If you knew what grime, mold, and germs lurked in your makeup brushes, you might never use them again! You should clean them, but I admit to ruining more than one pricey makeup brush in the process. And, DIY cleansing doesn’t guarantee that they will be free from mold and other pollutants. Enter Beautiac makeup brushes, another alternative to have super clean brushes every single month.
Beautiac makeup brushes is a new makeup brush subscription company based in Nashville, TN touting interchangeable, sustainable makeup brushes.
There are three subscription options with free shipping. All products are cruelty-free and brush heads can be recycled or mailed back to Beautiac’s headquarters where they will recycle the products for you.
Subscriptions Make Sense:
It might seem a bit indulgent at first, but it makes sense in many ways.
For starters, since the brush heads and the handles are separate, they fit nicely into a bag so you don’t have to leave them out in the air unless you want to.
If you’ve ever ruined an expensive brush, a subscription delivery of new brush heads on a month to month basis ($20 ) or pre-pay 3 months ($18) or 6 months for $16.50/month, the cost seems to look more reasonable.
The starter kit includes 3 brush handles, 3 brush heads, a blur sponge, a makeup brush stand, an antimicrobial bag, and a recycling return bag.
Sadly, Beautiac makeup brushes are not available in smaller sizes for eyes, liner, or lips. These tend to get just as dirty (or more so) than facial brushes do. I hope that Beautiac will include these smaller brushes in their offerings one of these days.
Beautiac makeup brushes have universal brush handles that fit all their brush heads. You can just pop them on and off. Bringing the brush heads and using one handle is good for travel.
When you want to upgrade the handle you can send it back via the plastic Beautiac recycling bag. Used handles are cleaned, paired with clean brush heads, and donated to Women’s programs and shelters. Thumbs up to this!
The bristles are nicely formed and pick up powder really well. But the cruelty-free bristles are not necessarily recyclable. Beautiac’s brush head and ferrule are both made of the same material and can be recycled.
Blur Sponge, Bag, Smart Stand:
The Beautiac Blur Sponge is made of a non-latex material and can also be recycled through the Zero Waste Box™ participation with Terra Cycle. But sponges are really inexpensive. IT might be more cost effective just to ditch your facial sponge each month and buy another one for a couple of dollars.
The Beautiac Smart Stand is slim and clever. If you don’t have too many makeup brushes or makeup tools, this will be such a nice way to organize them. Alas, the Blur Sponge doesn’t have a steady base to stand on so it balances precariously on the Smart Stand.
The Smart Stand can be placed in the dishwasher or hand cleaned. It can also be can be placed in the recycling bag and sent back to Beautiac, where it will be recycled or upcycled into something else.
The antimicrobial bag is made from a canvas textile comprised of cotton, coated with an antimicrobial solution on the inside to ensure the bag doesn’t grow bacteria. The bag can sustain multiple washings.
My assumption is that if you keep your brushes in it, you should also wash it every month when the new brushes arrive.
Recycling The Products:
The Beautiac design team makes products that are designed to be recycled or up-cycled. They’re made from cruelty-free materials.
Every starter kit also receives a recycling bag to mail the used products back to Beautiac headquarters. As IK mentioned, using TerraCycle’s Zero Waste Box Program, 100% of the accepted products collected for recycling will be recycled into something useful.
Your returned products might end up in a park bench, a picnic table, or some other community beautification product.
Beautic Makeup Brushes, The Bottom Line:
I love the idea of recycling products. I love the idea of getting new, germ-free clean beauty every month. Your brushes will be recycled through Terra Cycle.
However, a good brush cleaner is a much cheaper alternative.
When it comes to packaging, it’s impressive, but if you are trying to be more environmentally friends, why send a huge cardboard box for these relatively small items with each in a separate tube? Why not save some trees, and just pack the products in one bag?
In addition, the amount of environmental impact it takes to package, transport, recycle and re-fashion pieces of Beautiac makeup brushes is also a “cost” to the environment.
You can recycle the boxes on your own if you wish.
I don’t see this so much as helping the environment as much as a little indulgence for people who have disposable income and want really clean brushes. That said, the Beautiac makeup brushes are really cool and well done.
For more information visit the Beautiac Web Site: https://beautiac.com/