Parian Spirit Brush Cleaner works fast. It has a pleasant citrus scent and brushes dry quickly afterward, which makes this solvent a backstage favorite. It's suitable for both synthetic and natural hair brushes. Parian Spirit comes in large bottles and small travel spray bottles, and you can even buy Parian Spirit wipes.
Spray bottles are great for misting brushes and wiping them on a towel until the makeup is gone. The brush will be ready to use again right away. This is a relief when you suddenly realize you've already used all of your crease brushes but you need a fresh one for a different shade of powder shadow.
However, Parian Spirit can dissolve glue, so I don't soak my brushes in it. While it's handy to have something that gets rid of eyelash adhesive, you don't want anything to compromise the glue inside the ferrule of the brush. So when misting the brush isn't sufficient to clean it, I dip the bristles into a small amount of Parian Spirit in a shallow container and swish it to dislodge dried foundation from bristles, and blot with a microfiber towel. (Some people rinse with a little water and some don't. It's up to you.) Once the brush is clean, I hang it upside down to dry in a Benjabelle Brush Tree, which can be disassembled and folded flat for travel. Drying the brushes upside down helps keep fluid out of the ferrules, too.
I recently had a travel spray of Cinema Secrets Brush Cleaner that had a frustratingly stubborn pump. I love that brush cleaner, too, but the pump was leaky and kept getting stuck, and it was my refillable four-ounce spray bottle of Parian Spirit that saved the day. They must have used a better quality bottle.
I was first introduced to Parian Spirit when I was studying theater and it's something I highly recommend. I've bought it multiple times over the years. I've bought gallons of my beloved Cinema Secrets Brush Cleaner as well, but it has a blue tint that can show up on white goat hair brushes, so I always have to be extra careful with it. Parian Spirit is colorless and won't leave visible residue on white bristles.
I used to get this from stores that specialized in theater supplies and professional makeup but Beautylish sells a handy introductory kit for $23 that includes an eight-ounce bottle of Parian Spirit as well as a two-ounce spray and a jar with a plastic mesh liner. They also sell the Parian Spirit wipes in a set of twenty-four individual packets for $17. The wipes are great if you want to take some brush cleaner with you on a trip.
Isoparaffinic, Hydrocarbon, D-limonene, Ethanol