“ Type: Brushes / Brand: No 7 / es „
I was tempted to buy this product for a while from the No 7 range - I own allot of their products and they regularly give out coupons £5 off skin care and £3 off make up. I bought this product using my make-up voucher so I got it cheap enough. I always think it's a bit of a pain in the bum to keep washing your brushes using shampoo and I think it should be done at least once a month and as I pay quite a bit for my make-up brushes I like to take care of them. Not only that I believe it helps when apply make-up when using a clean brush. Ok so what I think of the product - you get allot for your money and you can see it will last you a while. The bottle comes with a pump on the top and you have to turn it to unlock before the product comes out, be careful when you press it down though as It can come shooting out of the top. So how I use the product is using some kitchen roll I fold it in half and in half again then I squeeze some of the product onto it - with my make-up brush I gently move it around in a circular motion this means it gets high up into the bristles and cleans it. Once the towel is looking dirty fold it in half again - fold as many ways possible minimising waste, I have around 15 brushes so I can use allot if cleaning them all together. The liquid is quite oily as you may notice but I don't think it affects the brushes in any way what so ever. Once I have finished using the product I use a clean towel and move it around in circular motions to dry the brush and they are dry within a few minutes. I find using this product is so much easier than spending time washing with shampoo and then waiting for your brushes to dry. I don't really have a bad thing to say about this product and would definitely pay full price for it.
I have never even thought about buying a product for cleaning my brushes, until it literally got to the point where I was refusing to use my brushes due to the amount of residue on them. I usually just wash my brushes with a bit of Fairy liquid, but this time I wanted something which was quick, easy, and didn't involve using bowls of water, and waiting for brushes to dry on a storage heater. And this is why a trip to Boots, and a voucher for £5 off No7 products, led to this purchase.
What is the product?
Boots No7 Brush Cleaner is exactly that - a liquid designed to clean makeup brushes quickly and effectively. It is a water based substance, which also includes alcohol, sodium trideceth sulfate, sodium lauromphoacetate, cocamide MEA, sodium chloride, cetrimonium chloride, and methylisothiazolinone (taken from the Boots website). It is a snip at £8 from Boots, and is part of their No7 range, which boasts a host of moisturisers, makeup and cleansers, such as this.
How do you use the product?
The directions on the bottle say to spray a piece of paper towel or tissue paper with the liquid, and then sweep the dirty brush over the paper. You should then allow the bristles to dry fully before using the brush again.
In my opinion, the word spray is certainly wrong - the bottle has a pump dispenser, so I guess the name is more squirt, or coat, or even soak. You need to fold the paper towel up a bit, otherwise when you start sweeping the brush over it, it disintegrates in front of your eyes.
Does the product work?
Now, my brushes were extremely dirty - I had enough blusher residue on one of my brushes, that I didn't need to put any more on in order to use it! So it took about six pieces of soaked tissue paper to even begin to see a clean sheet as I swiped - but a clean sheet I did see! The product did certainly remove the make up residue, and didn't leave the brushes absolutely sopping, unlike when you wash them in water. It was certainly a neater way of cleaning as well, and was pretty quick too - and doing all seven of my brushes only used about a quarter of the bottle - good value for money, in my opinion!
How does it compare to other brands?
Other brands have brush cleaners too - Estee Lauder sell one in Boots as well, which is £12, so £8 for the No7 brand is very good value, I think. And Boots often do vouchers, like the one I used, which gave me £5 off - so a £3 cost for my bottle is definitely worth it. And it is certainly easier and tidier than washing my brushes, which means a deep clean only needs to occur once a month, as opposed to every other week!
Would you recommend it?
Yes, I think I would! I had never considered even needing a brush cleaner, but now that I have this, I think I would be lost without it! It is certainly something I would recommend if people already use a brush cleaner, and are perhaps looking for a cheaper version, as it certainly does it's job, and this is good enough for me!
It gets 5 out of 5 from a novice brush cleaner girl! Well done No7!
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The product I am reviewing is by No7 which isn't really a brand I am very familiar with. I have heard of this brand before and I know it has been around for quite a while; how-ever I have never purchased anything from this brand until now. This is because I find this brand rather pricey. I only decided to purchase something from this brand recently as I was looking for something specific and couldn't find many brands in my local boots store that actually sell this product. The product I am reviewing is brush cleaner which I wanted so I could clean my make-up brushes. I recently purchased some really good make-up brushes and I wanted them to last which is why I went on the hunt for make-up brush cleaner. I have been wanting make-up brush cleaner for ages but have only literally remembered or got round to buying some. Although I do clean my make-up brushes after each use I always have to give them a deep clean using baby shampoo which means the brushes can take at least a day to dry. Although I would still give my brushes a deep clean every month this make up brush cleaner would be perfect so I could clean my make-up brushes and use them pretty much straight away if I needed to. The No7 brush cleaner removes make-up particles from both natural and synthetic brush hairs and tools. This product is a quick fix when you don't have time to soak your brushes. The product comes in a tall pump bottle which is quite strong and made from clear plastic. You can clearly see the product inside the bottle which has a slight green/yellow tinge to it. It states on the front of the product what it is and you can find information about how to use the product on the back of the bottle.
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I purchased this from my local Boots store for £7.00. The product is also available on the Boots website.
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Using the Product
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To use the product spray a paper towel or tissue with the cleaner before sweeping brush bristles across it. Let the hairs dry before applying make-up. Although this product says spray as it's a pump bottle you can really do this. I got a few sheets of kitchen towel and folded it a few times to make is slightly thicker. I then put the nozzle slightly onto the kitchen towel and pressed on the pump once which dispensed some of the product. The product was very thin and it soaked into the kitchen towel quickly. I noticed there was a light, slightly sweet scent to the product which smelt very pleasant. It wasn't a floral scent but it smelt clean and fresh. I swept the bristles across the kitchen towel and as soon as I did this I could see that the cleaner was working as the kitchen towel was starting to change colour. I swept the brush across the kitchen towel a few times to ensure that all the make-up was off the bristles. Depending on the size of the brush depended on how many times I had to sweep it across the kitchen towel. I was able to use the same piece of kitchen towel for a few brushes. After using the brush cleaner I inspected the brushes and was glad to see that they were clean and I couldn't see any hidden particles of make-up between the bristles. As you don't spray the product directly onto the brush itself it doesn't take the bristles very long to dry which means you can use them within a few minutes of cleaning them if you need/want to. The cleaner leaves my brushes smelling nice and clean and it also leaves them really feeling soft. After cleaning the brushes they fluffed up again and looked as good as new. Although this product cleans the brushes you still need to deep clean your brushes every month. I simply do this by washing them in a mild shampoo such as baby shampoo and leaving them on a towel to dry over-night.
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Although there are other brands of make-up brush cleaner such as MAC and Clinique, I decided to purchase this one for no reason in particular, other than that I was in my local Boots store at the time anyway purchasing other items. I wasn't really sure to expect from this product as I have never used a product from this brand before, how-ever I was expecting it work as this is a more expensive brand in comparison to other high-street brands such as Maybelline and Rimmel. The product packaging is very simple and plain and you can clearly tell what the product is as it states this on the front of the bottle. I found the product really simple and easy to use. Although it states to spray the product onto a paper towel or tissue I find that a paper towel is better as it's stronger than a tissue and doesn't fall apart so easily when it becomes damp. In terms of value I think the product is reasonable value as I expect other brands of brush cleaner are probably more expensive than this one. This product does what it's meant to and leaves my brushes nice and clean. I love the fact that the brushes dry within just a few minutes as well which means you can use the brushes pretty much straight away. I would definitely recommend this product to others.
(review also on ciao)