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3.15.2016

Caring For Your Makeup Brushes
With Prism Brush Bar

While I am pretty disciplined with my skincare routine, one of my worst beauty transgressions is not cleaning my makeup brushes regularly. I am embarrassed to say this, but when my brushes get dirty I switch to using my fingers to apply my makeup instead, and I probably get round to cleaning the bristles only once a month or so (except for my eyeliner brush which I clean daily with makeup remover).
"Is it really that bad?", I asked myself, and my online research replied with a resounding yes. Turns out, cleaning your brushes regularly is not only important to their performance and longevity, but more importantly, it prevents the formation of harmful bacteria on the bristles. Applying makeup on with a dirty brush is akin to spreading weeks of dirt, grime and dead skin all over your face after you have just cleansed and moisturized. Yikes!
My reason for not cleaning my brushes was plain old laziness, and perhaps because I am heavy-handed and lacked the right technique, it seemed like I had to use a lot of product (and water) to clean each brush thoroughly. Multiply that by the dozen brushes I had on rotation, it was just an unexciting chore.
But then I discovered Prism Brush Bar and fell in love with their shimmery solid soaps that was decidedly sexier than any other makeup brush cleansers I had ever seen, and it looked more like a work of art than a cleaning tool. As I was admiring the product photos on Instagram, Nina from Prism kindly offered to send me the Original Prism Brush Bar for review.
Unfortunately the first package she mailed from Canada never reached me, but she promptly sent out a replacement in two weeks which arrived safely in my mailbox. Thank you Nina!
Nina's background in graphic design and entrepreneurial spirit led her to explore geometrical concepts and design the aesthetically beautiful product you see today, and so Prism Beauty Bar was born. Based in Ontario, Canada, their existing product line consists of their namesake brush bars in two sizes (original and pro) in an assortment of iridescent shades. (My favorite? The Sol Pro Prism Brush Bar in a stunning warm golden shade, and I may just have to order that as a replacement when my current bar is depleted!)
My bar came wrapped in wax paper and housed in a round tin container. Each product will have its unique appearance because it is handmade, and it was a little greasy to the touch, which I attribute to the base of coconut oil. I am not too worried about storage because the weather is still relatively cool in New York for now, but once it warms up I will have it stored in the fridge. The bar I received was unscented, but I imagine that some people may prefer the calming lavender-scented choices.
Ingredients: Coconut Oil, Palm Oil*, Safflower Oil, Glycerin (Vegetable Origin), Purified Water, Sodium Hydroxide (Saponifying Agent), Sorbitol (Moisturizer), Sorbitan Oleate (Emulsifier), Oat Protein (Condition), Iron Oxide, Tin Oxide, Titanium Oxide (Mica)
* All raw materials Prism use are made in USA, and their palm oil specifically comes from a sustainable source that complies with RSPO
I took some photos of the cleaning process to show you just how straightforward and easy it is:
Step 1: Wet your brush
Step 2: Swirl your brush over your Prism Brush Bar
Step 3: Rinse your brush and pat dry with towel
*You may need to swirl and rinse more than once to clean the brush fully depending on how much make-up is deposited on the bristles.
Don't forget to rinse and air-dry the bar after each use to prolong the life of the bar, but that's truly all there is- three steps to squeaky-clean makeup brushes!
The Original Prism Brush Bar completely exceeded my expectations. The hexagonal shape was perfect to hold in my hand and the bar cleaned and conditioned the bristles so thoroughly that I felt like my brushes were given a new lease of life. The steps were also completely fuss-free and allowed me to work through all my brushes in less than a third of the time it used to take me. I guess I don't have an excuse not to clean my brushes anymore!
When I wrote Nina, she assured me that the bar would still hold its shape as it wore thinner so you would still be able to hold it in your palm. She also said that we can expect more colors and travel-sized options (although they are committed to keep the product vegan and that limits their choice of colors as a lot of natural red and magenta-based shades contained carmine). They are also collaborating with another Canadian brand to create Prism tray and accessories, but I'm gonna leave that as a teaser!
P/S: I did try to clean my makeup sponge and beauty blender with the Prism Brush Bar, but I have to say it did not clean them as well as it did for my brushes. I will be sticking to my old liquid soap and water method for those!
For those of you who prefer watching a "How To" video, here's a cute homemade YouTube video by the ladies at Prism:

Good news- shipping is always FREE for orders to the United States and Canada, and you can use code NIHAO10 for 10% off your order by 30th April!

How do you currently care for your makeup brushes?
What do you think of the Prism Brush Bar?

2 comments

  1. ooh the bar is so pretty! and seems so easy to use!! i'm guilty of not washing my brushes and sponges regularly :(
    do you see dirt/dust stuck on the soap when it's drying though?

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    1. I totally want one in every size and color! Also, you rinse and air-dry the soap when you are done, so there shouldn't be dirt stuck on it :)

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