What’s The Best Way To Clean Your Makeup Brushes?


[laughs] Did you see that? This is “How Much Should I Spend?” where we test a method
using different products at various price points to let you know which is the best value for your money. So, today, we’re going
to be doing something that I haven’t done for a very long time. And that is try different
methods of cleaning your brushes. The methods that I’m gonna be
using for cleaning my brushes are the StylPro spinning brush cleaner, the Sigma brush-cleaning mat, and a brush shampoo from EcoTools. I’m gonna apply the same
makeup look three times using the same brushes and then clean those
brushes using each method. At the end, I’ll rank each method based on how well it cleaned my brushes, how long it took to clean them, and which was the least damaging. I am extremely lazy when it
comes to cleaning my brushes, which is why I almost never do it. But I think my ideal
brush-cleaning situation would be something, like,
very low-maintenance, fast, and easy. So, hopefully, today we’ll find something that I can definitely do
more than once a year. OK, so my makeup is on. My brushes look sufficiently dirty, and we’re ready to start this test. I think what I’m gonna do is start off by using the brush shampoo on its own just to, like, ease myself
into these other products that I haven’t tried yet. The instructions just say to dampen the bristles
with lukewarm water, squeeze a small amount of
shampoo onto the brush, and gently rub bristles
between your fingers to create a light lather. Rinse thoroughly afterwards. And I guess I just massage it in like I would like a tiny human head. The EcoTools brush shampoo actually worked really, really great! All of my brushes look
very nice and clean. The only issue I think that I have with it is that it is just shampoo on my hand, and it looks like some of
the bristles in my brushes did get a little bit knocked out of place. All in all, it took about
15 minutes to shampoo all these brushes thoroughly,
get all that gunk out of them, and rinse them off, so
that wasn’t too bad. Next step, we’re gonna try out
the Sigma brush-cleaning mat. I think the interesting
thing about this mat to me is that there are sections
for your eye brushes and your face brushes. I think the problem with
cleaning all of my brushes in, like, the palm of my hand is that over time it’s
probably not great for them, all this rubbing on my flat, palmy hand. I’m interested to see
if using this will cause more damage or less damage
than just using my hand. When I first saw the Sigma mat, it looked a little bit silly. I didn’t think that
using separate sections for eye brushes and face brushes was going to make too big of a difference. But I actually think that it did. The bristles this time around
look a lot more compact, in the way they looked before. It also took about the same amount of time to clean the brushes with the Sigma mat than it did to clean them
on the palm of my hand. And, last but not least, we have the StylPro Original spinning brush cleaner and dryer. I didn’t read it before,
but I read it now, and it says that it cleans
and dries your brushes. So I guess now I just
have to pick a brush, and we’ll try to fit it
in one of these rings. Too big. Oh, this one fits. Perfect. I guess I just, like, push it in. And then I take my StylPro handle thing and just… That feels correct. [laughs] Did you see that! I know some people have those brushes that they use every day and that are their absolute favorites. So, a reason why you
might prolong washing them is because you want to keep them in use. They take a bit to dry. So the only, like, major pull I feel like the StylPro has is that it is also a brush dryer. I’m pretty blown away by the StylPro. I thought it was gonna be
so dumb and not work at all, but these brushes look pretty spectacular. The only thing that was
a bit time-consuming and a little frustrating at times was finding the correct
adapter piece for your brush. Some brushes were too
big, some were too little. So, that can be kind of
an issue in the future. I think it’s awesome how you not only wash your brushes in it, but you can also use it to dry them. And then you can use them
immediately afterwards. I think my overall winner for the day has to be the Sigma brush-cleaning mat. I think the reason I ended
up choosing the Sigma as the best method is because it’s not so complicated, like the StylPro kind of was. And it’s also a step above just using my hand to wash brushes, which doesn’t always get
all the makeup out of them. When it came to washing the brushes using the palm of my hand, I did notice that a few of the bristles started to fray in all
sorts of directions, which wasn’t great. I don’t think that it’s a method that will be kind to my brushes over time. The StylPro was super fun to
use, and I really enjoyed it. But I don’t see myself
using it very often. It just seems like a very
long and complicated process, trying to find out which
adapter will go to which brush and constantly changing them out so you can start all over again, getting it attached and
then swirling it around. It’s just a lot. So, if you’re looking for an
easy way to clean your brushes and have the 25 bucks to spare, I’d say give the Sigma mat a try.

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