Makeup Brush Cleansers


makeup brush cleansers

Today’s topic? Makeup Brush Cleansers! I know, washing your makeup brushes is so tiring. I hate washing my makeup brushes. It takes me an hour to was my makeup brushes properly, but if you don’t wash your makeup brushes, you end up with muddy makeup looks at best and acne and eye infections at worst. It can be time-consuming but it is really important for brush health and ultimately your face.

Choosing a makeup brush cleanser is dependent on you and your likes. Most brush cleansers tend to work the same, some are better than others. There a lot of makeup brush cleansers that are scented and that could potentially be bad for someone who has sensitive skin or is reactive to scents.

So time to look at some makeup brush cleansers and get down to business.

Once again I have categorized the products into 4 easy sections.

  1. Liquid Cleanser
  2. Daily Cleanser
  3. Deep Cleanser
  4. Solid Sponge and Brush Cleanser

Liquid Cleanser

Liquid Cleansers are great for quick rinses in between deep cleanses. They clean off the brush enough to not create muddy looks, but can take time to dry so these are a lot better for overnight drying and rinsing.

M.A.C Brush Cleanser $19.00 CAD

The M.A.C. Brush cleanser is a no muss no fuss type of cleanser. Liquid formula with no fragrance that conditions your brushes as you clean them. 7.9 fl oz so you definitely get what you pay for. Great to use as an in between cleanser for you brushes so it’s great for folks like me who don’t like to spend their Sunday washing brushes.

Downside to a more liquid formula like this M.A.C. cleanser is it not for a full cleaning and is more like a rinse. It may take a lot of product to get your brush to the clean you prefer for immaculate looks but the price point isn’t bad for what you are getting. The lid can also be difficult as you have no way to direct the product unless you put it into a travel spray bottle.

Daily Cleanser

Daily cleansers are like liquid cleansers and can be used in between washes. The great thing about daily cleansers is that some can be used between colours as they dry quickly so you can rinse off a colour quickly if you don’t have a large amount of makeup brushes.

e.l.f. Daily Brush Cleanser $3.00 (Small) $5.00 (Large)

The e.l.f. daily brush cleanser is another cleanser that can be used between deep cleanses. The small version comes with 2 fl oz and the large version comes with 4.06 fl oz. Definitely affordable and a good way to clean your brush between uses. Gentle enough to use between deep washes.

The downside of this product is that there is a strong floral fragrance and that can be a bit much for those who are sensitive to scents or don’t like anything that is floral.

Deep Cleanser

Deep cleansers are meant for getting your brushes really clean. I have a concealer brush that gets pretty grimey and I have to deep cleanse it often. Deep cleansers are great for getting foundation and cream based products out of your brushes.

Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Gel $12.99

This guy comes with 5.1 fl oz and is great for a deep cleanse. Easy to use and gentle on your brushes while also being affordable is a good in my books! It effectively cleans most makeup residue on your brushes and conditions while you wash leaving your brushes smooth and soft.

Downside of this product is that to get a super effective clean you do have to use a lot of product but due to it’s affordable price, it’s not as much of a downer as some other products can be.

Solid Sponge Cleanser

Sponge and brush cleansers are great to deep cleanse your sponges and brushes. I like to use a solid cleanser because I feel like I don’t use as much product when cleaning my brushes but I always find my brushes to have a nice clean feel. I like that I don’t feel like I am wasting product when I use a sold cleanser for my makeup brushes.

e.l.f Solid Brush Cleanser $4.00 CAD

I am not going to lie. This is the brush cleanser I use for my brushes when I spend a Sunday afternoon cleaning my makeup brushes. Its affordable, lasts a long time and has not ruined one of my brushes yet. Product is 1.56 oz and like I said has lasted a long time. It has the same fragrance and the daily cleanser so it can be a little powerful. Comes in a convenient little case so it is great for travel if you ever feel the need to really deep cleanse your brushes while on a trip somewhere (because that’s the first thing I think of……I kid…mostly)

The big downside is the fragrance. Your brushes will smell like this cleanser after washing your brushes and if the floral scent is too much I would find another cleanser for sure. You do also have to make sure to really rinse your brushes after using this product because if they aren’t rinsed properly the brushes can take some time to dry.

And there we have it!

There are many types of makeup brush cleansers as you can see. There are many companies brush cleansers to choose from, starting at really affordable to luxury brands (which basically means $$$$$).

I am going to dive a little deeper and list affordable brands and the luxury brands because we all have our chosen price points and either one is great. I prefer a little more affordable brands but if someone gave me a Bobbi Brown or Makeup Forever cleanser I would not say no.

What kind of cleansers do you use? Do you like a lot or a little fragrance? Let me know in the comments!

Have a wonderful day and I hope you liked this article about the various types of brush cleansers!

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6 thoughts on “Makeup Brush Cleansers”

  1. Cleaning your brushes is not joke.  My daughter has a roommate who likes to use her makeup brushes, and she’s ridiculous because first of all she doesn’t ever use the right brush for the right makeup, and then when she messes up what she’s supposed to be putting on that brush, she doesn’t even clean them for my daughter.  She gets so frustrated with her.  She’s told her a thousand times that she spends a lot on her brushes, takes great care with them, so if the roomie wants to use them, the cleanser is right there.

    1. oh my gosh, my son has almost used my makeup brushes as a paintbrush before! 

      I don’t think I could handle someone using my brushes without cleaning them after! The chance of potential cross contamination and infections is so high! 

      I hope everything works out for your daughter. I don’t know how I would handle that situation!

  2. I remember once trying to clean my make up brushes and it ended up as a huge nightmare. 

    Story goes like this: I learned from a girl in church that you could clean your brushes with just water and detergent. Trusting her wholly and without checking it out first on Google, I went ahead and dipped away my brushes in water and detergent. And till today I am still reeling from the suffering I went through to get it to dry. 

    So, I am grateful for this article because now I am better educated on how to clean my make up brushes. 

    1. One of the first times I washed my brushes I followed a pinterest article on making your own brush cleaner! My brushes smelled like vinegar and dish detergent for weeks! 

      I’m so glad this helped you! I wish I had this article when I first started cleaning my brushes!

  3. I’m Happy to have a come across this article. I just started using make up. I tried to keep away for so long but now my girlfriends ate not having it anymore, so for every gift,its some sort of make up. I had been wondering how they go about keeping the brushes and other applicators clean. Now that I am,I would just forward this post to them with the makeup brush cleansers down and give to each one of them to purchase since they want to ensure that I use them makeup. That wouldn’t be too much to ask of them,would it ;)……Good thing is that you have compiled a list of affordable cleansers, so we should be good.

    1. Affordable is one of my favourite things to focus on! I want everyone to be able to have clean brushes without breaking the bank! 

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