I have been researching the Beauty Blender for the past few weeks. I am not a huge fan of sponges because of bacteria, and to me it never seemed sanitary to use a sponge more then a few times (on myself). My feelings aside, I have finally shelled out the cash and purchased it. Sephora was having their VIB sale, which saved me a few dollars. I bought 2 sponges for $22.00 (before shipping). I gave one of the sponges to my mom... I know that she is going to love it as much as I do.
The way that I used it was to wet it, and squeeze out the excess water (until it was just damp... use a towel to get out most of the water). Then I applied my foundation to my skin directly (dot of foundation on my forehard, one on each cheek, dot on my chin, and on my nose). I have also applied the foundation and concealer directly to the sponge. Either way works great! I then took the slightly damp beauty blender and dabbed it on my face. The beauty blender website calls it bouncing. To do your whole face you use the bigger round end. To get in tiny spots, like around and under your nose or around your eyes... you use the pointed end of the beauty blender. I did the same for my concealer... I put the concealer directly on my face (in the spots I conceal) and then did the bouncing with the beauty blender. Instead of using my big powder brush to put my MAC powder on (to set my foundation), I dabbed the sponge right into the powder and did the same thing... "bounced".
This does take a bit longer then your normal application for foundation, but the results are so much better. You do have an airbrush look... without using or having to pay for an airbrush machine. I know from my own experience that this does look like airbrushing... because I own the Dinair Airbrush System. Now, I didnt purchase the cleanser because I figured that I would just use a foaming facial cleanser.
I hope that this review helps some people decide whether or not the beauty blender is for them or not. I am very glad I made the purchase. I will be using the beauty blender from here on out... unless I actually airbrush.