Sephora Solid Brush Cleaner launched a few months ago but more recently for Spring 2016 they have a mini, travel version available of this makeup brush cleaner. The larger size is $14 and the mini one is $8.
I hadn’t tried the original even though I had plans to purchase it when it launched. I rely heavily on makeup brush cleaner to get my brushes cleaned. I don’t really like using shampoo and feel like I get a deeper clean using Cinema Secrets or even MAC Brush Cleaner so those are two I tend to purchase often.
When I noticed Sephora had a Solid Brush Cleaner I thought it an interesting idea but wasn’t sure how deeply a clean it would offer.
Take a look!
Sephora Solid Brush Cleaner comes in a tiny little black compact pot. Inside you’ll find a circular bar of soap (0.6 oz in the mini version) and a little silicone grooved pad. Kinda reminds me of the one that comes with the L’Oreal 360 Cleansers and the bar of soap reminds me of the little bars of soap from the Hotel de Nice or any hotel soap really. The soap kinda smells fresh and I kinda got a little Jergens vibe going on with it. Although it apparently has argan oil and a warm Moroccan fragrance. Smelled like Jergens to me! Shrug!
In my testing I used this on makeup brushes only not sponges but according to both Sephora and the new Beautyblender BlenderCleanser Solid you can use it to cleanse sponges as well.
Basically you’ll wet your brush and swipe it across the bar of soap a few times. After that simply lather it up with your hands and rinse! Done! If you want to get a deeper clean you can slap the little silicone disc onto the side of your sink (it sticks) and you can gentle whisk the bristles of your brush back and fourth against it to work out makeup, dirt, oil, etc….You do get a way deeper clean using the disc than you do just massaging and lathering up the bristles. I had no problems at all getting my brushes very clean however, this cleanser struggled a little with creams. My foundation and concealer brushes still had residue on them after a cleanse but honestly, even with brush cleanser I have an issue getting cream completely out.
I love the idea of this product. I think it’s great for travel. Especially if you’re going to be away say two weeks and you’re only bringing a few brushes and you want to keep them clean this is a nice little cleanser to have around. It rinses clean away and does a fairly good job getting brushes nicely cleaned up.
However, for daily use, I’m a little skeptical about using it. The bar of soap remains wet after you swipe your bristles in it. I mean you are rinsing it off but it somehow freaks me out that I’m swiping dirty brushes across the bar a few times and proceeding to leave it out to dry after use. It just seems a breeding ground for bacteria. But…hey, we do the same with regular bars of soap right!?!
For me the Sephora Solid Brush Cleaner is a nice little travel friend but I don’t think it’ll be a brush cleanser I use daily.
Anyone try it?
Do share your thoughts!
Available now at Sephora.com.