Disclosure: “This is a sponsored post for RégimA which I have been compensated for. All opinions remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.”
A few years ago I started getting very seriously into makeup, I went through a period of binge shopping the latest trends online and discovering a myriad of brands thanks to bloggers and vloggers alike, some of whom I still take advice from and follow today. I have always worn makeup but my experience was limited to Christmas stocking fillers and the free applicator that they came with, never had I splurged on extravagant beauty tools or the Instagram worthy brushes I coveted. Last year, I finally went out and topped up my makup brush collection with a fairly expensive haul of gorgeous tools of unrivalled quality and only then did I think about how much care I needed to take in prolonging the life of these tools.
So I did what most people do, I did a full face of makeup including but not limited to liquid foundation, concealer, cream contour and even cream shadow. In my rush to race out of the door to whichever event I was attending and inevitably late for (perfection takes time), I would shove the brushes back in the drawer as an afterthought. The weekend after would roll around and I would take all of my brushes that had been fermenting in my dressing table for a week and begin the loathsome task of washing them all, with whichever product I had nearest at hand. This, like most makeup addicts and beauty enthusiasts, would often be baby shampoo.
Until I realized that this was just not good enough.
I was spending a fortune on makeup brushes yet they were getting sub par treatment and even less care. I couldn’t understand why I was spending so much time concealing concerning breakouts on my skin for which I had no explanation. I didn’t even think to second-guess the integrity of the brushes and then couldn’t understand why the blended and airbrushed look that I desired was near impossible.
The reality is that baby shampoo is designed to wash the hair on a babies’ head, it is a product that is not harsh and leaves a baby with the gorgeous smell we know and love, not to mention a clean head of hair. It is not designed to remove bacteria; dirt; grease; make-up or oily residue from make-up brushes and despite leaving your brushes looking outwardly clean, all the grime it doesn’t get to is left to build up in the bristles of the brush only to be applied to your skin and contaminate your makeup at the next use. You wouldn’t wash your face with baby shampoo would you, so why sentence your beauty tools to the same fate?
This is where RégimA, Derma Zest Cleansing + Toning Gel comes in. Not only is Derma Zest a renowned spa quality, cleansing; clarifying and toning gel for your face, it is also recommended by RégimA for use twice weekly for the washing and maintenance of your daily use liquid foundation makeup brushes. Now my first thought would not be to use a facial cleanser as a brush cleaner but after some consideration and then putting it to use, this made perfect sense. Standard brush cleaners available for purchase generally contain alcohol, not good news in preserving the life of your brushes as it damages the bristles and more importantly, your face; alcohol is for cleaning but NOT cleaning of the dermis. RégimA DZ cleanser is full of good plant extracts that actually work to preserve the bristles while the anti-bacterial properties get to work on the nasties embedded inside.
Over the past few weeks I have been using both baby shampoo and RégimA Derma Zest on my brushes for an overall comparison, I would be lying if I didn’t tell you that after the first wash with the DZ cleanser, the baby shampoo went back in the cupboard, never to be used to wash a brush again.
My experience with baby shampoo was that yes, the brushes looked clean and smelled great but I had some built up liquid foundation stains on my stippling brush that just wouldn’t clean off. Despite a thorough rub of the brushes under warm water using a silicon brush cleaner, there was still some foundation residue on the brush after use – Had I not been looking for it, I probably never would have noticed!
After a few more makeup applications, some iPhone X portrait mode photography testing (priorities) and some seriously dirty brushes, I put the RégimA Derma Zest Cleansing + Toning gel to work on these beauties and was ecstatic with the results. On one occasion I washed my brushes in the basin using a silicon brush cleaner (You can use the palm of your hand, it works just as well) and with only a small pump of the product, you get a decent lather under water which is more than sufficient to remove all of the brush impurities and caked foundation.
On another occasion, I decided to give it a whirl in my Lilumia brush cleaner, pumping the product directly onto the brushes and pouring in water to substitute the usual cleaner. This process is of course a little longer as the machine runs for 15 minutes or so but the brushes came out just as clean as if I had done them by hand and you would never catch me putting baby shampoo in the Lilumia machine, another task that Derma Zest can do that baby shampoo can’t! The result in both cases was my brushes coming out as clean as the day I received them, even the stubborn liquid foundation stains my stippling brush had were long gone and the white ended bristles were whiter than white.
For a slightly more in-depth look at the review, you can watch this video I put together for you here, a brief before and after comparison of these products.
Overall, I am so thankful to the team at RégimA for sending this product through to me; I haven’t used another like it. If it weren’t for them, my poor brushes would still be getting cleaned with baby shampoo and my skin would be breaking out at every application!
At a recommended retail price from only £29.95, RégimA, Derma Zest Cleansing + Toning Gel is an absolute steal for the multi faceted product that it is. Not only am I using it to cleanse my face but also to clean and maintain my brushes as well, they look great and thanks to its plant extract rich list of ingredients, they smell just as good (Oranges and grapefruit, loving the citrus life). I have been using Derma Zest as a brush cleaner for a few weeks now and have noticed a considerable change in my skin; where I used to break out after wearing makeup for a number of days in a row, I no longer have this problem. So, is it the cleaner brushes or the face cleanser doing the hard work? Well, it doesn’t really matter which routine is giving me great skin because you only have to use one product, cleanliness all the way from application to removal.
I know… you want to go and buy this product immediately AND YOU SHOULD but it is important to note that many of RegimA’s products are manufactured for professional use and therefore should not be used in conjunction with any other skin care products. The team at RegimA are always on hand to guide you so please contact them on the links provided below in order to consult with them prior to purchase.
This tried and tested product is definitely #MoonsomniaApproved!
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Until next time
Some of the beautiful makeup brushes in the images above are from the Ombre Gardenia brush set courtesy of Blush Tribe Cosmetics.