Clinique Make-up Brush Cleanser – Save or Splurge?

Makeup Brush CleanserHey guys, how are you all doing? I’ve got a few spare minutes to myself so decided to give you a surprise mid-week review!

If you’re someone who uses make-up brushes daily to do their make-up then you should be cleaning them at least once a week, especially brushes that apply liquid base product.

Brushes collect dead skin cells, make-up, dust from the atmosphere, oil/ sebum from the skin, thus being the perfect breeding ground for bacteria so it’s important to clean them thoroughly before use.

I’ve always been one to just wash my brushes with olive oil and soap and this has worked really well but I’ve been getting a bit paranoid (maybe OCD) that this method doesn’t completely kill the bacteria in the brush, so I decided to invest in a specific brush cleanser.

Taken from the Clinique website, this cleanser “thoroughly cleanses and removes makeup residue build-up. Keeps brush hairs in optimal condition”. The ingredients in this cleanser contains alcohol which is bactericidal, exactly what I’m after.

To use you have to spray the product onto a dry brush, work it into the bristles and rinse off. Upon use, I found that this cleanser didn’t fully lift all the colour from my brushes even when I repeated the steps twice. I found that there was no residue and it was easy to wash off. Equally my brushes dried quite quickly and they were left soft and well conditioned.

So would I purchase this brush cleanser again? Probably not. I’m confident that this cleanser kills bacteria, but it doesn’t lift the stubborn pigment effectively. I don’t want to have to use multiple products if I’m spending that much on a brush cleanser, so it’s a thumbs down for me I’m afraid. It is convenient for when I want to spot clean, but not for deep cleans and this is even after using it several times on the same spot.

Have you tried this product before? What do you use to kill the bacteria on your brushes? Comment below and let me know!

Jay x

11 thoughts on “Clinique Make-up Brush Cleanser – Save or Splurge?

  1. I can’t do the spot cleaning or daily cleaning and that’s why I own so many brushes – I’d rather put the dirty ones in the dirty pile daily and deep clean each one. I don’t want to risk my skin for the sake of laziness! 😛 I also think that spraying natural bristles brushes with alcohol will cause the hairs to become overly dry and brittle.


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