Best Makeup Brush Cleaner

As of January 2020


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what we like

  • Easy to use
  • Great price point
  • You can also use this to remove makeup from your skin if/when you smudge
  • Lasts for a long time given how little you use

keep in mind

  • I tried to think long and hard about this one – there really are no negatives.


I’ve tried a few different brush cleaners and none of them work, period. Except for this one. And I shouldn’t be surprised as MAC has always been the most steadfast, reasonably priced makeup brand out there.


You can see the makeup being absorbed and expelled immediately when you dip the bristles of your brush into the product and wash it go down the drain when you rinse. This did NOT happen with the other makeup brush cleaners I tried, whether alcohol-based or otherwise. My makeup brushes not only look visibly cleaner but they feel brand new, too.


The price point is ideal, especially for something that you don’t need to use on a daily or even weekly basis!


This makeup brush cleaner is reasonably priced, will last you forever, and will help you keep your makeup brushes clean and last longer. Plus, it will help keep prevent breakouts on your face if you consistently use clean makeup brushes on your skin!

Sizing Tips & FAQs

How do I clean my brushes?

I pour a few drops into the bottom of a glass bowl or cup and swish my brush around in it to absorb. Then, I rinse under warm water for a minute or so on my makeup brush mat until the water dripping from the brush turns from color to clear. Then, I gently wring out the bristles and place on a towel laying flat/horizontal – NOT upright!  Holding the brush upright can ruin your brush because the water will seep into the glue that holds the brush and the bristles together. And to this point, when you are rinsing make sure to angle the brush with the bristles down.


How often should I be washing my makeup brushes and sponges?

Dermatologists will tell you to clean your brushes once a week. We know that isn’t practical, so I suggest you do biweekly or once a month.


Why can’t I just use my makeup remover or face wash?

The brush cleaner is more harsh/effective so it cleans and disinfects better. Makeup remover is gentler since it’s intended for your skin.
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Sephora Clean Up Nice Antibacterial Spray

This spray as well as the other spray blush cleaners out there don’t do a great job of actually absorbing the makeup and oil off of your brushes. So your brushes feel almost slimy after cleaning instead of the smooth, super clean feel with the MAC product.

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