I honestly say that this is the BEST brush cleaner I have ever used. Not only does it remove every scrap of blush, foundation, powder and eyes shadow from my brushes, it also sanitises them and restores my white make up brushes back to their pristine condition! I love the packaging Ė a sturdy plastic bottle with a secure flip-top lip. Iím very impressed also with the size of the dispensing hole, because it means I can control exactly how much product I want to be squeezed out.The actual formula of the detergent has a runny, gel-like consistency that spreads evenly. Now, to best utilise it for maximum effectiveness, it is best to dilute with water, as using it on itís own with the natural-haired brushes can cause the bristles to become dry and limp. So, what I do is pour a tiny amount of the detergent, we are talking less than a 10p sized amount here into a plastic bowl, and then fill up with water. I would say I use 10% detergent to 90% water. When you mix the two together, it becomes very foamy and even though I am loath to use this phrase, a little really does go a very long way!
The first time I used this on all of my brushes, I was absolutely astounded at not only how well it cleaned my Sigmax brushes, but also how well it managed to totally eradicate the staining on my white brushes, like the MAC 239, MAC 217 E35 and the Sigma F40! Not even the washing up liquid and olive oil method managed to get totally get rid of the staining so I was ecstatic! Before, I would spend around 20 minutes thoroughly deep cleaning each brush, and nowÖ 5-10 minutes max! Itís so easy to clean my brushes quickly with Daiso Ė I just pick up my dirty brush, dip it in the mixture, swirl it round a few times, rinse thoroughly with cold water, and thatís it. It is fantastic equally on both synthetic and natural bristled brushes.
I donít use the washing up liquid and olive oil method anymore, I use Daiso to clean all of my brushes now, and love how quick it is to clean every single brush! Thereís only two downsides; firstly, it cannot remove gel liner from eye brushes effectively, so if you do use gel liner you may not want to buy this, and secondly, it is not readily available to purchase in the UK Ė luckily it is available on eBay from Hong Kong. Alongside my brushes, I have also been using it to clean my Body Shop Facial Buffer and my shower puffs, and they look and feel so clean afterwards, so I can say that it is a very multi-purpose product! I really believe this is the brush cleaner to beat them all!
I can't believe this is not listed on makeupalley, did I make a mistake...? Anyway, you may have read about this on different makeup blogs, and should you believe the hype? YES! It's cheap, it's long lasting and it does everything a makeup brush cleanser should do. I read about this on a bunch of blogs, and was amazed at the result. Even brushes that were just rinsed with a regular brush cleanser stained the water when cleaned with daiso. It's supposed to be for sponges, but honestly it works just as great with brushes. Wether it's brushes with natural bristles, or synthetic ones, it will work. I have always been annoyed with my sigma brush that just wouldn't get clean. But after a single use of daiso, it looked brand new. I couldn't believe my own eyes!
You can pour it directly on the brush and swirl it in your hand with lukewarm water for a fast and deep cleanse, or you can use a cup with lukewarm water (80% water, 20% daiso) and leave it in the water while you swirl it around in there. It just sucks all the bacterias, dead skin and pigments out of the brushes and leave them squeaky clean. The first ingredient is Ethyl alcohol, so it disinfects the brushes in a proper way. But, at the same time, it contains persimmon seed and green tea extract that treats the bristles and keep them from drying out.
I guess you can get it very cheap if you have Daiso near you where you live (1-2 dollars?), but if it's not available where you live you can get it for 5 bucks or so on ebay. It's gonna last you forever, and it makes the mac and sephora brush cleanser look ridiculous, which is actually quite expensive. I will purchase this till the day I die, and I'm gonna toss away all my other brush cleansers, because this is simply unbeatable. I combine this with the brush guard, and all my brushes look brand new.