So as we all know I am completely OBSESSED with the Dollar Tree. I heard a few months back that the silicone pot holders from there are perfect for cleaning makeup brushes. I had been on the look out ever since I heard that with no luck in finding one. But finally on my most recent trip I saw one! It was a pretty blue color. I am sure they have other colors but my store only had one in stock.
On the parts where your fingers go it has a scalloped texture. In the center the texture consists of horizontal lines. These grooves aren't super thick but textured enough to rough up product.
I noticed these have a very similar look to other makeup brush cleaner mats that are on the market. I saw once recently from a high end company that was a silicone mat with textured bumps that looked very similar to the potholder but flat.
I have close ups above of the texture of the product. The sides are great for bigger brushes. The center is perfect for smaller eye shadow brushes.
I took my brushes and put brush cleanser on top. Then while the water was running I swirled the brushes onto the pot holder to get deep into the bristles.
The product immediately came out! Usually when doing this by hand it takes about 2-4 min per brush but the texture helped get the product out so quickly and easily! It only took maybe a minute and my brushes looked brand new! I have a video of the product in action on my Instagram! Check it out!
I even used it on my Beauty Blender. I clean this about once a month with my Blender Cleanser using the fill with water and squeeze method. It usually still has stains on it when I am done. But using this potholder the stains were completely gone! It was great!
This was also very gentle. I didn't notice any major hair fall out from my brushes and the bristles weren't squished or anything.
I HIGHLY recommend getting this the next time you are in the dollar store. I might cut mine so it lays flat to see if that makes a difference but for $1 it is steal! Plus it is small so storing it is a breeze.
Make sure to check out my pictures to see the product in action! I only had 1 hand as the other one was taking pictures so sorry for the awkward angles :P
Check out my Instagram for more pictures!