This is a review of the StylPro Makeup Brush Cleaner
As of today, my video test-driving the StylPro Makeup Brush Cleaner has reached almost 100K views, lol. Inventor Tom has also reached out late last year offering a replacement unit, and I was about to send out my mailing details when I realized I’ve been getting a lot of spammy comments here and on YouTube – all with dubious profiles saying the same things and praising Tom’s company in a super unbelievable way. This review was posted April last year, and I never got attention or a good response from the company before they realized this was showing up on the front page of Google whenever someone searched for it. As such I no longer feel safe or comfortable about giving my personal information to them and would unfortunately not be able to review the replacement unit. Thank you for reading!
Don’t you just hate cleaning your brushes? Yes, yes, I know how much grime and bacteria it has, and it’s really gross how concealer and foundation brushes in particular starts to cake after a few uses… But for me, the 24 hours needed to air dry brushes just kills me. Plus, there’s so many caveats around drying it – you have to let it lie at an angle so water doesn’t go into the ferrule (the part attaching brush hair to the handle) and destroy your expensive brushes. It just seemed like too much trouble, even though the thought of brushing on old germs onto a clean face is the most disgusting thing in the world.
So when I saw an article on Buzzfeed about this brush cleaner that not only cleans your brushes quickly, but dries it instantly too, I was SOLD. I wanted this so terribly and went through hell and high water to get it. Even just ordering the StylPro Makeup Brush Cleaner was an ordeal in itself.
First, the official site charged 60 pounds (S$120) for just shipping, which is ridiculous because the cleaner costs like, 40 pounds. After I gathered enough people to share the shipping costs with me, the site decided it didn’t want to ship to Singapore anymore. Fine. I ordered from a UK beauty e-retailer, which accepted my order before cancelling it. By this time the StylPro Makeup Brush Cleaner was going out of stock everywhere.
So I tried to be a little too smart for my pants and decided to order from the official site again, but ship to a UK forwarder. I then found out the reason why both the beauty e-retailer and StylPro didn’t want to ship to Singapore – the FREE brush cleaning solution in it was considered a hazardous material and comes with many, many shipping complications. So I emailed StylPro asking them to please remove the free solution… and they said they couldn’t because all sets come with it -_-
In the end, I ordered from ExtremeMakeup.com, who were total sweethearts and removed the cleaning solution without me even asking. See, IT’S NOT THAT HARD IS IT STYLPRO???
*End of digression*
UNBOXING OF THE STYLPRO MAKEUP BRUSH CLEANER
It comes with a fish tank glass thing, 8 silicon collars for your brushers, a brush stand, the spinning device, silicon seal and splash guard. All for £49.
So basically, you attach a collar to your brush handle, connect it to the device with a spindle, dip it in the fish tank (with cleaning solution – I use gentle shampoo and tap water) and spin it for a bit, then raise it above liquid level and spin it again. The centrifugal spinning is supposed to clean your brushes hygienically and dry in seconds. Supposed.
Look how dirty my brushes are!
REVIEW OF THE STYLPRO MAKEUP BRUSH CLEANER
For my first brush cleaning, I stained my (slightly dirty contour brush) a little more with the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush just so it will show up on camera.
So I gave it a whirl and the result is this abysmal video. I apologise for my editing skills. I originally intended this to just be on Snapchat. Plus this is why I don’t do videos.
If you can’t be bothered to watch it (which you should, because that’s the only way to see how it works properly), basically the first spindle broke on my first use and wouldn’t attach to any collar after. I then attached the spare spindle, which was intended for the two largest collars, and it worked fine – for one brush. On the second, a kabuki, it just gave up and broke too 🙁
I usually wouldn’t waste my time reviewing a meh product, but this is such a disaster it’s hilarious. My face was literally like O.o I JUST SPENT OVER A HUNDRED BUCKS ON THIS MOFO AND IT BROKE
Another reason I decided to write this up was because the brand claims repeatedly that the StylPro Makeup Brush Cleaner cleans just as well as other method, leaving no makeup left behind on the brush. But as you can see below on my Urban Decay Naked2 brush, it is not true.
After spinning it and drying the brush, there were still stains of eyeshadow powder on it.
Bear in mind that this is eyeshadow POWDER. We’re not talking creams or liquid makeup.
After the spindles broke, they no longer supported brushes hanging down, so I used them upside down (so the brushes are head-up) to dry them in a bid to salvage the device. Unfortunately, while the centrifugal force of the StylPro Makeup Brush Cleaner does indeed dry the brushes even if they were upside down, but it also made the bristles fan out. Some of my brushers are now out of shape, but thankfully they were mostly Sephora set brushes and not the more expensive ones.
I have since figured out a fuss-free (for me, at least) way of cleaning my brushes that won’t deter a weekly wash. Sharing that in another post!