I’ve been eyeing different versions of the Color Switch for some time now. My hope is that it will help me have clean brushes between uses so I don’t have to have so many brushes out at once. I’ve been using this since the summer and as result I have a pretty solid opinion of it.
I purchased the Color Switch by Vera Mona from Sephora for $23 CDN.
Here are the claims from Sephora’s Website:
What it is:
A dry, makeup-removing sponge that allows you to switch colors without having to switch brushes.
What it does:
Inspired by a common makeup artist dilemma of how remove powder product from brushes without the drying time of a liquid brush cleaner, this sponge offers a dry alternative. The special material allows you to remove pigment from your brushes without brush cleaner formula. Simply swipe the brush over the sponge until pigment is removed and move on to the next color. The sponge is completely reusable and can be cleaned by washing it with warm water and soap or it can be sprayed with disinfecting brush cleaner for a quick cleanse.
My expectation was that it would provide a fast way to clean brushes on the fly allowing my to use the same brush for multiple things resulting in the need for fewer brushes. I never thought it would replace washing my brushes for hygiene reasons.
Here’s the results of my initial test of the Color Switch:
I used the darkest shade (black heart) in my Naked 3 Palette and a goat hair brush from Smashbox. I’m using the side to pack on colour.
Here is the before and after of the brush:
And here is the swatch of the product on my arm along side a swatch of the cleaned brush:
You can’t see the swatch I made with the cleaned brush, can you? I couldn’t. Even though the brush appears stained still, the Color Switch kicked off all of the remaining pigment. What remains is stain that can only come out with a deep clean.
I did this test immediately after I received the Color Switch. Personally I was a little let down because I saw videos online where the brush comes out SPOTLESS! Well, as you can see that is not necessarily my experience.
However I have been putting this tool to good use over the course of the past 5 or 6 months and have come to see that it is very useful. It doesn’t replace washing your brushes but it lets me use the same brush multiple times when doing my eye shadow. So it totally met my expectations! I use this product every time I use eye shadow. As a matter of habit I give the brush I’m about to use a quick swirl in the Color Switch before I start using it and between shades.
I have noticed that the size of the Color Switch limits the type of brushes that you can use with it. For example I still need a distinct bronzer brush because big fluffy face brushes are a little too big for the Color Switches surface area!
I would say that this product does really work! It has its limits though, it seems best used for eye shadow brushes that have been used in powder. I’m happy with my purchase and would totally re-buy this!