Sunday, 12 March 2017

Review: Happy Place Cosmetics Parma Violet Unicorn Brush Cleanser

Some time ago (I'll be honest, I can't remember exactly when), I stumbled across a lovely brand on Instagram, called Happy Place Handmade Cosmetics. I was drawn to their pretty pictures of soaps, makeup brush cleaners, face scrubs and more, a lot of which are themed around traditional sweets and treats. The brand makes products which are Vegan, Cruelty-free and SLS-free.

Photo: Happy Place Cosmetics
Photo: Happy Place Cosmetics
They recently released a Parma Violet scented Makeup Up Brush Cleaner, and I was completely sold as soon as I saw it. I love the sweets, and I adore the scent of violet. To add to the appeal - the solid brush cleaner features a sparkly purple unicorn in the design. Like I said, sold!

When my order arrived I was really pleased with the parcel. I had ordered solely the Parma Violet brush cleaner, but when I opened up my package I was pleased to find I had also been sent a small brush cleaning 'egg' tool and a sample of the company's Chocolate Brownie Face Scrub.
My lovely parcel from Happy Place Cosmetics
Review

I tend to think brush cleaners are 'much of a muchness', but I have to say this one really did impress. Prior to getting this, I was using Lotti London Soap Star Brush Cleaner, which is a cheaper solid brush cleaner (costing £7, compared with Happy Place Cosmetics' option costing £17). I was happy with Lotti, but it wasn't very pretty or exciting.

Enter Happy Place. This product is really, really great.  It's a solid brush cleaner in a metal tin, so you simply dampen your brush and/or the soap, swirl the brush around to get a lather, and then rub on your cleaning egg. 



I chose to use my Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove, rather than the brush egg I was kindly sent. The main reason for this is that my hands get irritated being in water for too long, and the Sigma product is a full glove that lets me clean my brushes without getting my hand wet. I think I will be popping the brush egg sent by Happy Place into my 'gifts' box, to pass onto a good home.

The Parma Violet brush cleaner is very impressive. It smells lovely and that smell carries whilst washing brushes - it doesn't just keep its scent in the tin, if that makes sense. My clean brushes also now have a slight scent of Parma Violet on them, which is lovely.

They came up sparkling clean - the brush cleaner cuts right through thicker product such as foundation with ease. My brushes were not left stained, they came up as good as new. Once dry, the bristles were uber soft.

I will definitely repurchase this product when it runs out (though sadly Parma Violet is limited edition so I'll have to try another scent!) True, there are more affordable alternatives on the high street, but in all honesty, I think it is worth the price. I can see already this will last me a while - the tin contains a good chunk of soap and it is barely touched after cleaning a full set of brushes. The unicorn has now lost its sparkle, but it's worth it for a full set of squeaky clean, soft brushes.

I can't wait to give the Chocolate Brownie Face Scrub a try, although I might struggle to resist eating it - it could not look or smell more like chocolate cupcake batter if it tried! I've already got my eye on some of the other products Happy Place offer -  the Unicorn Bath Dust and Fluffy Marshmallow Hair Mask may just find their way into my basket on payday.

Have you tried anything from this brand? Can you recommend any other handmade or independent brands you think I'd like?

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