When I first got a feel of the sponges, I thought they wouldn't soften when wet because of the initial hardness when squeezed. But once I dampened it, it expanded in size and became really soft! I personally love the big sponge with the round side and pointed tip. Perfect for blending in foundation and doesn't soak too much product. The small ones are also great for blending out concealer. They're the sponges I never thought I needed! My only observation was that the small sponges tend to be a bit rough on the face even when damp, and when they are dried down their texture is different from the large sponges. I love the application and feel of the sponges, but I just wish that the smaller sponges had the same quality as the large ones. Overall, I think you'll get your money's worth with this one! 4 different sponges for 13.99 is definitely a steal!