Cleaning brushes? Uck. It’s the one task in my beauty routine I despise doing and just can’t bring myself to do regularly anything that successfully prolongs the need to take a 40 minute brush washing sit down gets a thumbs up from me. And this beautiful little gem – W7 Shade & Swap – gets an even bigger thumbs up, because you can reuse that brush that’s just been covered in neon pink shadow straight away.
I’ve had my eye on getting one of these contraptions for a while – there was the original version of it on the Beauty Bay (which they no longer stock), and when I went into my local outlet 3 weeks ago I spotted a dupe of it from W7 called Shade & Swatch, I skipped to the till and threw my money at them as so far my experience of W7 Dupes has been great, and this little pot came in at just £3.99.
The packaging of this isn’t as nice as others that I’ve seen, others have come in chicer metal tins, however this packaging is nice and lightweight and wouldn’t be the worst thing to pop in your makeup bag to take away with you. Inside the product is simple a black, slightly coarse dry sponge.
The concept is simple, wipe your brush back and forth, swirl it around and it will remove the product from your brush. In theory this works with every powder, however the surface area of the sponge isn’t that large which means that fluffier brushes suck as powder or blush brushes mean it’s not so easy to clean off these and I’ve preferred it just for eye shadow. I’ve also found this works best at cleaning brushes if you start with one which has only been used once or twice, once the colour has become really worked into the bristles and caked in the same colour this doesn’t clean the brush perfectly. But I’ve found if I go over each brush after I’ve used it I can keep all of them relatively clean.
The W7 Shade & Swap gets a massive two big thumbs up from me. I was a little concerned as to what would happen to this sponge when it became too dirty, would it be unwashable – is it just a one roll of the dice type thing? Well not only does this pull out meaning you can use the brush on both sides, but it washes product out really easily without needing anything adding to it. Because the type of sponge is so porous it dries out pretty quickly too meaning you can just get back to blending easily.
Being deadly serious, this is probably one of the best purchases I’ve made this year. Not sure how I’ve lived without one for so long! Do you have one of these colour swapper sponges?