As much as I love makeup, there are a few aspects of getting glam that I absolutely despise. The obligatory ‘how long are you going to be?’ question that always rolls off my husband’s tongue the second I open my eyes in the morning. The mass explosion of makeup products sprawled across the bedroom after scrambling to get ready on time (which never happens). The stray falsie that finds itself at the bottom of my feet days later. Not forgetting, the fear that bestows upon me when attempting to slay my winged liner. However, there’s one aspect of makeup application that I despise the most. That is of course, cleaning my makeup brushes.
Like many women, I continuously vow to myself to make more of an effort with deep cleaning my brushes. Since discovering the Vera Mona Colour Switch Solo I’ve fallen into a comfort zone of simply swirling my eye brushes clean. This, unfortunately, bares no use for my face brushes and beauty blenders. I’ve dabbled a little with the Cinema Secrets Makeup Brush Cleaner, but couldn’t justify the price tag for a simple spot clean. Then came the Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove. Whilst the concept of a silicone, multi-textured surface to thoroughly deep clean foundation packed brushes seemed ingenious, paying £30.00 for essentially what looks like an oven glove seemed pretty indulgent and not very travel friendly. Surely there was an alternative on the market; which could deliver the same amount of results for a fraction of the price?!
The Brushegg is an egg-shaped silicone device which has changed my brush cleaning game forever. Much like the Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove, this little gem works hard at extracting makeup from the deep dark crevices of your brushes; which is hard to achieve with just soap and water. The ‘glove’ is designed to fit snugly over your index and middle finger, leaving the rest of your hand free to squeeze out the remaining water. Although it can be used with just water, I can’t bring myself to not use a cleansing solution on my makeup saturated brushes. I love using the Freedom Pro Studio Brush Bath together with my Brushegg as I hate having to faff about with liquid solutions (particularly when travelling) and the sulfate-free formula ensures that my brushes aren’t damaged in the process.
I have a ton of makeup brushes, far more than required for one face which means that deep cleaning rituals take longer than I have patience for. The Brushegg has literally cut my time in half. Not to mention, my fingers don’t go wrinkly and prune-like. Unfortunately instructions aren’t included with the Brushegg, but it’s not exactly rocket science. After dousing your brushes under a stream of lukewarm water, swirl your brush into the cleansing solid or squirt a liquid solution into the Brushegg directly. The top end of the egg contains miniature bumps, perfect for delicate eye or highlight brushes. The deep set ridges on the remainder of the egg are used for more robust face brushes and beauty blenders. As you begin to swirl your brush into the egg you’ll notice the lather changes colour as more and more product breaks free. If you’re as odd as I am, you will find this utterly satisfying, particularly when tackling foundation brushes.
In terms of price point, there’s really no comparison. At £6.95 an egg you really can afford to have a selection of these to pop in your travel bag, makeup bag and your bathroom. The lightweight feel and compact size make them very practical for travel. The silicone material allows for them to dry quite quickly after use so you’re not having to dry them on a window ledge as you would do with the Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove. They come pastel hues of pink, green and purple and look super cute in anyone’s beauty collection.