*Sigh* it doesn’t happen very often but this numpty managed to delete all the new unused photos of this gloriously extra looking cleansing soap. I think I thought I had taken pictures when I hauled it – but turns out I didn’t, or if I did it was deleted. So there’s not as many gorgeous shots of the packaging as I’d like to accompany this review!
Violet Voss is a brand that I’m always wishing I would release more – their Drenched Metals eye palette is one of my faves, but bar shadow palettes, loose glitters and lashes they don’t have much else on offer.Whilst I’d love to add all their palettes to my collection – yes I love the Drenched Metals one that much – I’m trying to be really considerate about what palettes I add to my collection now. However when I saw that they launched a brush soap, it was something that I was willing to jump on board with immediately.
When it arrived I’ll admit that I thought that this was sent by mistake, the lid of the packaging is labelled Haus of Debauch, with no sign or mention of Violet Voss anywhere. I cracked the lid open and saw that, phew it was the over the top brush cleanser I had ordered online. I jumped on Violet Voss’ website but have really struggled to find out much information about this collaboration (which is how they list it on their website!) – I can’t find a company, blogger or youtuber with this name!
Opening it up, the lid features a raised bow design which is covered in mixed opalescent and holographic glitter, it wasn’t completely obvious from online photos how pronounced the bow was from the solid white bit – turns out deeper than expected. The first task was to rinse away that glittery top which was simply resting on top easy – other than one slight nudge with my finger for one large chunky bit, it all rinsed off easily.
That bow which I’m sure was intended for purely aesthetic reasons actually ended up being handy for rubbing stubborn stained bristles over it helped dislodge pigment well. it would have been a stroke of genius if they’d found a way to get that to dissolve at a slower rate than the rest of the white soap.
I’ve used a handful of solid brush cleansers in the past but for the most part I tend to use a liquid soap of some kind. My one negative about this one in particular is the size of the tub, whilst it’s quite deep, it’s narrow which makes getting the bigger, fluffier brushes hard to negotiate through and swirl around in the balm. From the before and after pictures below, the Blush Brush from Real Techniques is the largest that fits in comfortably.
The soap has a light, fresh scent it reminds me of a eucalyptus type scent but the shea and cocoa butter bring some warmth too. I find if I wet my brush and swirl into the soap everything gets too wet, I found what was better was to wet the soap leaving a small amount of water behind and put my brush in to it dry. I’d then take my brush out and rub over my rubber cleansing palette which foams up and creates lots of suds. I found then, that I was able to use this soapy residue 2-3 times over for smaller eye brushes, before rinsing them off in the sink.
The result was excellent, sparkling clean bristles which got there with minimal effort – I found that it cleaned off even the darkest, most stubborn pigments with ease. It also cleaned both natural hair bristles and synthetic ones well.
Real Techniques 201 brush with several layers of various shades of brown:
Real Techniques Blush Brush caked with many days worth of theBalm Bahama Mama
When the bow wears away it just shows the plain white soap left behind. In terms of the longevity of the product so far I’ve done two end of week essential cleans where I clean the 15 or so brushes that I use across the week. I also chose to do one top to bottom brush clean of all brushes in my collection… I have n idea how many that is exactly, but my guess would be around 80. I would estimate that I cleaned about 100 brushes before the bow wore away – and will likely last me another 3 months of essential cleans.
For 15 there’s definitely cheaper solid brush soaps on the market, but if you want something to be a little bit extra, a little bit over the top for a task which is usually pretty mundane then there’s no denying that the Violet Voss Brush Soap is going to be the one you need. The Violet Voss Brush Cleanser is available from Beauty Bay (buy here) – who do ship internationally.
What are your favourite products to clean your brushes?
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