This sponge was perfect for applying any coverage makeup to my face. I used it to dab on prepping spray, oil blocking primers, cream blushes, foundations, BB/CC creams and highlighter. Even with such a large range of products, the application was even and natural. With my first sponge, I did not purchase the cleaner. Instead, I used face wash or antibacterial hand soap. After using the sponge for the first time, my B.B. cream left a permanent spot on my blender. No matter how many times I washed it, it would go away! I was concerned that the sponge was soaking in too much product and thereby wasting my creams and retaining too much moisture which may cause bacteria buildup. Boy was I wrong! When it came time to replace my blender, I took a pair of scissors and cut my blender in half. The permanent stain was only at the surface. The core of blender was clean, dry and melt like my hand soap. It put my concerns to bed. I have now consistently been using the beauty blender as my tool of choice for skin makeup application.