I noticed this intriguing little product pop up in a number of YouTube tutorials recently and decided to pick one up to see what all the fuss was about. The Shadow Switch by Beauty Essentials basically allows you to dry clean your brushes and switch between different colours and shades, eliminating the possibility of any transfer without the need to change brushes.
Inside the box, you will find a tin containing a black mesh sponge which you then press and rotate you brush over in a circular motion until all traces of product has gone. To clean the Shadow Switch simply rinse with warm water and fragrance-free soap, then leave until completely dry. It’s recommended you refill your Shadow Switch every two months for hygiene reasons. This little tool is perfect for someone like me who doesn’t clean her brushes as often as she probably should, but does it actually work?
I decided to put it to the test using the shade ‘Define’ from my Kat Von D Shade & Light Palette. It’s one of the most highly pigmented shades I own so I figured if it could remove this shade, it could remove anything. I coated my brush and then swirled it around the sponge for around 20 seconds. The brush was still a little stained, but when I tested it on the back of my hand it had completely removed any trace of the powder. I could dip into the white highlighting shade without switching brushes or transferring any product. I repeated this process using my Urban Decay Naked palettes and MUG single pans and it worked like a dream.
The Shadow Switch is a great invention that does exactly what it says on the tin, you can create so many different looks using one brush without any cross-contamination, plus, it’s so easy to clean and convenient to travel with. The sponge reminds me of the material used to make hair doughnut rings, which got me thinking, there must be so many affordable dupes available out there. I paid £5.99 for mine but I’m sure if you searched Ebay you could find a similar product for half the price. Shadow Switch is a great product for anyone starting out that doesn’t have a lot of brushes, a makeup artist creating a multitude of looks in a short period of time, if you have one brush that’s your favourite or for anyone who hasn’t the time or energy to clean their brushes at the end of the week and, let’s face it, we’ve all been there.
What do you think of the Shadow Switch?
Have you tried a similar product?
How do you like to clean your brushes?