Makeup Revolution’s Advanced Complexion Expert Soft

Makeup Revolution Advanced Complexion Expert Soft Makeup Sponge

The little ritual of applying your make-up is very personal and unique. I love watching vloggers apply their make-up to see their tips and tricks as well as unconscious habits they have picked up over the years. I know loads of you love buffing brushes for foundation, but I prefer the effect I get with a make-up sponge. Time to put another budget beauty through its paces and this time it is the Makeup Revolution’s Advanced Complexion Expert in Soft.

This great budget brand does two other sponges, a harder version of this one and a pro blend sponge, but I will admit I picked this one based solely on the resemblance to my current favorite: the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. It is clearly meant to be a dupe but I will be reviewing this on it’s own merits here. Don’t worry though, I have an entire post planned comparing these two and the Kiko sponge I reviewed recently.

Makeup Revolution Advanced Complexion Expert Soft Makeup SpongeThe Advanced Complexion Expert in Soft is relatively cheap at £5.99 (about $8.50 / €7.70). It comes in a basic plastic box and has a light beige colour. The material feels very soft yet still relatively dense. These types of sponges are always used wet, as this should prevent the sponge from absorbing too much product. Simply hold under running water letting the sponge soak it up and squeeze well to remove excess moisture. This retains the nice texture after wetting and grows about twice as large.

I find this sponge works very well for applying and blending your foundation. You can use this two different ways: stroke the foundation along your skin for a natural look or bounce the sponge against your face like you would a buffing or stippling brush for a better coverage. I always end with a light bounce to ensure my product is properly blended.

Makeup Revolution Advanced Complexion Expert Soft Makeup Sponge

Unfortunately, this does have a habit of soaking up foundation even if you’ve wet it properly first. All new sponges tend to do this, but this seems a little worse than others I’ve tried. It does stabilize after the first week or so.

This is an excellent make-up sponge that does it’s job and isn’t expensive to purchase. I have always been very curious about the original beauty blender, but the price tag has always been the issue. You do have to replace these sponges every couple of months and I am simply not sure the original can be that much better given the price difference. Let me know if you have tried this or the original (or even better both)!

Makeup Revolution Advanced Complexion Expert Soft Makeup SpongeHet ritueel van het aanbrengen van je make-up is heel persoonlijk en uniek. Ik vind het altijd erg leuk om vloggers hun make-up te zien aanbrengen, niet alleen voor allerlei handige trucjes maar ook vanwege de onbewuste gewoontes die je in videos terugziet. Ik weet dat veel van jullie dol zijn op kwasten om foundation aan te brengen, maar ik hou zelf van het effect van een make-up spons. Tijd om een andere goedkope versie uit te testen en deze keer is het Makeup Revolution’s Advanced Complexion Expert in Soft.

Dit geweldige budgetmerk heeft nog twee sponzen in het assortiment, een hardere versie van deze en een pro blend sponge, maar ik koos deze eigenlijk alleen omdat hij het meest lijk op mijn huidige favoriet: de Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. Het is een duidelijke dupe, maar ik wil hier eerst de Makeup Revolution versie reviewen. Maak je geen zorgen, ik heb een hele post gepland waarin ik deze twee en de Kiko spons die ik laatst besprak vergelijk.

Makeup Revolution Advanced Complexion Expert Soft Makeup Sponge

De Advanced Complexion Expert in Soft is redelijk goedkoop en kost £5.99 (ongeveer €7.70). De spons komt in een simpel plastic doosje en heeft een licht beige kleur. Het materiaal voelt heel zacht maar toch redelijk dicht. Deze sponsjes moet je altijd nat gebruiken, om ervoor te zorgen dat hij niet teveel foundation opzuigt. Houdt de spons gewoon onder de kraan en knijp hem daarna goed uit om teveel water te verwijderen. Deze spons houdt zijn prettige textuur na het natmaken en wordt ongeveer twee keer zo groot.

Deze spons werkt heel goed voor het aanbrengen en blenden van je foundation. Je kunt hem om twee manieren gebruiken: strijk de foundation over je huid voor een natuurlijk effect of dep de spons tegen je huid zoals je met een stippling kwast zou doen voor betere dekking. Ik eindig altijd met het deppen om te zorgen dat alles mooi overloopt.

Makeup Revolution Advanced Complexion Expert Soft Makeup Sponge

Helaas heeft deze spons wel de neiging om foundation op te zuigen, zelfs als je hem nat gebruikt. Alle nieuwe sponzen doen dit, maar deze is wel wat erger dan andere versies die ik geprobeerd heb. Het word wel wat minder naarmate ik de spons langer gebruik.

Dit is een hele fijne spons die goed werkt en betaalbaar is. Ik ben altijd heel benieuwd naar de originele beauty blender en zag hem laatst bij Etos liggen, maar de prijs is voor mij een probleem. Je moet deze sponzen elke paar maanden vervangen en ik kan me gewoon niet voorstellen dat de beauty blender zoveel beter is dan de goedkopere varianten. Heb jij deze of de beauty blender (of nog beter alletwee) wel eens geprobeerd?


25 thoughts on “Makeup Revolution’s Advanced Complexion Expert Soft

  1. Karen Rees April 28, 2016 / 11:30 pm

    Great review Anne, looks so much like the RT version (minus the bright orange tone) but shame it didn’t match up to it for you 😦 I have a Beauty Blender, and although it’s very good I think I like the RT better – simply because it’s easier to hold. Hmm, maybe I need to do another one of my half face trials, just to be sure 😀 In my opinion though, £16 is a little OTT for a simpe sponge! XXXX

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    • Anne May 2, 2016 / 9:42 am

      Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t bad but I just prefer the RT version. Will do a good right up comparing them.
      Same here, I just find the price difference a little much and have heard so many people say they prefer the RT version.
      Oh do! Would be lovely to see these two in a half face video 😀
      xo Anne

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      • Karen Rees May 2, 2016 / 11:52 pm

        It really is… the fact I can get 3 RT sponges for one BB just tips it slightly for me 😉 lol Yes, I must get that sorted! I’ve a new sponge all ready to use so that’ll be top of the filming list for sure chum!! XXXXX


  2. fivezero April 27, 2016 / 5:37 pm

    I use the beautyblender but I have yet to try any of the less expensive versions. I really should! Many, like the one you tried, seem to get such good reviews.

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  3. Amelia Vesper April 27, 2016 / 9:49 am

    I’ve been wanting to try the Beauty Blender (or something similar), but I’m so content with my current method that I haven’t pulled the trigger. Question: do you use your sponge only with liquid foundation? Or does it work well with mineral foundation too? I’ve heard it’s really ideal for liquids…just curious!

    xo Mil

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    • Anne April 27, 2016 / 10:06 am

      How do you apply at the moment?
      I have never owned a mineral foundation so I can’t comment on that, but I love it with liquid. It just blends it so much better with the skin for a more natural finish without loosing coverage.
      xo Anne

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      • Amelia Vesper April 27, 2016 / 8:23 pm

        Right now I use a large buffing brush. I don’t really wear liquid foundation too often, but I’m so curious about the blender that I’m sure I will try it one of these days! 🙂

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  4. stashmatters April 27, 2016 / 4:18 am

    I don’t think the original Beauty Blender is worth it. For the price, I’d expect it to be, say, 5 times better than this one you’ve reviewed, but it’s not. I like my $5 sponge just fine! (unfortunately the brand I love is a Canadian make so I can’t tease you with it!) I’m glad this one from Makeup Revolutions was passable for you – I hope you’ll discover “the one”.

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    • Anne April 27, 2016 / 10:11 am

      Yeah, that has been holding me back so far. The price gap is just a little big.
      Well I love my real techniques one the best, but I like trying new ones every once in a while.
      You seem to have quite a lot of great canadian brands, really should think of an excuse to visit and do a nice haul.


  5. Lifestylebites3 April 26, 2016 / 8:58 pm

    Yes, beauty blender has become a universal foundation tool and I’m not in exception either.

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  6. Icy Sedgwick April 26, 2016 / 8:17 pm

    I bought a make up sponge from Primark for £1.50 and I’ve never had any problems with it!

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    • Anne April 27, 2016 / 10:13 am

      Oh haven’t tried that one. Thanks for the tip, will have a look next time I step inside the madness that is primark over here.


  7. thesleepingcutie April 26, 2016 / 4:51 pm

    For the last couple of months I’ve been rotating between the beautyblender and the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. Just recently I noticed the latter started leaving orange bits of sponge on my face, so I figured it’s time to buy a new one (I had been using it for about a month longer than the beautyblender). Since I’ve been using the beauty blender exclusively, I’ve notice how much I really preferred the Real Techniques sponge!!! I love the different edges that it offers, even if it isn’t as light and bouncy as the original beautyblender. To me, the finish is identical.

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    • Anne April 27, 2016 / 10:15 am

      Oh very interesting indeed! Thanks for the great comparison. I really love all the little edges and tips on the RT one as well, makes it so much easier to get into the little corners. And if the finish is identical, it really doesn’t seem worth spending exta money on.

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  8. outofmythoughts April 26, 2016 / 4:38 pm

    I agree. I love my Beauty Blender as well. It seems to make almost any foundation look better!

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    • Anne April 27, 2016 / 10:15 am

      Absolutely, they are little miracle workers.

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  9. Lauren April 26, 2016 / 1:59 pm

    I found that the RT sponge soaked up a lot of product too! After trying the beauty blender though, it definitely doesn’t! I don’t know if it’s because its more sponge-y than some of the cheaper ones so that may be the case!

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    • Anne April 27, 2016 / 10:16 am

      Ah interesting! That might be a worthwhile difference, especially with more expensive foundations.

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      • Lauren April 27, 2016 / 10:09 pm

        It is indeed! Yes definitely! I think I will need to do a side by side comparison using them both!

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    • Anne April 27, 2016 / 10:19 am

      Me too! II kinda liked brushes, but these sponges have such a great finish!

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      • annie's beauty... April 27, 2016 / 12:59 pm

        love the natural finish a beauty blender leaves behind and the fuller coverage it offers! 😉 xx

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