A Cleansing Balm For My Makeup Brushes

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When it comes to cleaning my makeup brushes I always used to use baby shampoo.  It’s cheap and cheerful but it takes forever swirling the brushes in a sink filled with shampoo water, they seem to take ages to dry and the opinion on whether it’s actually good for them is divided.

Call me crazy, but since I’ve invested a bit more in some of my makeup brushes I wanted to make sure I was using the right product for cleaning them, something that both protects and deep cleans and I’m so glad I’ve discovered the Japonesque Solid Brush Cleanser.

This is a gentle goats milk cleansing balm which is so easy to use.  All you do is wet the brush head with water and then swirl the brush over the surface of the balm.  You’ll automatically see your makeup dissolving after which you rinse of the brush with clean water and voilà, you have squeaky clean makeup brushes.  For your really dirty brushes just repeat as necessary and you just need to make sure you run the surface of the balm under tap water to remove the makeup residue or wipe it clean with a tissue.

Cleaning makeup brushes isn’t the most exciting of tasks but with this I find it so much easier.  I’m running out of this and that’s after 12 months, which at £16 is pretty good in my opinion, plus it’s meant to help extend the life of your makeup brushes and they smell fab afterwards too!

So do you think this is something you would use or do you have any other brush cleaning alternatives to suggest?

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  • Looks like a great product, albeit a little pricey! Fantastice piece of review too, keep it up!

    Anni // MissyDress *_*

  • Great idea! I really need to try these. It’s so annoying to try and clean my brushes.

  • It sounds really good and pretty good value as well if it lasted you so long! I usually wash them with dishwasher soap, which is probably not the best but they have synthetic hair (Real Techniques) so I think that’s okay. It’s a hassle though so this sounds perfect!


    • This is a lovely product and would recommend this to anyone looking for something decent to clean their makeup brushes with. xx

  • I seriously need to get one of these for my brushes!


  • Aaah gorgeous photography! You have such a talent for it, I love your use of red 😀 this product sounds so useful too! xx

    elizabeth | icecreamandclara.blogspot.co.uk/

    • Thanks for your kind comments but trust me it’s a lot of trial and error and retakes! This product is great and I’ll definitely be repurchasing it xx

  • Claire Cavanagh

    I’m SO bad when it comes to cleaning my brushes and tend to just use whatever soap or shampoo I have knocking about – I really need to get better at it though, so should definitely invest in something like this 🙂

    Claire | Stylingo.co.uk | xx

    • I used baby Shampoo for years until i discovered this, now i don’t think i can go back even though it’s cheaper. xx

  • I always use my shampoo to clean them. This sounds really good and 12 months… crazy… definitely must give it a try xx


    • I know I kept thinking in my head when I was writing the post when I bought it and it was definitely 12 months ago. Because it lifts the dirt pretty much straight away you should find you don’t need to swirl the brush too much. My eyeshadow brushes get cleaned in no time at all. xx

  • I’m horribly awful at remembering to clean my brushes, but this balm seems to take the fuss out of soaping up and actually cleaning my brushes.
    PS I already looked up a place to find it in the states! xo

    Kelsey | http://www.abalancingpeach.com

    • I know what you mean. Whilst I do clean my brushes using this, I still don’t think I do it enough! So glad you’ve looked up where to find this in US. They do some other good products too. I particularly love their eyeshadow duos – they are so dinky and the packaging is lovely. xx

  • Hard to keep up with I know the feeling but it’s so much easier with this product xx

  • You should give this a go it really is so much quicker xx

  • Gem

    I’ve been really tempted by these but put off by the expense – can’t believe yours has lasted so long though – that totally justifies the price!

    Gemma x | flutterandsparkle.com

    • Perhaps I’m not cleaning my brushes as often as I should, but it still lasts pretty long xx

  • I’ve never thought of the fact that there might be cleansing balms for your brushes! Thanks for sharing this, I’ll have to check it out 🙂

    Georgia | The Weekend Attic – Personal Style, Beauty and Lifestyle

    • Neither did I until I discovered this, it really is great and I love the smell!

  • Amanda Maria

    Everyone is talking about this Japonesque brand lately, and all their products look very lovely, but this looks like a must have!! I find it takes forever to clean my brushes, this looks like it would cut the time in half! Great review:)


    • This really does cut the time in half and they dry very quickly too! xx

  • Love the sound of this! Will definitely pick it up! xx


    • It’s such a great cleaning tool I will be buying it again. xx

  • Oh wow I can’t believe this lasts so long!!


    • I know, I suppose it depends on how many brushes you have and how often you like to clean them, but it’s still really long lasting. x