Cleaning our makeup brushes is a task that we all dread, but y’know, it’s got to be done. So, when someone tells me there’s something that might make this task a little bit easier, I am all over it
I’ve used quite a few silicone brush cleansing pads before & I pretty much relied on one that I ordered from eBay for only £2! But now, I’ll probably never use that again, not since I got my hands on the Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Duo
One of my favourite things about Real Techniques packaging, is how informative it is. All the information you may need is listed on the outer packaging of both the palette and the gel. There’s also instructions listed and ‘a how’ to video link included on the back of the palette packaging.
The silicone palette, which is about the same size of my hand, has a large handle on the back, designed so that you can slip your finger through to give you more control while cleaning your brushes. The palette has a different shape and size bumps designed to work right into your brushes to really deep clean and pull out all the makeup caught on the bristles. *You also get 2 sample sachets of the gel with the palette, so you can decide whether you like it or not before you purchase the full size.*
The gel comes in a 150ml bottle with a click open lid to make it easier to use while you’re up to your eyes in makeup brushes. It also has a really nice smell to it, quite floral but not strong at all.
When I first tried it out, I decided I wasn’t going to go easy on the duo. I went in with my old grubby foundation brush (I’m disgusting I’m sorry xxx) first to see if those harsh stains that I can’t seem to get rid of could actually be shifted.
I followed the Real Techniques instructions and applied a ten pence piece size amount of gel to my palette and added a little bit of warm water to both the palette and my brush. I swirled my brush around for about a minute, and rinsed it. The bulk of the foundation in the brush was completely gone, but it wasn’t clean, so I went back in again, but only applied a pea sized amount of gel this time, swirled and rinsed & did it once more. The brush was completely clean, and the stain was nearly gone, I went back in one more time to see if it could removed the stain completely, but no, not all of it. But as long as my brush is clean and it took me less than 5 minutes to clean an old grubby foundation brush, I was pretty happy.
I repeated the process with some of my powder & eyeshadow brushes and this is when I was shocked. I used a five pence peice amount for 7 eyeshadow brushes and they all come out absolutely spotless after seconds, I also cleaned 4 separate powder brushes that also only needed 1 wash and rinse (with another swirl to remove the extra gel in the brush) and they were also absolutely spotless.
Overall to clean 12 brushes, it took me about 20 minutes from start to finish, where as before it could take anything up to an hour trying to get all the stubborn makeup out!
I am absolutely amazed by how well this product has worked, and it’s even encouraged me to clean my brushes more often making it even easier to get them clean again. 10 minutes it took me the last time I washed them all since there was less makeup in the brushes.
I would recommend these 2 to anyone that hates cleaning their brushes, it makes the dreaded task not so dreaded. Honestly.