I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not so great at keeping up with cleaning my makeup brushes. I’ll get on these kicks where I’m really diligent about it, but then won’t do it again for months. Because of this, my brushes get disgusting! My makeup brushes had gotten so bad that it was time to just throw them away and start fresh. So when I bought this set by E.L.F., I decided I would make it a priority to care for them.
After doing some research, I settled on Real Techniques Brush Cleaner. It’s a well-known brand and I love their makeup sponges, so decided to give it a go. Once I pulled the cleaner up online, I saw the Real Techniques Cleansing Palette in the “guests also viewed” box below. I loved the idea of having a palette to scrub my brushes on. In the past, I would’ve just held the brush under running water and scrubbed with my fingers or used a towel (that ultimately would be ruined by the makeup stains), but neither of these methods felt like they truly cleaned my brushes.
As you can see from the picture above, there are three little sections on the palette with three different size “scrubbers,” so to speak. The larger size is for your larger brushes like powder brushes, and the smaller size is for smaller brushes like eye shadow brushes. The palette slips right onto your hand and gives you a good grip for you to scrub away! You squeeze a small dab of the gel onto the palette, add a splash of water, dampen your brush and then start scrubbing. I kept scrubbing until the brush looked and felt free of makeup then laid flat on a towel to air dry.
I was a little nervous about using a gel-based cleaner. I couldn’t wrap my head around how gel would clean a brush. All I could picture was a big sticky mess. Luckily though, the gel lathered really well – sort of like a gel body wash. It had a very light, clean smell that I loved! I left my brushes to dry over night. The next morning I was seriously blown away by how clean they were! Not only did the cleaner and palette remove the makeup, they also made my brushes so amazingly soft – they felt brand new! These products even saved a few of my older brushes that I was afraid I might have to trash because it had been so long since I last cleaned them.
It’s safe to say that I was very pleased and I would highly recommend both of these products! The instructions for the gel suggests cleaning your brushes at least every two weeks, so I’m going to try and stick with that.
This post is not sponsored by any of the product lines I mentioned above. Opinions are my own.