As my second makeup sponge, I must say, I am thoroughly impressed with the Real Techniques Miracle Diamond Sponge ($9.99). The only other makeup sponge I tried was an off-brand sponge I picked up at Marshall’s. It was awful. Just awful. One of the reasons I hated the off-brand one was because I could apply the makeup with my fingers and produced better coverage. Another reason was that it was stiff and not very flexible. The final reason I sent it to hell was because when it was wet, it just make everything patchy. Could be user error, could be the sponge. I don’t have any of those problems with this one though! The Diamond Sponge is amazing and bouncy and I love it.
My skin type
Oily, large pores and scarring on my cheeks and chin
What it’s supposed to do
Blend your liquid or cream makeup flawlessly
How I use it
I use this sponge wet (run water over it, squeeze it out, and then squeeze it out again with a towel). I apply the makeup of choice with my fingers or if I am using my Lancome Foundation stick, I apply the makeup directly on my face. I use patting motions, as if I were using a stippling brush to blend my foundation and concealer. I apply a little more pressure than normal to really make sure it’s blending well (that’s probably just me, you certainly don’t have to).
I kind of already mentioned this, but this sponge is amazing. It blends cream and liquid makeup amazing well. I don’t notice a difference in the lasting power of my foundations, and it doesn’t take me any longer to do my makeup than usual. Highly recommended!
Real Techniques encourages you to replace every 1-3 months, which is a really vague time span, but I am just keeping an eye on it. I purchased the sponge in November and use it at least once a week. I do wash it off after every use (liquid black soap works amazing well; cleansing oil works ok, but not as good as the black soap) and it still looks and works fine to me.
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On a scale of 1-10, this sponge is a 9!
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