Sigma Spa Express Brush Cleaning Mat Review

I did a bit of shopping during the Zalora 12.12 Online Fever last month. One of the things I bought was a Sigma Spa Express Brush Cleaning Mat for my makeup brushes. It was on sale for 20% off retail, so it came out to P1,034. The exact same product is selling at Sephora Philippines for P1,508 while the US SRP is US$25 plus sales tax (comes out to around US$27+) so it was good.

Sigma Spa Express Brush Cleaning MatThe Sigma Spa Express Brush Cleaning Mat arrived a few days after I ordered it. It looked exactly like the photo on the site.

Sigma Spa Express Brush Cleaning MatIt included a brush cleaning how-to guide.

Sigma Spa Express Brush Cleaning MatThe Sigma Spa Express Brush Cleaning Mat is divided into 7 sections, each with its own unique texture. Different strokes for different folks… or in this case, different surfaces for different brushes. The sections are labelled according to function so you can’t go wrong. According to the instructions, refine just means to give the brush a deeper cleaning.

Sigma Spa Express Brush Cleaning MatThe back of the mat has suction cups so it stays in place as you cleanse your brushes.

Sigma Spa Express Brush Cleaning MatI tried using it on our bathroom sink and it fit perfectly.

Sigma Spa Express Brush Cleaning MatI gathered all my makeup brushes and started with my Shiseido Foundation Brush. What you do is put a bit of liquid soap (I use Sephora Purifying Brush Shampoo) and water on the mat. Wet the brush and then rub it against the appropriate surface. I rubbed it against the Wash Face section first.

Before I got this mat, I used to rub ALL my brushes on my palm to clean them. It wasn’t very pleasant for me because I have over a dozen brushes.

Sigma Spa Express Brush Cleaning MatThen I rinsed the brush on the area marked Rinse Face. I used the Refine Face section to “comb” the brush hairs so its nice and straight after shampooing and rinsing.

What I like about the Sigma Spa Express Brush Cleaning Mat:

  • The mat makes brush cleaning faster, easier, and much more efficient. I don’t ever want to go back to rubbing all of these brushes on my palm.
  • It stays in place even if you rub the brushes against it vigorously.
  • The size is just right. There’s a bigger version of this product that sells for US$32… I think this is sufficient for my needs.
  • The mat itself is easy to clean. Since it’s elastic, I just hang it on the hand towel rack to dry.
  • It’s easy to use and quite self-explanatory even if you don’t go through the guide.
  • It’s latex-free, lead-free, and BPA-free.

Downside? It’s pretty pricey considering it’s just a piece of rubber. I heard there are super cheap knock-offs at Divisoria. But hey, I’m using this to clean brushes that I use on MY FACE so I wouldn’t gamble on anything from Divisoria. I remember my mother-in-law buying dirt cheap rubber slippers there. She ended up with a severe allergy which left her feet swollen for days.

You can easily buy this online for around US$25 where Sigma products are sold — Sephora (Philippines and otherwise), Sigma Beauty, and Amazon. For some reason it’s no longer available at Zalora Philippines.

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  • Reply Mommy Levy January 16, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    If you have good quality brushes, I think it’s okay to spend on a brush cleaner that is also with good quality kahit na medyo pricey.

  • Reply Ioanna January 16, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    Great review! So helpuful! Thanks for sharing your opinion!



  • Reply Kim @ Mom On Duty January 17, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    I feel so bad that I don’t even have makeup brushes yet. Hahaha! I’m still learning to put make up on and building my stash. I will keep this in mind when I need one already.

  • Reply Ceemee January 17, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    I didn’t know that brushes have their own cleaning mats. That is interesting! Your sink looks big.

  • Reply Erica YU-B January 18, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    Hellllo!!! Ang tagal ko na di nagcocomment sa website mo!
    So nice , the look!
    Anyway, I love the part when you said about DIVI hahaha! At super girly this cleaning mat ha! I didn’t know may ganito pala. Need to learn more about makeup talaga.

  • Reply Meg Villamarin-Mortega January 19, 2017 at 9:26 am

    I really want to learn how to put on make up. I don’t know, kaliwete yata ako that’s why hindi ako pantay mag blush on? Hehe. Kaya I don’t wear makeup na lang. I’ll tell this to my gay friend who loves making himself beautiful. He has a lot of makeup brushes inside his kit 🙂

  • Reply Jen Ubongen January 19, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    I’m not a make up person kaya I don’t own much of make up brushes. hehe! But this is a good item which I can share with some of my lovely friends. 😉

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