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Thursday, 27 July 2017

Shadow Switch Dry Blush Cleaner Review


Lately, I've been seeing a lot of beauty tools and gadgets popping up, and there's been quite a few instances where I've thought to myself 'ooh I would love to try that!'. One of these instances was when I saw the Shadow Switch Dry Brush Cleaner by Beauty Essentials*. Normally, when I do an eye look, I always have a baby wipe or two with me to quickly get the pigment off the brush, so I could go in with another colour. This however seemed to be a no mess, quick solution, and so I was eager to try it out.


Beauty Essentials are an upcoming brand, so they haven't launched just yet, but expect to see plenty more in the way of beauty tools from them! You can find the shadow switch on Amazon here. I think it will retail for just under £6. The brand will also be available in Harvey Nichols (see here).


When I opened the Shadow Switch, I was actually a bit surprised because it looked very reminiscent of a shoe polish tin! (Although they will be updating the packaging, so I don't know if it will still look like this going forward). The inside is filled with a black meshy sponge. Now, I was expecting the sponge to feel a bit damp to the touch, but no it was bone dry. For hygiene reasons, you are also encouraged to wash the sponge with lukewarm water and a fragrance free soap, and replace the sponge every 2 months.

The idea is you swirl or rotate your beauty brush over the sponge, and that should remove any powder on it, thus allowing you to switch shades.


I found a vivid blue eyeshadow palette to try it with so I could see just how well it works. I used the darkest two shades, and then swirled it on the sponge. I did have to swirl it for a bit longer than I imagined. When I finished, I noticed that the pigment had come off but the brush still had grey stains from the blue-black eyeshadow. I then tested it on the back of my hands to see if there was any pigment left on the brush, and there wasn't. So whilst the staining doesn't affect any colour transfer, it isn't very aesthetically pleasing. I also noticed the brush looked slightly splayed, that could have been down to how long I was swirling it for, so you could try not to swirl it for too long. I also think because the sponge is so dry, that can also cause the brush to splay slightly from the friction as you swirl it.

Overall, I'd just like to point out that this wouldn't replace washing my brushes regularly, as I think that's still important for hygiene reasons. It is however a quick and relatively easy fix, especially for travelling purposes, where you might only have a few brushes or you're in a hurry. I wouldn't use it very regularly personally though, as I think it can cause your brushes to splay slightly if you're constantly swirling them over a sponge, and it can be a bit costly if you're replacing it every 2 months.

I hope you enjoyed this post!
Have you tried anything similar?

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81 comments:

  1. This is such a good little product for someone one the go. Totally know what you mean by how it looks though, but glad it works well!
    Jen, Velvet Spring x

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    1. It is good for travelling purposes as it's so lightweight as well x

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  2. i never wash my brushes when traveling so this would definitely be good for that! thanks for sharing :)

    danielle | avec danielle

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    1. It is really lightweight for travelling too x

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  3. I was hoping this would be good, but if it's bone dry and making your brushes stained and splaying them out, I might pass!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

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    1. I think excessive use would do that, so I'll use it evrey now and again x

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  4. I agree with your post I think it wouldn't replace regular washing, but this product would be so good for travelling!

    Lotte | www.lottebeautybox.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I am going to keep it for my travels, plus it's pretty lightweight as well x

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  5. What a great idea for a product, I think if I used eyeshadow often it would come in handy x

    LAURA ­| Laura Thinks About

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    1. If you were doing a complex look, it really beats having to clean your brush every 2 minutes!

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  6. I have this too and I freaking love it! It's so easy to switch in between shades!

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

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    1. I find it effective, but more for every now and again for me x

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  7. Wow, the beauty industry really knows how to cash in on quick fix products. I admire your honesty and agree with you. Nothing beats a good wash.
    Girl on the Tamarind Hil

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    1. Thank you! That is true, but I guess there's more of a demand for a quick fix too nowadays xx

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  8. I have the Vera Mona brand and I really like it. Especially when you accidentally put your brush in the wrong color... Great review! http://www.mrsqbeauty.com

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    1. Thank you, I haven't seen that one x

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  9. Oh my god that's such a funny thing ahahah I had no idea this kind of thing existed for brushes as well! I only have one to remove nail polish. xx

    www.serenbird.com

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    1. Haha I have seen the ones to remove nail polish!

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  10. I would love to try this and it's perfect for travelling or a getaway but I agree when you say if you use it regularly your brushes would be ruined because of the rubbing over the sponge.

    Yiota
    pinkdaisyloves.blogspot.com

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    1. It's a shame about that, but I do think it should be fine if you're just using it every now and again, and washing it regularly should hopefully put them back into their shape x

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  11. OMG I seriously need something like this in my life! Would be amazing to carry around.
    Beauty Candy Loves
     

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  12. I LOVE using these for doing my brushes. it makes it so easy to be lazy. haha
    Angie
    www.chocolateandlipstick.com

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    1. Haha that's true, it sort of a quick fix

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  13. Aaand then there's me, who doesn't clean her brushes between shades and should probably do a nice run through her brushes now but won't do it because she's lazy... seriously though, I can see how this would be great for traveling! But as for a long term solution, maybe not.

    Sam / My Beauty Cloud

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    1. Don't worry, I'm like that too! I always mean to, but I do leave it a bit late. Yes, I think I'll save it for travelling x

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  14. The shadow switch is such a good idea! I have a bad habit of not cleaning my makeup brushes like the average human should.. I think I am quite complacent about it because I don't wear makeup often and so they're never used. But I feel so guilty. Lol!
    Great detailed post ����

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    1. Same, I use the same few most days but even then I need to make more of an effort to clean them all x

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  15. These things are so handy! I bought a super cheap one on eBay and it's so good to have close to hand when I don't have any clean brushes...

    Morgan | Hyacinth Girl

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    1. That is true, it's a very convenient solution x

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  16. I love these types of products! It's so easy and convenient to switch colors!

    xx, The Makeup Feed

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  17. I have a £1.50 dupe from eBay which is such a bargain xx

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    1. I didn't even realise they did dupes of these!

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  18. I've seen this type of product floating around everywhere and always wanted to get my hands on it. I didn't read that it could actually be a bit damaging to brushes though, so thanks for that, i might have to reconsider buying it but you're right, it may come in handy for travelling! x

    Sam Hodgett || Beauty, Food & Lifestyle

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    1. I think if you were using it everyday or multiple times on the same brush, it might be a problem. But I guess if you wash them regularly, sometimes they bounce back into shape as well xx

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  19. Washing brushing is my least favourite makeup task so I'm always on the hunt for any way to make it easier haha! I have to agree that I don't think this could replace actual washing though from your description - still it is great of you're on the go and can't wait for your brushes to dry!

    Sinéad xo Fabuleuse Du Jour

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    1. That is true, brushes can take ages to dry so this is a convenient fix x

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  21. think the concept is awesome and like you said, perfect for traveling or just to touch up in between shadow applications. Perhaps when they repackage the item, they'll also make a change for preventing brushes from getting splayed. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us, girlie, and I hope you have a great weekend ahead!

    Xo,

    Jalisa
    www.thestylecontour.com

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    1. Thank you, hope you had a great week too x

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  22. Seems like a great product! Have a nice weekend.

    Gemma x
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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  23. Handy product when you`re in a rush! I try to wash my brushes every week, but this would be great for in-between days.

    http://www.beautynerd.co.uk

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  24. I really like the look of this product! Anything that makes it a little easier and less of a chore to clean make-up brushes wins it for me!!
    a life of a charlotte
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    1. It is a good fix if you want something quick and easy x

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  25. This looks great and would definitely save me washing my eye brushes after every use!

    Emily xo
    www.emilynewstead.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It is a really convenient solution x

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  26. That's such a cool little product!!

    By the way, I've nominated you for the Liebster Award, check it out in my most recent blog post! Xx

    www.xosophhh.com

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    1. Aww thank you so much, it was a great read! x

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  27. Such a brilliant product. I have heard many great comments about this <3

    xoxo, All about Best Wallets 2017

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  28. This sounds like a good idea in theory but like you say, I would be worried about damaging my brushes if I used it too much. It is definitely a great quick fix though and I would use it if I was creating an eye look with various shadows and didn't have enough brushes :) x

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    1. My thoughts exactly! You can't keep washing a blending brush, so I'll definitely be saving it for when I do a complex eye look or for travelling purposes x

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  29. A great review, I have seen products like this and always wondered how they work in practice

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  30. I've seen so many of these different types of cleaners before but I haven't tried any. I find it quite interesting how the sponge part is dry!
    Charlotte / Charlotte's Picks

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    1. I actually thought it would be a bit damp like the nail polish removers!

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  31. I've never seen a dry cleaner before! thanks for reviewing :)

    xx Sera | STARDUSTBOHEMIAN.COM

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  32. I've never seen this type of brush cleaner but it looks so easy to use and portable!

    Hannah
    Floraful

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  33. This product looks and sounds like a great quick-fix, though thanks for the tip not to use this type of cleaning product too regularly to avoid ruining brushes (I've just bought a ton of new brushes! haha). Have a lovely weekend :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice | Estella Bartlett Jewellery Giveaway (Open Worldwide!) x

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    1. Ooh enjoy! I love that feeling when you get new brushes :)

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  34. This looks so handy, especially when you are doing a more complex eye look involving dark shades. Lovely post.

    Alice May Snell ♡

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    1. It would be great for when you need a clean blending brush quickly x

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  35. It does look like a shoe polish tin. Sounds like it works great though.

    http://www.fashionablyidu.com/

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  36. I love discovering new brands so I will definitely keep a look out for Beauty essentials. The shadow switch sounds fabulous for cleaning up brushes, my pet hate. Anything that alleviates cleaning is a plus for me! Thanks for sharing,
    Jaz xoxo
    http://www.thelifeofasocialbutterfly.co.uk

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    1. Haha I think that's a pet hate for a lot of people!

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  37. I really like the look of this and it's perfect if you're travelling and in a rush! I agree with you, I would never replace actually washing my brushes with something like this as it's just so much more hygienic and better! :)

    Layla xx

    http://www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk

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    1. That's very true, I will be saving this for any travelling x

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  38. That's a handy tool to travel with or when you're doing a quick smokey eye switching between shades! Thanks for the review lovely!
    www.rougenapples.com

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    1. Definitely, thanks for dropping by x

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  39. Sounds like an interesting product, but I am not sure if I would use it with my natural hair brushes, as I am always paranoid about ruining the bristles. Thanks for the review! x

    Naya // www.partyparrotblog.com

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    1. My brushes are all synthetic I think, so sorry I can't comment on that xx

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  40. Wow...never seen a brush cleaner like this one. Seems like such a fantastic product to travel with <3

    Love,
    Ankita
    www.beautyandthebeing.com/

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  41. I've always been curious about these types of cleansers since I normally only do the traditional way of brush cleaning, which at times is time consuming. I thought this would be more convenient and do just as good of a job an the normal way, but I'm glad for your honest opinion on it!

    Stacey, thebambieyes.com

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    1. I think it's good for every now and again, especially for travelling or if you were in a rush x

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