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Do Primark Brush Cleaners Work? | First Impressions

Good Evening Munchkins!

Today I will be sharing with you my initial thoughts and feelings towards the Primark Brush/Beauty Sponge Cleanser Wipes. I bought these a few weeks ago and have only just gotten around to using them. I’m not going to lie, before using these I was very curious but also worried as to what it may do to my beloved brushes and sponges, hence why I’ve put it off for so long! However, cleaning my tools has become fundamental since beginning my Drama exam (which I’m doing the makeup for – my life is complete!) due to hygiene and safety and such. Anyway, let’s see if these do, in fact, work!

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As you can see, this product was on offer in Primark for a very reasonable price, explaining why I thought I’d try it because it’s only £1, which isn’t exactly money down the drain if it doesn’t work. In one box you get 6 wipes, all of which come in their own individual air-tight plastic packets which are very easy to rip open. The wipe inside is soaked through with product, which I don’t mind because it assures me there is definite product on there and isn’t going to dry up after a few brushes. It’s folded very neatly and quite cutely in the packet but does open out to be the size of an average face wipe. I’m not going to lie, the smell is very strong so if you don’t like overly-chemical-y smells, you might want to hold your breath whilst using this. Think nail polish remover/acid kind of scent.

Before and After using the wipes

I first tried this on the beauty blender I use for my Drama exam and didn’t find much product had come off. This product promises to remove makeup from any beauty blender or brush, so I scrubbed a bit harder but I was scared of damaging the sponge itself so stopped. As you can see, the tip of the sponge has broken off due to using the wipe, but that could just be due to it being a cheap little sponge I picked up as a back-up! I did also notice that the bottom of the egg-shape was starting to ‘shed’ slightly so decided to stop. It has got a lot of the makeup off and now when I wipe it on one of the wipes no more product comes off, but it does still look visually unappealing.

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For this blog post, I also tried it on an eye shadow brush (I’m really sorry for the terrible pictures!) that I usually use for pigments, so a lot of colour and glitter had to be removed from this! I had a bit more success from this though the bristles seemed to clump together afterwards – I do think this was just due to it being wet, though, as that’s what happens when I wash it normally. I did try it on a brush I use everyday, also, and I had even more success with that one, though I didn’t take pictures for that one, unfortunately.

R-L: Before and After using wipes

When using this, I also found it took quite a lot of time to remove all/most of the product stored in the brush so I ended up losing motivation halfway through. For me, I need something quick and easy to use because I really don’t have that much spare time with my up-coming exams and deadlines! I do want to get into the habit of cleaning my brushes and sponges more, though, just because of hygiene reasons and so I can apply makeup onto other people and not feel self-conscious about it. That’s the reason why I thought I would try these wipes because if they worked, they could be massive time-savers for me and so many others in the same position as me!

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Finally, would I recommend it to you? I’m afraid not. I will continue to use them for urgent situations when I don’t have time for my brushes to dry if I were to wash them by hand, but they won’t be my go-to. I really was looking forward to finding something that would significantly help me and my time-saving, but it looks like I’m going to need to keep my eyes peeled and continue to hunt for more tips and products to do just that! In fact, let me know if you know of any or use some for yourself so I can get my hands on them!

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – even though these were a bit of a flop, I actually really enjoyed writing a First Impressions (something I’ve never done before!). If you’ve tried these, let me know what you thought whilst you were using it and whether I’m doing it wrong (which I probably am!). Also, don’t forget to let me know what else you would like to see on this blog!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Sunday,

Rachel xx

 

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Beauty Blender [Dupe] Review

Good Evening Munchkins!

Today I have another review for you and today’s is actually on one that I haven’t done anything similar on before. Basically, at the very end of December/beginning of January I went to Primark and saw a little cheap beauty blender and thought I’d give it a go before spending like £6 on a Real Techniques one (it was also because of the massive hype surrounding them!). I thought I would review this one for you today as it’s significantly cheaper than the Real Techniques one so could save you a little bit along the way. This may be a bit confused as I’ve never written a blog post on a makeup tool before, so just bare with and I’ll try my best.

So I first off want to start with the aesthetic. The Primark beauty blender’s are pink, which I actually quite like because it makes it really easy to spot amongst everything else on my dressing table. It also matches the rest of the Primark makeup tools/brushes so that pleases the OCD in me. Like other beauty blenders, this one is egg shaped so you get the benefits of a curved edge or a slightly more pointed edge, which can come in handy for all of your makeup steps (though of course not all of them). I personally love multi-use products/items as it makes it a bit quicker and I seriously need that in my life! Other than certain areas you do need a specific brush for, this can be used for nearly everything and I love that. This is around medium sized, I would say, but I am very small so I guess others would say different! This is just bigger than my hand so I guess it is on the small side! When you squeeze it, as well, it seems very tough so won’t break easily. It’s also very soft and smooth to the touch despite using it for just over a month.

One slight issue I have is cleaning it – how would I go about this? When I run this under the tap, none of the makeup comes off it so that’s my only slight concern. At the moment, though, I’m only using one foundation so it’s fine for now, but obviously over time it may need to be cleaned. As this is something that you dip straight into the product, it can get dirty very easily, though the makeup does kind of dry into it so it’s not going to go everywhere. I don’t know, I’m contradicting myself, as per usual! Also, where am I supposed to keep this? I don’t wear foundation everyday so it’s not like I roll out of bed and I use it immediately. I have a pot for my brushes but if it’s in there it would be rolling around the bottom. At the moment I have it balancing on a stack of post-its, so if you have any suggestions, do let me know.

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Now onto using it. When I first started using it, I felt like it took longer to blend it into my skin and I also felt as if I was using a lot more foundation than I normally would with a normal brush. I then started to run it under the tap a little bit before applying my foundation and it made everything so much easier! I run it under the tap twice for around 5 seconds at a time (squeezing the sponge in between so it doesn’t drown) and then that’s sorted in order to get my face on. If I don’t do this then I swear it eats my foundation and that’s probably why it looks so dirty, to be honest! This also made blending it in so much quicker and a lot easier. The finish of my foundation due to this little beauty blender (when I dampened it and when I didn’t) looks so flawless and so even. I love the way this makes my skin look and how I can get into every little nook and cranny due to the pointed tip. This has definitely changed the way I look at using different tools and techniques; before this I didn’t think brushes or anything like that made the slightest difference (don’t worry, now I do!). Because of this, I’ve been using it every time I do my foundation and I genuinely can’t see myself using anything else.

As I mentioned previously, I mentioned this one from Primark for £1.50. I could not rate this higher. I look at the price tag and thought it would do nothing, but it seriously does! £1.50 is definitely cheap enough for me! Primark might not be on everyone’s doorstep but if you can get to one, just grab one of these! I might not even try the Real Techniques one, I’m so happy with this one! If you are in the situation I was, I would totally recommend this to you. If I do get the Real Techniques one (let’s be honest, it’s orange, of course I’m going to end up owning it at some point!) I will probably compare them for you guys.

And there we have it! I’ve been dying to talk to you about this for ages and I’m so glad I’ve finally got to! As I say, go pick one of these up; they’re so cheap and such good quality! If anything does change, within what I’ve said, I will let you know. Also, let me know of your experiences with any kind of beauty blender (Real Techniques or a dupe like mine!).

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you soon,

Rachel xx

P.S. Happy Pancake Day! I just thought I should let you guys know that there’s going to be a slight addition to my blogging routine this week/next week. As well as uploading on my usual days (Tuesday and Thursday) this week and next week, I will also be uploading a blog post of Saturday and Sunday for you. Yeah, buddy! Next week is half-term so I would be uploading alternate days but I’m going on holiday so I thought I’d just schedule a couple for you then upload two other blog posts just before I leave and when I get back.