I have the beauty blender in pink and black, and have also tried a couple of dupes. Nothing comes close to the softness and quality of the sponges! They cover a large portion of the face, blend the foundation seamlessly so it looks like real skin and builds up foundation nicely. The pointed tip easily gets into the smaller areas around the eyes and nose and is much gentler than a brush. I now know what the big deal was with these sponges!