Friday, 27 March 2015

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

I've recently been using disposable make-up sponges to apply my make-up and I decided I would like to try something a bit more durable. I am aware that I am very late on the Beauty Blender band wagon but for a long time, I swore by brushes alone for my make-up. I have had bad experiences with Real Techniques - I purchased their stippling brush and it lasted less than a year before it started shedding. However, the price was right on this one (thank goodness for Boots points!) so I thought I'd give it a go.

The sponge is very soft to touch when dry and when damp, it expands. I love the squidgy texture. I either apply foundation straight to my face in dots on my chin, cheeks and forehead or directly onto the sponge and begin patting with the sponge, using the flat cone shape around the pointed end. I've seen tutorials using the flat side for application but I personally prefer the rounded shape as I can pat and roll easily. It feels so gentle; sometimes I find brushes can be scratchy or too firm for my sensitive skin but this is so light on the face. If you're not used to using a sponge, the technique can take a bit of getting used to - I mostly used a pad and roll motion. It definitely gives you a good full coverage with a natural finish, I find with a brush I'm often left with streaks and the sponge eliminates this issue. I wash this every time I use it with water and a little antibacterial hand wash or shampoo. If I'm really struggling to get the make-up out, I use a little argan oil - I've heard you can use olive oil too. These oils are great for your skin - bonus! 

I'm still getting used to this sponge - I've found it hasn't worked so well with my Benefit foundation (Hello Flawless) but that may be an error in my technique. However, it works beautifully with Vichy Dermablend - probably the most smooth application I've ever had. Again, I'm still finding my feet with Benefit so don't take my word for that. Overall, I'd say this is much nicer to use than a brush and gives a flawless finish, I recommend! However, I've been using it for a few weeks now and have noticed a considerable amount of tears from washing so I'm not sure how long it will last. 


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