When my last makeup sponge inevitably fell to bits I was ready to pickup yet another Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge when I saw this bad boy. A set of six sponges for £19.99? You’d better believe I was all over that! I’ve been a fan of the Real Techniques products for a while but their sponge is a staple in my routine. I’ve only ever tried the Miracle Complexion Sponge before so I’ve been enjoying testing out these other versions, here’s an overview and roundup.
The Real Techniques 6 Miracle Sponges Collection offers six makeup sponges for the price of £19.99 instead of the usual £5.99 per sponge. Since each of these sponges purchase individually would reach £40, I think it’s a pretty decent offer! Packaging is simple a plastic tray holding the sponges with more plastic casing. In honesty, it works but at the same time it’s a lot of plastic usage, and once you’ve opened the set the sponges end up everywhere.
The collection is described on the Boots website as the following:
“Create the perfect look with the help of the 6 Miracle Complexion Sponges Set. We’ve combined our three unique Miracle Complexion Sponges to help you create the flawless base for any look.
Miracle Complexion Sponge:
Shaped to create the perfect base and build coverage where needed
Tip: use damp for a dewy glow or dry for a full coverage.
Miracle Mini Eraser Sponges:
These little miracles help sweep away your makeup mishaps with soft, flexible foam that helps pick up any type of makeup; especially around the eyes.
Tip: use damp to blend harsh lines or dry to pick up makeup.
Miracle Sculpting Sponge:
Expertly cut for controlled application and designed to help create shadows or highlight your favourite facial features.
Tip: use damp for a dewy glow or dry for a full coverage finish.”
The sponges are different shapes and sizes to be used for different parts of makeup application. To make it even easier they are handily colour coded: orange is the Miracle Complexion Sponge, pink is the Miracle Sculpting Sponge and purple is the Miracle Mini Eraser Sponges.
Miracle Complexion Sponge
The original sponge from Real Techniques that was created in response to the cult Beauty Blender. It is designed primarily for foundation application but can also be used for stippling with cream blushers and bronzers.
This is one of my all time favourite sponges. I’ll be honest I very rarely use the flat edge however, this sponge absorbs more water so it absorbs less foundation which I like for applying product to my face. This is affordable yet extremely high quality, I find it can blend near enough anything and it does last around three months before it needs replacing. This is my favourite sponge in the collection.
Miracle Sculpting Sponge
The Miracle Sculpting Sponge has a very unusual shape, to be honest, I don’t really understand the reason for this shape as it has little purpose and doesn’t benefit my makeup application. Certain parts such as the middle will never touch the face since the larger parts have a wider surface area.
This sponge is designed for bronzer and highlighter but I’ll be honest, this doesn’t work well for me. I want my bronzer to contour the face and for highlighter I like to have shining cheekbones. The rounded shape of this sponge makes creating lines or precision work pretty difficult, especially as there’s more round shape than there is flat surface or point. Having said that, this is a good option if your Miracle Complexion Sponge is looking a little grim (like mine is), I also didn’t mind this for cream blusher and liquid tints, in fact it did a good job of blending those out.
Miracle Mini Eraser Sponge
Of all of the sponges these are my least favourite in the collection. First of all, there is never a situation where I want to pull off makeup from my eyes – in fact that’s the last thing I want! If my makeup looks heavy I’d always rather blend it in that pull it away in lumps so as a concept I don’t really get this.
These follow the exact same shape as the Miracle Complexion Sponge but on a smaller scale, they do fit perfectly under the eye so they are good at blending concealer however, my main issue was that I had to reapply concealer because this kept lifting it away in a patchy fashion rather than blending. Am I sold on this? No not really.
Overall, the collection has a couple of gems in it but to be honest the only one I can see myself using religiously is the Miracle Complexion Sponge and possibly the Miracle Sculpting Sponge. As mean as it sounds, I do feel like the whole sponge hype is getting a bit silly now with sponges available by so many brands. I think with this collection, I don’t see how practical or necessary it is so it does feel a bit like it’s been created more to make up money rather than because you need these individual sponges.
I wouldn’t repurchase the full set but I would repurchase the Miracle Complexion Sponge. As for recommendations, I really don’t think you need this however, it does serve as a nice introduction to the world of sponges to find out which you prefer shape-wise.
The Real Techniques Six Miracle Sponges Collection is available from Boots for £19.99.
I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments if you have tried this collection and if you think you would use every sponge – I’d love to know.