Saturday, March 10, 2012

The Brush Guard vs Brush Guard

Some time last year, I did a post on The Brush Guard and how I love it that it can protect my makeup brushes. Obviously, given the hoarder streak in me (haha), I have more brushes now than before and thus I am in need of more brush guards for me to properly store my brushes. I came upon a site that also sell brush guard but at a cheaper price of S$8 for 10 pieces vs US$5.50 for a variety pack that comes with 6 pieces of guards for different brushes. The cheapo in me inevitably thought I found a good deal and went ahead and purchase $8 for 10 pieces of brush guards. But when I receive the brush guards (which I will now termed as 'BG'), they are very different from The Brush Guards (which I will now termed as 'TBG') that I purchased online from USA previously.

Let's just take a look at how BG looks in comparison to TBG.

The 2 pieces on the left are TBG for blusher and eyeshadow brush respectively and the isolated piece on the left is BG. You can already tell that TBG looks firmer and harder than BG. Below picture will show how soft BG is when I hold them upright.
My goodness, just look at BG on the left, it literally just drop down! Yes, it is that soft.

So now, let's take a look on how they look when I cover my brushes with it. I had used MAC 129 for both guards and the only difference is that I used TBG on MAC 129 on the left and BG on MAC 129 SE on the right.
Both are able to cover the brushes snuggly but TBG on the left is longer than BG and you can also see from the tip on both brushes on the firmness of TBG and extreme elasticity of BG on the right.

My opinion on BG is that it does not work the same way is TBG. Yes, it is able to cover the bristles but it is not firm enough to protect the brushes, especially so for ladies who travels with brushes. Another advantage of TBG is we can actually protect and dry our washed brushes (see Michelle Phan's demo video here). We obviously cannot invert and dry our washed brushes with BG.

I just want to give a disclaimer that this post is not intended to expose a scam on fake TBG. It's just my honest opinion that BG is not the same as TBG even though it works to cover the brushes. For ladies out there who don't travel with their brushes and keep their brushes at home at all times, BG might work. But  I would prefer TBG (even though I don't bring my brushes outdoor) because the quality of the guards are better (firmer and longer) and I can also use it to properly protect and dry my brushes after wash.

TBG is not expensive at US$5.50 per pack (there are different pack that comes in different quantity). I just purchased 2 variety pack at US$5.50 last week and inclusive of shipping and after conversion, it only came up to S$17+ which I think is a very reasonable price to pay, especially so if you use good quality brushes. :)


  1. I bought some of The Brush Guard after watching Michelle Phan's video too. But after a while I felt that they did more harm to my brushes than good. TBG had a habit of sliding down, not sure why. (In the beginning they fit snugly.) When it slides down, it splays my brush hairs. I couldn't bear it to spoil my expensive brushes so I took all of them out. I still have some unopened TBG left, if you want them let me know, I can pass them to you.

  2. hey Jacq, so sorry to hear TBG didn't work for you after a while. Just wondering, do you keep your brushes standing up or flat? Cos I keep mine flat in a Muji tray.

    Thanks Jacq for offering the TBG! When we meet up, I can get from you. Thanks once again.

    Would love a posting from you on your brushes. )

  3. I bought rectangular glass vases and put glass beads and pebbles in it. Then I stick my brushes in them.

    Check the last few pictures. I took a long time to find the right sized pebbles.

  4. I have both but have stopped using the TBG ones after I discovered that the edges at the 2 ends of TBG are extremely coarse. I reckon they would damage the cuticles of the brush hair when I slip the brush guard through my brush. Imagine running a sandpaper down the length of your hair... *shudders*

  5. Nonno, after yours and Jacq's comments, I get what you mean! The firmness of TBG is the same cause of all these issues. Oh man, are you using BG now or your brushes are now guard-less?

  6. I've always thought brush guards were the smartest invention! :) They're so convenient and tidy :D

  7. I'm using BG ones now but only on brushes whose hair tend to splay after wash. As BG is very soft and expandable, it tends to give the brushes a pointy shape after they're dried. To counter that for brushes that aren't pointy, I don't cover the entire brush head with BG but stop short a few mm before the end of the brush head. KWIM? This way the original shape of the brush head is retained.
    In any case I don't like drying my brushes in a standing position as that means putting them in a container so I'm fine with the softness of BG.

  8. Nonno, I get what you mean :) After hearing the comments, looks like BG has its pro too. Thanks for sharing.


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