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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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Great but price doubled.

I purchased this kit in July when the cost was $19.00. It works very well and is user friendly, but I don't understand why the price doubled. Could it be an error?

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Nice idea - a bit sloppy

This kit is a neat idea. It includes a cup for washing brushes, for drying (and storing) brushes, an OK brush cleanser, and some reusable brush guards.

The novelty of this kit is the washing cup. Inside the cup, the bottom is covered in small nubs. The idea being that as you swish your brush over and through the nubs, the bristles receive more cleanser and soap, thus a *cleaner* brush.

The cleanser does an average job of removing makeup and skin gunk from the brushes. A bit of cleanser can be poured into the blue cup with a splash of water and swirling the brush around the bottom of the cup will begin the cleaning process. Its is IMHO that rinsing with tap water is the only reasonable way to ensure the brush is clean of makeup goo as well as clean of cleanser.

If you are diligent about cosmetic brush care already, this may not be a great kit to quickly clean your brushes. If you *forget* to clean the brushes regularly and they are pretty gross, this kit might be a jumping off point.

Here is why. A brush used for mineral powder foundation can be considerably dirtier than it appears. With a few stirs and swishes, the water quickly will become dirty. Dump it out - add more cleanser (?) - swish and repeat...
Maybe there is still *enough* cleanser on the brush so you can just add more water to the cup. For my brushes, which can become neglected, I would have to empty and refill three or more times and still feel the need to rinse with plain water.

Another irksome quality --- the height of the cup. It is great when using it as a drying/storage cup but I do not like to completely submerge the bristle head into the water for prolonged washing. I did not find it useful for kabuki brushes (too tall) or for large, full powder brushes (to small inside cup). I think I will return to my previous method which is the same idea but works better for me.

I purchased a *rubber-y* soap dish that has large nubs/bumps on the bottom to left a bar of soap out of the water. A bit of brush cleanser in my palm, swirl bristles in palm, a bit of water in soap dish and swipe the bristles back and forth. If it needs additionally rinsing, I can hold the soap dish in one hand, the brush in the other and use running tap water to quickly finish the job.

The brush guards are cool. They are especially nice for rushes that dry weird no matter how hard you try and reshape them. I will purchase more of the brush guards separately.

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Great product

I use this to clean my brushes weekly, I know I should clean them daily but I don't. It's easy to use and comes with plenty of plastic brush covers for cleaning the brushes. I may need to buy more because I own so many brushes.

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Must Have for Make Up Lovers

I couldn't believe how easy and effective this system is. Reading all the steps it seems like some cumbersome process but I did compare my traditional shampoo on hand method with this swirl cup and there is no doubt about which one is better.

The textured cup makes all the difference in removing the gunk from the brushes. It is a lot gentler on the bristles, not to mention how much easier it is to then rinse the brush. No residues left, very fast to rinse out.

Perfectly clean brushes, in a fraction of the time, what else could I want? Luckily I already had lots of Brush Guard pieces, because I started to grab even the clean ones to wash.

One tip: if you go heavy on your eye make-up, buy an extra pack of the extremely small Brush Guards. It is important that you use a snug fit to maintain the shape of brushes.

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Cleans well

This product works so much better than shampoo on removing makeup from your brushes. Brush covers are a nice touch, too for protecting your brushes while they dry.

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best thing ever!

Absolutely love this kit.

I used to wash my brushes in a solution I found on Pinterest that involved vinegar... clean brushes, yes, but stinky and probably not that good for them. Since I invested in some pricey brushes recently, I decided I needed something a little better to clean them.

This is uh-mazing. The shampoo smells nice, the textured bottom to the cup is perfect for swirling clean, the protectors are so great that I'm going to buy more, the whole thing works together perfectly to clean and dry and shape my nice brushes. Love.

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great brush guard system

I already had the brush guards but thought that it would be great to have a whole kit to use. The container has nubbies on the bottom to help clean the brushes, then there is another container that has openings in it, so that you can stand your brushes (with the brush end down, so the water doesn't drip into your brush) when you dry them. It's been a great help!

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I cannot say enough about this brush shampoo. Not only does it take out every bit of oil and makeup and make my brushes seem brand new, the whole system is genius - the textured cup really helps scrub the brush and the brush covers and drying cup help dry the brushes while keeping their shape. I cannot say enough about this whole kit - it is the best!

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It worked exactly how I expected. I use this every week to keep my brushes clean! I use the brush guards all the time when my brushes are not in use. They are perfect for traveling, keeping my brushes in pristine condition.

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easy brush cleanup

I love this cleaning kit. The cup that you clean with also works as a great holder for all of my brushes. I love the color, and the brushes look great after using this system.

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