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Dirty makeup brushes and tools are some of the many things that can cause breakouts and otherwise irritate the skin. I know that mine reacts violently whenever I subject it to a foundation brush that hasn’t been cleaned for more than two weeks, so I always try to keep the things in my kit as clean as possible.
But sometimes that’s easier said than done.
For instance, when I couldn’t get the muck off of my Sigma F80 Flat Top Synthetic Kabuki Brush, I became a very frustrated girl.
The regular shampoo method wasn’t doing the job at all…and olive oil didn’t work much better.
As a matter of fact, olive oil probably did my Sigma F80 more harm than good. I spent more than 45 minutes one day trying to remove all of the oil from the bristles. It had mixed with the remaining liquid foundation in the brush, and no matter how hard I scrubbed with shampoo and detergent, the olive oil and dried foundation flakes wouldn’t budge.
It looked pretty disgusting too…
I’d subjected the brush to extremely vehement abuse, scrubbing the bristles like I would an elephant’s hide, and letting water flow from the tip into the ferrule in an attempt to dislodge the stubborn oil. I even threw it on the floor once hoping it would miraculously learn its lesson and self-clean (sorry).
I hated cleaning the Sigma F80 brush so much that I started to dread the weekends, because that’s when I deep clean my brushes every week.
After considering its rave reviews, I tried MAC Brush Cleanser, hoping that a high-end brand would perform a miracle, but repeatedly dunking the F80 into a cup of MAC’s cleanser only removed a teeny bit of gunk, and the dense bristles soaked up a lot of product…
Hey, hey! Expensive product there, don’t drink it up so quickly, yo! I even tried to dilute the MAC brush cleanser with water, but that also didn’t help much.
Then, one day I was just reading blogs and chanced upon a product that would change my life — okie, more like cut my brush-washing time tremendously.
Jang! Jang! Presenting the Daiso Detergent for Puff and Sponge!
Before taking these pics, I made sure to get the bristles really brown and dirty to give you that “OMGIGOTTAHAVETHIS!!” effect when you see the brush returned to its pristine white condition. Hoho.
So, here’s my dirty Sigma F80 Brush. For the purposes of showing how the cleanser works, you can replace it with any brush you like.
Bowing at the feet of Your Awesomeness, here’s my Daiso Detergent for Puff and Sponge, also referred to as Daiso Brush Cleanser.
Ready to get cleaned?
First, dunk the dirty brush into a healthy mixture of water and Daiso Detergent for Puff and Sponge (here’s more about using the Daiso makeup brush cleanser effectively).
The grime and makeup residue are being broken down by the lethal Daiso Brush Cleanser!
The solution takes just 10 seconds to go from clear to muddy.
And there you have it!
With any other method I’ve tried, getting to this stage would have taken about 45 tormenting minutes, and the results still might not have come close.
After washing the Daiso Brush Cleanser off of the brush with shampoo and a little bit of conditioner, just for kicks, the brush looks as good as new.
I put every brush that I clean through one final step, and it’s a defining moment. I gently squeeze the bristles together and look for any that are still unclean.
Give it up for the Daiso Detergent for Puff and Sponge! Whee-weeet!
So tell me, what’s the best makeup brush cleanser you’ve tried, and what’s the worst? Erm… or do you not wash your brushes at all?
P.S. As ironic as life can be, I don’t think this works as well for puffs and sponges. It can also be a hard product to find in some parts of the world (here it is on amazon.com).