November 15, 2010

E.L.F. Studio Daily Brush Cleaner Review

I like keeping a small spritz bottle of MAC Brush Cleanser on hand for quickly cleaning brushes in between color changes. I basically mist the brush, wipe it on a paper towel, and proceed to do a color change. I started doing this after using Sephora Brush Wipes for a long time, these were basically wipes you could use to wipe down brushes in between uses.

If you’re on a bit of a beauty budget you can do the same with $3 E.L.F. Studio Daily Brush Cleaner.

Check it!

A brush cleaner in a spritz bottle.

This is fab as it’s only $3 for near a 9 oz bottle. Some people prefer baby shampoo for brush cleaning but I like MAC Brush Cleanser myself to be honest and prefer it over Baby Shampoo however if you’re dedicated to inexpensive you might wanna check out E.L.F. Brush Cleanser.

This isn’t good for hardcore brush cleaning but I like setting it up during my daily shadow application as I can quickly clean a brush to apply a different shade so my eye look doesn’t get muddy as I blend. I simply spritz on, wipe on a paper towel, and head in for the next color in my palette.

Some folks have reviewed it and said they felt the smell was strong but I just get a fresh, kinda vanilla-ish scent, very pleasant to my nose.

I wouldn’t use this for removing hardcore makeup for my brushes or doing a major clean as it doesn’t work great at getting everything off brushes including something as simple as powder shadow. However, for in between cleanings to get brushes fresh again this is great or to use during eyeshadow application it’s great as well. Sprtiz it on, swipe it on a paper towel, wave the brush around, and it dries down almost instantly so you can proceed to follow up with your next shadow shade.

  • Anyone who wants a quick way to move between colors in a palette without creating a muddy look (spritz this on and follow up with your next shade!)
  • Anyone prone to eye infections (this is an easy way to disinfect brushes in between major cleanings)!

  • Anyone wanting a brush cleaner that removes it all (this doesn’t remove everything but works more as a quick fix in between major brush cleanings).

I remain true to MAC Brush Cleaner but I love E.L.F. for quickie cleanings in between doing major cleanings. Plus I love keeping it around for quickie cleanings to switch eyeshadow shades since it dries down so quickly and prevents muddy blending particularly when I’m using dark eyeshadow.

Have you tried it?

Do share your thoughts!

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  • Cj

    This might be bad idk lol but I only fully wash my brushes once a week :X but I do use something just like this by Sephora between days/colors, it’s even in a spritz bottle too but I spray the paper towel and like paint back and forth on it to clean them Instead of spraying directly on the brush 🙂 I definately want to try this and see if it works just as good cause the Sephora one is $14 for 6.7oz

    • the Muse

      ah cj good idea spraying on the paper towel! I normally spray the brush but that’s a fab idea ;-D I bet it works just as good as $14. I only fully wash once a week too 😀 I have ALOT of brushes and I seem to make a major mess of them lol! So def have to do it at least once a week!

  • Misato-san

    I usually use the Sephora one (good smell, good job) for daily cleaning and do a decent wash of all stuff in the week end with shampoo and conditioner ^^

    Maybe I’ll try this one since it’s chaper that my Sephora one ^^

  • raisa

    nice review.
    i have a few brushes and i just ordered this!
    i saw another review where the girl uses this for daily cleaning.
    she sprays it into the cap den swirl her brushes into the solution.
    it is not 100% clean but decent enough for daily cleaning! and she says it takes about 5 to dry after that!

    • the Muse

      hi raisa yup you can def do it that way ;-D It def doesn’t get brushes 100% sadly but doing a weekly with a good cleaner like mac’s or cinema secrets, etc…will get them super clean ;D!

  • Ally

    Ooh just got in my order from elf today with this in it!

    Oh and I want to recommend a product from them Muse! It’s AMAZING! Their new Studio Conditioning Lip Balm (SPF 15) in Blissful Berry! Wow! It’s a nice balm and it seriously has the pigmentation of a lipstick. Gorgeous fall color 🙂 Very nice quality.

  • Avalith

    this is why I have multiple eyeshadow brushes… of the same kind
    I just use whatever brushes I need to switch between colors and wash them all properly later that night

  • Dawn

    I got the bareMinerals ‘quick change’ brush cleaner spray for cleaning brushes in between colours. It works well and I love the smell of it. I haven’t tried the ELF one, but I have tried the ELF Makeup Mist & Set spray, and it smells horrible to me – reminds me a bit of sick. I’ll be sticking with my MAC Fix Plus for that