Product Type: ELF makeup
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Clean and Hygienic brushes
E.L.F Daily Brush Cleaner
Member Name: pink_glitter
E.L.F Daily Brush Cleaner
Advantages: easy to use, brushes are quick to dry
Disadvantages: They have made the size of the bottle over four times smaller and are charging extra for it!
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.
Summary: Good product, shame about the change in size/price