Over the last few years sponge applicators have become increasingly popular. At first I didn't buy into the sponge obsession that flooded the beauty market, especially since the concept wasn't new, but then I found the Miracle Complexion Sponge by Real Techniques. Many people have compared this sponge to the popular Beauty Blender but the design and texture is more efficient for my application needs.
The most popular way to use the sponge is to dampen it. I do this by holding it under running water and then squeezing out the excess. Since the Complexion Sponge is very absorbent I also blot it into a towel or paper towel before use. The sponge should be slightly damp but not soaking; it should not smear or apply makeup with a messy wet finish. Once damp the sponge does expand in size, I recommend allowing it to air dry after use and cleaning it often to prevent the growth of bacteria. Using the sponge dry also works quite well.
Unlike traditional makeup sponges this one has a tapered egg shaped end and one slanted flat end. Both sides work well for full face application and around the eyes and nose. I prefer the flat side because it covers more surface and blends evenly. To apply liquid makeup use quick dabbing or stippling motions and avoid swiping or streaking. The sponge applies liquids and creams efficiently and I found the dabbing method easy and less time consuming.
I like that the sponge does not absorb too much makeup but I found that applying foundation directly to the face and then blending absorbs even less. Compared to some of my brushes, the sponge does tend to provide lighter coverage but with some work full coverage can be achieved.
I primarily use this product to apply BB creams, primers and base formulas and it does get the job done! If you are interested in trying a beauty sponge this one is good.
The Miracle Complexion Sponge retails for $9.99 and you can find it HERE and at select retailers.
**Disclaimer: This product was provided for review.