Last year was the year of the beauty blender. It was mentioned in so many blogger and YouTuber favourites and I knew I had to give it a whirl, however was reluctant to part with £16 for the classic incase I didn't get on with it.
After seeing rave reviews, I bought the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge which is a far more reasonable £5.99. The sponge has 3 different surfaces which give you 3 ways to apply liquid foundation - the rounded sides can be used to blend large areas of the face, the precision tip is for blemishes and marks and the flat edge is for the contours around the eyes and nose.
I'll be honest, at first I wasn't a fan but I've really come to love it as I've found the way to use it that works for me. I started off by using it to apply all of my foundation - so I applied the liquid to my face and then worked it in with the sponge. This took forever and I found it too much of an effort so I abandoned it for a while and went back to using a brush.
After doing a little research I discovered that using a dampened sponge was far more effective so now I apply my foundation with my usual brush and then spritz the sponge with one of my face mists before using it to work the foundation into my skin. It leaves it with a really natural finish. I also use it to blend in my concealer and this works a treat and gives the same natural result.
I wasn't sure how to clean the sponge but found this video which explains a good 'at home' way of doing it. It's probably easiest to watch the video but all you do is mix equal parts of olive oil and washing up liquid in a bowl and use this mixture to wash the sponge. It got all of the make-up out of my sponge (the picture above shows it straight after I cleaned it) and I also used the mix to clean the rest of my make-up brushes which worked just as well as my usual shampoo method.
You can buy the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge from Boots here.