Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (comparison with the Beauty Blender) and Retractable Bronzer Brush review! | KITSCH/SNITCH

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (comparison with the Beauty Blender) and Retractable Bronzer Brush review!

April 9, 2014


I am sure that everyone knows that I am a fan of Real Techniques brushes (check out my iherb haul here). The latest offers from Real Techniques are two retractable brushes (a lip brush and a bronzer brush) as well as the Miracle Complexion Sponge and a Silicon Liner Brush.

I was lucky enough to be given the chance to try some of the new products, and I was most excited to test out the Retractable Bronzer Brush and the Miracle Complexion Sponge.


These are sold in Australia at The Beauty Office, and the Retractable Bronzer Brush retails for $34.99 and the Miracle Complexion Sponge retails for $15.99. These will eventually be available at Priceline, but they aren't out just yet. You can also get these from iherb for much cheaper ($13 and $6 respectively).


The Retractable Bronzer Brush caught my eye because it looks like the perfect addition to my handbag for re-powdering my face during the day (damn my oily skin!). This will also work well as an all over bronzer brush (not so much a contour brush as the brush head is quite large) and this will also be great for blush.

I believe the main point of a retractable brush is that you can carrying in your bag without causing any mess. I personally have never/very very rarely needed to retouch my bronzer or blush during the day... so for me this will be a face powder brush. This is also a duo-fiber brush, which means that it deposits less product onto your skin, so this will also be perfect for very pigmented blushes or cream blushes.

Even though I love the design, this brush isn't small so it will take up some space in your makeup bag.


To "retract" the brush you lift the shiny inner metal ring up over the brush head.


You then place the clear orange lid on the top.


Lastly, when you push the lid down, it pushes the inner shiny metal ring down so the brush fits neatly into the lid.

This is a pretty nifty design.


I love applying my makeup with a damp sponge because it blends your makeup in flawlessly, and it also stops your makeup from looking cakey. Not everyone likes this technique of applying foundation or concealer, but the only thing I dislike about it, is cleaning the sponges (I recommend Daiso sponge cleaner, it's cheap and it works amazingly).

Onto my new favourite makeup sponge, the Miracle Complexion Sponge. I have decided to show a comparison to the Beauty Blender (the pink sponge in the photo above, for everyone who has been living under a rock).

The main difference between the two sponges is the shape. The Miracle Complexion Sponge is larger, and instead of having the rounded bottom it looks more like a football shape with a completely flat section cut into it. I love this flat part because I think it does a better job at covering a wider area of your face than the Beauty Blender does. Besides this, they both have a pointed end (great for under the eyes) and you use both of them damp. The Miracle Complexion Sponge is not quite as soft as the Beauty Blender, but this doesn't make a difference with application.

I think I prefer the Miracle Complexion Sponge for two reasons, the flat size is great for covering a larger area quicker, and it is cheaper. Other than that, it performs very similarly to the Beauty Blender, so if you wanted to try the Beauty Blender but either didn't know where to buy it, or didn't want to spend $20 on it, then check this Real Techniques version out.

So thats my review of some of the new Real Techniques products, what's you opinion of the new range?


  1. I have no need for the retractible brushes (I think there's a lip one as well?), but I did get the Miracle Complexion Sponge a few months ago. I'd been looking at getting the beauty blender for a while but didn't want to fork out that much money, and I managed to get the RT one for £5. I'm glad I didn't bother with the beauty blender because using a sponge isn't really for me. I prefer a brush, and the sponge is SO hard to clean (maybe I need to get some Daiso sponge cleaner?)

  2. I really want to try the miracle complexion sponge! Especially since it seems like a cheaper version of the beauty blender :)

  3. I have the sponge and am absolutely loving it! It's the first sponge I've tried and I love the way it applies foundation, but I dislike cleaning it too! I'm not sure that I'll be interested in purchasing the retractable brushes but they do look nice!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

  4. I really need to try this sponge.....I have already placed my order for core collection and expecting it next week....xoxoxo....^_^

  5. I've heard such great things about that complexion sponge- glad you're liking it too! Will definitely have to check this out :)


  6. I love the flat surface of the Real Techniques sponge for the same reason. Also love the price. I do love the 'bounciness' of the Beauty Blender better though so I'm a bit torn.
    If they could release a Beauty Blender with the flat part (and at a much cheaper price) I'd be very happy :)

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  8. I've read mixed reviews of the Miracle Complexion Sponge and to be honest I haven't known if it's worth a shot. Think I'm convinced now though, the flat section sounds really good. Thanks! :-)


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