I purchased the Sephora Collection Solid Brush Cleaner on a whim and thought some of you might be interested in how it compares to the famous Beauty Blender Solid, which I’ve been using for several years. So, here’s my quick little review.
The Sephora solid brush cleaner is described as a “gentle, solid sponge and brush cleanser” designed to “remove even the most stubborn makeup, dirt, and germs”. It is formulated with Argan oil which conditions brushes while breaking down residue. According to Sephora, its solid can be used daily without harming even the “most luxurious brushes”, and is free of dyes, parabens, sulfates, phthalates and other skin irritants. The soap has a light, pleasant scent described as a “warm Moroccan fragrance”.
The Sephora Collection Solid Brush Cleaner Ingredients: Sodium palmate, Sodium Cocoate, Water, Glycerin, Coconut acid, Titanium Dioxide, fragrance, Sodium Citrate, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil.
The Beauty Blender Solid Ingredients: Sodium palmate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Water, Gylcerin, Coconut acid, Titanium Dioxide, Palmitic Acid, fragrance, Sodium Chloride, Tetraspdoi, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder.
As you can see, the ingredients are pretty similar, with the Sephora version containing a few less and the addition of Argan oil.
Deep cleaning happens around here about once a week. As with any other soap, I’ll dampen the Sephora solid cleanser and sweep my dirty brush back and forth 2-3 times. This usually saturates sufficiently. I then work the product into the brush hairs for a few seconds before rinsing. Sometimes, with a dense foundation brush for example, I’ll repeat this step. The Sephora solid cleaner develops a good lather and gets my makeup brushes just as clean as the BBS. So I would say, performance-wise, they are essentially identical.
Size-wise, the Beauty Blender solid is 1 oz. while the Sephora solid is 1.1 oz. Not a significant difference there. The same can be said about the price. The Beauty Blender solid retails for $15.95 USD, the Sephora solid for $14.00 USD.
Both solids are lightly and pleasantly scented. The Beauty Blender solid has a mild lavender-like scent whereas the Sephora solid has a warmer, almost Shea butter like scent which is also very mild.
The Sephora version, however, does include a textured sponge that is actually pretty useful. Instead of rubbing the brush against the palm of my hand, swirling it against the sponge actually helps loosen residue more quickly and effectively. It’s obviously not as fancy or convenient as one of those brush cleaning gloves, but it is a nice perk.
At the end of the day, I enjoy both products equally and will continue to purchase both. From time to time, I also use Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps (both solid and liquid) which I featured in my brush cleansing routine here, if you’re interested. 🙂
How do you clean your makeup brushes?
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