My most hated beauty related task has to be cleaning my makeup brushes, even over plucking my eyebrows. It’s such a long, laborious task that I end up putting off for as long as I possibly can. Shamefully, once I even bought some new eyeshadow brushes for going out that night as I didn’t have time to clean them before heading off out. I know that I’m not alone, infact I’ve never come across anyone who actually enjoys cleaning their makeup brushes. Whilst watching a YouTube video, I saw a review of an incredibly exciting new product; The Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove. At first glance, you’d be forgiven for mistaking it for a glorified silicone oven glove. Considering I own well over 50 makeup brushes, I couldn’t wait to give it a try in the hope I could save both time and hassle.
The glove is available in four colours; Black, Hot Pink, Aqua and Purple, and retails for £32.95* on the Beauty Chamber website. The Sigma Glove was “specially designed as a quick, easy and effective method to deep clean your makeup brush collection”.
The silicone glove has a total of six unique cleaning textures for optimum cleaning, which are broken down into ‘wash textures’, ‘rinse textures’ a ‘refine texture’ and a ‘shape’ texture. Each side of the glove is designated for the cleaning of eye makeup brushes and face makeup brushes.
Each side of the Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove has three separate sections; Wash, Rinse and Refine. Pretty self explanatory but.. The wash section is for working your brush cleaner of choice through the bristles, to loosen all makeup residue and dirt from the bristles. The face side of the glove has a domed texture, whereas the eye side has a more gentle criss cross pattern for achieving this as the length of the bristles are a lot shorter, and more delicate to those typically of a face brush.
The rinse section is for brushing the brush back and forth over the ridged surface to ensure all the soap has been rinsed from the bristles as well as any further dirt. I’ve also found that this section helps to wipe out excess water, by pressing down whilst moving back and forth which then reduces the drying time. Refine is supposedly for ‘added deep cleaning’ but I’ve found that both the ‘wash’ surfaces are adequate enough for a thorough clean.
The Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove thumb and edge has a zip like appearance, which is where the shape part of the brush is located, which then occurs by squeezing the bristles together to reshape the brush once clean which is really important to keep the brushes in good condition.
I’ve found the best way to shape my face brushes is to have my thumb press against my index finger as it has a wide surface. For my eye brushes however, I use a more gentle approach and push the eye brush into the joint where the thumb meets the glove and twist gently, whilst pressing. I found the squeezing method used with my face brushes, to be a touch too harsh for the bristles of my eye brushes.
Another good feature of the Sigma Spa Cleaning Glove is that the glove contains a silky microfiber flannelette glove which is where you slip your hand into, inside the glove. I was surprised by just how soft the glove was.. especially as I assumed your hand would just be sweating away within the silicone. This microfiber glove prevents your hands getting wet throughout the whole cleaning process, as well as keeping the glove secure on your hand.
I have read and heard a lot of negative comments about the Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove, and the price tag but I don’t know why? Yes it costs £32.95, but this is from Sigma.. one of the most reputable brands of makeup brushes, they know their stuff.. this glove is so gentle, as well as being convenient, is only going to help prolong the longevity of your brushes.
Some makeup brushes carry an extortionate price tag, so surely you’d want to keep them looking and performing their best? I know I do. Some of the MAC single brushes are the same price as this glove.. hello 150 and 187. To me £32.95 feels perfectly reasonable for something that will look after my beloved makeup brushes.. when it doesn’t really matter what makeup you use sometimes, it’s down to the tools you apply it with.
Cleaning my brushes with the glove is so quick, and effortless! You could even do it in the lounge watching TV (pr YouTube video’s) with a hand towel across your lap, your brushes and a cup of warm water mixed with your brush shampoo. No more hours hunched over the sink basin in the bathroom.. and no more putting off your brush cleaning. Being the saddo I am, I now even enjoy washing my brushes with the Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove.. it’s truly amazing and you really need one!