Monday 31 July 2017

Prune Finger's Guide to Effective Brush Cleaning

There aren't many tasks that are as monotonous as cleaning your make up brush collection. Being stooped over a sink, swirling your brushes around in a foundation coloured puddle is back breaking work. That being said, we all know how important it is to keep our brushes clean not only so they stay in top condition, but to prevent spreading bacteria onto our skin that may cause nasty blemishes.

Up until recently I used a cheap bar of soap to wash my brushes as it removed tough foundation and pigmented shadows so easily it was oddly satisfying. Then I happened to stumble across Morphe's Bristle Shampoo and I thought, Rachael, maybe you are missing out.

The shampoo comes as a solid soap in a circular tub and key ingredients include shea butter and coconut oil, so my brushes were in for a treat, or so I thought. I picked the scent 'Cotton Blossom' because it sounded good, like freshly washed sheets hanging in a spring meadow...

Anyway, I couldn't wait to try it and to cut a long story short, I would like my £8.95 back. Not only did I feel like I was going to 'hit pan' on the tub on first use because I felt like I was using a lot of it, it just wasn't removing the make up easily.

I feel like if you were a make up artist and had to wash a considerable number of brushes in one go you'd probably go through a full tub each time. It took a lot of swirling my brushes round in the soap to get a good sud party going and even then it was a struggle to remove the visible make up.

So back to my old Dettol soap I go. Yes, that's right, that 99p yellow soap your mum brings back in the weekly shop from Sainsbury's. Not only is it antibacterial, it takes the smallest amount to get stubborn foundation out of a brush, and it smells super clean. And if you thought that was good, it gets better because you get two bars in a pack, so you can wash as many brushes as your little soaked, prune fingers can handle.

So the lesson of the day is, if it ain't broke don't fix it. 


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