Review: MAC Brush Cleanser

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Who here loves spending money? I do, I do, I do! Rather than just pay £14 for a MAC lipstick, I decided that was too sensible an idea and that I’d rather hoard 6 bottles of Brush Cleanser so that I could Back to MAC them and get a free lipstick.  With a brain like that, how have I survived so long?


They say:

This one product will clean, disinfect and condition the brush fibres so that brushes will last longer. It is convenient to use and is specifically designed to extend the life of high quality brushes. Brush Cleanser leaves your brushes smelling fresh and clean and helps shorten their drying time.

I say:

Before I started this blog, I never used make up brushes.  These sausage fingers always did the job (but then again, I didn’t wear or even use half of the stuff that I do now…).  It was only until I began to blog and read other blogs did I see the importance of using make up brushes.  

After purchasing the Real Techniques Core Collection and Eye Starter Kit, I thought it would perhaps be sensible (there’s that silly word again!) of me to actually take care of my brushes and invest in a brush cleanser.  What would be the point in spending £20+ on nice brushes if I was just going to treat them like Poundland brushes?  (Don’t look at me like that, they know what they’re getting themselves in for.  It’s all they’ve ever known!)

In the past, I had tried washing my brushes with shampoo… but for some reason they were never the same afterwards.  They changed maaan.

I’m not going to lie, this is a good brush cleanser.  Place your brushes under running water, get them wet (ohhh baby), place the brush head in your palm and shake a few drops of this on to the bristles.  Circle your palm with the bristles to get the brush cleanser to foam and lather up.  Massage in that lather, get them really clean.  Give um a good rinse once you think that they are, squeeze the excess water out and lay them to dry.  This brush cleanser makes brush washing so much easier as I find it really cuts through all the built up make up and associated grime.

 (I’m not sure if it did make a difference to drying time as I usually leave them overnight anyway.)

I did read a review of this before I bought it (come on now, who doesn’t do that?!) and they said that she would pour this on to a paper towel, run the brushes across it and bang, clean brushes.  I tried this and oh lord, those brushes were not clean – the mammoth breakouts all over my face are testament to that.  Follow the instructions people.  They’re there for a reason!

I found that my first bottle lasted me a fair while using the above method.  It was when I got lazy and poured half of my second bottle into my brush holder and stuck the brushes in, bristles first, that it may not have lasted as long as the first one… oops.

Of course, at £9.50 you may think that this is a bit of an extravagant purchase and I agree.  Whilst it does make my brushes very clean indeed and cuts down on time spent faffing around with shampoo it is expensive for what it is, especially when ELF’s version is about £1.50…

Like I said above, this product counts as a Back to MAC product.  If you take 6 of these empty bottles to a MAC counter you can exchange them for a free lipstick.  I have two of these empty bottles…  aaand it would be a shame to waste them… soooo I shall probably repurchase this and get my mitts on a free lipstick *I’ve-just-made-a-poor-excuse-to-spend-recklessly-and-not-feel-ashamed face* (Russian Red, I’m coming for you!)

To give it a rating I would probably give it a 4/5.  Whilst it may be expensive, it does work and makes washing brushes so much easier.  And like I said above, once you have finished 6 you can exchange the empties for a free lipstick.  Just think of that when you’re elbow deep in dirty brushes, especially you flashy bloggers with your MAC brushes, Crownbrush, Sigma… You need to take care of those, ladies…

You can buy this at MAC counters and online for £9.50.

Have you tried this brush cleanser? What do you use? Do you know of any (cheaper!) alternatives?

Thanks for reading!

x x x

March 27, 2013
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