After receiving my March Ipsy Glam Bag, I was quite impressed with the Vera Mona eye shadow that I received in my bag so I went online to the Vera Mona website to see what other products they
have to offer. I was instantly intrigued by the Color Switch products. These magic little sponges promised to quickly and completely remove color from a brush so that you can switch to the next color without any transfer. There is a page of Testimonials from makeup artists and popular YouTube personalities, including my favorite Grav3yardgirl (Shout out to the Swamp Family!), singing the praises of the Color Switch.
The color switch comes in three different styles.
The Color Switch Solo, which is the basic Color Switch sponge housed in a cute little tin that makes it easy to store without a mess:
The Color Switch Duo, which is the basic color switch sponge surrounding a smaller sponge in the middle which can be soaked with water to moisten brushes for wet eyeshadow application:
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The Color Switch sponges can be easily removed from their tins and cleaned with soap and water, or they can be completely replaced with refills. The Color Switch Solo and Duo are both available to be purchased by themselves, with refills, or as a combo with a Vera Mona Double-Ended Brush.
I had the Color Switch for about 3 minutes before I was busting out some eye shadow to give them a try. I chose a highly pigmented bright blue and a light, bright pink for my testing. Since photographing my own arm didn't seem like a very easy thing to undertake, I enlisted my oldest spawn to be my test subject. In case, you have curiosity as to what a 12-year-old boy charges for such a service, it's one free app download on his tablet. He works for fairly cheap.
I decided on the Vera Mona Double Ended Brush as my testing brush. I figured I would kill two birds with one stone using it because I could get a feel for how it picks up and deposits color. One end of the brush is a lid and blender with soft and slightly fluffy fibers, and the other end is smaller and shorter fiber smudger brush. The brush is vegan, and cruelty-free, which is always great.
I started with the blue. I loaded the brush up with color. The brush picks up color quite nicely.
I then deposited the color on the forearm of my spawn. The color lay down was very clean with little fallout.
I then took the brush for a spin against the Color Switch Solo in a circular motion to remove the color. Since this was an action step, I didn't take any photos of it. Close your eyes and imagine what that would look like.
After about 20 seconds I examined the brush to see how it was coming along. Despite some staining to the white tips, which you kind of have to expect from a highly pigmented color, there was no evidence of eye shadow on the brush at all. I gave it a quick test on the spawns arm to see if I could see any color, and there wasn't even a hint of a ghost of color left behind. I moved on to the pink eye shadow. I loaded up the brush, once again with great pickup of color, and deposited the color on the arm of my spawn.
The spawn and I both took turns examining the pink to see if we could see and trace of the blue. We both agreed that there wasn't any blue present at all. Pink was the only color visible.
The Color Switch lives up to its promise of quickly and completely removing color from eye shadow brushes. I am VERY satisfied with the quality and performance. The Double Ended Brush is also a quality performer. Since I've had the color switch, I've noticed that my makeup routine has been reduced in its duration by several minutes. No change in the amount of makeup my spawn wears on his arm, though. That returned to its usual level immediately after that last photo.
Do you have a favorite makeup brush you would like to recommend? Or maybe a request for a makeup product you would like to see my spawn model on his arm?
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