I know, I know. I'm one of the last people to get on the beauty blender/beauty sponge bandwagon. But that's just because...I love my brushes. But instead of spending $20+ on the original Beauty Blender, I opted to a cheaper, yet still reliable option. So here I am with the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge.
On the Ulta website, the sponge is described as:
"It's a 3-in-1 multi-functional makeup sponge by Real Techniques. The rounded side blends larger areas of the face. The precision tip covers blemishes/imperfections and the flat edge contours around the eyes and the nose, leaving you with a complexion that's smooth, enhanced and gorgeous!"
I'm brand new to this whole "wet a sponge and put foundation on your face with it" thing. So I was a bit weirded out/confused by it. But I ran it under water, squeezed out the excess, and went to work. The application was...nice, I guess. It did make my face look airbrushed afterwards. But I kind of felt like it let too much product onto my skin - I was actually expecting the damp sponge to soak up a bit more of the product. But that's probably my error, next time I'll just use less product.
What I was dreading before I even purchased this thing was the cleanup. I didn't invest in one of those cleaner specifically made for the sponge, so I used....shampoo. Probably not the best choice, but it's what I had. It took off a decent amount of my foundation, but left it stained. This grossed me out. I knew this would probably happen, but still..eww. I'll look into a better way of cleaning it in the future.
Also, I got a pack of two from Ulta for a bit of a steal, so just in case I really get tired of looking at brown spots on my sponge, I have one to fall back on.
Overall, I like it. It's nice. It's not my go-to way to apply my foundation, though. It's too much work for me. But when I'm in the mood and I have the time, I'll use it and enjoy it.