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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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Great product
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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
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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
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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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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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best thing ever!
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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
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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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THE BEST

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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Perfect
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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
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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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Great kit!!
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I was really impressed with how soft my brushes actually still were once they were all clean again. It's a great kit and a great value!

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