The Irish Beauty Tool That Makes Life Easier (and Costs Less Than a Tenner)

 

Not that long ago, this little do-hickey landed on my desk and I was intrigued because it came with the promise of making my life easier. In what way, you might ask? Well, the name sort of gives it away, it’s called theBrush Egg Brush Cleaner (€6.50) and comes from the Irish brand AYU.

AYU Egg Brush Cleaner €6.50

Over the past year or so, quite a lot of these brush cleaning aids have started popping up, with Penneys, Sigma and many other companies getting in on the action. I’m part of a couple of make-up artist groups online and some of the other members swear by them, as well as the brush cleaning mitts, saying they’re brilliant and cut the process of cleaning brushes down by half.

Call me old fashioned, but they have always seemed like a bit of a gimmick to me, I mean, I have no problem using a bit of elbow grease to clean my brushes by hand. I like to see and feel how clean they are, even if it does mean my skin looks like a wrinkly old prune by the time I’m done. However, considering this was sitting looking at me, I thought it’d be rude not to at least try it out.

Smaller & bigger grooves

As you can see, there are two different sets of grooves on the bottom part of the Brush Egg Brush Cleaner: the smaller ones on the top are designed for foaming and lathering, but also work well for cleaning eye-details brushes or for breaking down waterproof solution in eyeliner brushes etc.

The larger, more separated grooves on the bottom are used to agitate bristles just enough to release product, dirt, and oils without stripping them.

We tried it on some different types of brushes. See how we got on over on Beaut.ie.