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Pick up The Brush Guard’s Variety Pack to keep all your brushes clean and protected.

The Brush Guard

Birchbox Breakdown

Old makeup sticks around—and not just on our faces. Our makeup brushes need cleansing, too, and we’re not talking just a rinse in the sink. This makeup brush cleaning kit strips out oils, skin cells, bacteria, dust, dirt—and all that makeup that your handy brushes have been applying so dutifully.

How it Works

It all starts with an organic aloe-infused cleansing agent that trumps regular soap, plus a bristle-separating Washing Cup with a scaled bottom to deep clean. Once scrubbed, the brush gets wrapped in a cloth made of soft bamboo fiber that, like cotton, has a high absorbency. The final touch: A cross-stitched guard holds the brush’s shape in The Drying Vase. So we can freshen up with a fresh brush.

How to Use

It’s more than one step, but it’s no factory line. Just think: clean, shape, dry. Place a pea-sized shampoo drop into the cup, and swirl a wet brush against the texturized bottom. You’ll see a froth of dirtied makeup residue. Rinse brush in the sink, and part the center bristles to see if there’s leftover soap. If there is, pinch and smooth until the froth is gone. Dry with The Blotting Cloth, and set in The Drying Vase until your brushes are good-as-new. The final touch? Add The Brush Guard® by placing it on the right-sized brush, handle first, and pushing up over the bristles by ¼ inch.

Squeaky Clean Brush Shampoo®: Aloe barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Juice, Lavandula angustifolia (Organic lavender) Distillate, Anthemis nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Distillate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Calcium d-Pantothenate (Pro-Vitamin B5), Hydrolyzed Wheat Proteins, Simmondsia chinesis (Jojoba) Oil, Rosa mosqueta (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid

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Purchased

I have had this cleaning kit for about a year and there is still plenty of soap left so I feel like it is a great value for your money. It takes just a little bit and leaves brushes soft and clean.

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Great cleaner!
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It is so nice now being able to was my brushes with the perfect cleaner. Also the cup and contents look nice left right on my bedroom vanity so always close at hand.

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Works Great
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I've been looking for a good kit to clean my brushes and this one definitely works great! I love how well it cleans all the old make up out of my brushes! Definitely love it

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Ok
Purchased

Loved the concept but could of done better job with baby shampoo. The cup was a nice touch for cleaning but not necessary. Used a good amount of soap since the brush solution it did not create any suds. Still on the fence for this product.

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Thorough clean in a compact kit. Highly recommended!
Purchased

I love this set so much. Everything you need is contained in a cup that is small enough for the medicine cabinet and holds all kit components inside it. The brush shampoo works great and washing is so, so easy with the textured inside of the cup. I would recommend this to anyone no matter how many or few brushes you have to wash.

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Glad I purchased
Purchased

This is a great set. Love the cleaning jar & the cleansing gel is great. Normally I have to double wash my brushes with other washes. I only needed to cleanse my foundation brush 2x. All others came out perfect after one wash. Love all of it.

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Easy to use

I use bare minerals brushes and it takes several washes to get them clean but this stuff makes it much quicker and easy to use.

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Been looking for this

I have been looking for a product like this and I love it. Keeps my brush bristles in place and cleans them safely because I have super sensitive skin.

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It's okay

I do enjoy the guards to help hold the shape. The cleanser didn't really work any better than traditional soap and water.

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Super easy!

I had cleaned my new Christmas brushes once with just soap and water and they lost their shape. After one cleaning with the Brush Guard Kit, they were cleaner and had regained their shape. I think my angle brush even regained some firmness - my eyeliner powder goes on much easier now. The smallest size brush guard is tiny - it didn't work on any of my brushes, but otherwise the product is amazing! If you have several brushes, I recommend getting the set of protectors as well so you can clean every brush in one go.

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