In the constant pursuit of perfect skin, I found myself down the make-up aisle of my local Boots (again) studying the foundation sponges. Now I love a good sponge. Unlike a trickier foundation brush, sponges are quick, give good coverage, and are easy to clean.
A dupe for the pricier Beauty Blender sponge, the Real Techniques Miracle Sponge has received a great deal of press thanks to the gorgeous and talented Chapman sisters who are behind the Real Techniques line.
The sponge has three selling points. Its flat edge is designed for applying concealer under the eyes or around the nose. The rounded sides are designed for ‘stippling’ your foundation over larger areas of the face, while the precision point is for covering blemishes.
My first impressions were that it is quite a hard sponge and it took a little getting used to in order to master the three sides. I used it dry and found it sucked up a great deal of my Laura Mercier Silk Creme foundation much to my dismay – something definitely to consider if your foundation is expensive and/or water-based.
However, on a positive note, I found it gave me more coverage in a shorter space of time. If you’re after a sheerer look, a lighter sponge might be more appropriate (TBI loves the wedge-shaped No 7 sponge or the egg-shaped Laura Mercier sponge).
Overall, I liked the Miracle Sponge and the versatility it promises and won’t be consigning it to the drawer under the sink (where all my less popular make-up products go to die).
Here’s the lovely Sam Chapman herself to explain how best to use the Miracle Sponge