Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Sigma Dry & Shape... Takes Away Our Excuses for Cleaning Brushes


When I'm doing makeup, there are plenty of tasks that I can get excited about! Deciding what palette to use, or just putting on foundation! But if there's one beauty-related task I try to put off, it's cleaning brushes. I know they need to be cleaned, I understand how important it is to be sanitary... and I always get to it eventually, but it just takes time! Not only to clean them, but to let them dry! And you also have to hope that little miss Cupcake doesn't feel like hopping on the sink to knock them off one by one while they dry!
The Sigma Dry 'n Shape is available for $29.00 at SigmaBeauty.com

Well, since trying the Sigma Dry & Shape, I lose 2 of my excuses for cleaning brushes. They dry quickly, plus they're not just hanging out for Cupcake to knock off the counter! They're inside what looks like a brush roll, but instead the little elastic bands hold the brushes in place, and actually provide pressure that gets the moisture out of the brushes faster. Plus it gets unruly brushes back in their original shape. The claim is that the Dry & Shape will get your brushes dry in 4 ot 6 hours, and for the most part, it can do this. I find small to medium brushes (like eye brushes, or blush) tend to dry in even less time, but super large brushes (like a kabuki) might need even more time. Sometimes the innermost part of the brush just needs some air to get totally dried out.

As you can see, I use various brands of brushes in the Dry 'n Shape, not just Sigma

I'm really happy with the Dry & Shape and it's been working great for my twice-a-month brush cleanings with Johnson's baby shampoo. (I'll sometimes to quick in-between cleanings with Wet Ones antibacterial wipes). One issue I've found is that I wish there were more loops for smaller brushes, along with some even smaller loops. I don't know if this would require a larger roll, or maybe an entirely separate roll. Either way, you can always rotate brushes in & out, and I don't usually clean my entire brush collection at once anyway. Also, smaller brushes do dry faster (even on their own), so it's not a big issue.

Is this a TOTAL must have product? No... you can still just lay out your brushes overnight & it'll be ok! But if, for some reason, you need your brushes dried even faster, this is great. It would also be a nice tool for makeup artists who are cleaning brushes often, and maybe you have to clean and immediately pack them up and leave-- you can roll this up with the brushes drying inside and just take it with you... they'll continue to dry! :) And again, this is great for helping brushes keep their shape. Thanks for taking the time to read my blog, and keep checking back for more reviews! :)


Daily Nuggets...
  • Just put a super cute picture of Cupcake on my Facebook page
  • I have been watching a lot of QVC and Lifetime movies. Does that make me old? lol
  • Maybe it's a full moon, but myself and members of the morning crew have been acting extra silly lately :D
  • I made cornbread and beans for dinner a couple nights ago... As a child, I had two teddy bears- one named cornbread & the other named beans!
  • I still need to do my workout today...
  • Tyler has a random hot pink golf ball here in the living room.

12 comments:

  1. I completely agree with you, cleaning brushes might be important but it just takes so much time and if I have a lot of brushes which need to be cleaned, I very often just grab another one instead of taking the time and effort to clean the dirty ones.

    Thank you for this post!

    xoxo

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  2. The brush shapers from coastalscents are only like 5 bucks and it cimes with a good amount. Way better than the sigma thing. U should check them out if yoy havwnt already. Idk what id do without them! My brushes are all like new after and rather than lay the brushes out, I just put them upside down in a cup. :)

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  3. I love this product from Sigma. I bought it as soon as it came out and has been fantastic. I love washing my brushes now. It's not such an agonizing task anymore.

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  4. i usualy clean my brushes with a cleanser,daily cleanser,but I have to clean them with soap or shampoo once a week.i'll start tommorow:D

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  5. It might work for me because my cats are brush theives. They get excited when they see me washing them and know I leave them in the laundry room to dry. They just hope the door gets left open.

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  6. yes, cleaning brushes is my least favorite part but good to know this product truly works

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  7. I've been wondering how well this product works, thanks for doing a review on it, it sounds great! I only have a few brushes from Sigma so I'm glad to see that it works well with other brands too! Thanks! :)

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    Be sure to spread the word to your friends.

    Thanks so much :)

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  9. my favorite thing is the random hot pink golf ball :)

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  10. Brush cleaning is not one off my favorite things to do haha. I have heard so many great things about this product, makes it want to try it out too :)

    Love Christine ♥

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  11. I am definitely guilty of putting it off cleaning brushes too. Does the Dry 'n Shape develop mildew if the brushes are left in too long?

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  12. Emily,
    I don't know if you know about the Cinema Secrets Brush Cleaner. I have been using it for many, many years, and all my brushes are still in excellent shape.

    Anyway, the brush cleaner is not water-based. The brushes dry within 10 minutes.

    Cinema Secrets is a professional beauty supply in Burbank, CA, but you don't need to be licensed to purchase from there. I think you can even purchase it at Amazon.com.

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