Product Review: Daiso Brush Cleaner

10/06/2015 11:08:00 AM

It's puzzling how fast the Daiso Makeup Brush Cleaner disappears from the shelves. I wondered what makes it so special. Some beauty community members rave about it. Some makeup enthusiasts swear by it. And I've been trying to pick up a bottle or two, if only it wasn't always out of stock. Luckily, I was able to grab a few recently.

Instructions printed on the back say (in verbatim):

1. Put the cleaner into the  container and dip the brush thoroughly.
2. Wash it like drawing a circle with running water.
3. Dry it with a towel and then arrange ends of the wool. Lastly, dry again naturally.

My choice for testing: an unbranded dense flat brush used with cream concealers. It's been sitting on my kit untouched for roughly 2 weeks so the cream product has already dried up and hardened.

I left the brush submerged for 5 minutes and went back. There was no reaction. If this cleaner is concentrated, makeup will detach and dissolve in an instant.

This is how the solution looked like after giving it a few swirls with light pressure.

Found myself dipping into the solution four times to get the brush at this state.

See that colored substance? Yes you're right, that's left over concealer.

  • Very affordable
  • Easy to use
  • Doesn't irritate skin
  • Doesn't leave any odor on the brush
  • Conditions brush hair well
  • Air drying is a breeze after using this cleaner
  • Has a distinct smell that's not appealing but not appalling either
  • May not be suitable for "deep cleaning" dense brushes

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Makeup artists with back-to-back clients on a daily basis may not have the time to deep clean brushes regularly. Thus, using the Daiso Makeup Brush Cleaner is a quick fix. It does a fair job in removing makeup residue but may require more product for denser brushes. Definitely not the best one out there, but it isn't the worst either. And for Php88 a bottle, you wouldn't go wrong.

At the end of the day, I will still go back to using mild shampoo or an antibacterial dishwashing liquid mixed with olive oil and water for my cleaning needs.

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