The beautyblender* ($19.95) is latex free, non-allergenic and odor free. The hot pink, egg shaped sponge doubles in size when you get it wet. You need to hold it under running water and squeeze it about 10 times, then wrap it in a towel and squeeze out the excess water.
I've been using Laura Mercier's Smooth Finish Foundation ($48, review coming soon) and LOVE the results using the Beautyblender. All foundations look better when you use this sponge. The finish is totally natural.
I use the large rounded end to bounce dots of the foundation around my entire face before I go back in with more on my cheeks or wherever I'm red. I turn it upside down and use the pointed end to roll on under eye concealer and on the corners of my nose.
The beautyblender micro.minis* ($17.95) are 2 tiny, lime green beautyblenders, they're 1/4 of the size of the original. These are adorable. I think they're perfect for cream highlighter, contour and blush.
I love the new sur.face pro by beautyblender* ($40), it's a clear palette that sits on top of a 6 well dish with a flexible spatula. The fact that it's clear allows you to custom blend to perfection.
Overall, I think that the beautyblender is a definite necessity for anyone that wears foundation. I'm not sure how I lived without it. It really makes all the difference in the world. It's also great for powder products.
The micro.minis and the sur.face pro are super fun extras. If you do a lot of contouring I recommend the micro.minis and if you're a makeup artist, you'll adore the sur.face pro.
***Disclosure: Samples provided free of charge from a PR Company or brand for consideration. That did not change my opinion of those products. See disclosure for more info.