Beauty Blenders (Left), at £16.00 are just over £10 more than the Real Techniques alternative (Right)
It took me so long to actually invest in the Beauty Blender. Paying that much for what is essentially a tear-drop shaped sponge took some convincing, even for a chronic spender like me. After months of deliberation I took the plunge and I am glad that I did. If I hadn't I wouldn't have known how nicely a make up sponge applied foundation and I would have just continued to lust after it.
Recently I purchased the Real Techniques alternative, again this took a while for me to buy simply because about 80% of the reviews which I read on it were negative. I have to say straight off the bat that I don't understand the bad press. I far prefer it to the Beauty Blender. It provides a similar finish - dewy and fresh - but is a third of the price, it feels as though it is made from better quality material (If that's possible with sponge?) and has a larger surface area meaning that it takes way less time to apply your base. Another thing that I prefer about this particular make up sponge is that it cleans far more easily and with better results.
WARNING : Watch your nails!
I like them both, but I won't be reinvesting in a Beauty Blender any time soon. Not when a better alternative is readily available in the British drugstore at a fraction of the price. I also prefer that Real Techniques is a company with whom I have more of a familiarity with, but that's just personal preference! Real Techniques all the way!