Wednesday, January 14, 2015

What's happened to the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponges?

Back in my December favourites, and possibly another video before that, I professed my love for the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge.  It changed my opinion completely on Estee Lauder's Double Wear foundation which just didn't work on me at all using a brush or my fingers and because of the Miracle Complexion Sponge, it turned Double Wear into one of my holy grail foundations.  I used it most days with all of my foundations because it helped give the most natural, skin like finish and was a pleasure to use.

I waffled on and on about this sponge to anyone who would listen to me and so a few months ago, I decided to buy a second one because I figured, hey, I'm using this one all the time, I need a spare one to keep me going while this first one is drying.  I got home and opened the packing and thought "Hmm, this one doesn't feel like the other one"...  It seemed a lot rougher, more porous and I figured it was probably because it was dry and needed to wet it to see if it smoothed out.


No.  After running it under water and squeezing it out in a towel, it still felt really wet, and wetting it didn't seem to change the size texture of it either.  It didn't get smoother or feel like it absorbed much water despite having so many massive pores to sop up moisture.  My first Real Techniques sponge swells like a big leech with the amount of water it takes in, but once I squeeze it in a dry towel, the moisture on the outside is gone and I'm left with a perfectly damp sponge.  Why wasn't this new kid playing ball?

But I still wasn't ready to give up on this newbie, especially not having tried it yet.  So I gave it a go with my Double Wear and realised my first impressions were right.  It wasn't the same as my first sponge.  Despite having not absorbed much water inside the sponge itself, it seemed to absorb a lot of my foundation.  It left my face looking and feeling wet and that's not what I'm after when I'm heading to work in the morning.

So just let the record show, if you ever hear me talking about the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, I'm talking about this one.  It's smooth as a baby's bum.  Excoosy the makeup on it, it's a hoor to clean.


Did they make a wonky batch?  I know when Lisa watched my video recently she said she'd the same problem with her new one, so tell me if you've had the same issue.  If you've gotten a more porous sponge, is there a way of making it work for you?

All I'm happy about is that I got a smooth sponge first because if I'd picked this thing up first I wouldn't have raved about it at all.


So when you're in your local chemist looking for one of these, try to get the smoothest one.  It'll be worth it!

Update: Real Techniques saw me and Lisa chatting on Twitter and tweeted mes last night to their customer support here if we notice any different in quality, so I'll be filling that out today and if you too have bought a porous sponge, let's unite and bring the smooth ones back!
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23 comments

  1. My new RT sponge is the same and I am gutted if they changed the way they make them altogether as I don't even have an older one anymore (my toddler tried to eat it haha)! The first time I washed mine I also noticed a lot of the colour washed out along with the foundation. Think it's time I just invest in the Beauty Blender x

    Beauty with charm

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    1. The Beauty Blender is great, it's so similar to the smooth RT sponge!

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  2. I've heard a good few people talking about this, I kind of want to try one but I don't want a dud at the same time haha
    Emma xo | Missemmalouise12.blogspot.ie

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    1. Good to know I'm not alone! If you're searching for one, just make sure it looks nice and smooth :)

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  3. I picked a second one up from boots now weather it's from an older batch I don't know but mine was alright , you can clearly see the new one you've got is much rougher, I hope real techniques isn't trying to cut corners especially since the bold metals brushes came out...

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    1. I'll have another search and see if there are any more smooth ones out there, such a shame because I love my first one!

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  4. I'm so glad I'm not alone in this! I thought I was going mad for a while back there! I've been on to customer support too, I'll pop up my side-by-side post today too (started writing it at the weekend and then tv completely distracted me) - we can't let this travesty continue!

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  5. Oh wow! I bought a second sponge at the weekend - I haven't used it yet. I will have to see if it's a dodgy one. I got it in Edinburgh so I'll let you know how I get on.

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  6. I bought a second one because my other one was getting battered with me using it every day. I had the same problem!x

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  7. Oh that new one does not look good AT ALL - thanks for the heads-up missus!

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    1. I am here to help you save face, literally ;)

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  8. Had the same problem with my second one too! Had to throw the first one away due to mold even with regular washing. Thanks for the heads up that it wasn't my imagination!

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    1. Thanks for letting me know I'm not alone, there are more of us than I thought there'd be!

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  9. Aw man that is not great at all sure it's not!
    You should check out BundleMonster.
    They do awesome beauty blender dupes (a 4 pack for a tenner) and I've just ordered 2 4-packs of the Real Techniques dupes.
    Will let you know how they fare....

    http://www.bundlemonster.com/4pc-complexion-makeup-sponge-sets.html?_nosid=1&selected_attributes=eyIyMzUiOiI3MDAifQ,,

    Cx

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    1. Ooh good to know lady, thanks for the heads up!

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  10. Now I know! I will be getting the smooth one. Thanks for the tip!

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    1. Any time lady, good look in your search for the smooth one!

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  11. I bought one a couple of months ago but haven't used it yet. I'm guessing it's going to be the newer, crappier version. Doh!

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  12. How disappointing - I have the old one but like yours it's getting a bit knackered and I'd have liked to replace it :( xx

    Magpie Jasmine || Palette Giveaway: Urban Decay, Nars, Charlotte Tilbury, Too Faced

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  13. No way! I was going to get a back up. I'll see if I can find a smooth one when I go shopping... x

    alicered.co.uk

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