Review: ELF Brush Shampoo.

I took advantage of the free postage code was that flying around for ELF last week and placed an order with the popular budget brand ELF (Eyes Face Lips). This was my first time buying from ELF, which prides itself in offering high quality, low cost cosmetic products. It's amassed an army of fans on both sides of the atlantic, so I was curious to see exactly what the brand has to offer, as I had only even given the website a casual glance in the past.

One of the products I purchased was the Brush Shampoo. I've been faithfully using Perfection Brush Cleaner that I get in New York for approximately three years now, however I forgot to stock up last Nov/Dec and my last bottle is coming to an end, so I figured I'd try ELF's as an alternative.

What it says on the website: An anti-bacterial brush cleanser for thorough cleaning in-between makeup applications. Disinfects brushes to provide a fresh and clean application every time. Washes away traces of dirt, makeup, oil and debris from your brush while conditioning the hair to provide a clean and soft application for every use.

The packaging comes in a durable, plastic sheer black flip cap bottle. No complaints there, the cleaner (a clear, gel like consistency similar to washing up liquid) is easy to dispense and it stores away easily after use.

Disappointingly the cleaner doesn't lather at all - not one little bit, and although I could see my dirty make up swirling down the plughole as I massaged it into the bristles under warm water, I had to repeatedly wash ONE foundation brush six times - and even then it I could still see foundation was left in the crevices of the brush.

By the time I finish washing all my brushes - the bottle will most likely be empty!!

At a cost of £3.50 for 120ml of product, I've not been left reeling too much at having wasted my money on this (although along with the Maybelline One by One mascara, I've wasted almost £10 on rubbish products in a week), but rest assured I won't be purchasing it again.

So now I face the dilemma of finding a decent brush cleaner. What do you use to clean yours?

16 beauty lovers have sumthin to say:

Get Gawjus! said...

I have the Brush Cleanser by ELF and it sucks big time so I am not surprised that this was awful too!

I use the usual Dove Bodywash to clean my brushes. It lathers a lot and leaves the white bristles squeaky clean :)

GlossGalore said...

I normally use baby shampoo, or one of the shampoos I've bought and either got bored of or realised I hate using on my hair.

It always seems to do the job and means I don't have to buy an extra product just for cleaning brushes.

I've always got shampoo on hand so I don't have to worry about running out either.


KennethSoh said...

Interesting hon, I've never bought anything but have tried friends' products from ELF. It's ok for the price but not for me. Thanks for the great review of the cleanser. x

VexintheCity said...

@Get Gawjus @GlossGalore - I'm not keen on using shampoo cos it's not anti bascterial. So although they're left super soft and LOOK clean, there are still nasties in there.

@KennethSoh - Yeah, if you manage to pick the right product, then you're laughing at having saved so much cash. Thank you :-)

Becky said...

I just use Johnson's baby shampoo, I know it's not anti-bacterial but if it's good enough for babies it's good enough for my face I think!

Sami said...

I use Pantene shampoo on mine, which seem to do the job :-)

V said...

I use good old hair shampoo!! Or hand washing soap... it works just fine!

Great review!!

Maggie ☮ said...

I use regular shampoo (garnier). Elf has some amazing products for budget shoppers but they also have products on the total end of the spectrum you just have to find the right ones lol

Plus Size Shopaholic said...

I use MAC brush cleaner and it does the job for me. It was a present so I'm not sure how much it cost but a little goes a long way.

maxinecassidy said...

I use baby shampoo put on a side plate with olive oil, and mix the wet brush hairs in both liquids. So it cleanses and moisturises!

**OnYxStA** said...

OMG! After some rather lethal bloghoppin', I stumbled upon the elf brand and checked out their website. Love at 1st! SO affordable!! What are your fave elf products?

Xisses, Onyxsta
Weird how I follow you on Twitter but hardly ever check out your blog. I will correct that ASAP lol :)

VexintheCity said...

@Becky - Fair point! LOL

@Sami - Cheer Sami

@V - Thanks!

@Maggie - Thanks and yep, I'm inclined to agree.

@Pluz Size Shopaholic - Yep, I know the one. Cheers :-)

@Maxinecassidy - Ooh I've never heard of that mix before. Interesting!

@OnYxSta - Yeah, they're very cheap :-) *gasps* Rectify that immediately! LOL

Kimmi - said...

I like the Sephora brand cleansers but when I am between bottles I use my one shampoo. It is amazing how good regular hair shampoo can work on our make up brushes. Plus it is a whole lot cheaper!

If you ever buy a shampoo that doesn't work for you, don't throw it out, keep it for your brushes.

SultryRed said...

I was using shampoo but it didnt shift my EL double wear, so I used my face wash (clarins gel) and it did the trick. Bit costly though so I might look to something else lol

farah said...

johnson baby bath or shampoo works just as good as the real brush cleanser frm mac etc/Im using the beautyblender's cleanser too to finish it up

I BLEED PINK said...

I'm glad you posted this. I feel like E.L.F is a hit or miss. Sometimes their stuff is amazing and others its very much the cheap product you expect for under 5 bucks.


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