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I’m one of those rare people who loves to clean her makeup brushes. Most people groan and put it off, but I actually look forward to pulling out my brush shampoo and going to town. It does take a while though and I’m always concerned about if they’re getting cleaned deep enough. I’ve heard great things about cleansing mitts for brushes, but I didn’t want to shell out the money for an expensive one, and others were just so small. Not the Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette, though – it’s affordable, an easy-to-use size and has multiple sizes of nubbins for cleaning your brushes against.
I was really excited when the Real Technique Brush Cleansing Palette & Deep Cleansing Gel arrived in my post box a few weeks ago. So excited that I immediately cleaned my brushes even though I had cleaned them two days before.
Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette
The Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette is made of silicone with raised edges so all of the soap doesn’t slide off into the drain right away. It is about the size of my hand – just a little bit bigger – so it’s really comfortable to wear. I didn’t think that would matter, but it makes it much easier to use.
There are three difference sizes of nubbins (new favourite word right there) to clean different sizes and parts of your brushes. The smallest dots work best on smaller brushes and to clean the surface of your bigger brushes while the crosses and the bigger dots work better on deep cleaning larger brushes. It’s suggested on the packaging that you can rest your brushes on the Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette to dry, which works great for one or two brushes, but for a makeup addict, you’d need quite a few Brush Cleansing Palettes for that work. 😉 I usually just rest mine off the edge of my bathroom counter or on a towel.
Real Techniques Deep Cleansing Gel
The Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette also comes with two little sample packets of the Real Techniques Deep Cleansing Gel. I have a full-size bottle, but decided to use those first (which is why they’re not in any photographs) to see what I thought. The first things I noticed: this gel is thicker than what I’m used to and it is quite heavily fragranced. I’m not a fan of the scent, but thankfully it doesn’t linger too long on the brushes. If it did it’s the kind of scent that might give me a headache – it’s very sweet and gets right up in my nose. If you’re a fragrance fan you might really enjoy it, though! I do have to say though, I really like the design of the bottle. Between the little flare on the cap and the ombre logo on the bottle, it feels really well designed.
The Real Techniques Deep Cleansing Gel works the best on cleaning powder out of synthetic brushes. I don’t have any brushes that aren’t synthetic so I couldn’t try that, unfortunately. It takes a lot more effort (and gel) to remove creams and liquids from brushes with the Real Techniques Deep Cleansing Gel and even after a lot of swirling and scrubbing the whites of the on some of the bristles were left stained. I tried cleaning my foundation brush again with another cleanser and quite a lot of makeup came out of the bristles. I also attempted to rewash the powder brushes with another cleanser, but no makeup came out of any of those, so I think it’s just liquid and cream makeup this gel struggles with.
Unfortunately I just couldn’t make the Real Techniques Deep Cleansing Gel work for all of my brushes (most of which are Real Techniques, by the way), so I can’t recommend it. The Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette is amazing, though. It cuts down the amount of time I spend washing my brushes and cleans them much better than just my hands do.
What is your favourite way to clean your makeup brushes?