Monday, 16 May 2016

StylPro Makeup Brush Cleaner Review




As you may have figured out already, I am always on the look out for things to save me time these days and when I saw a fellow blogger's photo of this on Instagram I looked into it further and didn't need much persuasion to order it :) Makeup brush cleaning is not difficult, but it is time consuming especially if you have a lot of brushes. And the waiting for them to dry can be an issue. (I wrote about this recently in a step by step guide on how to clean your brushes-which you can read about here).This gadget promised to hygienically clean and dry make up brushes in seconds.

As far as I'm aware, it is the first product of its kind on the market. It is the StylPro Makeup Brush Cleaner and Drier and I bought mine online from Meaghers Pharmacy - using the discount code offered by the above blogger to get 10% off. Demand is quite high for these and I was told when I placed the order that mine wouldn't be shipped for another ten days I think as they were out of stock but I managed to wait it out!

The full price is €65.00 and delivery costs €2.50 so it cost me €61.00 all in. Mine also came with a free bottle of StylPro's brush cleaning fluid which I wasn't expecting. You can use your  usual brush cleaner with this also so the next time I'm cleaning brushes, I'll use my regular baby shampoo with it and see if the results are the same.

The principal of this is to use centrifugal force to spin the brushes both in the water and when you take it out of the water, saving you having to scrub the brush on one of those rubber mats or swirl it in your hand or whatever it is you do to your own brushes. The box contained a glass bowl, several different sized sillicone collars and the StylPro handle thingy itself. It also contained 2 x AAA batteries - which was a relief as I didn't know they were included in it. Otherwise I would've been like a kid on Christmas morning not being able to play with a toy cos their parents forgot the batteries haha.

The instructions advised the following steps.

Step 1: Select the appropriate sized collar and attach the brush. Simple so far eh. Then attach the brush and collar into the spindle then into the StylPro handle part itself.


Step 2: Add your chosen cleanser to the glass bowl along  with enough water to reach a level of less than half the length of the brush-bristles you need to clean. So if when you dip the brush into the bowl the water reaches more than halfway up the bristles, then you have too much water.



Step 3: Dunk the brush into the solution for ten seconds.

Step 4: Gently press the brush down into the bowl and switch on the StylPro, and let it run for 10 seconds. While the brush spins, lift it up and down slowly, keeping it under the water at all times.

Step 5: Take the brush out of the water, and while still in the bowl, let it spin for 5 seconds to let the water spin out and help the brush dry. They are very clear that you shouldn't do this for more than 5 seconds at a time as you might damage the brush. They also advise that the brush should be still slightly damp when you stop so that you can reshape the brushes. I may have gone on a bit too long as mine were 99% dry but anyway!

So how did I get on?


The whole process is fairly quick and the StylPro is easy to use. It took me a bit more time to do as I was taking some photos of my progress along the way but it definitely saves time over the traditional method. For foundation brushes, I had to refill the bowl twice and repeat the process a second time but I don't mind this as they are always stubborn to wash. I feel like it gave them a deeper clean than I could myself, judging by the amount of gunk that came out into the water.  The toughest one to clean was actually the angled brow brush probably due to the nature of the brow products I use it for - a wax and a powder. This also took a couple of attempts to clean.

Overall I'm rather happy with this and would definitely recommend it if you're like me and want to save time and get your brushes washed and dried in a hurry. If you don't mind taking the time to wash your brushes then you probably don't need this - but for me the time saving is worth the price. I've put in some "Before" and "After" pics so you can see what I'm on about...

This was my Flawless Foundation Brush:
 


My Blank Canvas F20 Brush:



My Real Techniques Brow and Eyeshadow Brushes:

And finally one of my angled powder/contour brushes:


If you've tried the StylPro let us know in the comments below what you thought of it :)

Bye for now,
C xx







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