Monday, 27 June 2016

MAC Brush Cleanser Review | Is It Any Good For Spot Cleaning?

Hello guys. 

How was your weekend? 

How quick are these weeks flying by, it will actually be Christmas soon!!! That I am excited for, although if I don't have a job by then I am screwed totally. 

It was my cousin's wedding on Friday and it was such a beautiful day, she looks stunning and I cried when she walked down the isle. 

Ha ha, typical of me to cause a scene. I couldn't help it though, I am an emotional soul. 

Lets get down to business...

When I went shopping the other week I really needed a brush cleaner that I could use for spot cleaning. 

I wanted this because I wanted to sanitise my brushes to ensure that there was no bacteria on them each time I am doing my makeup looks and for when I use my brushes on other people. 

I have been searching high and low for Isopropyl alcohol. I had tried Superdrug, Boots and anywhere else I could think of but no one sold it. 

So when I was in MAC the other week I asked the lady what they use to spot clean their brushes as they are always doing makeovers on customers, or trying products out on them. That would require them to use their brushes so they must use something good. 

I was told that they have their own brush cleaner which I didn't know they had and that's what they use in between clients.

 I was sold because it obviously was good as they use it every day.

It cost £12 for a 235ml. It's a good size bottle but not the biggest. 

When I first took it out of the packaging it just reminded me of nail varnish remover. It is pink in colour and I thought it would be clear for some reason.

I thought it would also have a spritz nozzle but it doesn't is has a pour out attachment which if I am totally honest, isn't the best. The product just leaks everywhere and when you push the lid back down it doesn't actually close properly, so you have to store it standing up. 

The first time I used it I tried it on my lip brush, I had used a matte liquid lipstick on the brush and wanted to spot clean it. 

I am not going to beat around the brush. It was awful. 

It didn't remove the product it just moved the product around the brush and clumped up. 

Safe to say I wasn't impressed at all. 

So, I decided to put the cleanser to the test by spot cleaning my eye brushes and then my face brushes which have the most product on them.

I got a clean paper towel and poured the liquid onto the towel and proceeded to swirl one of my eye brushes into the cleanser.

It removed some of the product as you can see below.

It did take a few goes after also spritzing the product onto the brush directly and then swirling again in the product on the towel. 

* I did end up decanting some of the cleanser into my own spray bottle in the end* 

I then carried on spot cleaning the rest of my eye brushes in the same manner. Some of the brushes cleaned okay, some of them didn't end up with all the product removed.

I moved on to cleaning my face brushes, especially my foundation brush as it had most product on it. I knew this would be a challenge and I wanted to put the MAC cleanser to the test even more.

Hmmmmm, not so great I am afraid. It took away some of the product off the end of the brush bristles but it just did a similar thing to what my lip brush did. I think the cleanser doesn't deal so well with liquid product on the brushes. It worked a lot better with the powdered product but that's as far as it goes.

It didn't touch the product further down the brush bristles at all so I don't think it would be great for deep cleaning either. 

I haven't tried this product for deep cleaning and the main reason for that is that just from doing the spot cleaning it actually uses a lot of the cleanser because it doesn't diminish the product on the first go. You have to repeat the cleanse a number of times before you notice a difference. 

 All in all, I don't really think it is worth the money for what you're getting.

If the price was lower I think you could expect less but I think it's pretty steep in cost for what you're actually getting and how much wastage is apparent. It's not going to last long at all.

There have been a lot of mixed reviews on this product but for me it's a nope for the major players in the brush game. It's okay to spot clean the eye brushes and even then not all the product comes out but it does a pretty good job on those.

I hope you found this an insightful review and has given you an idea of how this product works. For me, I won't be buying it again.

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  1. Replies
    1. It cleans the eye brushes pretty well but still left product in them so when I went to use a different colour it still had the red residue in it. But yeah spot cleaning those were okay but it doesn't work well with the liquid products at all. It just clumps it up and the product goes thick. :)

  2. That's quite disappointing, thanks for sharing xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

    1. Hey lovely :) it's not too bad on powder products but yeah on the liquids not so good. I was disappointed too xx


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