What up nerds, Punk here to tell you about a dupe you’ve probably already heard about.
The original BeautyBlender retails for $20 and has to be replaced every three months, and should be cleaned after every 3 uses. While that holds true for the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, it is significantly cheaper, typically retailing around $5 depending where you go, and can be bought in bulk.
Though not entirely identical, they both get the job done when it comes to blending out your makeup. The slight difference in the sponge’s sponginess doesn’t give me any problems, but the difference in shape does. On the Beautyblender, using the bottom rounded part leaves a slightly less even application as to the Real Techniques flat edge that is surprisingly good at leaving an even finish around every contour of the face. Though the original Beautyblender’s pointed tip is slightly more suited to getting under the eye, the flat edge of the Real Techniques sponge gets the job done better than the slightly less pointed tip. I do find that I have a harder time wringing out excess water with the Real Techniques sponge, but if I squeeze it in a towel a few times it more than justifies it, especially when I’m already saving about $15.
Final thoughts? I love both, I have both, but after my Beautyblenders time is up I will be switching over to the Real Techniques sponges for good. As a college kid on a budget I just can’t justify the price on something so essential that needs to be replaced so often. At the end of the day it comes down to personal preference where performance is concerned. If nothing but the real deal does it for you, by all means splurge. But if you feel like you need to get a sponge but can’t shell out an Andrew Jackson every 3 months, there is an alternative.
Don’t forget to be rad, y’all.