I have wanted to try this brush cleaner and dryer for such a long time! Nobody I know loves cleaning their make up brushes so anything that makes that particular beauty chore a little less tedious is a win with me. StylPro is created by Tom Pellereau, winner of The Apprentice. As you can see, I’ve gathered my grubbiest brushes to put them to the Stylpro test.
So, above are all the components – the Stylpro device is what holds the collars that in turn hold the brushes. It’s a similar size to the body of an electric toothbrush (a bit bigger) and it’s battery operated. That’s the big minus with this – I think it would have more power and be more eco friendly if it had a mains plug in. I quite see why it hasn’t – once you mix electricity and water I think you’re on another safety level, technically. I haven’t used it enough to say how long a battery will last. You fix your brush into the appropriate collar fit – they’re different sizes so almost any brush will find a fit – and then attach to the spindle which goes on top of the device. It’s very simple.
For foundations and oily formulas, you’ll need to add in a few drops of Brush Cleaner (which is expensive) along with some soap formula (I used washing up liquid), but if it’s just powder you’re trying to remove, you only need a dot of soap.
I use a lot of oval brushes, and for that purpose, StylPro doesn’t work quite as well as with regular brushes. The handles on ovals are awkwardly shaped, and while I did get a collar fit, the rotation is a bit clumsy. But, I had excellent success with regular brushes – the Clinique foundation brush above washed perfectly, as did my smaller brushes. There are a few promo pics of brushes before and after – let me tell you straight, your brushes do not come out looking brand new! The drying mechanic is that you move the brush above the water (but still in the bowl) and it does some dry spinning to get rid of excess water – it really does work!
Exhibit A: the bowl of shame! I had to change up my water a couple of times (I used warm water) but I think this is good evidence that the method does take away a lot of product from brushes and I was surprised how well it worked. In my opinion, it doesn’t outperform manual cleaning for foundation laden oval brushes but does a fairly decent job, and it’s excellent on regular brushes, foundation or not.
Bottom line of the StylPro is that it’s a very refreshing change from manual cleaning that lived up to most of my expectations. There is something ridiculously satisfying about watching your brushes whizz round and the drying aspect is brilliant. However, it needs a specific oval brush collar that holds them better, I’d like a plug-in option too rather than just battery, and it does feel a tad plastic-y for the asking price of £49.99 HERE. While the device comes with two sachets of cleanser, you will need to buy the bottle which is £8.99 at some point. It’s every make up lover’s perfect present so it wouldn’t surprise me if it goes into short supply around Christmas.
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