In a word: Yes. It really does.
For years I’ve been using my fingers, brushes and those wedge shaped sponges to help apply and blend foundation. I switched to round flat ones for a while, purely because Kevin Aucoin mentioned them in one of his books. I think I don’t have his amazing touch, because that little swap did not go well.
Anyways, when the Beauty Blender came out a few years ago, I definitely had my doubts. How could that sponge make that much of a difference? The last sponge swap didn’t go as planned. I certainly wasn’t going to give up my $3.50 for a bag of 50 sponges for something so expensive.
Oh, how wrong I was.
This sponge really is different, and yes, it does make my foundation look better than other methods of blending. I should have bought one years ago.
To use, rather than rubbing it across my skin like I’ve done with other sponges, I buff and bounce it on my skin. The shape lets me customize which part of the sponge I’m using in certain areas (such as the smaller pointy end near my nose and eyes), and the entire thing is easily washable. In fact, I get much better results if I use this sponge while it is very slightly damp. I get a small amount of water on it, squeeze to distribute, and then blend my makeup. Before I leave the sink area I simply rinse it out again with water or wash it with a mild face wash if it needs it (note to self: pick up the recommended cleanser during my next Sephora run).
So, yes, this was an upgrade for me. Definitely worth it.