November 09, 2012

Sephora Daily Brush Cleaner

For years I have been using the MAC Brush Cleanser to spot clean my brushes and, you know, it works pretty darn well! However, it is expensive for something you effectively just let soak into a flannel so, I decided to try some different cleansers to see if I could replace my beloved MAC. First up, is the Sephora Daily Makeup Brush Cleaner which I picked up in NYC earlier this year.

This own-brand cleanser is anti-bacterial and is designed to remove trace make-up from brushes between applications, much like the MAC cleanser does. The spray bottle makes it easy to control the amount of product used while also preventing the cleanser from becoming contaminated which would, effectively, render it useless.

The scent is really quite nice; not alcohol-laden like MAC but, not overpowering or artificial either. The scent doesn't linger on the brush and I find that brushes dry quickly after cleaning. The cleaner is really effective at removing excess make-up and even some staining from brushes which is quite impressive given that it is not a deep-cleaning product.

So far, so good, right?

Well, maybe not so good. As an own-brand product, I automatically made the assumption that it would be better value than the high-end offering. However, after doing my research it appears that this is not the case. The Sephora cleanser comes in at €11/$14 for a 200ml bottle whereas MAC costs €12/$14 for 235ml of product.  So, while this is an oft-repeated case of shoddy currency conversion by MAC, the 35ml of extra product you get more than makes up for it. Add this to the easier access to MAC that we have here in Ireland and wider Europe and MAC comes out on top of this fight.

While I love the packaging of the Sephora product and the fact there is also an accompanying brush shampoo available, I can't justify sourcing this from overseas when the MAC cleaner is just as effective and is readily available right where I live!

Click here for a full, step-by-step run-down of how I deep-clean, spot-clean and care for my make-up brushes! Let me know which brush cleansers you like and recommend!


  1. I simply can't bring myself to use such a product... :(

  2. I usually just use baby shampoo to clean my brushes. But if I'm in a rush or at a shoot, I'll use a brush cleaner. I like elf's brush cleanser. It's cheap but efficient!

  3. I use a Dove soap bar to clean my brushes: wet the brush, swirl it on the soap bar, add water to my hand, swirl the soapy brush in my hand, rinse and repeat with the next brush. Works well, does not damage the brushes and is cheap as chips!


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