It's not all 10-step contours, people.
I'm not one to fear-monger anyone into doing something that they ostensibly should be doing. However, that lady DID get a staph infection from a borrowed concealer brush, and she DID, in fact, get paralyzed from the waist down. That's not really likely to happen if you let your brushes go a few swipes without a wash, but I'm just saying... it could get that bad (circumstances permitting).
I'm guilty of reusing a gnarly makeup brush as long as it doesn't mess with what I'm trying to have it do. I'll put off cleaning my brushes until there are at least 10 of them to clean and then spend 20 minutes at the sink, giving them a good shampooing. Not exactly ideal, considering it takes me a while to grime up 10 makeup brushes.
And then because the answer to "There's got to be some way to quickly clean makeup brushes on the fly" was naturally, "It's 2016 — of course there is!" I got my hands on these express brush cleaners – all in a variety of intriguing formats — that promised to make my dirty-brush-filled life infinitely more convenient and most importantly, clean.
Watch these brush cleaners in action:
Most impressive award goes to Sephora Collection Dry Clean Instant Dry Brush Cleaner, which is basically dry shampoo for brushes. It was indeed instant as well as dry — two promises delivered! How many products can boast that?
The Daily Brush Cleaner from Sephora and Japonesque Waterless Brush Cleanser are both good and decent brush cleaners, the Sephora one being slightly more thorough, albeit much more damp. The latter one is a "rapid-dry formula," so it has alcohol in it to evaporate moisture quickly. It also smells strongly like some sort of laundry detergent, which is great for making your makeup brushes smell like fresh towels, unless your eyes are fragrance-sensitive and then you've basically loaded your eyeshadow brush with a toxic weapon. Congratulations, you played yourself. I didn't hate the Solid Brush Cleanser, but I do wish there was a textured surface on the balm to rub bristles on there to better clean them.
Generally, I'd just use Sigma Beauty's brush cleaning mat, which I get a kick out of, but that requires me to stand in front of my running sink and do the whole shampoo dance plus dry properly. That's all well and good to do every now and again for a thorough cleansing of brushes, but I like having a quick alternative that will keep my brushes cleaner in the long run, all in the name of avoid life-threatening bacterial infections.
- How often do you clean your brushes, honestly? Would you clean them more frequently if you had a convenient, easy, quick brush cleaner?
- Have you ever gotten an adverse reaction from a gnarly makeup brush? Please tell me all your horror stories as I do love scary movies.