Beauty Blender vs. Real Techniques Sponge

Is the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge a real dupe for the Beauty Blender? Can the drugstore product beat the high end version? ...

Is the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge a real dupe for the Beauty Blender? Can the drugstore product beat the high end version?
It's time for the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge vs. the Beauty Blender sponge!
I've reviewed the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge in the past, and I loved it. Then, about a month or so ago I caved and bought a Beauty Blender so I could really compare the two, and now I'm here to share my thoughts with you.
I'd like to first note that I did purchase both of these with my own money. I've always been honest with my thoughts and views on products whether I've purchased them myself or they were sent to me for free, but I just wanted to make sure you know, I did buy these.
Here's some quick information:
The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge retails for around $6. You can occasionally find it at Ulta for BOGO 50% off or even BOGO free.
This sponge is egg shaped with a pointy end and a flat side.
It's orange, and it's extremely dense and almost hard when dry.
The Beauty Blender retails for $20. Your only chance of getting these for less is waiting on one of the VIB sales at Sephora or a F&F sale at Sephora.
This sponge is egg shaped, round on the bottom with a pointed top. 
These come in pink, white, black and purple, but I think the purple was limited edition.
This sponge is small and very soft when dry.
Here are comparison pictures of them dry:
Beauty Blender Real Techniques
As you can see, they're similar in size.
Both will grow about 2.5x that size when dampened.
Beauty Blender vs Real Techniques
Real Techniques vs Beauty Blender
*My cat was in the room, he shook, fur flew and apparently latched to the sponges, sorry!*

When wet, these are VERY similar.
They're both extremely soft and pliable, they have almost the exact same texture when wet.
As far as application of products goes, I prefer the Beauty Blender. The Real Techniques sponge will blend your foundation and concealer and give you an even, smooth appearance.
The Beauty Blender blends your foundation and concealer also giving you an even, airbrushed look. 
Here's where the difference lies:
The Real Techniques sponge seems to take longer to blend my foundation, it sucks up more of my foundation and it doesn't give the extremely natural, airbrushed look that the Beauty Blender gives. 
The Beauty Blender blends my foundation in half the time, and it looks more natural while still giving full coverage. I also use less foundation with this than with the RT one. 
Another thing I dislike about the Real Techniques sponge is the flat side, I just don't like it and I don't use it.
The winner here is also the Beauty Blender. This may not be fair though as I have the Pro version which is stain resistant. However, the orange RT sponge is stained horribly. In the photo above, it's clean but you can see the stains on it.
The Beauty Blender pictured above is dirty(sorry!), but it does come totally clean when I wash it.
*I use the Beauty Blender solid to clean my sponges and brushes*
Real Techniques wins this one! The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is $6 at Ulta, while the Beauty Blender is $20 at Sephora.
I'd also like to mention that I've had my Real Techniques Sponge for quite some time and it performs just as well as it did the day I bought it. However, I've heard that recently the sponge has changed and they're flaking, falling apart and they aren't the same at all anymore. Be wary of the inconsistency! Beauty Blenders are NOT inconsistent.
So who wins?
I think the Beauty Blender wins. It's just faster to use, gives a more flawless application and it's easier to clean. It's worth the money for me.
Do NOT use these dry! They aren't meant to be used dry and they won't perform the same AND they'll eat all of your foundation/concealer!! ALWAYS use these dampened! 
That being said, I do LOVE the Real Techniques Sponge, just not as much. If you can't afford to or really don't want to spend $20 on a Beauty Blender, pick up the Real Techniques sponge and give it a shot! It really is the best sponge I've used in that price range, seriously nothing beats it. 
If you pick up one of these, you'll never need another foundation brush.
Thanks for reading!
Hope this was helpful.

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