We tested Fenty Beauty's dry sponge that cleans makeup brushes without water
- Rihanna's Fenty Beauty recently released a dry-brush-cleaning sponge.
- Fenty says the sponge quickly removes pigment from
makeup brushes, allowing users to easily switch from color to color using the same brush.
- Insider producer Kyle Kerchaert tried out the sponge and found that it held up to its claims.
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Kyle Kerchaert: Today, I'm testing out the
I'm gonna be rating the Fenty dry-brush-cleaning sponge on how well it works to remove pigment, how quickly it removes pigment, and how versatile it is in terms of the types of colors and finishes it can remove. I'm going to try my very best to recreate this beautiful rainbow eye look from Naomi Arnold that she created using the Jeffree Star Jawbreaker palette.
The catch is, I'm gonna be doing this complicated look with just these brushes and using the sponge to switch between shades on one eye, but on the other eye not use a sponge at all and just really see if there's a difference.
First step, take this white shade and buff it all over the lid to just accentuate the base. It doesn't really look like there's much on my brush, but just to make sure, I wanna get any of that white pigment off before I go into a bright color. And, yeah, definitely some stuff just came off. So there was hidden pigment on here that it's helping to clean off.
The first color switch is happening. We're gonna go, bam, right into bubble gum. So, something I like to do after I lay a crease shade down, is go in with a clean brush and really buff out the edges. So I'm just gonna try to clean this and then buff it out and hope that the sponge gets this pigment off. It's already clean. That was maybe three seconds. Impressive.
I really want these colors to be distinct from one another but still blended, because that's how Naomi's look looks. So I really hope that this sponge can, like, create that definition but blendability, if that makes sense.
This is an important color distinction because I'm gonna be laying, like, this teal color on top of the purple. And green and purple could really mix and create this, like, brown mess, so I'm hoping that these are gonna blend nicely and really not muddy at this part.
It's time to cut the crease. And cut crease is done. It's not perfect, but I am pretty proud of it, so we're all gonna pretend that it is really great.
Now we have the green. This shade is definitely coming out patchy. I don't think it's anything to do with the brush or the sponge performance. I just think it's the shadow itself.
AdvertisementI'm gonna take Jawbreaker and go right here. And that shade I just used was a shimmer, so I'm actually curious if the sponge will take off, like, a shimmer formula more than just color. 'Cause I'm gonna go from the shimmer back into a matte, and if I do that, I don't want the matte to suddenly be sparkly. I feel like the way to tell if it did is I'm just gonna, like, swatch it right here and see if I see glitter on my arm. Can you see that? Or, can see the lack of? It was, like, right there.
Kyle: It's clean! Exactly.
Going from a green to a red pigment now, which makes me very nervous. That could turn into, like, a muddy, poop, brown situation that we don't want on our rainbow eye.
All right, I'm going from bright red into this white shade, so I don't want this turning into a baby pink. Please be clean, because this is, like, the final crucial step. Wow.
I just decided, for funsies, I wanna put a shimmer in the corner, but that means that this red has got to go. Now, this is my inner corner, so if red pigment gets on my inner corner I'm gonna look like I have bloodshot, vampire, insomniac eyes. Which I do, but I don't want it to look like that. So, like, I don't know if you can see, ever so faintly, I'm getting red on my skin. So it's not completely taking that pigment off.
AdvertisementOK, I gotta say, like, this sponge is very easy to use. Because I have used a similar product to this. There's something called the Color Switch. I believe it's, like, seven bucks on Amazon. And I've used it before, but it's, like, the big, circular, round thing. And when you really try to get your brush in there and, like, scrub off a color, the whole thing moves around, and it, like, you don't get as much traction and, like, friction against your brush to clean it. It becomes a little bit more difficult. But I think, like, the shape of this allows you to really just, like, freestyle it and go ham and, like, use pressure to get that color off, but it's staying steady, and it's cleaning. So, that's something I really like.
OK. We are finished with look No. 1. I did this whole look using just three eye brushes and using the Fenty sponge. The sponge has been through a lot. It's compact in size, which is nice, but you probably are gonna have to clean it after every use. So, I'm gonna go in, recreate this look on this eye, just the brushes, no sponge. And we're gonna see what the final look looks like and if there's a noticeable difference.
I finally finished, and I avoided most major disasters doing this look. So, pretty proud of myself. I definitely see some differences, so let's talk about them. So, pretty much in every major section of my eye, the crease, the outer corner, and the inner corner, I noticed just a much cleaner, defined eye using the sponge. There are three specific things I wanna point out.
The first is, in the actual crease, where I blended the pink to the purple to the bluish teal, on the eye that I used the sponge, those colors just look much more distinct, and they're popping a little bit more. On the side that I didn't use the sponge, they all are kind of blended into one another. I just don't think they're as vibrant and distinct.
The second area I'm noticing a huge issue in is in my outer corner crease, so, like, right here. Blending that green into the red, it just...it didn't work without having clean brushes.
AdvertisementThe last area that I really noticed a difference was when I was packing that inner corner lighter shimmer. I'd used the brush for a bunch of different bright colors before that, and I did get a little bit of red just, like, still lingering there.
Overall, I think that the sponge did its job in removing pigments. There was just one color that was a really saturated red shade, and I was having some trouble fully getting that off. It's not the fastest tool to use. It's definitely gonna slow down your process. But it is a little bit easier to use than other similar sponges to it on the market, which I think makes it faster than them. The sponge also seemed to do a great job in removing bright pigments, white or more neutral pigments, and even glitters and shimmers. So, I think it pretty much works with whatever color you're gonna throw at it. Maybe just beware of those, like, super, super-pigmented reds and pinks. I can notice a huge difference in my eyes.
And because it made such a difference, I'm gonna say it is worth the money.
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