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Battle of the makeup sponges – Beauty Blender vs Real Techniques vs B.

When it comes to applying foundation, my preferred method is still by using a Sponge.  I have come across some amazing brushes that can apply foundation very well, however, since I am an oily skin type, I have pores the size of craters and I find that brushes tend to uncover them all. If I spend ages trying to fill them in I definitely don’t want the bristles of a brush digging them out. As a result, for me a makeup sponge is super important and is not just a simple tool for applying foundation. I mean, you can do that with your fingers too!

Like everyone, I’ve tried the famous Beauty Blender which has been such a big success that now all makeup sponges of that type are referred to as beauty blenders even though they are not from the brand. I’ve also tried some cheaper alternatives and another hyped up sponge, the Real Techniques miracle complexion sponge.

For this comparison I am taking the Beauty Blender makeup sponge vs the Real Techniques miracle complexion sponge vs the B. makeup sponge. For those who might not know, B. is a brand exclusive to Superdrug. As a result, here we have a high end (Beauty Blender), middle end (Real Techniques) and lower end (B.) sponge battle. Are you ready?

Which sponge is the best? Do they all work? Are they different? And more importantly, which one is worth your time and money?

Here’s my verdict:


The Beauty Blender definitely comes in the most unique and eye catching packaging. It’s plastic and not very fancy but it is round and it extenuates the beauty blender sponge. Somewhere in the middle we have the Real Techniques one that comes in a typical hard plastic outer shell packaging, like one of those that annoy you until you open them but this one is actually not annoying. It’s very easy to open and it feels fairly durable. Finally, the B. sponge comes in a similar packaging as the Real Techniques but it doesn’t feel as durable.

Either way who cares about packaging right? Well I actually do because it is the first impression that you get of the product and it can sometimes offer added benefits. For example, if they were all the same price and sponge and I had to pick one based on packaging I am actually more drawn to the Beauty Blender packaging. Additionally, even though I’ve been using my Beauty Blender to death, it is actually the only sponge I’ve kept the packaging of because it is so convenient for sponge storage! Added bonus there.

Winner: The Beauty Blender packaging is more unique, literally showcases the product and has an extra usage for storage.

Beauty Blender 1 – Real Techniques 0 – B. 0


All sponges offered the same amount of coverage which wasn’t really surprising, that’s more the foundations job. However, I felt that the Beauty Blender absorbed the most amount of foundation and therefore I needed to apply more foundation to get the same coverage. The B. sponge absorbed the least amount of foundation with the Real Techniques absorbing a tiny bit more but being fairly similar. Note that I haven’t scientifically quantified this, it’s just a feeling and observation from using the sponges with the same foundation.

This “result” wasn’t really surprising as the B. sponge is more dense than the rest and the Beauty Blender is the most porous and lightweight one. As a result, I did expect the Beauty Blender to absorb the most. The difference overall for all three of them though is not that huge.

The most important question of this category really is: did the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge give a miracle complexion?

Unfortunately, the answer to that is no. My skin still looked dull and the same as when I applied my foundation with the other sponges.

Winner: Equal. All three were very similar.

Beauty Blender 1 – Real Techniques 0 – B. 0

Sponge texture and shape:

All three sponges have very similar texture. I’d say that the Beauty Blender looks a little more “airy” or porous by eye and it definitely fits to the fact that it is the easier to squeeze. This is actually the reason why I personally don’t use a Beauty Blender, I find it a little too “weak”. I want my sponge to have a little density and bounce to it.

The Real Techniques and the B. sponge are very similar but I think that the B. sponge is more dense and feels much more bouncy upon usage.

Other than preference of application bounciness (yeap that’s a thing now) I find that the more dense the sponge is the longer it will last. More of this in the longevity category.

The B. sponge

Additionally, I find that the extra density of the B. sponge gives it a slightly more silky soft sponge texture finish to the touch. The Beauty Blender feels like the roughest sponge but note that obviously it is not actually rough.

In terms of shape, the Beauty Blender and B. sponges have the typical egg shape that we know and love whereas the Real Techniques miracle sponge has a cut off edge to it. I have to admit I was initially quite excited about that flat edge and I thought that it will change the way I apply my makeup but it really didn’t.

The Real Techniques Complexion Miracle Sponge

It is said that the flat shape is “for the contours around the eyes and nose” however, I find that I need a more pointing and precise sponge tip for that. It might just be personal preference but also shape and size of the face. For me, an egg shape is all I need really and that cut off edge is, just a gimmick.

The Real Techniques Complexion Miracle Sponge

Winner: The B. sponge has the best texture and shape.

Beauty Blender  1 – Real Techniques 0 – B. 1  

Blendability and user experience:

All three sponges blended the foundation nicely into the skin but amazingly I preferred using the Real Techniques one the best. I was convinced that the flat edge is just a mimic but it actually makes a huge difference. There is less bounce and its so much easier and faster to apply makeup, especially when having to get into corners like eyes and nose.

Even more to my surprise, the flat side of the Real Techniques sponge is not as huge as you might think. It worked nicely even on my small face and it didn’t transfer foundation on my hair or eyebrows. I am shocked to say this but the flat edge worked so much better than I thought!

The second best in this category was definitely the B. sponge. I like it’s bounciness due to it’s density and it blends the foundation nicely. Last but not least, the Beauty Blender also blended the foundation easily and did an overall good job. If it wasn’t for the extra density/bounciness of the B. sponge I would have liked them the same.

Winner: The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge was so easy and convenient to use. That flat edge is not a gimmick after all.

Beauty Blender 1 – Real Techniques 1 – B. 1

Colour availability:

The Beauty Blender is the one that offers the most amount of options here. It comes in a range of colours and you can choose based on colour preference, mood or even practicality as some colours will look less dirty and more hygienic than others. On the other hand, the Real Techniques and the B. sponges both come in one colour, with the Real Techniques sticking true to the brand’s orange colour and B. almost mimicking the iconic Beauty Blender pink.

Real Techniques has other sponges of different colours however, they are of different shapes too. It’s actually really nice how they colour coded the products so that you cannot really mix them up. If you are holding the orange one then you are holding the miracle complexion sponge. Easy.

Winner: The Beauty Blender offers many more colour options but Real Techniques colour codes their sponges based on shape/functionality.

Beauty Blender 2  – Real Techniques 1  – B.  1



Out of all the sponges, the cheaper B. sponge is actually the one that lasts me the longest, in fact they last so long I throw them away because I just want to get a new one not due to any functionality or texture loss. When you wash the B. sponge there is a fair amount of colour coming out and it feels less dense than it was initially, but even after months of usage it is more dense than a Beauty Blender or a Real Techniques sponge.

This I feel is also a factor as to why the B. sponges last so long, you can wash them so many times and they are still bouncy. They swell to almost twice the size but they dry back down like nothing happened.

Second in longevity for me was the Real Techniques sponge and last the Beauty Blender. I actually threw away my Beauty Blender as bits of the sponge started to come off and it is actually the only sponge out of the three that ever showed signs of disintegration.

Winner: The B. sponge lasts and retains its bounciness the longest.

Beauty Blender 2  – Real Techniques  1 – B.  2


Here’s another new term, I’m on fire today.

They all wash pretty well however, I found that the Beauty Blender starts disintegrating after a while.

They all release colour when washed and swell in size but they all dry down well afterwards.

Winner: Equal.

Beauty Blender 2  – Real Techniques 1  – B.  2


The Beauty Blender is the clear looser of this category by far, with one sponge retailing for a whopping £14.40. The Real Techniques sponge retails for £5.99 and the B. sponge for £4.99.

For just a makeup sponge that you should change quite often, £14 is a lot but the Real Techniques and B. sponge are on acceptable price ballparks. They could both be cheaper though, it’s just a sponge!

Winner: The B. sponge is the cheapest by far.

Beauty Blender  2 – Real Techniques 1 – B.  3


None of the sponges smelled of anything.

Winner: Equal.

Beauty Blender  2 – Real Techniques 1  – B.  3


Unfortunately, the brands don’t mention what the sponges are made off for copyright reasons I guess. They all look and feel pretty similar though with the only differences being colour, shape and density.

Close up of the Real Techniques and B. sponge material

Winner: Equal.

Beauty Blender 2 – Real Techniques  1 – B.  3


Final score: Beauty Blender 2 – Real Techniques  1 – B.  3

According to the score the B. sponge is the best which I would agree with, especially considering it’s also the cheapest and yet it holds up and competes with the branded sponges. It has the best price tag, is dense, lasts for ages and applies very well.

On the other hand, the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge is so easy to use and makes your life so much easier and faster. I like the Real Techniques sponge more than the Beauty Blender but the score shows that the Beauty Blender does indeed have more perks. For me though, the Beauty Blender is just too expensive for what it is.

Either way, the sponge has to serve you and the choice can be highly personal. Personally, I love both the B. and Real Techniques sponges and to this day I still use them both. I tend to use a Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge for foundation and a B. sponge for concealing.

Which one are you using?

Beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa, please leave your comments below!

I am not affiliated with any company or brand. These are my views and experiences.

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