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The Battle of the Sponges!


The simple make up sponge has come a long way in recent years. From a simple, flat disk, to what we all use today - the Beauty Blender, there has been a variety of sponges made to apply all types of make up. I love make up sponges and have been using a few different ones to the test recently and have had a lot of questions about how I compare them. So that is exactly what we are going to do today! I will be comparing a couple of sponges from Real Technique, Mukier and of course the popular Beauty Blender. 





Beauty Blender


Let's start with the most popular of them all, the Beauty Blender. For so long, I was adamant I would not get a Beauty Blender, because how can you justify paying so much for a piece of sponge? Anyway, I caved recently and bought one, mainly to see what the hype was all about. 





It is so squishy. That is what I noticed most about this sponge. The squishiness. when you wet the sponge it almost doubles in size and gets even more squishy (find a new word for squishy Laura!). It applies product so well, both when dry and wet. It applies make up flawless and makes it easy to blend as well. It really is the perfect product. 


Was I impressed? Yes. Prior to using the Beauty Blender I was using a rather cheap equivalent, that I enjoyed, but wasn't overly excited about. The Beauty Blender definitely makes make up application easy, particularly cream based products. My only disappointment? The cost....they are rather pricey for what they are and I don't know that they are necessarily worth that high price tag. Hence why I want to compare the Beauty Blender to some other, cheaper options.







One other very popular is the RT Miracle Sponge. The design is a little different, with one pointed edge and another flat edge. I've heard mixed reviews about this sponge. Some people absolutely love it, others are still on the fence (or you know, hate it). 

How does it compare to the Beauty Blender? First things first, I think it is important to remember it is not the Beauty Blender, it is different. The major difference, besides the design, is that it feels a little more dense. Not much, but a little bit. I actually really like this sponge though. Much like the Beauty Blender, it expands quite a bit when wet, and gives a gorgeous flawless finish when applying or blending make up. It does feel like a different consistency to the Beauty Blender, but in all honesty, that is probably the only major difference I have noticed.  



I have a huge fan of this sponge and in all honesty it is probably my go to make up application tool. It is extremely versatile and makes it easy to apply foundation all over your face, or blend a contour. The different surfaces and edges make it perfect for everything.






Let’s look at one more option – Mukier. This is the most affordable option, but does it meet the quality of the other two? It has the most unique design of all, shaped as a tube rather than a round, tear-drop shaped sponge. I know that this will immediately put some people off, but in all honesty I love the shape. I find it easy to hold and that it sits comfortably in my hand, just like a pen. I tend to only use the flat edge at the top, but it works really well.

The biggest difference that I find between this sponge and the other two is that it is the densest of all the three sponges, but this means that it absorbs the least amount of product. Yes, that means less wastage! Being a sponge it is always going to absorb some of the product you are applying, but I find that it absorbs far less than the Beauty Blender or the Real Techniques sponge. At just $9, I’ve been super impressed with how well it applies and blends both cream and powder make up on my skin. 





The Verdict



I know the question you’re all thinking ‘but Laura! Which is the best one!?’ I’ve found this a really difficult question to answer, because I actually like all three for different reasons. The Beauty Blender is your classic sponge, that is fantastic and will probably never go out of style, but I can’t justify spending $20+ on a sponge. My current go-to is probably the Real Techniques Sponge. I find that it applies product smoothly and easily. However, both the Real Techniques and the Beauty Blender absorb so much product, that I often find I have to do an extra pump of foundation (too much wastage). The Mukier has helped this a fair bit. While the application point is slightly smaller, the Mukier sponge definitely absorbs the least amount product, while still apply just as well as the other two. The smaller tip makes it perfect for getting under the eyes and around the nose and mouth. If you’re looking for a sponge that works extremely well but doesn’t eat all your foundation, I’d definitely choose this one.



If I had to pick only one, I would choose the RT Miracle Sponge as my favourite, closely followed by the Mukier. Why? Well I am not going to spend all my money on the Beauty Blender, also the RT sponge is honestly fantastic, when both wet and dry. I’d choose the Mukier second, because (as I’ve said over and over again) it absorbs less. In saying that I am currently using the RT for applying my foundation, and the Mukier for doing concealer. The RT is big enough for the whole face, where as the smaller sized Mukier is perfect for blemishes and under eyes. 






What is your favourite make up sponge? Do you disagree with my thoughts on the Beauty Blender?






*DISCLAIMER – Although this product was sent for me to trial and review, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. The Life of Laura is not by a professional or expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

26 comments :

  1. I too cannot justify the price of the Beauty Blender. Also when RT one expands just like that,works well, and better price than Beauty Blender.
    I like the tube shaped one too! It's a new and unique design and will be interesting to see how it is . I really think "Sponges" are not "necessary" at all and it can be a personal preference. Because, different foundation formulas require different "Applicator/Blender" so, one can easily skip on BB and save some bucks!

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    1. I can't justify it either, especially when there are so many fantastic cheaper ones available that are just as good! I am loving the Mukier one, I've been using it more and more since I wrote this article! xx

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  2. I love RT beauty sponge so much that I refuse to finally try the original beauty blender. I don't wanna risk being spoiled by it, because the price point is pretty high for me. :D

    Michelle Morchella

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    1. I didn't want to try it for so long! And look, it's great, but I still reach for my RT sponge way more! xx

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  3. I have the beauty blender and was contemplating getting the RT one as well. I enjoy the beauty from time to time, but to be 100% honest my go to is my F80 sigma blending brush

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    1. I use the RT Expert Face Brush as well, but some days I just prefer my sponge to a brush :) xx

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  4. I love the Beauty Blender and until I find a better sponge, it's my favourite!
    I do have a few other cheaper versions but none of them are as good as the original x

    Jessica | www.jessicaduartemua.com

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    1. Maybe it's because I started with other sponges, but I've never been hugely in love with the Beauty Blender! It is good, but I just can't justify it xx

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  5. I am a huge fan of the real techniques sponge. Its so good for a fraction of the cost

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  6. I've never used a Beauty Blender (don't own liquid foundation, so don't need it), but tbh I don't think I would because I couldn't justify the price. I've heard the Chi Chi makeup sponges are pretty good too, so maybe check them out.

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    1. I have actually started using my sponges for powders lately too! I've heard good things about Chi Chi as well!!

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  7. The beauty blender is my go to sponge but I agree it can get a little costly! I will definitely have to try the R.T one! Thanks for a fab comparisons post :) x

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    1. No worries! They can get costly, but having options is always good xx

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  8. for me , my favorite is the original beauty blender. i find that it lasts longer than the real techniques one.

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    1. My RT ones have always last me ages! I've never had them fall apart or anything. I haven't had my BB as long, so I can't compare, but I do love my RT one xx

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  9. I'm the same, I love my RT miracle sponge!

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  10. The finish that the beauty blender gives compared to other sponges like RT means I will happily pay for it and deal with the wastage. Nothing compares to it for me :)

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    1. I find that I get the same finish with both! They blend really well though xx

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  11. Great comparison! I never bought the BB because of the price as well. I love the RT sponge!

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  12. Beaut idea for an article Laura! I've only ever bought one sponge (by Manicare) and it soaked up SO MUCH product, I went straight back to my brush/fingers technique. Keen to try the RT one though after reading your review - thanks hon xxx

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  13. I've tried the el cheapo sponges from eBay and they didn't do a good job with smoothing product and absorbed way too much. I have to try the beauty blender.

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  14. I love the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge - so much that I have 4 haha! I've never tried the beauty blender because I could never justify spending so much on a sponge, but I do really want too try it out so I can see what all the hype is about! xx

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  15. Great Post Laura! I need to try the Real Technique 😍
    I totally agree with you on the beauty blender its such a waste to spend that much on it - and dispose of it in less than a month (something I do). As for my favorite, mine are from a PRC factory and I love it so much that I have so many extras hahaha 😅
    xxBey || yourbeautyfixx.com

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