|Brush Soap - £8.50|
One thing that all makeup addicts agree on is the effort needed to clean your brushes. I'm all for looking after my brushes but cleaning them does seem to be a bit of chore, even if it's only once a fortnight. Anything that can make it a little easier and quicker whilst still conditioning my brushes is going to be a winner for me. As for whether this soap ticks all those boxes? It depends on what make up products you use.
Contained in a little plastic case, the brush soap has two sides, a smooth side with a motif on, and a rough side. As the simple instructions on the lid state, you simply wet your brush, swipe it over the smooth side to apply some soap, and use the rough side to get rid of any product build-up. It's available in a variety of scents, or unscented if you prefer. I can only vouch for the lemon one, but whilst the scent is noticeable, it isn't overpowering. The scent lingers on your brushes ever so slightly once dry, but this didn't irritate my skin at all.
In practice though I found the soap didn't quite cut it for all my brushes. Whilst it was easy to use and great to store, it didn't remove all products. It worked amazing on those brushes with build up from powder based products, but struggled to remove all of the residue from my liquid based ones. In particular, my liquid foundation (Rimmel Wake Me Up) proved to be too much for it regardless of how many times I swiped and used the rough side. I'm actually pretty gutted. This product is definitely value for money, and if you use a powder based foundation, this could make cleaning your brushes cheaper and quicker. For me, as my base is usually liquid based, it's a bit of a hassle using two different brush soaps for different brushes.
How do you clean your brushes?