The Shadow Switch has been seen all over Instagram and Twitter for the past couple of months now. It’s basically a little tin with a soft-wiry sponge inside that is supposed to clean your eyeshadow brushes quickly and efficiently. No mess or fuss. Just swirl your brush around the sponge, and the eyeshadow will disappear off the brush, ready for another shadow to go on. I was sent a tin to review about a month ago and have been testing it out since I got it, so I think it’s time to share my thoughts on the Shadow Switch.
The sponge itself reminds me a bit of a black brillo pad…and I also think it looks a little like caviar?! Probably the most random thoughts you’ll read about this product but there you go, I like to say it as I see it. I’m not overly impressed with the packaging if I’m being honest. The tin feels a little cheap and the colour scheme isn’t great in my opinion, but I’ve heard the company who make Shadow Switch are actually going to be rebranding it soon anyway, so I’m excited to see what the new packaging will look like.
Does the Shadow Switch Actually Work?
In a word; yes. It does what it says on the tin (sorry, forgive the pun – I literally couldn’t NOT put that one in to be fair), and basically removes all traces of a particular eyeshadow with a quick swirl in the sponge. You can actually see the shadow disappear into the wiry little sponge, and are left with a blank canvas again as it were, to be able to apply another shadow.
It’s recommended that the sponge is taken out and cleaned with warm soapy water every so often for hygiene and cleanliness reasons, and the brushes themselves definitely need a deep clean at least once a month with your usual baby shampoo or brush cleanser.
I guess that’s the only negative thing I would have to say about the Shadow Switch; it’s not the most effective tool for cleaning brushes. But it’s definitely the fastest and least fussy way to do it, and for eye shadow application which is often pretty tricky, anything which makes that process a little easier is a winner in my book.
I’ve heard a couple of people say that the sponge might be a bit too abrasive for softer brushes, and I can sort of see why, as it does need to be rough to an extent in order to remove the powders. But at the end of the day, if there are fancy or expensive brushes which you’re precious about, I’d just leave them out of this step and stick to your usual cleaning routine. For everyday eyeshadow brushes though, the Shadow Switch is a cleaning game-changer, and I’d definitely recommend giving it a go.
The Shadow Switch is available from Amazon and costs £5.99.