Just before Christmas, I was very kindly contacted with the opportunity to try out Beauty Essentials' 'Shadow Switch' dry brush cleaner*. I must admit, it wasn't something I had heard of before this point, or something I had considered trying either. I decided to take up the offer to try one out for myself and wasn't too sure what to expect if I'm honest. I am an avid eyeshadow-wearer and I was hopeful that this would speed up my morning routine somewhat, making it easier and less messy when it came to applying my eyeshadow.
The parcel arrived and inside it was a small box and I was already keen to try the product based on the packaging alone. The box contained a small tin (weird to liken it to, but it reminded me of a shoe polish tin) with a sponge-like/soft scourer-like pad inside it. I know I'm not really selling this to you guys yet, but just hang in there...
As I had a few makeup brushes that I'd been using to apply my eye makeup with earlier that day, I thought it was the perfect time to test out the Shadow Switch. The instructions advised to gently glide the eyeshadow brush around the sponge and then to continue applying your eyeshadow. I used a few makeup brushes on the sponge, which admittedly, were pretty darn covered in my much-loved Nars 'Isolde' eyeshadow (no surprise there!). After just a few swirls, I did notice that a lot of the powder had vanished from my brushes, which you can see from the photos, and I was quite surprised by the results. It was so quick and easy, meaning if you're in a hurry or even travelling, you can use multiple eyeshadow shades with minimal brushes as the product can easily be removed using the Shadow Switch sponge, with just a few quick swirls.
Like with its easy of use, the Shadow Switch is as equally easy to maintain. Keeping hygiene in mind, it's advised to use warm water and fragrance-free soap to wash the sponge as and when needed, or alternatively to replace the sponge altogether with a new refill every 2 months or so, of course subject to how much you have been using the sponge.
I'm actually sold on this product and I didn't set my expectations high initially just because I know that cleaning my makeup brushes can usually be quite a faff. The Shadow Switch helps to give them a gentle clean, making getting ready far easier and allowing you the opportunity to use multiple eyeshadow colours in one sitting. The Beauty Essentials Shadow Switch is currently available on Amazon, retailing at £5.99 plus free delivery. The Shadow Switch, along with many other products from the Beauty Essentials collection will soon be available in both Sephora and on the Beauty Essentials website once it launches in the UK very soon. Their packaging has also recently changed to incorporate more products into their line so be sure to keep an eye out for this too once their website launches.
Have you tried the Shadow Switch? If you haven't, would it be something you'd like to try?