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My usual brush cleanser of choice has been the Mac cleanser, however in an effort to save some pennies I bought this alternative from ELF to see if I could get similar results at a cheaper price. The ELF brush cleanser cost me around £3.50 whereas the Mac cleanser retails for significantly more.
So, how did it perform?
The first thing I have to note that I like about this cleanser is that it comes in a spray bottle. This makes the application so easy as you simply spray onto the brushes and then wipe the brushes on a cloth to remove excess makeup and then allow them to air-dry. The cleanser contains alcohol which means that it kills off any bacteria, which can help stop you inadvertently putting any germs onto your face which could cause blemishes. One downside to this cleanser in comparison to the Mac one is that it has a strong alcohol smell, which can be a little off-putting, but does go away once the brushes have dried.
The cleanser does an effective job of removing the makeup from brushes, however once they have dried it can leave the bristles a little dry, it doesn't really have any kind of conditioning element as other cleanser do.
So, overall I give this a 3/5, it gets points for being cheap and for removing makeup, however it doesn't keep my brush bristles conditioned enough which I need as I have a few expensive brushes which I need to look after. I would say however that this is a good disinfectant cleanser, as such I will use it until the bottle runs out but I will alternate it with other cleansers in order to maintain the condition of my brushes.
Cleaning your brushes everyday can be a pain. Especially when using the traditional method of soap and water, this means you have to leave your brushes out to dry, which still takes hours. When shopping on eyeslipsface.co.uk, I saw that their Studio line had a daily brush cleaner, for quickly cleaning your brushes in between makeup applications. The formula is antibacterial, and so helps to keep your brushes both clean and hygienic, with no need to wait ages for the brush to dry.
This daily brush cleaner comes in a simple black plastic, spray bottle that features only the name of the product on the front. The bottle itself contain an ingredients list etc. All of this information is displayed on the cardboard packaging the product comes in. Although being black in colour, the bottle is transparent enough to clearly see how much of the spray you have left. This is great as it helps you to avoid that nasty surprise when you suddenly realise, that you've ran out. The directions of the product are fairly easy to follow, you simple spray the product a few times over the bristles of the brush, then gently wipe the brush with a cloth, until the cloth comes off clean. E.l.f suggests to do this either after having applied all of your makeup, ready for you next use, or in-between using brushes. Not only being antibacterial, it also is a fast drying formula so as soon as you have finished cleaning a brush, you only need to wait a few minutes before you can use that same brush again.
Of course the product sounds good. After all, who actually wants to wait hours for their brushes to dry? But the important question being, does it actually work as well as it claims? Well it definitely gives your brushes a quick clean, which is suitable for everyday use in between giving your brushes a thorough clean. After spraying each brush a couple of times and then wiping it on some sort of cloth, it's clearly visible just how much makeup is left behind on the bristles. It only takes about a minute or so for the brush to be completely dry, and then I simply put it down to dry for a few minutes if I'm planning to use it again. If not, I just throw it back in my makeup case, and it's already dry and clean for the next day.
The only thing I don't really like about this brush cleaner is the smell. I don't know if everyone has this same problem, but it is a rather odd, overpowering and off-putting scent. I don't even know how to explain it. It's not a smell I've ever really come acroos before, all I know is it smells bad! It actually makes me worry as to whether I should really be using it to clean brushes I'm then going to use on my face... However if using after you have finished applying your makeup, the scent does die down, so isn't really a problem for the next day. Plus it does clean the brushes rather well, so surely it can't be worse than the bacteria that would grow from not using it?
Overall I do like this product for quickly but efficiently cleaning my brushes after applying makeup. One bottle lasts a couple of months so I don't need to buy a new one two often. Besides it only costs 3.50 so certainly isn't expensive either. It's just a shame that I really can't stand the smell.
It is important to keep your make-up brushes clean - if you think about it they will be going from your face to your make-up and back again on a daily basis and are bound to pick up bacteria. Cleaners for make-up brushes can be difficult to find. I know Clinique make one and so do MAC, but they cost £12.50 and £9.50 respectively which at the time of purchase was more than I was willing to pay. I used to wash my make-up brushes in baby shampoo, which worked OK, but it was time consuming to dry them. I actually bought a bottle of ELF (which stands for eyes, lips, face) brush shampoo first, but again washing and drying the brushes was time consuming, so when I spotted the daily brush cleanser which came in a handy spray bottle I snapped one up.
The daily brush cleaner comes boxed like the majority of ELF products, although the box isn't really necessary in my opinion. The bottle inside is black and has a spray pump nozzle at the top. It's quite plain looking and the plastic does feel quite cheap, but the bottle is functional which is the main thing.
Unlike the shampoo, the daily brush cleanser is a spray on disinfectant to clean your brushes. To use, you simply spray this over the bristles of your make-up brushes and then wipe them onto a clean, soft cloth to get rid of any make-up residue.
The clear spray has a citrussy scent which is quite chemical smelling, yet not entirely unpleasant. I usually spray each brush a couple of times and obviously the bigger the brush the more times you will need to spray it. I try not to soak the brushes in the cleaning solution, just get them damp. I then wipe the brush gently onto a soft cloth or tissue until all the make-up has come off the brush before leaving it to dry. I usually find that around half an hour is more than enough until the brush dries.
I have been very pleased with the results since beginning to use this product and it appears to have done no harm to the bristles of my brushes. Another advantage this product has over traditional shampoos is that because it doesn't touch the metal casing holding the bristles in there is no chance of rusting. Although called a daily brush cleaner, ELF say that you can use this as often as you feel necessary, so it doesn't necessarily have to be used on a daily basis. Of course I can't see if it has killed germs without the aid of a microscope, but it makes me feel better to at least believe that it is working!
I will confess that I have not been onto the ELF website (www.eyelipsface.co.uk) for quite some time, but having just visited I've had a bit of a shock. ELF is an American brand which is sold online only and when they came to the UK their standard range was all £1 and the Studio range was £3.50. This cleanser is from the Studio range and not only has the price gone up by 25p to £3.75, the bottle is considerably smaller. My bottle which I have in front of me is 250ml (bought maybe a year or so ago), but if you were to buy the same product today you will only get 60ml! I hate companies that do this, I know that times are tough and these companies still need to make a profit, but it riles me to be paying extra for a product that is over four times smaller than it used to be!
Overall, I would still recommend this product as it seems to work well and gives me confidence that my brushes are clean and hygienic. That said, at the new size and price, ml for ml it works out around the same price of the Clinique version which also comes in a spray bottle, assuming I've done my calculations correctly. Add the fact that you can buy Clinique in stores so will not need to pay postage costs (which are £2.95 on orders under £30), the choice of which one to buy is yours.
E.L.F also known as Eyes Lip Face is a brand exclusively available from eyeslipsface.co.uk that offers high quality make-up products at low affordable prices. You name any beauty product, ELF probably sells it.
ELF products are split into 3 categories, Basic, Studio and Mineral. All sold at different price brackets. This product is from the Studio Line, like most other products in this line, this retails for £3.50
"The ELF daily brush cleaner is an anti-bacterial daily brush cleanser for quick cleaning in-between make-up applications."
"After using your brush, spray several spritz's of cleaner over the brush bristles. Gently wipe the brush onto a clean cloth to remove make-up. Allow to fully air dry."
The cleanser comes in a green/grey/black transparent spray bottle (250ml) that is sleek and looks smart on any dresser.
The pump of the cleanser squirts directly onto where you want it and in a few squirts, the right amount of cleanser is dispensed to clean the brushes but does not waste the product.
This brush cleanser easily lifts away colour from the brush and will dry in as quick as 20 seconds, depending on the brushes size and how much is used.
In saying this, this brush cleanser is not designed to substitute deep cleaning of your make-up brushes , which would clean most of the build up from the brushes, and some of the colour and make-up product still remains.
The only fault I have with this product is the scent. When I first received this, it had a very strong and unpleasant artificial scent. Either this has gone, or I have become accustomed to it, but this can only be smelt when sprayed onto the brushes and will fade when it dries.
Overall I would rate this product 5 stars and I think that everyone should own a brush cleanser, high street or high end, and that ELF definitely delivers with this product. It is worth every penny.