After reading rave reviews about the beautyblender and wanting to try it out for myself, I went to purchase and thought the price was ridiculous for a simple set of make up sponges. I found a cheaper alternative at my local drugstore and gave that a go. After not having much luck getting that airbrushed finish that was claimed (instead I just got a damp sponge sliding makeup across my face),I decided to purchase the REAL beautyblender in a kit of other goodies with the help of my BB points.
After the first use, I am amazed how different it is than the knockoff I originally bought. When wet, it almost doubles in size letting the pores of the sponge fill with air to evenly distribute my makeup. The quality is unbeatable, and although I am definitely using more product than applying with my hands, I am achieving that smooth airbrush finish even with my sheer bb cream. Definitely worth the price, I can't imagine going back to the cheap knockoffs!