I have tried foundation sponges in the past and never thought much of them. I have also tried various foundation brushes but always find myself returning to use my trusty fingers to apply my foundation. However when I heard of this sponge I knew I had to try it. I am a big fan of Real Techniques and use my brushes everyday. The products are a high quality and I was expecting no less of this sponge. The product is a similar idea to the Beauty Blender which I have fancied in the past but never splashed out on. At £5.99 this is a fraction of the price and more suited to my budget.
The miracle complexion sponge is a strange shape and different to other egg shaped sponges. It features rounded sides to blend large areas of the face, a precision tip to cover blemishes and a flat edge for the contours around the eyes and nose.
One thing that struck me about the packaging of this product is that there is very little information on the box. This is something of a dupe for the Beauty Blender which is used damp however the packaging doesn't clarify if you are supposed to use it wet. There are online tutorials so I watched one and Samantha Chapman shows the sponge being used dry.
The first thing I have to say about this product is that you end up using a lot more foundation than usual. This really soaks up product meaning I needed double the amount. Perhaps using the sponge wet would target this problem.
Although the surfaces of the sponge are designed for various areas, I find the most effective method for me is to dab the flat edge all over my face and then drag it around areas like my nose and eyes. The sponge gives a flawless finish which I really can't fault. I don't use a lot of concealer but do find the pointed end is useful for targeting areas although the flat edge works just as well. The sponge can be used for powder but I am happy using my Buffing Brush for this job.
After a few uses of my sponge I washed it with shampoo like suggested. I didn't like to squeeze it too much as the sponge is a lovely soft texture and fairly delicate feeling. I struggled to get all of the product out and my sponge is very stained but obviously clean as I get no residue. It dried well and had the same soft touch after washing.
I really like this product and will be using it regularly. I think I will stick to using it with a drugstore foundation and use my fingers with higher end ones simple because the sponge seems to eat product! However the finish it gives is light and flawless and really worth trying!
If you have a Beauty Blender, I would love to know how this compares!