Stay or Stray: Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge vs. Beauty Blender

Hello, lovelies! I am starting a new series called ‘Stay or Stray’, kind of like a ‘Buy or Bye’ or a ‘Hot or Not’, except this is the best phrase I could come up with. 😉 I’ll be reviewing items that have an interesting claim or possible ‘dupe’ status to see if I should Stay (I love the item and would recommend) or Stray (I wasn’t impressed and wouldn’t recommend) with this item.

So this week, I’ll be reviewing and comparing the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge to the famous Beauty Blender!

My Beauty blender has revolutionized how I apply my makeup. It is the easiest, most fool-proof, most natural looking way to apply liquid foundation, and I can’t live without it! However, I can understand how the hefty twenty dollar price tag can scare some people off, so while wandering the halls of Walgreens (dangerous territory, I know ;)), I came across the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge ($5.99). Real Techniques is a brush brand created by British YouTubers Sam and Nic Chapman, and they have created one of the most high-quality, low-cost brush lines that I have seen! They used to be only available on their website, realtechniques.com, but now have expanded to Ulta, Walgreens, and I believe Target online. ANYWAY, I’ve wanted to try this for a while because I’ve seen lots of rave reviews, and the price was just right, so I picked it up to review!

Here’s what it looks like:

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In comparison to the Beauty Blender, it’s a tad bigger, but not by too much. The design is quite similar to the BB, except it’s a little more oblong and has a flat edge on the bottom. It’s much less dense and softer than the BB. While the BB still has some substance and ‘weight’ to it, the RT sponge feels like it’s as light as air.

IMG_7076  Comparison when dry

IMG_7075   Comparison when soaked and squeezed dry

All three parts of the sponge have three separate claims:

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So, use the tip for concealer, the sides for foundation, and the flat edge to get around the tight nose and eye areas. But, if you’re not into that, in the words of Jaclyn Hill, ‘You do you, boo’. 🙂

When I use these sponges, I squeeze them under a running faucet until it’s at maximum size, then squeeze out the rest of the water and towel dry. The reason for this is that the dampness takes in any excess product that you may have put on so as to avoid cake face. Also, this adds extra moisture, which is very helpful in the winter months. So, here’s a couple pictures of my review:

IMG_7078  My right side with foundation applied with BB

IMG_7079    Left side applied foundation with RT Sponge

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I’ve gotta be honest, it is VERY hard to tell a difference between the two! The one thing I will say is that when you look up close, the concealer blended in with with the BB is just a tad bit more natural looking than the RT, at least in regards to whether or not you can ‘see’ the concealer on top of my blemishes. And again, it’s just a slight difference, but, when using the liquid foundation, I just can’t tell a difference! I think for such a discount that you get by buying a RT sponge, the quality is amazing. It’s not quite as perfect as the BB, and I’ll still continue to use my BB, but for my girls on a budget or just starting out with makeup, this is a GREAT steal!

I think I’ll STAY with this one! I would totally recommend this in place of a Beauty Blender. (but I’ll be honest, my heart will always be with my tried and true BB :))

Have any requests for upcoming posts? I’m ALWAYS open to suggestion. I hope you have a splendiferous day, be kind, and I will see you soon!

Bye, lovelies!

xo, Katie

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Review: Covergirl Supersizer Mascara/ Intensify Me Liquid Liner

Hey, guys. It’s been a while. 🙂 I went into Target to get a Father’s day card, and came out with makeup. What a surprise. 😉 Included in my mini-haul was this new mascara/liquid liner package from Covergirl.

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I paid 10 dollars for it to review, which is a REALLY good deal for the drugstore. It comes with their newest mascara, the Supersizer, and eyeliner, the Intensify Me. The Supersizer’s wand curves a lot more than the traditional wand, as if the spikes are almost a double helix. Its claim is that it provides ‘400% more volume’, and if you twist the wand, it gives a more ‘fanned out’ effect.

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The Intensify Me liner also has a very inventive design. My way of looking at it is that it’s basically a highlighter that has been run over by a Mack Truck. But it’s black. Great metaphor, I know. 🙂

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The claim with this one is that on the flat side, you can create a very thick line, and on the other, a super slim line. I personally prefer a thin line on myself, so this product may not be as versatile for me, but I think it’s a great design! I was really interested to test out the liner’s pigmentation and lasting power. Here’s the before picture (by the way, on my recent trip to Florida, I finally became able to use a darker shade of foundation. YES!)

 

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After shadow/liner

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And after mascara

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My review is… I think it’s wonderful! The mascara is a little clumpy and spidery, but the volume is just amazing! As you can see, I think there really is a fanned out effect, and again, holy volume! The eyeliner is incredibly easy to use, super black, very pigmented, just great! I’m writing this in the evening, and it’s still just as black as it was when I applied it! If you wanted to use this for a really bold cat eye, you totally could. If you want just the thinnest line, totally possible. If you want a mix of both, totally feasible! This is such a versatile eyeliner and would be great for anyone of any skill level! I say go for it. Completely foolproof and beautiful once applied! Definitely worth the ten dollars, especially because the normal mascara runs about 8 or 9 dollars, and it’s five in this pack!

Have you tried this mascara/liner combo? Let me know what you think! Have any other recommendations for a review? Please leave a comment below and tell me what you want!

See you soon, lovelies. 😉

Katie