Love all real techniques products! I have a huge set of brushes and blenders! The blenders are definitely a product worth buying. They work wel, and usually keep their integrity for a while. Downsides to the blenders (as with many), I have trouble cleaning them well and getting all soap/cleanser out of the sponge. Additionally, I purchased a sponge and used it for about two months before I started to notice small black dots on it. They just kept increasing and no amount of washing would erase them, so I chalked it up to be mold. Which obviously is not wanted in makeup tools.