It's true. Until a couple of weeks ago I'd never used a beauty blender. When they first came out, I thought to myself "been there, done that" as I had used the triangle makeup sponges for years when I was younger. How different could they possibly be? Surprisingly, they are incredibly different. My good friend actually gave me one because she uses hers all the time. First off, I noticed the amount of product I needed was significantly less. The sponge doesn't really absorb the makeup, the makeup just kind of sits on top waiting to be applied. Also, the sponge gives smooth even coverage without the "strokes" a makeup brush would give so it looks a lot more natural. The one thing I do have to say is I find with a sponge it applies very sheer so if you want fuller coverage you'd probably have to apply your foundation at least two times. I don't mind the lighter coverage so I personally haven't experimented with this.
My friend gave me the pink Ulta Super Blender Sponge and since I loved that one so much, I purchased the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. I admit, this is my first venture into anything Real Techniques and I wasn't disappointed. I loved the shape of the sponge as the flat end can quickly apply foundation over the bulk of the face while the rounded tip can get into smaller areas around your eyes and nose. I also bought the Ulta Makeup Brush and Sponge Cleaner as my face breaks out if I don't keep my brushes clean. I've used it a couple times and it seems to work well.
Let me know if you've ever tried beauty blenders and if you love them as much as I do!