I think I have mentioned before that I prefer using any sort of tools to apply my base than just using my fingers. Even though it is quite quick I just like brushes etc better. The rise in popularity of the make up sponges obviously caught my eye!
One of the latest Foundation Fridays I dedicatedto my usual foundation brushes and the sponge by ebelin, writing about all the advantages and disadvantages regarding finishes etc, if you wanted to take a look at the whole shebang first, now’s the time.
So, finally to comparing my two make up sponges:
Both sponges dry in comparison to a buffer brush
Miracle Complexion Sponge
Professional Präzesions Make-Up Ei
Real Techniques by Sam Chapman introduces its new innovative Miracle Complexion Sponge. The Miracle Complexion Sponge will give you the pixel perfect, flawless base you have always dreamed of. The sponge is completely unique, featuring 3 distinct surfaces that give you 3 ways to apply liquid foundation.
Optimize your beauty routine with this 3-in-1 multi- functional sponge
Softe Perfektionisten: Schminken wie die Profis – mit dem latexfreien, antibakteriellen ebelin Professional Präzesions Make-Up Ei.
Step 1: Einfach mit der abgerundeten Seite das Make-up auftragen und gleichmäßig verteilen. So werden Hautunebenheiten und Unreinheiten perfekt kaschiert.
Step 2: Mit der Spitze des Eis können die Konturen am Haaransatz, an den Augenbrauen und Lippen perfekt verblendet werden. Es entsteht ein makelloses Make-up ohne Übergänge.
Tipp: Für ein perfektes ebenmäßiges Make-up sollte das evbelin Präzisions Make-up Ei mit Wasser angefeuchtet werden.
Besonders praktisch: Dank seiner wiederverwendbaren Verpackung ist das ebelin Präzesions Make-up Ei ein perfekter Reisebegleiter.
Pflege: Für eine lange Haltbarkeit Präzesions Make-up Ei gelegentlich mit warmem Wasser und einem milden Shampoo vorsichtig reinigen und gut trocknen lassen.
The most important issue right away: Even though both sponges “advise” to use them damp, I really have to say: Absolutely always use them damp no matter what! Using them dry would make you wasting precious foundation to no end since they drink it up like nothing else. They also aren’t as soft as when used damp.
As you can see – I hope! – on the following picture both sponges almost double in size when dampened.
The only apparent difference seems to be their shape: In contrast to ebelin’s perfect egg shape the realTechniques Sponge is equipped with a cut off, flat side on the larger end which is supposed to provide a quicker way to apply foundation to larger face areas. Both sponges have a handy pointy tip for blending in all the nooks and crannies in our faces like the area around the nose.
Size comparison: Left dry – right damp
Using the sponges they feel very similar indeed, even though I have to admit I quite fancy the flat side of the realTechniques Miracle Complexion Sponge by now. I honestly cannot explain why but I feel it’s just the bigger surface that blends forehead and cheeks much quicker.
The tip of the ebelin sponge appears to be a bit more distinct when damp than the realTechniques which I assume is due to the material.
To be honest I like the finish of both of the sponges, right at the moment I am quite into the semi-dewy glowy look of spring, which obviously is easier to achieve when the tool itself is damp already. Personally, I prepare the sponge by squeezing out the water a couple of times and wrapping the sponge in a tissue afterwards. It has the right amount of dampness for me for an even application of foundation. It might be just in my mind but the finish of the realTechniques sponge appears ever so slightly more finely-pored, which I think is due to its material again. Concerning blendability I would like to point you at my initial post about the ebelin egg again.
Also, to point out the obvious: You can use these damp sponges for more than just foundation. Concealer or liquid blush especially are easily blended in as well, some even swear by buffering in powder with the sponges.
After finishing the daily work of art in the face, use the damp sponge to blend everything from blush, highlighter, bronzer and powder gently. You will be rewarded with a nice “effortless porcelain doll skin” effect – slightly dewy.
While ebelin claims its material being latex free and anti bacterial, the material of the realTechniques sponge remains a mystery. I could not find it neither on packaging nor their own homepage.
They feel quite similar but realTechniques seems just a teensy bit softer (while the ebelin egg is soft already!) and almost fluffier; I have read quite a few times that realTechniques comes really close to the Beautyblender original in feel. Which I obviously cannot confirm. The resistance is good, ebelin being slightly firmer.
Both sponges damp in comparison to a buffer brush
Not to be slighted in a review of these sponges is the cleaning process: First off – they both get rather clean but not “purified and new looking”. To be honest I feel that sponges that once touched make up will never return to their stainless perfect state ever.
Both ebelin and realTechniques survive their cleaning very well, no ripping or porosity so far. They seem equally robust.
Personally, I love the idea of washing the complete tool I rub in my face on a daily basis. Cleaning brushes you obviously have to watch not getting any liquid down the ferrule and even if you clean the bristles thoroughly, in my mind there’s always the possibility of product being left in it. It’s not the same as soaking the whole thing in soapy water.
Use warm (!) water for cleaning. My faucet literally takes ages to deliver warm water but honestly, it pays off. Using a concentrated liquid soap like Dr Bronner’s Magic Soap (big bottles, pretty sustainable, available at amazon, feelunique, asos etc) make up stains wash out nicely. Just rinse them a few times. The realTechniques sponge is freshly cleaned on my pictures and you can see ever so slight staining on its flat side, even though it smells completely fresh and rinsing the water is clear.
Which one I prefer you ask?
Tough, but choosing among these two I prefer the realTechniques Miracle Complexion Sponge due to its softness and shape by a hair. If you are just about to dabble into make up sponges you definitely cannot do anything wrong reaching for ebelin first. If you get the chance to order from any shops that carry realTechniques though, I can only recommend to buy it. It is a very good product indeed, especially if you look at the price tag: A Buffer brush by Zoeva will cost you almost 13€, a Flat Top brush by Sigma $21. If you want to stick with brushes after all that praise anyway, feel free to take a look at all my tools posts 🙂
The ebelin Präzesions Make-Up Ei you can get in every dm drogeriemarkt, Germany and Austria (€2,25).
Which tool for foundation application do you prefer? Does it have to be the Beautyblender or are you interested in cheaper alternatives?