Should I Buy: A Make-Up Brush Cleaner

The answer is yes, but the question remains: should it be the Sigma Beauty’s hyped cleaning mat?

Should i buy: make-up brush cleaning tool

by Lucy Morris |
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There are two types of people in the world: those that do things in a timely fashion, and those that don’t. I fall into the latter camp. Everything - from work deadlines to taking out the bins - gets left into the very last minute when disaster is just around the corner. The same goes for cleaning my make-up brushes. I know I should do it more often, yet until it is so caked in product that the hairs have glommed together into one solid wand I don’t even consider adding it to my ‘to-do’ list.

While I know unadulterated laziness is mostly to blame, I’m also aware that the process is a messy faff that’s time-consuming. But, what if it wasn’t? There’s a new product on the market from Sigma called ‘The Palmat’, which promises to streamline and speed up the whole process. Keen to know if works, we put it to the test…

What Is This Make-Up Brush Cleaner ?

In an attractive acid green, the Palmat is a two-sided plastic tool that slides around your hand to create a suction-held brush cleaning glove. The idea is simple: spread your brush cleansing fluid on the mat and use one of the tool’s four silicone surfaces to give your utensil a deep-clean.

Should i buy: make-up brush cleaning tool

How Does This Make-Up Brush Cleaner Work?

After wetting the bristles of my Mac foundation brush I dunked a little Bioderma Micellar Water on top of it and proceeded to swirl the head over the different surfaces. It did take a few tries to rid my brush of all its dried-in make-up, but after a few cleanses the water began to run clear and it was time to dry the brush. I squeezed out the excess liquid and then lay it to dry on a paper towel.

Unlike my previous experiences cleaning brushes, it wasn’t very messy Plus, the fact that the tool is made of plastic meant it was incredibly quick to clean with just a quick rinse of warm water.

Should i buy: make-up brush cleaning tool

Why Bother Cleaning Make-Up Brushes?

Unclean make-up brushes can accumulate not only dead skin cells, dirt, oil and pollution chemicals, but also a whole host of micro-organisms such as bacteria and fungi. These can cause potential problems such as irritation, skin infections, aggravation of acne breakouts and/or folliculitis.’ Explains dermatologist Dr Stefanie Williams, ‘Although there are no clinical studies to formally confirm this, in theory, dirty make-up brushes may possibly also contribute to the breakdown of collagen and elastin and thus may result in premature skin ageing via exposure of the skin to oxidative stress from free radicals. Wheather this really is the case remains to be seen.’

Is It Worth It?

Though not the most costly element in my make-up bag it’s a worthy investment as it extends the lifetime of my best brushes without damaging their texture.

Should i buy: make-up brush cleaning tool

Practk, Palmat, £7.04

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