Most people, when they wear makeup, make a point of removing it every night - if left to build up, makeup can clog the pores and damage your skin. So it always amazes me when I talk to friends who don't make a habit on cleaning their brushes - after all, a build up of makeup on brushes can not only make them dirty, stiff, and less precise, but also result in the build up coming off on your face when you're applying new make up, ruining your look.Not to mention that there is obviously a risk of bacteria build up over time leading to eye infections, skin breakouts etc.
There are quite a few brush cleansers out there, one of my favourites is MAC, which is £9.50 for 233ml, which I first received as part of a gift along with a couple of nice brushes a couple of years ago, but which I've gone on to purchase for myself since. This product cleans, disinfects, and conditions your brushes.
It comes in a nice see through bottle which is handy, as it allows you to see at a glance how much of the product is left. The cleanser is an attractive purply pink colour, and the bottle has a smart black push down lid to dispense the cleanser. It's very smart looking really. The instructions for use are very simple - simply dampen the brush a little before applying the cleanser, then coat the bristles in this (be careful not to get any on the metal part of the brush as it may damage it) and leave to air dry naturally, with the bristles flat. The bottle isn't too specific about precisely how much to use, I tend to make sure my brushes are nice and coated to be on the safe side, by decanting a few mls of this into a glass and swishing the brush around. If a brush is particularly grotty or clogged, I do tend to give it a good run under the tap first to get rid of any obvious excess muck.
It's worth noting that the liquid has the consistency of water, so you do need to be careful not to spill it. It also has quite an unpleasant chemically smell, but luckily this is never detectable on the brushes once they have dried.
I do find my brushes seem to last a little better since I have started using this. The bristles seem in much better condition and I find tapping a dry brush onto white paper I have very no residue coming off. I also find my brushes seem to keep their shape a little better, and I have noticed a reduction in eye irritations which can only be a good thing.
Although at £9.50 this is not the cheapest product on the market, I do think you get what you pay for, with MAC being a very reputable brand. The bottle also lasts me a good long time - I get at least 6/7 months out of every bottle, though obviously this will depend on how many brushes you are cleaning (I have quite a pitiful collection) and of course on how often you clean them, so the expense doesn't seem as bad when spread out this way, especially when you consider that it is cheaper to look after your good brushes than to keep replacing them.
There aren't many products I'm loyal to, but MAC brush cleanser is one of them. 5 stars.
I wear make-up every day and use about four or five brushes so they do need cleaning at least once a week plus I wipe them every day after use with a facial wipe. I use shampoo normally to wash brushes however because I use s lot of water when I do wash them with shampoo it is nice to use the Mac brush cleaner every now and again because it dries much quicker.
The MAC brush cleaner comes in a clear see through plastic bottle. I always prefer bottles to be clear because it gives an indication of when you need to get more, rather than guess. The bottle has a black push down lid which is a nice and simple way of getting the cleaner out. There is 233ml of brush cleaner and is a purpley pink colour.
The product is great at cleaning brushes, it removes foundation a lot better than shampoo. I recommend dampening the brush you are cleaning and thrn applying this product on cotton wool and wiping the brush with it. MAC claims : "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."
The brushes always look much better once cleaned by the brush cleaner and it is great that it disinfects the brushes too, however, although I think it cleans brushes well I would like to point out it never leaves my brushes completely clean, they usually still have foundation lurking on them, obviously not as much but it never is 100 per cent foundation free. The blusher brush and eye brushes however do look much more "new" after been cleaned. Foundation is a tricky one to get completely out of things anyway, so this could be why.
The brush cleaner is £9.50. Which is quite expensive and is something that I don't use daily because of this. I tend to wash my brushes with shampoo and once every month or two I use the cleaner as a treat !
Overall, I do like this brush cleaner but it is quite expensive for what it is and how much you get for the price. Its something I would keep getting because it I important to disinfect your make-up brushes because they hold tons of bacteria. Due to the price I give this product 4/5 it would get 5 stars if it was cheaper.
I use liquid foundation so usually wash my kabuki brushes every two or three days to avoid the bristles getting tacky and stained and also to prevent germs being spread over my face each time I use them. I wash my smaller brushes whenever they need washing (every week or so) as I hate it when they start holding colours from eye shadow/blusher because I worry that it'll transfer onto my skin when I apply a new layer of make-up and look horrible.
I used to just soak all of my brushes in the sink with some cheap baby shampoo which was an effective way of cleaning them and leaving them soft but it had no disinfectant qualities and my brushes took ages to dry after soaking as I needed to soak them for ages to get all of the old powder out of the bristles. I decided to invest in the MAC brush cleanser around six months ago after a Youtube beauty guru mentioned it in one of her 'favourites' videos and I am really glad I did.
It is so much quicker to use and it dries really quickly as well. I also like that it disinfects my brushes as that way I know that it is getting rid of any bacteria and germs, minimizing the chance of spreading germs across my face whenever I use my brushes. A 233ml bottle of this retails at £9.50 which sounds a lot but in my opinion it is good value as a bottle lasts for ages - I still have a little left despite how often I have used it over the past few months and a little does go a long way. It is high quality & very effective so definitely worth ever penny - don't let the price put you off!
The cleanser comes in a medium sized, rounded plastic bottle which has a black lid. The lid is easy to open - all you need to do is press down on the little indented part and the other side of the flip lid will flip up, revealing a small hole. The small hole prevents too much product coming out at once, but I think that a trigger spray would be a lot quicker to use. The bottle is transparent with a slightly pearly kind of glaze and the pink-ish purple liquid can be seen. The branding is minimalistic with just the MAC logo and product name on the front of the bottle and there is information on the back including instructions on how to use it.
The liquid itself has the consistency of water. Using the cleanser couldn't be easier. I usually apply it to the bristles of my brushes directly from the bottle then get a cotton pad and wipe the bristles until no more colour comes out and my brushes are clean. With smaller brushes I just soak a cotton pad in the liquid and wipe/swirl the bristles all over it in different angles to ensure that the bristles are completely clean. It is quite suprising how much dried powder and residue comes out of my brushes and the cleanser is very thorough. I don't need to scrub my brushes for ages as it cleans them so quickly and it dries quicky as well. It is easy to tell when the brushes are clean and it takes around ten minutes to clean all of the brushes that I use most often (2 kabuki's and 3 smaller brushes). After using it my brushes are left feeling soft, clean and not at all damaged or dried out.
Overall this is a quick and easy way to thoroughly cleanse your make-up brushes and I highly recommend it - once my current bottle has run out I will definitely be re-purchasing.
With my first Mac online order, I got a few brushes as well as this brush cleanser. Since I was spending so much on the brushes, I felt it was only justified to buy something to take proper care of them. I'd never used a brush cleanser before this point and didn't really know what to expect.
(maccosmetics.co.uk) 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.
~~Current Price & Additional Information~~
When I first purchased it, it set me back £8 for 235ml of product. The current price from Mac online is £8.50 for 233ml of product.
It comes in the black box that other typical mac products are packaged in. The container for the liquid is a plastic, semi-opaque bottle of a thickness reminiscent to a shampoo bottle. The cap is black and pops up on one end. The opening where the liquid is dispensed is a rectangular slit. The colour of the liquid is clearly seen as a medium pink.
When first using it, I immediately felt that the opening wasn't that convenient. I find that this rectangular slit opening is only good for thick substances like shampoo, but for liquids it might have been better to have had a pump dispenser. The reason being that I almost always clean the brushes by squirting some of the substance directly onto the brush in the wash basin. The opening of the bottle makes it more awkward and less accurate.
The instructions on the back say that: "Apply to damp brushes and work through. Rinse well, reshape and lay flat to dry." So, I squirt the product, one brush at a time, and work the liquid in. You should see the liquid changing colour and the brush lightening up. I always rinse the brush and then repeat as often as needed until the liquid runs clear. The most I have needed to do this is three times because the cleanser has been pretty effective. I don't actually use much each time - one small squirt per clean for each brush with a maximum of three small squirts for a brush - adjust slightly for bigger and smaller brushes. Alternatively you can squirt a bit onto some tissue and rub the brush into this until it goes clear - this is known as spot cleaning. I don't like this method since it takes more time (in my opinion) and I tend to use more cleanser. As for how I dry the brushes, I don't dry them flat but I hang them vertically with the brush fibres at the end. The reason being that I want the water to drain away from the metal closure. There are these plastic tubes you can buy if you wish.
The brush cleanser smells light and gentle and is reminiscent of detergent. I mentioned before that the cleanser is pink, but when the liquid comes out it's pretty clear with a tinge of pink.
I definitely think it's important to disinfect your beauty tools after use so I will definitely continue using a brush cleanser. As for the claims of the product leaving the brushes "clean" and "smelling fresh", I think the brushes have been left pretty clean. The majority of my brushes have light coloured fibres and this cleanser has kept them in good condition with no staining, especially from my liquid foundation. Sometimes I'm lazy and don't clean my foundation brush immediately, but instead leave it for a day or two (ew...I know...). The cleanser has managed to clean them all the same which I've been very happy about! There is a very subtle smell after the brushes dry that isn't very noticeable, so I would not describe them as smelling 'fresh'. Mac also claims that the cleanser "helps shorten drying time" - this is probably true because of the alcohol content, but my brushes still take more than a day to completely dry. All in all, the claims made by Mac about this cleanser are pretty accurate as far as I can tell.
Unfortunately I've not used any other brush cleaners and can't recommend one over the other. I have had no problems using it other than the disadvantages I've already mentioned. The cleanser is sold at quite a reasonably price and is no hassle at all to use. It is my first and only brush cleanser to date and I would recommend it.
Mac Make Up Brush Cleanser
I use my make up brushes almost everyday and I find that they can get quite dirty with all of my foundation, powder, eyeshadow and eyeliner on so instead of using my usual make up brush cleaner - my simple soap bar - I bought this professional product to see if it will clean them better.
*About the product*
The cleanser comes in a clear, see through plastic container with a push down lid to dispense the cleaner. The actual liquid is purple in colour and there is 235ml or 7.9 us fl oz in each bottle. There are no instruction leaflets with the product and there is not a lot of information on the bottle or the box it came in.
*What MAC say about the product*
"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 really like the MAC packaging, it is black and white and it looks quite simple but expensive (probably because it is rather expensive). The only information on the box is the safety information, as the liquid is flammable until dry and a sentence on how to use the product.
I like that the bottle is see through, so you cans see exactly how much cleaner is left in the bottle and it is made out of plastic so it is quite durable. The lid is a push down lid and when it is closed it does not leak out any of the liquid. The bottle contains 235ml of cleaner, so for traveling it would be best to decant the liquid into a small bottle.
*Appearance and Consistency*
I like the colour of the cleaner, it is a really nice light purple/dark pink colour and it is a lot nicer than the simple soap I have been using to wash my brushes with. It has the consistency of water and it is really runny and it is not thick at all.
I did not really expect the cleaner to have a scent really, or not a strong scent any way, but it really does. It has a very strong scent - which is a mix between washing up liquid and nail polish remover - not very nice at all. So the "fresh and clean" statement made by MAC is not true - well it does smell somewhat clean when it is dry but it is definitely not fresh!
*How I use the product*
On the mac website, on the bottle and on the box the product comes in it does not say in detail how you should use the product. The only information on the box says that you should dampen you brushes before you use this product, then you should spread this throughly through the brush fibres and leave to dry laying flat. Which is not very useful as it is really obvious but what is not obvious really is the amount of product to use - which is not stated anywhere, so I had to guess.
I used about 5ml of cleaner for two of my brushes, as I did not know how much to use, but it seemed to be a good amount to clean them well. Firstly I dampened my foundation brush and my MAC 187 brush (previously reviewed) and I then patted them dry with a clean cotton pad. I then dispensed a small amount of the cleanser into the lid of a soap dish and I dipped the brushes in the solution. Be careful not to get any water or solution onto the metal section of the brush - as if water gets in it will loosen the glue inside and the bristles will start to fall, which is not good especially if you have expensive make up brushes.
After the solution has soaked the brushes I then wipe the brushes along the side of the soap dish to get out the foundation and then rinse them with water to get rid of the remaining make up and the cleanser.
After they have been washed I squeeze the remaining water out gently and then re-shape them. When I leave them to dry I just put some blue tack on the handle on the brushes and I stick them to the wall to dry - as again if you put them vertically the water/solution will loosen the glue inside and the bristles will fall out quicker and easier. And having them stuck to the wall with blue tack, it makes them look a bit like modernist art!
While the brushes are wet they do smell quite strongly of the cleanser, which is not a great scent (washing up liquid and nail polish remover!). But when they are dry they do not really smell of anything which is good, as that scent is not very pleasant.
I find that with using this product my brushes seem cleaner than they were when I was only washing them with simple (the brand) soap and water. The brushes also seem to dry quicker when I use this product - as before (with the water and simple soap) they usually took all day to dry, but with this cleanser it takes a few hours to dry.
*Price and Availability*
I bought this product when debenhams was having a big beauty sale on and I bought this product for just over £7. It is now back to the original price of £8.50. It can be bought from the MAC website (link below) and it can be bought from debehams, which I only found out about 3 weeks ago that they sell MAC products.
*Cleans my brushes really well
*Nice simple plastic packaging
*Easy to use and it is easy to dispense how ever much solution you need
*High quality brand
*Smell is horrible - a mix between washing up liquid and nail polish remover
*A bit expensive but you do get 235ml of solution
*little information on the site, bottle or box about how much cleanser to use
For more information: www.maccosmetics.co.uk
Thank you for reading my review - this review is posted on ciao under my username labellavita1992 with a photograph x
Through working in the beauty industry i picked up a lot of information on bacterial infections from using cosmetics and brushes. This has since made me a religious brush cleaner.
Think of your brushes that blend over your spots/in delicate eye areas... Yummy thoughts!
I always deep clean my brushes with shampoo and conditioner (seems daft i know) once a week/every 2 weeks if i don't use them often to make them lovely and soft again.
I used a brush cleanser from a place of work that was unavailable to buy so this MAC brush cleanser is the first type of product i can review.
For £8 (235ml) it is competitively priced and is nicely packaged.
It has a screw top lid with a spout type opening that when used let's out a lot of product, fast.
I honestly don't know why they didn't just use a spray type lid instead. You can pick these up in the travel section of boots or just pour some into a mini spray bottle (Mine was from superdrug for 50p).
It is strong and removes 99% of product from your brushes, my eyeshadow brushes are always dirty as i have a lot of palettes so this is good to see! It doesn't smell too strong either, some can have an overpowering scent of pure alcohol which isn't the nicest of things.
I don't use it as recommended, i apply it to cotton wool first then work it through the brush to amke sure the bristles stay soft.
The packaging is really nice, and for MAC i think is good value for money. If you can be savvy and use some in a spray bottle/be careful on how much you pour out it will last a long while.
I would recommend this to other people as it's essential you have something to clean your beloved brushes with.
I'm really pleased with this product, if you haven't thought about brush cleaner before then this should definately be considered/tried.
I first bought this product when an employee at the mac counter suggested it to me with my first mac brush purchase. I hadn't really considered how you would clean makeup brushes and kill off any nasty bacteria to stop spots spreading! I picked up the bottle of cleanser, which currently retails at £8 for 233ml, and was pleasantly surprised at the results.
To start with, I would like to say that this product is expensive and therefore I do not use it as the sole product to clean my brushes with. Generally I 'deep clean' my brushes once a week using baby shampoo, however I do not have time to do this everyday and that is where the brush cleanser steps in. I use it daily on face brushes, to kill off any germs and also to remove the makeup applied with that brush. When I want to use a different eyeshadow colour as well I find this is great for removing whatever colour has previously been on the brush, plus because it is alcohol based it dries very quickly.
One piece of advice I will offer is to pour this product into a spray top bottle, that way you wont use as much as you would if you were to pour it onto the brushes from the bottle! By using a spray bottle I find one bottle of cleanser will last me at least two months!
In terms of what Mac claim, the website (www.maccosmetics.co.uk) states that "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".
The cleanser definitely cleans, disinfects and conditions the brushes well, mine have remained as soft as when I bought them! I wouldn't say that the product leaves my brushes particularly smelling of anything, which is a plus for me, furthermore their drying time is definitely shorter, making it convenient to use everyday.
Overall I give this product a 5/5 as it lives up to everything claimed on the website and I have had no negative experiences with it!
I have really sensitive skin and so when I wear foundation and make up that I can come out in rashes. As a result I got myself down to MAC to buy their range as I had heard wonderful things about them!
When I was there, having foundation applied to my face (which I bought) using a foundation brush (which I bought!) I watched the lady who was helping me clean the brush using MAC brush cleanser, now I was generally intrigued! After asking about it, she explained that it is a disinfectant and as the brushes are used on many different people throughout the day they need to be cleaned thoroughly to stop infection spreading and this can't be done using soap and water as they need to be ready to use straight away.
So I bought some! It smells a little bit like nail polish remover I find, but not as strong, however the smell is only strong when you are using the product and the brushes don't smell once dry.
I tend to use it neat - having read some other reviews on here though I will be trying it another way! I put some in a teacup and swill the brush round in the cleanser (as this was how the MAC make up lady cleaned her brush) then wipe dry using kitchen towel. Once I have done this the brush is dry and ready to use again.
It does look disgusting, especially if you use a foundation brush to see the colour change, at times I wonder how much make up I use! Originally I only used the cleaner to clean my foundation brush, but as I started to experiment with my eye shadows going from light for work, to extremely dark for going out I found that it works well to clean these too. I clean the brush, then use to apply light coloured eyeshadow, sometimes I clean again during application and dry on kitchen towel, its ready to use again in 5 minutes and I can keep adding to my eye make up without any "mixing" of the colours.
A fantastic quick way to clean and be able to use your brushes. I do tend to find I use a lot of this though but I think that is the way I use the cleanser - I like immediate results and being able to use the brushes again as soon as possible!
Now usually when it comes to cleaning my make up brushes I tend to just use soap and water and that seems to do the trick. However about a month ago I got conjunctivitus in one of my eyes which my doctor told me was probably caused by using a make up brush or product that had germs on it and that annoyed me as Im always so careful to clean my brushes and burn my eyeliner so this problem doesnt happen. Anyway that convinced me to go out and buy something that is designed for cleaning and disinfecting brushes and this was the product I settled on "MAC Brush Cleanser". Now I had never used a MAC product before this one but I had heard so many great things about the brand so I did have pretty high hopes and luckily I have not been disappointed.
Price: 235ml = Around £10
Stockists: Boots, Superdrug, Debenhams ETC
For: Cleaning & Disinfecting Make-Up Brushes. And It Also Ensures That Your Brushes Last Much Longer.
I dont actually own MAC brushes - I have the No7 ones but I dont think that matters in the slightest as this will work for any make-up brush. Now when it came to using this I decided to give all my brushes a good clean just to make sure no infections came back to haunt me and I even used it to clean my face powder puffs so anything you use to apply make-up with can be cleaned with this. There seems to be a few different ways you can use this but Ive found the most effective way is to run a sink full of water and add a few drops of this into it and leave the brushes to soak in it overnight. Then you just dry them off with a towel and leave them to dry totally naturally which takes abut an hour at the most for slightly larger brushes. Believe me the morning after when I came to get my brushes out of the sink it wasnt a pretty sight as the water looked really filthy. I think that had a lot to do with the fact that I wear quite dark eyeshadow a lot but it was not a good sight.
Having said that though my brushes and the puff were absolutely sparkling and there was no scrap of leftover make-up in sight on any of them. MAC say on their website that this is supposed to make your brushes smell better as well but Im not sure that it does really having said that though they certainly dont smell any worse so Im not complaining there. I bought this about 2 weeks ago and Ive used it on my brushes 3 times and it works just as well each time and there is barely anything gone out of the bottle so I know its going to last me ages even though Ill be using it weekly.
My horrible eye has now got much better and I havent had any problems with it since which I reckon has a lot to do with this liquid and it really is going to prove to be a godsend for me as Ill be using this all the time from now on without fail.
This might sound a little expensive for a brush cleaner but I cannot recommend it highly enough as if it keeps your brushes sparkling clean and prevents any infections it is good enough for me. I recommend this to everyone whether you use make-up a lot or not as you never know when you will need it. Its so much more than a brush cleaner.
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I bought this off the MAC website - www.maccosmetics.co.uk - when I purchased a couple of their brushes. I figured if I was going to be investing in good quality, more expensive than I had bought before, brushes then I wanted to make sure they were well taken care of.
I've only used one other brush cleanser previous to this, and usually used a gentle baby shampoo, so that is what I am comparing it to.
It comes packaged in the regular black MAC box, and is a pinky looking liquid in a fairly large bottle that contains 235ml of cleanser. The lid is a flip top that also unscrews.
It promises to help condition your brushes as well as clean them and the instructions read: Apply to damp brushes and work through. Rinse well, reshape and lay flat to dry. It contains alcohol to de-germ your brushes, something which is important to do. You should also wash your brushes once a week if you use them regularly.
The lid is a pain, it means you use too much of the product when washing small brushes like eye brushes, so what I like to do is pour a small amount into a travel spray bottle to use that way instead, reducing waste. I wish MAC had thought of this themselves.
So I dip my brush underneath lukewarm water from a running tap, squeeze out excess and then spray some of the solution onto it, before gently working it in by stroking the brush up and down on the palm of my hand, making sure all of the hairs are coated with it. Depending on the type of brush and how dirty it is, I may rinse and repeat, especially with foundation brushes, and eyeliner brushes. Then I squeeze out the excess again, once the water is all clear, I squeeze a clean towel around the brush hairs and lay it on my windowsill to dry. You should never fully immerse your brushes in water, it can cause the metal around the heads to rust.
I find that this gets my brushes lovely and clean compared to what I used before, plus the alcohol content reassures me as anti-bacterial properties is a huge bonus when cleaning brushes, make up brushes are breeding grounds for bacteria, I mean let's face it, who wants brushes of icky germs to apply their lovely make up with?
Using a spray bottle makes it last longer, and if you water it down in the bottle you can also use it to clean your brushes after a use with darker coloured eyeshadows etc. by wiping it on some kitchen roll, or a clean cloth. Therefore I do find this good value, but the lid it comes with is frustrating as you'd use it up far too fast that way.
A huge bonus to this cleanser is that it can be used as part of the Back to MAC program, where you take in 6 empty products (eyeshadows, lipsticks etc.) and receive a free lipstick of your choice from their range. This is a great way to get back a little on your investment as a lipstick currently costs £12.50 from their counters and websites.
So my verdict is that it is a great brush cleanser, not exactly an essential as baby shampoo will do, with a quick dip in some alcohol afterwards (not vodka, lol), but this simplifies things and keeps your brushes in great condition. I will definitely buy again.
Don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of MAC, and everytime I walk past a MAC shop or stand I can't help but buy something. So when it came to the MAC artist telling me about the Brush Cleanser that they do, and how it not only cleans but conditions all of my MAC brushes, I couldn't wait to get home and try it.
Well, I'm disappointed to say the least. I tried to clean my brushes like the girls had told me but it didn't seem to do much. I had to use loads of the cleanser in order to clean just one of my brushes (which aren't filthy I might add as I clean them weekly).
I wouldn't recommend this, which saddens me as I love MAC. I don't see what MACs Brush Cleanser does that baby shampoo (which I usually use) doesn't. It's a shame as I have always found MAC products good value for money and high quality, but have gone back to using baby shampoo to look after my brushes.
I use MAC consmetic brushes for most of my make up! I ike my makeup brushes to be kept in good condition and therefore invested in MACS brush cleanser. Not only is it great for cleaning eye shwadow brushes (especially if you have been using a dark colour and want to use a light one with the same brush) but also leaves the brushes as soft and clean as the day they were purchased. The only thing that i dont like with this is the bottle! You have very little control of how much you get out and when you pour it it leaks everywhere, would be so much better if it had a spray nozzle, So i would reccomend buying a small spray bottle and pouring it in.This product can be purchased either over the counter (house of fraiser or selfridges) or off the MAC website. I pay £8 for 233ml of the MAC website whick to me is well worth it.
MAC Brush Cleanser - Second to None!
I have been using MAC for some 6-7 years now and I am totally 110% addicted. The extensive choice of make up, the colours available, the different products and the quality are all so high and I really cannot rate the range high enough.
The brush cleaner is a prime example of this! It may seem to be quite costly at £7.83. However as with most MAC products, it quite honestly does last for ages! I have quite a range of MAC brushes, which I also rate really highly, but this cleanser can remove even the darkest of pigments leaving not a trace behind.
There are a range of ways in which it can be used:
a) you can apply it to the brushes, leave them to soak and then rinse
b) you can apply it to cotton wool pads and wipe the brushes onto the pad
c) you can (sneakily) squeeze a little of the cleanser out into your hand and then wipe the brush on your hand and then cotton wool/tissue.
It depends really on the amount of time that you have to clean your make up brushes and the colours of make up that you are trying to remove.
I would recommend MAC Cleanser to any make up artist, wedding make up artist or anyone who is a fan of dark and vivid colours - which are often a bit of a nightmare to remove from make up brushes. Although some people believe that the range of MAC brushes may be slightly more expensive than those on the high street............... If you are paying the money to invest in high quality make up 'tools' then surely you are wanting to look after them. Therefore I would definitely recommend MAC Cleanser as a top quality product - long lasting and effective results in no time at all!!
Mac Brush Cleanser, This product is a god send. I have purchased alot of mac make up brushes, in my eyes you cant get anything better than a Mac product, so i didnt think twice when i was adviced to buy the brush cleanser. I clean my brushes every 2 weeks, and i use my brushes alot, for health reasons its important you clean your brushes regular basis. I purchased a huge 235 ml bottle of cleaner, i have had this same bottle for 3 1/2 months and have still two more cleans left before i run out. By cleaning your make up brushes regulary, they will make them last longer, clean them and get rid of any bacteria that may be present, this is paramount to prevent cross contamination, as there a lot of bacteria present on make up brushes and this can result in catching a nasty infection. This solution is fantastic and hasnt got an unplesent smell either.
I use MAC cosmetic brushes to apply my Fluidline eyeliner and also my concealor so I decided to also purchase the Brush Cleanser. Lots of people say that good old soap and water is perfectly sufficient, but the brushes are so pricey and the cleanser is relatively so cheap (and you get a huge bottle) that I decided not to risk ruining them and just bit the bullet and bought the cleanser. It cost £7.83 from the MAC counter in Fenwick, and that was for a 233ml bottle which will last ages as you use a tiny amount each time.
You use it by soaking a cotton wool pad with it and wiping the brush bristles, which you should do every couple of days, or soaking in water with a small amount of cleanser in the sink, which you should do once a week. The results are fantastic. I think expecially if you are using MAC products, which have amazing staying power, this is an essential product as the amount of effort it would take to clean the brush with plain soap and water would be obscene - plus it can damage the brush it you have to scrub it clean. Using this is quick and effortless and because it also conditions the brush fibres it will make them last longer. It contains a disinfectant too, which is an added bonus.
Literally a quick wipe and the brush looks as good as new - amazing! This is also necessary because if you don't clean the brush you will get makeup all over wherever you put it down (I know this from experience with the Fluidline!).
I think this product is well worth buying just for speed and ease of use. Totally essential if you use high-quality expensive makeup brushes - totally unnecessary if you use cheap brushes as you may as well use soap and water and replace them when necessary in my opinion. I am sure you can get cheaper brush cleaning fluids but when you have an expensive makeup kit it is worth investing in products to keep it in good condition.
MAC Brush Cleanser / 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.