I’m all about that Beauty Blender life at the mo – I go through phases, but as of now my buffing brushes are on the back burner once more. I’ve tried ALL of its dupes, mar shampla Real Techniques, W7, Penneys/Primark’s versions and so on… None compare to be honest – there’s just something about the Beauty Blender that validates its €20 RRP. However, a recent haul at work resulted in yet another poor man’s BB making way to my collection, and I gots to admit; I’ve since repurchased a back up. Say what?!
The dupe in question is the Royal Enhance Complexion Sponge, available in many a pharmacy (including Meagher’s FYI) and retails for an iddy biddy €5.
So is it on par with its better half?!
It’s actually not that far off. They’re both pretty darn similar in size, shape and texture. The Beauty Blender expands a little bit more when dampened, but other than that they’re more or less shoulder to shoulder in my opinion.
I only ever use either sponge when dampened, although they work well in bringing down shine when used dry also. Overall the Beauty Blender does its job a little bit faster, but we’re talking an extra minute at most for it’s quarter of the price sista. The Royal Enhance Complexion Sponge blends makeup equally well once dampened, and the pointed tip works in under-eye concealer ever so smoothly.
Said dupe also washes like a breeze, with mine still going strong after a kazillion washes.
And on that note, there’s literally zero need for those Beauty Blender cleansers – I wash mine using a plain old bar of soap and warm water. I recommend Dr Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap, although any (clean) one will do the trick! (I have the gorgeous Nikkie Tutorials to thank for that hack.)
So yeah – overall I highly recommend!