I've been using the Japonesque Solid Brush Cleanser for a couple of months now - well, it's not something I've used on a weekly basis, although I probably should, I'm too lazy and it's only me using my brushes - but I have used it a few times! However, I'd been wanting a way to look after my brushes which was more gentle than just washing them in shampoo which is what I was doing before I came across this solid brush cleanser. It's definitely worth keeping brushes clean - not only to improve their longevity and ensure that they do an effective job of applying the colour you want when you use them (and not last week's brown), but also because you use them on your face day in, day out and therefore they'll pick up grime and grease which isn't good for keeping your skin clean, healthy and spot-free.
Brushes in definite need of a clean
The Japonesque Solid Brush Cleanser contains both goats' milk (which helps to whiten the brushes) and olive oil (which helps to break down the silicon and oil ingredients found in foundations). It is super easy to use - simply wet your brush and swirl (or swish, it works both ways) it around the surface of the cleanser in the tub so it becomes a bit frothy. This should be enough to get the cleanser into the whole brush before rinsing it through. Once you're happy it's clean, leave it out to dry on a flat surface. Simple as that. (I like to wipe away the left over dirt in the tub to get rid of any gunk and bacteria, as well as making it look nice for next time).
Not only does the cleanser do a very good and quick job at returning brushes to their former clean glory, but it also smells gorgeous (clean and fresh and milky) and leaves a lovely fragrance in the brushes too. It's suitable for all types of brushes (synthetic and real hair) and is apparently fine for people with sensitive skin (I had no problems with it). Considering how infrequently I use it, I reckon it will last a really long time - which is just as well, as at £16 for a 2oz tub it's not the cheapest option for looking after brushes. I'm glad I bought it - it makes the brush-cleaning process a lot less hassle than when I used shampoo which means I'm more likely to do it. And who doesn't love having squeaky clean make up brushes?
Beautifully clean brushes
How do you clean your brushes? Would you consider buying a specific product for cleaning them?
Japonesque Solid Brush Cleanser is available from John Lewis for £16/2oz.