When was the last time you washed your cosmetic brushes? Like, your whole collection, with care and attention? If you're anything like me, you do get into a good routine and are super-diligent about it for a couple months at a time and then... time just gets the best of you.
Though cleaning makeup brushes is important for anyone who applies makeup on a regular basis, it's one of those tasks that tends to get pushed aside. Even if I put an alert in my phone to notify me it's time to scrub-a-dub my brush collection, I tend to press the ol' snooze button and then promptly forget to actually go through with the process.
That said, when I do wash my makeup brushes, I can see and feel the difference in the quality of not only the bristles, but in my skin and the way the brushes apply my actual makeup.
I often hand-clean my brushes, but I've also employed other techniques and devices, including this Sigma mat, to make the process easier. I think I've found the holy grail, though, and I'm pretty stoked about it.
This egg-like, futuristic device is called the Lilumia, and it takes all of the effort out of washing your brushes. Literally, all you do is load your brushes into the device, fill it with water and soap, and then press the start button. After it's finished scrubbing and rinsing, you take the cover off and lift the brushes up to let them air dry.
It comes in four colors, including pink, and costs around $150. I acknowledge that the price makes it an expensive purchase, but when you consider how much your time is worth and how much your skin and brushes will benefit, it's easier to justify the price tag.
To use, you insert up to 12 brushes of various sizes. I have some large brushes and very small brushes, and the device holds them all really well. Once inserted, you pour water into the base up to the fill line, then add enough soap to coat the grooved bottom of the device. You can buy soap from Lilumia, which is what I've been using, or you can use your own.
After you press start, the device starts moving the brushes back and forth to scrub them clean. This process takes about 15 minutes. Once it's finished, the power light will begin blinking, which means you can remove the top and clean out the dirty water, which collects in a separate section that's easy to remove. You can add more water, if you want, for an extra rinse cycle.
By the way, you should always let your brushes air dry with the bristles suspended and pointed down or lying flat. This prevents excess water from getting into the ferrule (the silver part between the bristles and handle), and keeps the bristles in good shape.
My final thoughts: I love how painless the process is, and my brushes feel soft and new after each clean. Now, that weekly "clean your brushes!" notification I send to myself is much less likely to be forgotten, and my skin and brushes are glad for it.
- When's the last time you cleaned your brushes?
- How do you typically clean yours, and is the process the bane of your existence?
- Does this gadget look like a yay or nay to you?