Purpose: Brush cleanser
Ingredients that stood out: Coconut oil, Sorbital (moisturizer), Oat protein (conditioner)
Use: Hold the bar in your hand or firmly on the counter, wet your brush, swirl it on the bar until it’s sudsy, then swirl it on your hand under running water until completed rinsed.
In Depth Review of Prism Brush Bar
Natural + Vegan + Handmade
Those are some of the central focuses of this brand. And that makes them smart. The green movement is an ever-popular one, whether a person is concerned with animal testing or their own health. People will appreciate these features, whether or not they are mandatory for them.
But this post is meant to review the other aspects for you. I’m about to dig deep here, so I’ll break it up into individual features so you only have to read what you’re concerned with.
Appearance: I think this speaks for itself, really. It is awesome, adorable, beautiful, intergalactic, stellar. Whatever word you want to use to describe the bar, it’s got to be a positive one. It’s blue/green with sparkles. Love!
Packaging: I’m 50/50 on this one. The exterior packaging is good. A little brown box with the company logo on the top. It’s fitting for the product and the brand. But the part I hated was the plastic wrap on the bar itself. The plastic was hard and the bar is…well…it’s solid but you can definitely scratch, pierce, or cut into it relatively easily (essentially it’s a bar of soap so that is to be expected). So when I went to remove the plastic I cut a small hole and tried to peel open the rest. The plastic began cutting into the side of the bar, which made me sad because it’s so pretty and I didn’t want its appearance to be ruined before I’d even tested it. I wound up having to cut the plastic around the entire bar in order to safely remove it.
Delivery Time: Super fast. Like, Super-man speed of light fast, actually. They notified me on a Thursday that it was sent out, and I had it in my mailbox by the following Monday. But this is probably due to the following...
Company Location: Kitchener, ON! Woohoo! This part makes me happy. Supporting local businesses is great and I’m sure many people will agree with me on that.
Scent: I used the bar that is lavender scented which, as far as I know, is not available for purchase quite yet. The smell is not overpowering by any means, but I typically don’t gravitate towards lavender scented products. At first I was unsure if I liked it, but then I decided that I do. I really do. I like that it is subtle enough to just smell clean, rather than sweet or perfume-y.
Ease of use: This was brilliant. It literally cut my cleaning time in half. I chose to bathe only the brushes I use on a regular basis (22 brushes). The 3-step cleaning process was great. Wet, swirl, rinse. Voila! Clean brushes.
Cleaning Power: I also found this to be great. Some of my brushes have bristles that are white at the ends, but using them to apply lipstick and blush have left them permanently discoloured. Or so I thought! The brush I use for blush is actually a stippling brush and it allows you to build intensity gradually rather than piling it on and accidentally turning yourself into a clown. BUT, it’s more difficult to get the brush to look perfectly clean afterwards. This bar got it looking whiter than I can remember in recent months.
Downside though was that it didn’t work as well with waterproof mascara. I have a brush that I use to “paint” mascara on clients’ lashes if they need more colour with less clumping. This brush isn’t near and dear to me, so I got a little vigorous with it and tried to clean it using the bar 3 times. There was still product left on the brush. Moral of the story is that you can clean waterproof products from your brushes using something like 99% alcohol prior to washing them with the brush cleanser.
Longevity: As I mentioned earlier, I used my bar to clean 22 bushes this time around. And I’m not kidding when I say I barely made a dent in it. I have no doubt that this will last me quite a while, which is always something our wallets will appreciate.
To sum it all up: It makes brush cleaning easier/quicker, it works, it’s local and it’s made without products that are harmful for your brushes.
Company website - www,prismbrushbar.com
Full disclosure for those of you who deem it necessary, this was sent to me free of charge for the purposes of trying and reviewing a product that is new on the market.