Real Techniques miracle complexion sponge VS Ecotools perfecting blender duo

The makeup sponge has taken over from the foundation brush, and it’s here to stay. Gone are the days when the sacred beauty blender cornered the market, Real Techniques changed the game with their affordable alternative, and now everyone is having a go at making their own. Today we’re putting the two new sponges on the block against everyones orange favourite, could the RT sponge lose it’s thrown? 

Ecotools perfecting blender duo review vs real tecniques miracle complexion sponge

I’m going to talk through the “on paper” specifications first (cheeky love island reference), just to get an overview of the two, and then we can get onto my actual thoughts ..

The Ecotools perfecting blender duo is actually two separate sponges, one for light base application and the smaller sponge for more precise application and higher coverage. The pack at Boots will cost you £9.99, that’s the same price as a pack of two RT sponges, but does work out slightly more expensive than the RT, when you consider the smaller size of one of the ecotools sponges. Having two different sizes is the point of the kit however, so the price is virtually the same for the two. It really depends on whether you’d rather have a variation, or if you like to stock up on lots of the same size sponges to decide on what works out better value for money for you personally. 

The Ecotools sponges pack in a lot of different angles to work with on one sponge, you’ve got a pointy slanted end, the curved round edge and two different length flat sides. Compared to the RT sponge, which has an overall curved shape, a pointed but still rounded tip for getting in corners and one flat side. 

Both sponges say they can be used wet or dry but i think we all know they’re best used wet. I feel like they just write that on there for slightly older people who are set in their ways of using dry sponges..anyone else?? So i tested them both wet and with the exact same products, just like i would with my RT sponge, to avoid any other factors that might effect the performance of the sponges. 

Ecotools perfecting blender duo review vs real tecniques miracle complexion sponge

I kicked off the testing session (aka me doing my makeup with a different sponge, which doesn’t sound as exciting) using the larger blender which is designed for products like foundation which cover a large area. 

I wet the sponge throughly and began my usual tapping away at my face, but i stopped after i had covered one cheek. This was just too hard, even though the sponge did get much larger and more squishy for want of a better word, after running it under the tap it just didn’t cut the mustard for me. Compared to the real techniques sponge which becomes light and fluffy like an orange dream cloud, this remained too dense for blending even after being soaked with water.  Foundation isn’t something i mess around with, so after trying out the bigger blender i gave up and switched back to my Real Techniques sponge for the rest of my foundation application. 

I didn’t give up there though, when it came to concealer time i picked up the smaller blender which enticed me in with it’s small shape and pointy corners – perfect for under eyes. However once again it was just too dense, the smaller sponge is meant to be slightly harder but it’s just not bouncy enough for my liking. 

Will i be switching? 

So as you can probably tell already i won’t be making the switch anytime soon, however there is a but: If you’re someone who wants to use a makeup sponge but is waste conscious these will be the sponges for you, they’re made of 70% plant based materials and are a much more eco friendly option. These are better than a lot (and i’ve tried a lot) of other makeup sponges on the market, they will blend your makeup but they do require a little bit of extra effort, so they aren’t a write off by any means and come with some great ethical principles too. 

Likewise if you’re someone who prefers a firmer blender then these would be perfect, especially because you can make use of the great shapes these sponges have.

Ecotools perfecting blender duo review vs real tecniques miracle complexion sponge

Have you tried either sponges? – Maria x



Disclaimer: This post contains items gifted to me with no expectation of a feature or review. 



  1. July 19, 2017 / 5:13 pm

    This was really interesting to read, I've always used the Real Technical sponges exclusively but I have just picked up the Eco Tools set after hearing so much about them. I wonder what my thoughts would be, from your review I think I'm going to miss the Real Techniques sponges!

    Kristy |

    • July 19, 2017 / 10:21 pm

      Aw that's so good to hear, oh nooo hopefully you can work with them until they're ready to be replaced! x

    • July 19, 2017 / 10:22 pm

      Thank you! Yeah same, i definitely prefer the really soft ones no matter how much product they soak up! x

  2. July 19, 2017 / 7:25 pm

    I was looking at these the other day so it's really interesting reading your comparison! I love Ecotools but I think two sponges would be a bit too much effort for me, especially since I always seem to be in a rush in the mornings.

    Bronia | broniajane

    • July 19, 2017 / 10:23 pm

      Yeah I'm guilty of just using one, i'd stick with the real techniques! x

  3. July 19, 2017 / 9:37 pm

    I made a bet (with myself at midnight while reading this) that RT will win this battle. I was right (against me then…)
    I've been wanting to get RT one for ages, but I'm quite used to my brushes so we'll see 😀

    xo Honey – blog Royal LifestyleTwitterInstagram

    • July 19, 2017 / 10:24 pm

      hahaha i did kind of expect it but i hoped to be surprised! Ohh definitely try the real techniques, it'll change your foundation game tbh! x

    • July 20, 2017 / 6:02 pm

      Lots of people still do, i think they're great for light coverage but sadly because of my scarring i go high coverage every time haha! Thanks so much lovely, i wanted to be as honest as possible especially with a brand new out product! x

  4. July 23, 2017 / 2:17 pm

    Thanks for this! I know that Ecotools has a nice selection of affordable brushes that my best friend loves, but I've never tried blenders from any brand! Mainly because whyte expensive or because I didn't even think about picking one up. I'm getting s little tired of blending concealer and BB cream with my fingers so RT might be the option for me!

    • July 28, 2017 / 3:33 pm

      Definitely try out the real techniques before anything else, it's just the best! x

  5. July 25, 2017 / 11:46 am

    Thanks for sharing this. I keep wanting to try the Ecotools ones, although after reading this I think I probably won't like them. I find the firmer, denser sponges harder to use and a pain to clean properly too. My search for a BB dupe continues!

    Beccah xx

    • July 28, 2017 / 3:33 pm

      No problem, i've used the beauty blender and tbh i see no difference between it and the Real Techniques! x

  6. August 1, 2017 / 7:35 pm

    I love the RT makeup sponges, they are so perfect! They are so similar to the beauty blender, maybe even better, but the price cannot be beat. I'm glad you compared it to another popular sponge currently on the market xxx

    Melina |

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