I’m guilty of not cleaning my make-up brushes as often as I should, and I’m even worse with my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (£5.99). Usually I just end up buying a new one when I think it’s time to let go of the old one.
After buying a new Complexion Sponge today, I thought to myself, why don’t I just try and clean the one I have? So I tried it and it looks practically new!
Some people use baby shampoo; I’ve seen others use coconut oil. Today, I used my Real Techniques Cleansing Gel (£7.50) – you will have seen how clean it brought up my brushes if you saw my Technique For Real Techniques blog post in 2016.
On the left is what a Complexion Sponge should look like brand new, and on the right is what mine looked like, then the difference side by side.
First I ran some warm, soapy water and soaked the sponge, giving it a squeeze to get off the top layer of product. Your hands will get covered in foundation, but just keep rinsing them under clean water.
Then I squeezed some Real Techniques Cleansing Gel onto the flat edge of the sponge and massaged it in, and this started to draw out product from deeper in the sponge. I repeated this process on each section of the sponge and I started to see results quite quickly considering I’ve been using it for three months.
After about 15-20 minutes of soaking, massaging and extracting old foundation out of my sponge, it finally looked pretty good! There are a few blemishes on the flat edge of the sponge, where the material has broken up a little so I daren’t rub it too hard, but the rest is like new!
Here they are side by side – the old one is larger due to it absorbing water, but it will shrink back to size when it’s fully dry.
So before you think about buying another makeup sponge, consider showing your old one some love and give it a bath and save your cash!