Review: Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Mat
The Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Mat will change the way you clean brushes. You might even find it satisfying and therapeutic. It’s a bold claim, yes especially when washing brushes is such an arduous and monotonous task but stay with me as I will change your mind.
This extraordinary mat came to my attention when Fleur de Force’s mentioned it in her ‘My Must-Have Beauty Tools’ video a couple of weeks ago. My ears twitched, my pupils dilated and I instantly hit the ‘buy’ button.
I bought the mat from Look Fantastic for *cough* £32. It’s expensive because Sigma has patented the textures on the mat although there are imitations about. The closest comparison on the market right now would be the Real Techniques’ Brush Cleansing Palette at almost a third of the price and probably a third of the size too (I haven’t seen the actual product).
Moving on… The Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Mat is a fetching fuchsia pink affair (someone on Twitter said it’s shaped like a bottom!) and is a pretty robust yet flexible piece of silicone. It universally fits most bathroom sinks, comes with suction cups to secure the mat to the basin and has 7 patented textures to clean brushes with.
One half of the mat is for the face and the other half is dedicated to the eyes with more intricate patterns to really get between the fine bristles. I certainly got into the groove (arf!) as I took to cleaning my first set of brushes.
First, add some brush cleaner to the appropriately labelled section of the mat. Then wet your brush with warm water and go at it hell for leather. For a more thorough clean, use the ‘refine’ and ‘refine plus’ sections. It seems complex and slightly OTT to label but once I had established how to navigate around the mat, I got right into it.
The final stage is the ‘rinse’ part where you allow water to pour over and sweep your brush back and forth for a rinse. Because of the way the mat sits along the curve of the sink, all the dirty water goes straight down the plug hole so this means no more staining of the white porcelain bowl!
The Sigma Spa Mat genuinely helps you clean brushes in a fraction of the time. I know because I timed myself to wash approximately 94 brushes in 35 minutes. But it’s not just the time you save in cleaning, it’s also extremely thorough without damaging the hairs of the brushes. The patterned grooves make it simple and effortless to clean right between each bristle. One old brush (a stippling brush actually) did take longer than the average as it continued to excrete more and more stale foundation the harder I tried. At one point I never thought it would stop. You can also clean more than one brush at the same time.
This mat really gives your brushes the spa treatment and if you’re OCD about deep cleaning, then you must get this. Essentially it’s very, very handy for make-up artists and perfect for make-up brush whores like myself. I truly love it and feel no regret for the price it costs. When it comes to number crunching, some will prefer the Real Techniques version but I suspect from its size means it will take longer to wash lots of brushes.
The Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Mat is available from lookfantastic.com for £32.
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