If you’re anything like me, you’ll be spend every other Sunday up to your elbows in sup suds whilst stood at the kitchen sink. No, this isn’t a scene from a 1920’s housewives postcard, you’ve more chance of me wearings PJ’s or an oversized tshirt than a starched apron and rollers (who even owns an apron nowadays)? This stance is known as “The Makeup Brush Washing” stance and the soapy suds are usually stained a shade of skin with a irridescent glitters from build up of foundations and eyeshadows. Owning all shapes and sizes of makeup brushes with all manner of coloured ferrules may make your dressing table look Pinterest worthy but when it comes to the mammoth task of santising them, it can be a task in itself which is worthy of a
glass bottle of wine reward.
For hygiene purposes we’re advised to wash our brushes 1-2 times a month while some dermatologists suggest giving your brushes a clean every day to avoid build up of makeup and germs, but seriously, who has time for that? The only time brushes should be washed more regularly is if you’re prone to breakouts, have excessively oily skin or you’ve had any kind of allergy or infections (cold sore etc)
I’ve always been a baby shampoo kind of girl when it comes to washing my brushes. It’s cheap, its easily accessible and it makes my brishes smell like, well, baby shampoo without the need for a screaming and pooping machine. Brush cleansers used to be like gold to get ahold of on the high street or on a budget with cleansers only really being available via counters like MAC and Bobbi Brown, but when you can pay a few quid for something you can pick up from your local Supermarket, why spend 5 times the prices and have to venture out for something which is essentially a glorified soap?
Just lately brush cleansers have become more easily accessible with the likes of Real Techniques and B at superdrug both releasing their own brush cleansers alongside their line of brushes and Freedom London have recently released a Brush Bath Sanitising Brush Cleanser* as part of their Pro Studio range of products which are available online.
This is a little different from the cleansers I’ve seen about, mainly because its a solid brush cleanser, much like a soap, where the product sits in the tub and also because at £7 its considerably cheaper.
To use you simply dampen your brush with warm water and swirl it into the product to ensure the bristles of the brush are coated. You then use the palm of your hand or a brush egg to work the product into a lather and to deep clean the bristles. You can rinse and repeat as you see fit to ensure your brushes are completely clean – I even managed to get an Expert Face Brush from Real Techniques (which was used with the heavy duty Revlon Colorstay) turn from beige to white again in a way that no other clean has managed to. Result!
There’s not too much of a scent to the product, if anything it just smells fresh and clean (get that in a Yankee Candle, stat!) and so it really freshens up your brushes. The size of the tub is around the same size as one of the Bodyshop Body Butters so is much bigger than I expected. I washed appx 20 brushes the first time I used it and as much as I did make quite a dent in the amount of product, when you’re only washing your brushes 1-2 times a month it’s not something you’ll find yourself repurchasing too often.