Dupe Alert: Beauty Blender vs. Real Techniques Complexion Sponge

Hello beauties,

Before we start, have a look at both the photos below. Can you guess which one I’ve used the Beauty Blender and which one I used the Real Techniques Complexion Sponge? Does one look better than the other? I’ve used the same base products; Benefit Porefessional, Innoxa Renew Age Erase Serum Foundation, Loreal True Match, Thin Lizzy Concealer and Coty Air Spun.



Onto the big reveal!


About the Beauty Blender

Beauty Blender describes their original Beauty Blender as, “an edgeless, non-disposable, high-definition cosmetic sponge applicator. The unique shape and exclusive material available only with beautyblender® ensures impeccable, streak-free application with minimum product waste. Use it with primers, foundations, powders, cream blushes, and any other complexion product.”

Overall Thoughts:

  • Retails for $30
  • I personally only use the Beauty Blender for cream and liquid products, however it can be used with powder products, mainly for baking
  • The material is quite squishy, allowing you to bounce your foundation onto your face
  • The sponge does absorb a lot of foundation, more than using a makeup brush however it’s the sacrifice I’m willing to make as it creates a flawless finish without looking cakey
  • It doesn’t take too long to apply makeup, personally I find it takes the same time with a makeup brush
  • Below is an example of my makeup applied with a Beauty Blender


About the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

Real Techniques describes their Miracle Complexion Sponge as, “optimize your beauty routine with this 3-in-1 multi-functional sponge. Rounded sides blend large areas of the face with a repeated dabbing or ‘stippling’ motion. Precision tip covers blemishes and imperfections. Flat edge for the contours around the eyes and nose.”

Overall Thoughts:

  • Retails for $16.99
  • Like with the Beauty Blender, I only use this to apply cream and liquid products
  • What’s different about the Real Techniques Sponge is that it has a flat surface so you can swipe or push makeup into the skin. Personally I still only use the rounded side, but at least you have options…
  • I bought the sponge when it first came out and I found it was quite firm but still allowed you to bounce the foundation onto the face. I’ve been told that Real Techniques has changed the material and with the new sponge I find it really squishy and not has firm as it used to be. I think I liked the older version better…
  • This sponge also absorbs a lot of foundation, probably the same amount of product as the Beauty Blender
  • I find this too create a flawless finish without looking cakey
  • Below is an example of my makeup applied with the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge


As you can see from the comparison and the photos the results are the same. I think the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is a brilliant dupe for the Beauty Blender, at half the price you can’t complain. However I don’t know what it is about the Beauty Blender but it’s still my favourite. I think in the end it’s a personal preference and depends on how much you want to spend. The frustrating part about the beauty sponge is, you need to wash them pretty much after each use and throw them out after 3 months. A very costly beauty tool, but well worth the investment.

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*This product has been provided for reviewing purposes, all views and opinions are 100% honest.

**Disclaimer: All opinions are based on personal experiences, and are not sponsored. rachelbeautystyle is not a make up artist, beauty or skincare specialist and will not be held liable for any recommendations. Therefore try at your own risk.

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8 thoughts on “Dupe Alert: Beauty Blender vs. Real Techniques Complexion Sponge

  1. I have used neither one of these brands, but have opted to use very cheap brands like the one from Kmart. But one of these days, I’ll come around to trying the Real Techniques version. I can’t quite justify $30 for a beauty sponge just yet, but thanks for writing up this post! ☺️


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