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Tuesday
May142013

Accidental discovery: how to dry brushes in minutes!

I might be the last person to find out about this, but still, I'm pretty blown away. Background story: I was rushing out to my 6:30 AM yoga class the other day. I have these new Real Techniques brushes, but I haven't washed them yet even though I planned to use them later when I go out. So I deep-cleaned them before I left for yoga, and laid them on the first towel I could find. 

I checked the brushes as I was about to leave, and lo and behold - the big brush was almost completely dry! It hasn't been ten minutes since I washed it!

Granted, this brush wasn't particularly dense, but still! Apparently, the towel I used is no ordinary towel - it's an Aquazorb. It's designed to absorb water quickly, and is commonly used as a bath or gym towel. I honestly didn't know that I had Aquazorb since this towel was just a gift.

I experimented with my other deep-cleaned brushes and got the same results. Small detail brushes (like for concealers and eyeshadows) can be dried instantly - I just wipe them on the Aquazorb, removing any remaining moisture. Bigger, dense brushes take more time of course, but they can be completely dry in an hour or two depending on how large they are.

This flat top brush was dry in about 30 minutes after I wiped most of the water off. So cool! I haven't tried this technique yet on animal hair, but I reckon that they will dry faster as well.

So there you go. I definitely plan to get more Aquazorb towels! I'm so happy to have "discovered" this haha. It definitely makes washing brushes an easier task. If you're interested in purchasing as well, you can find Aquazorb in the following locations.

Reader Comments (34)

nice! gotta get one of those. btw, will you do a review on the real techniques blush brush and face brush?

May 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLian

I need at least 5 hours to fully dry my brushes that's why I only wa them once a week which is unhygienic. So glad that there's towels that ca dry brushes in minutes. Thanks for sharing

May 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterarya

Any dupes for this towel?

May 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCamille

Oemgeee now this is something for me! Not only will i use this to soak the water from the brushes pero this will also be helpful in drying my hair. Iv been sleeping sa employees quarters s office dhil nga super init ng summer and wala akong aircon s room n nirerent ko. Siempre don n din ako naliligo. Ang tagal patuyuin ng hair ko dahil i dont use blow dryer naman. This is really exciting. Pwede ko pa pampunas punas ng mga toiletries ko na nabasa from the shower before i keep them. And kung totoo nga ang nakita kong prices online mura na ha for something na versatile.

And dahil dito tama talaga ang naging decision kong not to buy the goody quikstyle paddlebrush. Hehehe cheaper alternative ito to drying the hair since di din naman ako talaga nagbblow dry.

May 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermiz eloise

Thanks for posting this... I hope they have a face towel-sized aquazorb =)

May 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAbby

yay for serendipity! :D

May 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHarmony Valdoz

I know you said this was a gift but do you have an idea how much is this towel? Thank you.

May 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRanne

Aquazorb is amazing! My dad gave me one some years ago, and I love it for personal use. And this new discovery is awesome, as I get really lazy waiting for my brushes to dry. Thanks for sharing, Miss Liz! :)

May 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJenine

I love aquazorb! I buy them in sets of colors (hand, face, towel, big towel, hair, headband) cause that's just me and I like to coordinate everything. Haha!

These are great for travel, since using hotel towels (regardless of how high-end they are) creep me out. Doesn't take much space and dries quickly.

May 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersabrina

@Sabrina how much??

May 14, 2013 | Registered CommenterLiz Lanuzo

My bf makes fun of me for having non-absorbent towels. (I think they're too old. They just spread water instead of absorbing it away) He got me an Aquazorb and I love it! There are special chemicals in it to make it extra absorbent. You can't use fabcon with it because it might strip or react with the "absorbers." Anyway, my long hair is dried in like three minutes whereas with my other towels, it's still damp after towel drying for ten! I never thought to use it for brushes but OMG! Stroke of genius!

May 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBeauty by Tellie

Thanks Ms Liz for this tip. I heard about Aquazorbs already but I don't own any. I wonder if the towels themselves are harder to dry since they are so absorbent?

May 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKris

woot!I wanna hoard some. Thanks for this tip Liz:)

May 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterOhms

This can really be useful when drying my watercolor brushes! sorry if this is off topic but some of my heavier brushes can be difficult to dry. :)

May 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlaura

Hi Liz, you can also use liquid makeup removers to clean your brushes instead of washing them with water. But if I have more time to spare, yes I do wash them with soap and warm water and use my ordinary towel to dry. Thanks to your tip, I'll be using my Aquazorb towel next time! :)

May 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAbby S.

I love that Aquazorb towels aren't thick unlike ordinary towels. That's why I always use one for travel since it doesn't occupy much space in the luggage. I also love it because it absorbs water really quick! Anyway, never did I thought of using these towels for drying brushes (and probably sponges as well). Will definitely try this trick! Thanks, Ms. Liz!

May 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanelle

Bath Essentials is a good dupe if for the main purpose of drying makeup brushes, their face towels are only Php 19 and their sweat/exercise towel size is only Php 29.

For after-shower and yoga purposes though, Aquazorb is better.

May 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRae

@Kris I was hesitant to buy Aquazorb towels at first because I thought of the same thing. Don't worry though because these towels dry fast! Probably because they're very thin kaya madaling i-air dry. I don't know pero I sometimes feel na it dries faster than ordinary towels.

@Ranne and Ms. Liz Price varies depending on the size. The hand towels are priced at Php 160 while the body towels are worth Php 300 (Php 500 for the extra large ones). The prices can go as high as Php 1000 for yoga towels with studs (anti-slip). :)

May 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanelle

Thank you for this wonderful advice Ms.Liz! Gotta buy Aquazorb! Girls, no excuses for cleaning our brushes LOL ;)

May 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSvetlani

@liz

it ranges from 160 (for hand), 300 (hair), 500 (body-- small), 600 (body-- large-- the ones as long as yoga mats). The headband is cheaper, I think 90? Basta less than 1800 for an entire set, so I splurge on them once in a while to add to my collection.

May 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersabrina

I can't wait to try this! I think a good dupe is Bath Essentials. They look and feel the same with the regular aquazorb. They also don't cost as much, one big towel retails for p99 only and you can buy them from all SM branches. Though I'm not so sure if they function the same in terms of absorbing moisture.

Thanks so much Ms. Liz for haring this!

May 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJing

Finally won't need to wait overnight just for my brushes to dry!

May 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYsabelle

Brushes made with animal hair dries up from 10-40 minutes with the powder brush (Charm Pro) taking the longest to dry. :)

May 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoie

@ Janelle Thanks for sharing that this is also quick to dry and sharing the prices as well. This looks a good investment for travel since their absorbent but not as bulky. Will be searching for this.

May 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercouchpotato_md

I have alot of those towels, padala ng mother ko :) but I didn't know na pwede sya for drying up brushes that fast. thanks for the tips miss Liz. Now I can dry up my brushes that fast :)

May 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersammy

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