Cleaning my makeup brushes is my least favourite chore, so if I can find a shortcut, I'm all for it. Brands across the world are starting to realise that there's a real market for brush cleaning accessories to make a difference. In my opinion, the brand really leading the way in this market is Sigma. They have tons of different gadgets and gismos that help make cleaning your brushes as easy as possible. They offer non-compromise solutions, which don't lack on quality or effectiveness, but also don't break the bank. I've been testing the new Sigma Spa Express Brush Mat and it's safe to say I won't be going to back to any alternative method.
The Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Mat is the best way I've found for washing my brushes. The Cleaning Mat is a silicon mat, with suction caps which you attach to the bottom of your sink. It fits cleverly inside lots of different sinks, of all different shapes and sizes. The Cleaning Mat is covered in a whole host of different textures and finishes, designed to clean all different types of brushes. Each of the textures is designed to help get your cleaning agent, right into the root of each brush. Dissolving every single spec of makeup, so that your brush collection can be as clean and as hygienic as possible.
To use the Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Mat, simply place the mat into your sink and secure with the suction cups. As you can see by the image below, the mat is split into different sections and each section is labelled. The Cleaning Mat is split into two halves, on one side you have textures for your face brushes and on the other you have textures for your eye brushes. So you simply start by adding water and cleaning solution to your mat and start to swirl your brushes into the corresponding 'wash' section. You then start running water and you sweep your brush over the 'rinse' section. This allows you to remove the makeup residue and soap. You then swirl your brush on the 'refine' section, which gives an added deep clean. Finish by using the 'rinse' section once more to get rid of all the left over soap.
The benefits of using the Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Mat are that you get clean brushes every time, without making a load of mess and without getting wrinkly hands (which I hate). When you're finished with your Cleaning Mat, you simply dry it off and store it for next time. It's so light and flexible, which means you can even take it traveling without wasting too much space. The Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Mat retails for £20 here in the UK, or $25 in the USA, which I think is an absolute bargain!