Cleaning My Make-up Brushes!

Now I know we’re not perfect, but I am TERRIBLE at cleaning my make-up brushes. I’ve constantly fought with different ways to make it easier for me, settling for the last year or so with a spray cleaner, spray it on dry brushes and wipe the brushes on a cloth. But no.1 that takes forEVER and doesn’t get them incredibly clean and no.2, I’ve broken about three brushes doing it.


So I thought NO MORE. Since I got my Zoeva Brush Set, I’ve treated them as if they were my children, so they deserve the best care. Because let’s face it, they were a bit of an investment, I need them to last. So while browsing beauty bay, I found this bad boy. A brush cleaning mat from Sigma.


I got these brushes for Christmas and got the cleaning mat at the end of January, so you can imagine the kind of state these brushes were in by the time I cleaned them. If that’s not a test, I don’t know what is.

It has six sections on it, three for face brushes, three for eyes. Each side has a wash, rise and refine section to get your brushes PRISTINE. It fits nicely in your sink with suction cups underneath it to keep it from sliding around while you’re getting your clean on.


With just a touch of shampoo, it lathers up and depending on what brush you’re cleaning, you can just SEE the crap coming out of it. I’ll be honest, little bit gross. Most of my brushes come out brand new, but I haven’t been able to get my foundation brush quite back to it’s original state, but I have hope, with some love and care and maybe a wear less, wash more approach, we’ll get there one day.


  1. February 26, 2017 / 9:07 pm

    Oooh, how much is it? I could do with one because I’ve been meaning to find a good brush cleaner! this is a lovely post, thank you for the recommendation girly! x

    • February 26, 2017 / 9:09 pm

      You can get two sizes I think! This is the smaller one for about £20! Thank you so much! X

      • February 26, 2017 / 10:24 pm

        Ooooh well thank you so much because I will definitely be purchasing this! x

  2. February 26, 2017 / 9:10 pm

    The struggle with cleaning makeup brushes is real. Especially foundation brushes. I feel you. I hope this is a good investment. 😊

  3. February 26, 2017 / 9:11 pm

    This sounds amazing! I hate cleaning my make up brushes… it’s so annoying and sometimes I don’t feel they get done properly but this sounds amazing! And the shape plus fit of it in a sink is great!

    Jordanne ||

    • February 26, 2017 / 9:16 pm

      It used to KILL me, but this totally deep cleans them! X

  4. February 26, 2017 / 9:13 pm

    Wow – not gunna lie I never clean my brushes haha! I’ll definitely look into this thanks for sharing 🙂 xx

    • February 26, 2017 / 11:03 pm

      I never used to either, I’m determined to get into the habit haha! xx

  5. February 26, 2017 / 9:13 pm

    I’m so rubbish at cleaning my make up brushes too, I always but it off. I’ve never heard of this mat before but it seems like such a great idea, might have to purchase one x

  6. February 26, 2017 / 9:17 pm

    I’m awful at cleaning my brushes too, it’s such a chore! This looks like such a good product though, may have to get one! X

    • February 26, 2017 / 11:15 pm

      I KNOW, I’m trying to get into the habit, but at least this makes it easier! x

  7. February 26, 2017 / 9:20 pm

    There’s something so satisfying about cleaning really gross make up brushes ain’t there?! Haha! I love watching all the crap get sloughed away. This mat looks really useful actually, love how it has suction so it doesn’t move about.

    Becca | The Après Gal

    • February 26, 2017 / 11:26 pm

      There really is haha! You can just watch all the orange wash away haha! x

  8. February 26, 2017 / 9:23 pm

    This looks awesome, anything to help clean makeup brushes (most put of task) haha

  9. February 26, 2017 / 9:28 pm

    I wish I had one of these back when I wore make up, my brushes wold of been so much cleaner x

    • February 26, 2017 / 11:52 pm

      I have that too! I love my shadow switch for cleaning my brushes on the go, it’s SO good! xx

  10. February 26, 2017 / 9:33 pm

    I used to HATE cleaning my brushes but strange enough its become my new fave thing. Its just so satisfying when theyre all clean i never want to use them again.

    I’ve been looking for something like this for ages! Think i’m going to have to invest.

    Laura xo

    • February 27, 2017 / 12:00 am

      I always feel so bad using them again once I’ve cleaned them haha! You should, it’s a game changer! x

  11. February 26, 2017 / 9:34 pm

    This is such a great idea. I cleaned all my makeup brushes today and my hands started to hurt by the end. I would have thought this mat would clean the brushes a bit better then you hands too. Lovely blog post x

    Steph x

    • February 27, 2017 / 12:12 am

      It really is, my poor hands don’t take as much of a beating any more! Thank you so much! x

  12. February 26, 2017 / 9:35 pm

    I am the worst when it comes to washing my make up brushes. I know how bad it is but it’s just such a massive chore! This looks like a good idea tho may have to invest haha x

    • February 27, 2017 / 12:18 am

      So am I, don’t worry haha! Thanks for reading lovely x

  13. February 26, 2017 / 9:36 pm

    Ive just finished cleaning all of my brushes before reading this! I use baby shampoo too but with a sponge. This looks great and a lot more convenient than my method, think I’ll pick one up!
    Zara xx

    • February 27, 2017 / 12:19 am

      I’m definitely going to try using baby shampoo with mine, I’ve seen so many people recommend it! x

  14. February 26, 2017 / 9:49 pm

    Totally need to buy one of these! I currently just use tissues and its not great…

    • February 27, 2017 / 12:30 am

      That doesn’t sound fun! You should totally try it! x

  15. February 26, 2017 / 9:51 pm

    I need to get my hands on a brush cleaner like this! Real techniques do their own version which I’m dying to try xx

    • February 27, 2017 / 12:32 am

      I love real techniques! Brush cleaners like this one are SO useful! x

  16. February 27, 2017 / 1:07 pm

    I NEED to invest in one!! My brushes are in dire need of a good clean – I’ve got a little silicone egg things to clean mine but its not that good where as this looks like it makes life SO much easier!!

    Kayla |

  17. February 27, 2017 / 6:10 pm

    I just got a new set of brushes, and I’ve been too afraid to use them because they’re so pretty. I’ve never heard of these mats before. It sounds like a godsend! I’ll definitely have to get one for my new brushes.

    Breanna Catharina

    • February 27, 2017 / 7:02 pm

      They really are! I was the same with my new set, there are still a couple I haven’t tainted yet 🙈 c

  18. February 27, 2017 / 6:15 pm

    Looks like a wonderful idea!

  19. February 27, 2017 / 6:21 pm

    Hi, what a fab idea. I want one now. Thanks for sharing, Chloe #TeacupClub

    • February 27, 2017 / 7:04 pm

      You should totally get one! Thanks for reading! X

    • February 27, 2017 / 7:06 pm

      God I’m so lazy with washing my brushes too! Honestly, it’s a LIFE SAVER!

  20. April 4, 2017 / 7:10 pm

    I really want to try one of these…definitely would inspire me to clean my brushes more often!

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