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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Review - Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove

(This is the instruction on the back of the package.)

  • makes the brush cleaning process more "fun"
  • protects skin from getting wet and wrinkled
  • microfiber glove insert is removeable, washable and makes the silicone glove more comfortable to wear
  • slightly too big
  • need to wrap a rubber band on the bottom of the glove to secure it to my arm
  • doesn't shape and squeeze the excess water out of the brushes as easy as my bare hands
  • leaves a liquid/cream product residue on surface of the glove and on the ferrules of flat shader/paddle brushes
  • $39 (Price is a very personal issue and I will defend my stance below in further details.)
  • It cleans my brushes well, but it doesn't clean them faster or better than the bare hands method. Therefore, this is neither a pro nor con.

   (The bottom of the glove indicates whether it's the side for washing eye brushes or face brushes.)

I have over 200 brushes and counting because I dread washing my brushes. (I just placed a Hakuhodo order and have a few Sigma brush sets that I haven't even reviewed yet.) I usually leave my dirty brushes off to the side and wait for them to pile up before deep cleaning them all at once. I do this once every 2-3 weeks. I rather not wash them right after they get dirty because I'm lazy I don't have time. The Sigma glove makes brush cleaning less of a chore and more "fun" because of the nubbles. The side with the smaller nubbles is meant for cleaning eye brushes, while the side with the bigger nubbles is meant for cleaning face brushes. Both sides on the bottom of the glove clearly indicates whether it's for cleaning eye or face brushes. Also, I wash over 30 brushes at a time, so I like that the glove prevents my fingers from getting wet and wrinkled like a prune. It also comes with a microfiber insert that's removable, washable and makes the silicone glove more comfortable to wear.

(Darn it, I spelled "removable" incorrectly. -_- It's been a long day.)
Psychologically, it seems like the silicone glove does a better job with cleaning my brushes because I can see all the gunk coming out of the bristles and clearly on the glove. However, it doesn't actually clean my brushes any faster or better than the bare hands method. When I use the bare hands method to wash foundation brushes, I always need to wash it once with olive oil to get all the product out and then wash it again with baby shampoo. I have to do the same thing when I use the silicone glove. It can actually take a little bit longer because it's not as easy to shape and squeeze the excess water out of the brushes compared to my bare hands because the silicone glove is a little bit too big and thick. Also, I have to wrap a rubber band on the bottom of the glove to secure it to my arm or else it'll keep sliding out. (This may be due to the fact that I have small hands.)

Warning: Be gentle when you swirl your brush onto the glove. I was a little bit too harsh with my sigma F82 and it shedded 2 hairs because I pressed it too hard against the nubbles when I was swirling the bristles all over the glove. I didn't experienced any shedding with any of my brushes when I was gentle and it still cleaned my brushes well.

(The glove is too big and thick. So, it doesn't shape and squeeze the excess water out of the brushes as easy as my bare hands.)

I have to wrap a rubber band on the bottom of the glove or else the glove will keep sliding out.
Another important thing to mention is that there was a residue on the glove after I used it to wash my foundation brushes. This can actually make the cleaning process longer for my next dirty brush. Also, when I wash my flat shader brushes or flat paddle foundation brushes, residue gets on the ferrule because I have to wash those types of brushes in a painting motion. When I wash my other brushes in a swirling motion, it's difficult for the residue to get onto the ferrules. (I remove the residue just  like I remove the liquid/cream product from my brushes, using an oil-based cleanser to break down the product.)

(Notice the foundation residue.)
(Notice the cream product residue on the ferrule of the brushes.)

Price: Personally, Sigma was a brand that represented good quality at an affordable price. Although their quality never matched up to luxury brands, it was fine because their price was reasonable for the quality that they were offering. I paid $39 for the silicone glove + $6 for shipping. Even with the 10% off coupon, my total came up to $41.10. At first, it did seem "overpriced" for one item that's basically an "oven mit." However, I don't measure the value of a product based solely on quantity. I also measure it in terms of quality, how it would fit into my lifestyle and how it would improve the quality of my life.

Bottom Line: The Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove would be less valuable to those who have only a few brushes in their collection. However, if you are a brush hoarder, then this product will make the brush cleaning process less of a chore. 

Note: The Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove is available on their online store for $39. It measures 11 inches in length and 7.5 inches at the widest point.

How do you wash your brushes?

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The Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove was purchased by me using my own funds,


  1. Would love to see this one on action! :)

  2. This seems like such a scam to me. I have tons of brushes and I use the Masters Brush Cleanser which allows me to clean my brushes in half the time and costs about $10 for a big tub that will last forever. Sigma to me is a terrible brand - they should stick to selling their "Sigmax" line and that's all.

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