As my brush collection is getting larger, washing and drying them is getting a little bit tougher as I only have one pack of The Brush Guard Variety Pack of six to rotate whenever I need to deep clean all my dirty brushes. I bought that one pack when I just started with makeup and I remember I bought it for my ELF brushes. That’s how I was taught to dry my brushes from day one and I still practise the same exercise till this day 🙂
Just recently I went on a hunt again for The Brush Guard and I think I found the same seller who sold me my first The Brush Guard many years ago. I reach out to her through her Facebook page and I ended up with these packs. Mind you there wasn’t many people that is selling this brush guard, even online. Hunting the seller down is tough but I always knew where to find them.
But of course all this doesn’t come with no drama. And because of this drama, my review that was suppose to go up gazillion days ago was put on hold because I need to get some sort of confirmation before I lash out here. This is suppose to be MY BLOG to share with everyone my tips and tricks or even favourite products so that more people would benefit from it. But nooooo. It turned to be business related and I was furious. I had spoken to the seller who sold me hers so that she can contact The Brush Guard but she sort of wanting me to do it instead. I could have just review this without linking to anyone but I was more interested with the core of the problem so I contacted The Brush Guard personally. In conclusion, I will not link the online store here. More of the drama at the end of the review…
I have to start the review by showing you The Brush Guard Variety Pack that I bought many years ago. It is still in superb condition but slightly yellowish. I doubt these will spoilt due to the thick netting quality though. Everyone started with Variety Pack and I did too. Variety Pack consists of six different sizes of sleeves as you can see below. The one on the far left is the smallest of all. It’s for Shadow / Liner brush, two sleeves next to it is for Blush brush, the other two next is for Foundation brush while the largest of all is for Kabuki brush. Although each bears a guide to what brush it should go for, I normally just slot in whatever brush I want. Let’s face it. Brushes nowadays aren’t all the same size.
I have encounter several online seller selling brush guard but those are more like the thin netting used to wrap fruits? I don’t prefer those so I never bought any despite the utter cheap price for a whole bunch. The Brush Guard looks like this. Each criss-cross is compact with a layer of three nylon string. Or at least I believe that’s nylon string 😀 . Each sleeve is stretchable and expandable but to an extend.
The Brush Guard was introduced just a few years ago as a new way to protect bristles of brushes and it is also said to help brushes to dry faster. Basically it’s a multi-purpose brush guard to (1) protect brush bristle, (2) keep brush bristle in shape, (3) makes it easier to travel with makeup brushes and (4) help wet brushes to dries down faster and dries down to original shape.
Unlike those who like to place their brushes flat to dry after washing, I was told from start not to do so but instead slid a sleeve over and place it in a cup for air dry. I’ve posted up Tips: How to Clean Your Dirty Brush two years ago 🙂 . That is exactly how I wash and dry my brushes. By placing the brush with bristle facing down, I’m preventing and forcing excess water from going up to the ferrule and spoilt the glue on the inside. You know how new brushes’ bristle are always the best looking bristle and when you started to use them, they are fluffy thereafter? That’s the best part when it comes to drying wet brushes with The Brush Guard. It brings back the bristle’s original shape to life. I just love how dense my Sigma E25 Blending Brush after using The Brush Guard. And if I have enough brush guard around, I’d slid one over it just to keep the shape.
In total there are five different The Brush Guard pack to choose from. These pack used to be USD5.50 each and I bought it for RM23 per pack. The price now is USD8.95. Not a drastic price change as it’s still cheap after converted to Ringgit Malaysia. As I only have four out of five pack, I’ll show you what’s the inside looks like.
Shadow / Liner Pack – Comes with 10 sleeves
Blush Pack – Comes with 8 sleeves
Powder / Kabuki Pack – Comes with 4 sleeves
Back to the drama. I hate drama. Can my life be more peaceful? I’m just a consumer, not seller, not retailer and not distributor. First of all I shouldn’t be drag into this.
There’s this online store that was asking for feedback from anyone who had bought or knew prices for The Brush Guard. And of course I said RM23, which is cheaper than what the rest is saying (RM34++? can’t remember). Then I get a long reply to my “feedback” chip-in that that’s not the market price and that she can report to The Brush Guard for further action and stuff. I cannot remember all the replies but I remember telling her I don’t care who sell cheaper because that’s not my problem. A few replies from the store owner thereafter is pretty long and lecturing. She told me to stop telling people I bought it for RM23 and if I have to say the price, I need to tell people I bought it in 2012 because that’s 2012 price. I get furious on this and I replied back saying I’m not going to lie to other people telling them I bought it in 2012 whereas I just bought it a few days ago! She defended herself by telling me that’s not lying. That’s just to get the right info across to other people and that she have just gotten the authorized reseller rights for Malaysia. Okay. Which part of this makes sense? Which part of all this is about getting the right info across? As far as I can see I’m twisting the fact so that her business can grow. So I contacted the seller of mine and told her about this. I told her very frankly that I bought The Brush Guard to blog about it and these kind of drama happens and if she want me to keep her store anonymous, I would. She was furious and told me as far as she know there’s no such thing as authorized reseller. She then told me to contact The Brush Guard directly and get an answer although this should be done by the seller, not me the consumer. So I did. Just to clear the air on “The Brush Guard Authorized Reseller for Malaysia” so that I can get this review up peacefully. The official email reply only came in two weeks after that and here it the snippet of the email.
I have to stress this again to all related business owner. I am just a consumer aka buyer. The price war is not my problem or it is my issue. Do not drag me into all this. Go settle your own problem yourself! And please don’t use my review for your business testimonial to get more sales. I AM STILL VERY MUCH ANGRY WITH THE DRAMA.
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There you go. I’ve been wanting to tell you how awesome The Brush Guard is and how useful it has been to me with all my brushes but because of some drama over certain online store, this review was delayed. You don’t need to be a traveller to use The Brush Guard. You can use it on brushes even if they are just sitting in a brush holder. I personally prefer to slip in the sleeve to help retain the brush bristle’s original shape and it does help the brushes to dry down faster than usual.
Since I won’t be telling you which online store I bought from, however I have a good news. The Brush Guard is delivering to Malaysia directly! Postage is about USD3 for 1-3 packs 😀 . I like how precise the info that was needed to calculate for shipping, from state to postcode. Okay who’s ordering?
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored review. I bought the product on my own.