First thing first, happy Easter everyone! I assume you know what 'Beauty Blenders' are, as you're on a beauty blog right now. Anyone that watches YouTube makeup tutorials, read beauty blogs, or even just follow beauty gurus on Instagram must have seen these cute little 'sponge eggs'. (maybe not so much like eggs, I'm just trying my hardest to fit into the Easter theme haha)
The one in the middle of picture above is the most original sponge from 'beautyblender', which the company that made a huge impact in the online beauty community and makeup artist industry. These beauty sponges are to be used damp, to apply liquid or cream foundations, blend out concealers, and you can use them to set your powders too (although I only use it for the first two usage, I found a brush is so much quicker to apply powders). Being a damp sponge it doesn't absorb liquid or cream products back to the sponge, and it leaves such a beautiful natural finish on the skin and could achieve a super full coverage without looking cakey.
After the original Beautyblender made such a hit in the market, so many other companies trying to make 'dupes' as the original one is definitely quite pricey for a 'sponge'. Although the sponge material is quite unique and all other companies failed to duplicate. Later the makeup artist sister's brand Real Techniques (which are super popular for their high end quality brushes that came with drugstore price tag) launched the Miracle Complexion Sponge, which in my opinion is the closest sponge material to the original sponge. The bounciness of these two sponges are extremely close, with the Real Techniques one just a tad (minimal) more dense than Beautyblender The price difference between the two are significant, $19.99 and $6.00, I'm safe to say that I would definitely repurchase Real Techniques' Miracle Complexion Sponge once all my sponges are getting enough use to go to the rubbish bin.
Last year the beautyblender company brought out the baby version of the original beautyblender: Beautyblender Micro Mini! These cute little green sponges quickly caught everyone's eye as how cute they are. I'm a bit late on the train for these little cuties, although I finally tried them out! They're so little and cute of course, but the usage of these are a lot more limited - you pretty much could only use them for blending out concealers. These mini sponges does a lot more detailed job, although takes longer time too to blend everything out smoothly. I still really like these little guys but I would say, you only really need to get these if you're a makeup artist or someone want to look so flawless all the time and willing to spend some extra time, as they're retailed for $17.95 for two. (lucky at least it's not just for one!)
Here is a picture shows the size difference between all three sponges I just mentioned, and how they look like when they're dry (top) and damp (bottom):
Pictures below are the two sponges from the original brand on my hand both dry and damp, just to give you guys a better idea of... size! Of course it matters! ;) I have to say the mini ones are so cute, you might want to collect them just for the cuteness, just saying!
Have you guys tried any of these makeup sponges in the market? If so what do you think about the difference between the original beautyblender and the Real Technique's one? Let me know in the comments down below!
P.S. Happy Easter weekend! xx