Let’s get real about brush cleaning.. .no one likes it. It’s such a pain!
I’ll put brush cleaning off for way longer than it should be put off, and then I’ll feel a slight pain on my lash line, think it’s a staph infection, and start to panic-clean everything that has touched my face. So if there’s anything that can help my brush cleaning experience, I’ll take full advantage.
The Brush Bar is an online store that sells brush cleaning accessories. They sell brush shampoos, drying racks and cleaning boards.
The Brush Bubble ($18 USD) comes with 4 oz of product. It has a light pine scent, but it doesn’t smell like household cleaning products.
It worked well when cleaning my brushes, but the real test was cleaning my Tarte Quickie Sponge. The cleaning process was pretty standard for me (rinse, lather up, squeeze out the excess and repeat). Even though it took the same amount of wash cycles as it takes with any other shampoo (about five cycles), I was pretty pleased with the results.
The Brush Board ($28 USD) is a “makeup brush exfoliator”. It has 6 different textures to scrub your brushes clean, and you can lean the handle against the side of your sink so your hands stay dry. It comes in a velour carrying case and is easy to store away because it’s flat and slim.
Here’s a little video of the Brush Board in action (also using the Brush Bubbly):
I was cleaning my Sigma E25 brush, and although there was still a bit of shadow left behind, I do understand how hard it is to get a brush with white bristles completely clean. The Brush Board was so much more effective than my old cleaning method (to no one’s surprise), so I definitely intend to continue using it.
The Brush Bar ($38 USD) is a drying rack that holds ten brushes (two small, six medium, two large).
The promotional photos on the website showed the Brush Bar being folded shut to leave the brushes hanging, but the way I liked to use it was by having the folded part stay open and have the brushes lean against it. I checked on my brushes the next day to find that none had fallen onto the floor (the prongs did feel a little flimsy). While The Brush Bar gives you the option of buying multiple Brush Bars at once, I would love to see a longer single one or perhaps a double decker one.
You can find the Brush Bar products online at GetBrushBar.com