I hope you clean your makeup brushes regularly because there can be some really icky stuff in there, and I’m not just talking about old makeup. Bacteria, dead skin cells, oil, dirt and dust all can live in those brushes you use daily on your face. Gross. These ickies can ruin your expensive brushes and wreak havoc on your complexion, so they must go. For the most thorough clean that won’t damage your brushes, look to The Brush Guard’s Cleaning Kit, the only way I have found to keep my brushes pristine (and my complexion unharmed).
The Brush Guard began as a pack of protective sleeves for makeup brushes. There are four sizes to snugly accommodate different brushes: extra small for liner/shadow, small for blush, medium for foundation and large for powder/Kabuki. They do a great job of universally fitting all brushes I own from various companies. The Brush Guards keep the bristles together, holding their shape, perfect for drying in the proper upside down position. The guards also keep dust at bay and they make traveling with brushes easier.
The guards are the perfect way to finish your new makeup brush cleaning routine with the Brush Guard Cleaning Kit. This kit contains Squeaky Clean Brush Shampoo, blotting cloth, washing cup, drying vase and Brush Guard variety pack. Simply squirt a bit of shampoo into the cup, swirl/scrub a wet, dirty brush around the textured bottom of said cup, rinse (repeat if really dirty), blot the clean brush on cloth, reshape, slide a Brush Guard on (from handle up) and leave upside down in the drying vase. It’s simple and fast, and it really works impressively well. My guess is the brushes do take a little longer when dried in the guards, a small price to pay for perfect shape though. I didn’t really notice as I leave them to dry overnight.
I clean most of my make-up brushes once a week following a popular “clean like a pro” tutorial. This involves several products and processes, but I still have always wondered if I was really getting the brushes clean. I also never know how to get them shaped properly after cleansing and they usually end up a little wonky.
For the proper review of The Brush Guard products, I cleansed and dried several makeup brushes my old way. I chose a foundation brush, which is pretty notorious for being a difficult one to clean, a big powder brush and an eyeliner brush with super tough dried gel liner. The Cleaning Kit is amazing and even after a previous washing, I could visibly see more makeup coming off of my brushes. It kind of shocked me. The organic oil brush shampoo is terrific and the method of rubbing the brush on the scrub-board textured washing cup surface is genius. It really, really gets the brushes clean.
Once I saw how clean and SOFT my brushes were, like the day they were purchased, I decided it was time to do the whole collection, and so I did. I even cleansed a big powder brush that I didn’t treat so well in the past, despite its gigantic price tag. It was pretty sad looking from the years of abuse and I’ve never been able to get the bristles to come back into their original shape — until now. After drying in the Brush Guard it looks perfect again! Saving that one brush is worth 10 times the price of a pack of Brush Guards… now that is money well spent. Protect that investment!
Product was provided by The Brush Guard to facilitate this review; all opinions are 100% my own.