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?
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.
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.
Have you tried either sponges? – Maria x
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