You may have spotted in my giant haul post the other day, that I won a brush egg cleaner on a Twitter giveaway from Ruby Hearts Blog, and I couldn’t wait to give it a go! I’d heard that this teeny little piece of silicone could make a huge difference when deep cleaning makeup brushes, so with a collection of 50+ brushes, anything that saves time and helps do a good job sounds good to me! I couldn’t wait to try it out, so I dug out all my rather gross dirty brushes this morning to fully put it to the test.
These are a small selection of my brushes, and as you can see, they are absolutely manky dirty. I don’t wear makeup on a daily basis, but I usually spot clean any brushes that I’ve used for cream or liquid products after a couple of uses, and I’ll be honest and admit that I don’t spot clean brushes used for powder products nearly enough, mainly only if I’ve been using eyeshadow brushes for particularly dark colours that leave a lot of residue behind. As you can see though, even my spot cleaning standards had slipped, and these brushes were in desperate need of a good deep clean. Yes, I am a grotbag.
I usually wash my brushes using baby shampoo or Fairy liquid (I find this removes staining and restores your bristles to their original whiteness a bit better) and I just wet the brush, and lather it up with the cleanser in the palm of my hand, swirling and swishing it around until they begin to look cleaner, rinsing and repeating as necessary. Seeing as I have a rather large brush collection, and I’m lazy and frequently delay washing them, it can take a long time to get through my stash, and leave my hands a bit sore and dry afterwards.
So as you can see, the Brush Egg Cleaner has a rather unique design, it’s a pretty nifty little thing altogether. It’s a thick silicone egg shaped device, with a slot that you can pop two fingers into, as you can see from the photo above. Now, I’ve seen some people online complaining that it doesn’t fit two fingers, mine slotted it pretty comfortably, but if you have a set of rather large digits, you could just pop the whole egg into the palm of your hand for the same effect. As you can see, there are some smaller knobs on the top, and a series of slightly larger ridges towards the bottom, designed for use with different types of brushes I assume. Seeing as mine didn’t come with any instructions, I just winged it, and it worked out pretty well indeed.
So as usual, I wet the bristles with warm water and applied a dot of baby shampoo to the brush itself. I then scrubbed the brush along the ridges and was amazed at the huge amount of gunk that came away onto the brush egg itself, and how quickly it dislodged itself from the bristles that were literally stuck together with grime moments before. I won’t lie, it was a rather satisfying experience watching all the gross brown liquid trail down the drain (though a bit of a nightmare cleaning the white ceramic sink afterwards!) For smaller brushes like eye brushes, I tended to work the bristles in around the small little round bumps on top, and for larger brushes I gave them a good hard scrub a dub dub along the wider ridges to get deep down to remove any product residue. I also found it equally as easy to apply the shampoo or cleanser directly to the brush egg itself, and swipe away with a wet brush, as it lathered up the same, and it’s a great size if you have two or three smaller eye or lip brushes, to pop them all against it at once, there’s plenty of room along the ridges to de-gunk several little ones at the same time.
As you can see, my brushes came out clean as a whistle, in record timing. Seriously, the brush pictured above was literally embedded with the gross residue of my MAC Pro Longwear Concealer (that stuff is like cement on brushes!) but using the brush egg, my brush was literally squeaky clean and gunk free in about 7 seconds, no lie!
Overall, I’m really impressed with this product. It cuts down the time it takes to clean brushes massively, works on all shapes and sizes of brush, and really gives them a good ole deep clean, working into all the nooks and crannies to make sure excess product is removed. It just feels like it does a way better job than using your hands alone. Also, a bonus is that my hands didn’t feel dry or sore at all after using this as they usually do when I’m just cleaning the brushes in the palm of my hand. I like how the brush egg is small and portable, meaning you could easily pop it in your bag while travelling, so there’s no excuse not to have squeaky clean brushes wherever you go.
I don’t see any major downside with the brush egg cleaner, if I’m nit-picking, occasionally water would fill the inside, and it would slip off my fingers for a second, but I’d just empty it out and pop it back on; and as I mentioned before, if you have erm, finger issues you could just place it in the palm of your hand for the same effect.
The best thing about the brush egg cleaner is the price, I’ve spotted tons of dupes online, but the cheapest I’ve seen is on Ebay here for €1.28 or if you want to buy Irish and guarantee you receive it quick, AYU have their version here for €5.5o.
So have you tried the Brush Egg Cleaner? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!