I’m pretty happy with the ‘oldie but goodie’ method of using simple baby shampoo to deep clean my brushes. However, nowadays when it comes to base makeup my go to application tool is the much hyped (but in my opinion with good reason) beauty sponge. I find that baby shampoo doesn’t quite cut it for getting my sponges looking good as new, and worse still, they can start to tear after a few washes. When I collaborated with the fabulous Leah XL for a YouTube video (watch it here) she recommended using the Beauty Blender solid brush cleanser. The coconut and aloe ingredients apparently mean you get a great result while taking care of the sponge avoiding causing it any damage. At £14 a pop it’s not exactly cheap so when I came across the Lottie London alternative in a Sunday evening browse on the Superdrug website I didn’t hesitate to click ‘add to basket’!
At £6.99 the Lottie London offering is around half the price of the Beauty Blender version. Essentially it is a small block of soap but with added ingredients such as coconut oil and Shea butter to ensure your brushes (or in my case sponges) are treated to a deep cleanse while staying soft. Simply wet the sponge, give it a good rub onto the block of soap to create a lather, rinse and repeat as needed. With the screw lid and compact size it’s great for travel too.
I’ve been trialling the product for around a month on all my sponges. I wash them after a couple of uses each and considering I have 5 sponges it’s lasting really well. The cleaning block lathers up really easily so you don’t need much and I only need to give each sponge the once over providing it’s not too caked in foundation. Above is an example of what my sponges look like pre-cleaning session! I’ve used a soft, medium and harder sponge to show you how well the product works on all types of sponges, although the harder sponges do need a bit more work but that’s to be expected in my opinion.
As you can see, post-clean they look good as new! A tiny bit of staining on the black one but that’s probably down to the colour and potentially how dense it is. A month down the line, all sponges are in good ‘nick’ without signs of tearing. Overall, I’m very impressed and will definitely repurchase. I’d be interested to see how the Beauty Blender soap compares, do let me know in the comments if you have tried it.