We all know keeping our makeup brushes clean and bacteria-free is important, yet how often do we actually clean them?If you’re like me, the answer is “whenever I get around to it,” which translates to “almost never.”Sephora’s new Brush It Off Cleansing Brush Wipes claim to be a convenient, portable way to wash brushes — big and small.They resemble those wet-naps you get for your sticky fingers at barbecue joints. They come individually wrapped in packages of six ($8) or 18 ($16) and are available at area Sephora stores (including those inside J.C. Penney stores) and on www.sephora.com.Each wipe contains a nonalcohol-based solvent, and repeated use will extend the life of cosmetic brushes, the company says.The testI have some pretty nasty makeup brushes. I unfolded one of the cloths on the bathroom counter and started moving a blush brush back and forth against one side of the wipe. Lots of rosy color was transferring from the brush to the cloth.I turned it over and repeated with two smaller eyeshadow brushes. Hey, this was working! Unfortunately, it was also making a bit of a mess on the counter, but it’s nothing a squirt of Fantastik and a paper towel couldn’t clean up afterward.My brushes didn’t get entirely clean — have I mentioned they were nasty? — but they did appear less “gunked” with particles of old color.When I finished with the wipe, I threw it out and gave all my brushes a good, thorough washing with facial cleanser and warm water and left them to dry overnight.My skin is extremely sensitive, and I was relieved that it didn’t break out when I used the brushes again.Fab or flub?I wouldn’t use these wipes as a substitute for regular washing of brushes, unless the brushes are new and you plan to touch them up between each use.But they are convenient and travel-friendly. I might toss one in a makeup kit if I were traveling to a hot-weather climate and thought I’d be perspiring between makeup touch-ups.And, if you must share your makeup brushes — Yuck! Don’t do it! — keep these little cloths close by to avoid the spread of bacteria.
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