The beautiful shape and affordability drew me to Real Technique’s new Diamond Miracle Sponge. I use their original Miracle Complexion sponge all the time (I even have four backups right now), and it gets the job done. As a disclaimer, I’ve never used a Beauty Blender. I don’t see the point in shelling out $20 for a sponge that has to be replaced in a month or so. While the Diamond Miracle Sponge is expensive for drugstore, it certainly surpasses the original and is still more affordable than a Beauty Blender.
The Real Techniques Diamond Miracle Sponge retails for $10 USD. (In comparison, their original Complexion sponge retails for $7.) It comes housed in eye-catching copper plastic packaging and is part of the brand’s Bold Metals Collection. On the back, there is a picture of the Pixiwoo sisters and a description of what you can use the sponge for. The brand advises to replace the sponge once every 1-3 months.
At first, the product seemed very gimmicky to me. How much better could a makeup sponge really get? Well, after a month of using it, I take it back.
The texture of the Diamond sponge is nicer. When you squeeze the sponge, you can feel it that it’s bouncier and spongier (?), if that makes sense. My makeup applies more smoothly and evenly onto my skin.
It doesn’t seem to retain as much water as the Complexion sponge. No matter how much I squeeze the water from the original sponge after washing it, it still feels too wet for application. I like leaving the Complexion sponge out in the air for a couple of hours, so that some of the water evaporates. Sometimes, if I’m in a hurry, applying my foundation with a freshly washed sponge makes my makeup go on patchy and weird.
I don’t have this problem with the Diamond sponge. It’s easier to squeeze all the excess water and apply my foundation in a hurry. For those reasons alone, I would buy the Diamond over the Complexion sponge, even if it costs more.
Looking at pictures online, I thought this sponge was going to be bigger than the original, but they are about the same size. Above is a picture of both sponges, dry.
I also like the shape of the Diamond sponge. I thought the pointy end was going to be too flimsy to be useful, but I was wrong. The sponge is sturdy enough for me to use the pointy end under my eyes, around my nose, or anywhere else where I want a more precise application. The large flat side is good for applying broader areas.
The downside is that the sponge is white, so it’s harder to get the foundation stains out. You won’t be able to remove them completely if you use the sponge continuously. I haven’t had any issues with washing it. It hasn’t torn or fallen apart yet after a month of use. Additionally, both sponges seem to expand to the same size.
Here are the two sponges freshly washed.
Because the Diamond sponge doesn’t retain as much water, I have to use more product to get the same amount of coverage. It’s not a huge amount more, but still, it’s something to keep in mind. If you’re using a very expensive foundation or concealer, using this sponge might waste some of it.
I prefer the Miracle Diamond sponge over the original Complexion sponge. It applies my makeup more smoothly and more precisely. The many corners of the sponge are helpful for tricky areas, like the corner of the eyes or between the brows. In addition, the Diamond sponge definitely feels softer and bouncier than the original. But because it doesn’t retain as much water as the original, you will need to use more product to get the same amount of coverage. It’s up to you whether better application or saving money on foundation products is your priority. Both of the RT sponges are good, but the Diamond sponge beats its predecessor by a small, but important, margin.