What is it?
The color sweeper is a tool that goes by many names and is produced by many brands. The one I purchased is made by Lab2 (Or lab squared I suppose since the 2 is supposed to be raised), and it was around £8. Basically it is a tin containing a rough sponge you can use to clean off any pigment on your brush so that you can immediately use the same brush on a new color. It does not actually clean your brush, it just removes the loose pigment that is left on the bristles so you won’t mix the colors. Some people have tried to argue that it does clean them but there is still color being left on the bristles so there’s no way that it’s true. So you should definitely still clean your brush even if you use this when you do your make up.
The rough sponge itself can also be cleaned. There is going to be residue from powder in the bottom of the tin that you should clean, and the sponge itself gets dirty from excessive use so I will definitely recommend to clean it regularly. You can just wash it with soap and water and then leave it to dry and use it again. Some people say you can turn the sponge upside down too, but with the pigment and powders gathering at the bottom of the tin I wouldn’t recommend that either, unless you haven’t used it too much yet.
How did it work?
For this experiment I decided to go for one of the darkest colors I could find, using a matte black from my I Heart Makeup Death By Chocolate palette, a great palette that Karalee got me for Christmas. It’s not the most pigmented black eye shadow but it shows up at least! I swatched it on my window sill because it’s the only proper white background I have, I didn’t have any paper available at the time.
On the right you can see the first swatch without using the color sweeper, then you see after using it once, and on the right you can see a very faint mark after using it twice. It does remove a lot of the pigment but I feel like you have to rub really hard against the sponge to properly get it out.
It does do a decent job and the pigment didn’t transfer into any of the lighter colors in the palette so it could be a useful tool if you are short on brushes and want to use multiple colors for your eye look. Just remember to give your brush(es) a proper clean now and then to avoid any eye infections and irritations and what not.
Have you used a product like this before? What did you think of it? I was actually interested in buying something like this after reading Michala’s review of a similar one because the concept of it intrigued me.