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Stop wasting your money trying to find a dupe, it isn't going to happen. No sponge is a sponge quite like the original Beauty Blender, I don't care if it's five pounds less, it's less because it isn't the best (in this case.) 
And for all of those asking on Twitter if you should just get the Real Techniques, don't, just get the Beauty Blender and thank me later.
I don't know what it is that makes the original so good, but there's something that makes it apply make up better than the rest, obviously somewhere in the way it's made because it feels completely different to alternatives. Even from my rubbish photography, you can see there's a difference to it's material.
(Left to right: Beauty Blender £16.00, sponge from E-Bay, 30p, Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge £5.99.)

Do not waste your time buying these wannabe products from E-Bay, this 'sponge' feels more like a brick, it's just honestly awful. It doesn't expand, or soften when water is added, it's like applying your foundation by patting your face with a slab of concrete. (And concrete doesn't blend well.) It leaves make up sat on top of your skin, looking cakey and unfinished. I'd rather use my fingers than use this again, to the bin it went.

The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge is just, average at best, it really does feel like it's been cut out of a bath sponge from Superdrug. It's a lot softer than the Beauty Blender, but it's too soft, it's really absorbing and delicate, I feel like this one drinks up half of my foundation. It's light, fluffy texture doesn't make it ideal for blending foundation either, using either rubbing or bouncing, it doesn't give you the finish everyone talks about. The only thing I like more about this alternative is the size, it makes the job a little bit quicker, but I'd choose a perfect finish over 3 extra minutes of blending. I don't find the flat side of this product better for bigger areas like the forehead at all, I much prefer the rounded end of the Beauty Blender, because again, the flat side just does not blend well, and it's just too soft unless you're giving yourself bruises.

Finally, The Original Beauty Blender. This is easily one of my best discoveries of 2015, and it'll continue to be highly loved and used this year too, at first I was skeptical about a sponge being so amazing and worth the price tag, but I'm so glad I finally took the plunge and tried this. I'll never go back to using my hands or a brush, this pink little magic applies my foundation amazingly, it blends like nothing else and is perfectly shaped and sized for all areas of my face.

Let me know if you've tried the BB or any alternatives and what you thought.

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