Cleaning our brushes: it’s a necessary evil. The task that gets endlessly put off because I’d literally rather do anything else. But, when the Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette came out, I was actually excited for brush washing day!
The Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette is a textured mat that slips over the hand to help deep clean your makeup brushes. On its face, there are three types of surfaces: thin and widely spaced points, tightly packed crosses, and large rounded domes. You’ll find that the different textures cater to different types of brushes to get in between the bristles and sweep away built up makeup. I personally find the large domes to work best with face brushes, the crosses for eye brushes and the thin points for soft, flexible brushes.
When pictures of the palette first started circulating the internet, I’m sure you and I both had the same thought: perhaps it was a Sigma Brush Cleansing Glove dupe? While I don’t have the Sigma glove, I do have and love the mat, so I was eager to see how this compared and if it would help make the mundane activity a little more bearable.
I started out with some of my most-used brushes that had been decently stained with makeup, the ones I can never get to look as good as new by just hand-washing. I slipped the palette on, grabbed my Real Techniques Cleansing Gel, and got to cleaning.
The first thing I noticed was how fast getting each individual brush clean was while using the palette. I was getting a brush literally spotless in about 15 seconds. We were already a match made in heaven.
Looking for similarities and differences between this and my Sigma mat, I noticed that the Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette had stiffer cleansing points. I felt that these were actually more effective at getting into dense brushes that needed a little bit of tough love for caked-on makeup.
Obviously, one of the main differences between the two are the amount of different textured surfaces— the Sigma mat has seven variations, while the Real Techniques has only three. While you’d think that more textures would be helpful for different brushes, when I think about it, I only use about 3-4 of the ones on the Sigma mat at all… three of them being the same ones that show up on the Real Techniques palette! This just makes everything more streamlined, cutting away what I don’t need and giving me easy.
To answer the most important question: yes, this really does clean your brushes way better than you could with your hands alone. I was genuinely impressed with how clean my brushes looked in a matter of seconds… literally as if makeup had never touched them.
In case you hadn’t guessed already, I think the Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette is completely worth it at only $14.99 (about 10-20 dollars cheaper than similar brush care products). I would 100% recommend it over other cleansing gloves and mats; it gets the job done while being minimal in both size and appearance.