Hello my lovelies! How are you all doing? I know I am a slacker! Forgive me!
Did anyone see Michael Jackson’s Memorial at the Staples Center? I thought it was such a sweet tribute to the King of Pop, and the montage of him and his daughter’s words brought me to tears. I am an 80’s baby, and I grew up loving his songs, watching “Thriller” over and over again- my favorite song is “Rock with you”, and it’s definitely one of those songs you turn up in the car! It’s sad we lost a legend so soon…I didn’t realize how close his parents’ house was to my work, literally like 5 minutes away. Of course the streets are blocked due to the overwhelming crowds, but I hope he knows how much people loved him and his music.
So I had a reader question ask me what the difference was between the MAC Fix+ Spray and the Model in a Bottle, the MAC Fix+ spray in a nutshell is a simple concoction of water, glycerin, and witch hazel (among other things), but mainly is a refreshing water spray that I personally use to mix with facial masks or even the Ly-Na Pearl Cream, or even just as a refresher on a hot day. Sometimes I also use it on my beauty blender sponge to apply my mineral foundation wet or to thin out liquid foundation. The Model in a Bottle is an actual setting spray that doesn’t budge your makeup, it mattifies it and sets it so there is no need for touch-ups throughout the day. You spray it on over your makeup a few inches away from your face (eyes closed), and let it dry. It may feel sticky at first but goes away and then feels like normal. Great for hot days! I will try and do a comparison soon (with and without it). You’ll notice your makeup lasts a lot longer than without!
Anyway, at the Makeup Show LA months ago, I picked up the Parian Spirit Brush Cleaner, at the shows the Parian Spirit Brush Cleaner Kit is only $20 and includes the canister with the grate, 2 brush cleaning wipes for traveling or on the go, a travel size spray, and a large 16oz. bottle that will last you a long time!
The grate itself is removable, and you clean your brushes against this for thorough cleaning. You can then clean the jar and grate when you are done and let it dry for next time. The best part about this brush cleaner is that it dries you brushes IMMEDIATELY. No waiting needed (except larger brushes such as buffer or face brushes as these might take longer to dry). The scent itself is citrus, nothing atrocious.
Product: 4 out of 5
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Quality: 5 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5
Price: Varies, can buy individually
Would I buy again? Yes
Where to buy? Various stores online, such as makeupmania.com, alcone.com, etc.
– Cleans brushes quickly and thoroughly, dries immediately.
– Canister comes with a grate to help clean your brushes, washable and re-usable.
– The show kit/price comes with a lot for $20, and the 16oz. bottle will last you awhile!
– Canister is easy to travel with, great for makeup artists.
– Has a travel size (2oz) spray.
– I am not too fond of the citrus smell (that goes for everything even oranges! I hate citrus-y scents for some weird reason)
– Canister itself isn’t too big, therefore cannot clean huge face brushes.
Overall: It’s currently my favorite brush cleaner, and it’s unique. Very easy to clean brushes on a whim and I LOVE that it dries my brushes as quickly as I take it out and pat it on a paper towel. It’s not damp- it’s completely dry. Definitely recommend!