very exciting to say the least! After using beautyblender dupes for years I just had to know what this extremely hyped sponge was all about. Is it really worth it? Will it make me ditch my beloved Real Techniques sponge forever?! Lets find out.

I've always been very happy with my orange, Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, it's soft, makes any foundation look flawless and it's super easy to maintain. Real Techniques claims this sponge has a 3 in 1 purpose and can be used dry or damp, I've always used it damp and never really bothered about the 3 in 1 claim. Every concealer and foundation I have ever tried with it, always went on really smooth and had nice, medium coverage. In Belgium this sponge is available at Di Makeup for 9€, so there is no need to go an purchase it online, easy.

The Orginial Beauty Blender is about the same size as the Real Technniques Complexion Sponge but it's much softer and very lightweight. It applies foundation and concealer beautifully and with less coverage than the Real Techniques sponge. It's latex free and comes in 3 different colors: white, pink and black. The beautyblender team recommends you throw your sponge away after a 3 month period which is understandable, for hygienic reasons, but also annoying, 20 for a little, pink sponge is expensive. You also have to be careful when you cleanse it, the sponge is more delicate than the Real Techniques one (which I did not wash gently at all, ever). If you don't buy the liquid blendercleanser that comes with it, you should avoid washing your sponge with products that contain Glycolic Acid or Salicylic Acid, as it wil destroy the material the beautyblender is made of.

So should you splurge or save? I think both makeup sponges are great, everything depends on your budget and the kind of makeup look you like to go for. Below is a list of the pros and cons for each sponge so you can make up your mind for yourself. The Real Techniques sponge is the one I tend to purchase the most, whenever I feel like splurging however, I never say no to an original beautyblender.

Real Techniques
Complexion Sponge

egg-shaped, with flat edge
soft but more dense
medium coverage
flawless skin-like effect
not recommended for powder
retains more water
dries slow
no delicate cleansing needed
does not maintain shape
Made in China
available in stores

Original beautyblender

white, pink, black
latex free
very soft
light coverage
flawless skin-like effect
can be used for powder
retains less water
dries fast
delicate cleansing 
maintains shape
Made in the US 
available online


  1. Omg, I wrote an essay comment here and it's ended up not publishing asdfggsdf I thought I already hit the publish button! Haha, so frustrating. I've been considering purchasing the Beauty Blender for the LONGEST time but I just can't seem to let myself spend some amount of money on a sponge. I'm a brush kinda garl, but I do think I need any of these in order to make me think differently about using sponge!
    Anyway, just wondering, does the dye of these sponges lost upon washing?

    1. I used to be a brush girl as well, unitl i tried these! I don't think the dye gets lost because of the washing, it gets lost because of the foundation/concealer/powders you use, it stains and impossible to get it all out :)

  2. Ik heb ze ook allebei, en mijn voorkeur gaat lichtjes uit naar de beautyblender, al is die van real techniques zeker een goede goedkopere versie ^^

  3. I haven't tried the beauty blender due to the $20.00 price tag, I do have cheaper ones I use and my brushes depending on the look I am going for.

    1. The price is a huge drawback indeed, it's a pity though, that sponge is everything :)