I’ve been wanting to try out those Sigma brush cleaning mitts and matts for a while, but they are so dang expensive! They look like they would get stubborn brushes clean incredibly easily. But thankfully, Real Techniques came out with an affordable dupe called the Brush Cleansing Palette. Check out my review down below!
The purpose of the tool is to clean brushes more thoroughly than hand washing alone. The grooves and bumps on the mitt are meant to clean deeper within the bristles of the brush to get all of the makeup, dirt, oil and impurities out of the brush and leave you with a better makeup application.
The palette comes packaged in the standard plastic packaging that Real Techniques is known for. It comes with two sample packets of the Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Gel. I haven’t used it yet, but I’m sure I will let you guys know how I feel about it later on.
The mitt fits perfectly in my hand, but I have very small hands. I can see someone with larger hands having trouble with this thing being too small.
The Brush Cleansing Palette has three sections of grooves inside the palette. The smaller, rounded bumps are meant for smaller brushes like lip and eyeliner brushes. The cross bumps are meant for medium sized brushes like eyeshadow brushes. The larger, rounded bumps clean larger, longer bristled brushes.
I usually used the smaller bumps for the initial clean for small brushes and the bigger bumps for large brushes. I used the middle, cross bumps when I was trying to get a stubborn brush clean.
To clean my brushes, I use a blend of baby shampoo, water and a dash of olive oil. I put this blend into a bowl, dip my brush into the bowl and then clean in my hand. By hand, my brushes would never get clean or I would have to dip into my shampoo-cocktail bowl several times to clean a concealer brush. I waited two weeks before washing these brushes, but I usually wash my brushes every week.
The first brush I tested out was my concealer brush. This brush never gets fully clean and it’s so frustrating. On the left, you can see how much concealer was coming off. It was oddly satisfying but incredibly gross at the same time. On the right, you can see just how clean the brush got! I was thoroughly impressed that this palette would get my brush so clean. I only had to dip into my shampoo once.
Here is a blending brush that has seen many eyeshadows. I cleaned it on the small bumps and then deep cleaned it in the cross bumps. And look at how clean it got! The bristles down to the ferule got cleaner than they have ever been.
What I like most about this cleaning palette is that my hands did not get wet once during the process. The thing I hate most about cleaning my brushes every week is that my hands get pruny after keeping my hand under the water for so long, and I know that all of that water exposure cannot be good for my nails. This kept my hands out of the warm water and I love that a lot!
Overall, the Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette is completely worth it. It got my brushes super clean, kept my hands out of the water and it was quicker than hand washing. You can buy the Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette here.