Mar 29 2015

Sephora Collection Solid Brush Cleaner Review


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.

sephora collection solid brush cleaner 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”.

sephora collection solid brush cleaner review

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.

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sephora collection solid brush cleaner review

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.


sephora collection solid brush cleaner review


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. 🙂

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  1. I should really try this! It looks great!! Thanks for sharing Kimmy! 🙂 xo

    1. You’re welcome, sweetie. I really enjoy these types of bar soaps for brush cleansing. 🙂

  2. This sounds really interesting and I like the sound of the textured brush 🙂 Fab review 🙂

    Charlee XO | CharmedCharlee

    1. Thanks, hun. If you can pick this up at a Sephora, I highly recommend! 🙂

  3. I had no idea this solid cleanser from Sephora existed! I’ve always wanted to buy the one from Beauty Blender but found it a little pricey, I’ll definitely purchase this one the next time I visit the mall!

    Priyanka |

    1. There isn’t a huge different in price, but this one is a little cheaper. Let me know if you end up trying it and what you think!

  4. I’ve never tried either of these solid soaps and I was tempted to pick one up when I bought my beautyblender recently but I had just bought a huge bottle of Dr. Bronner soap so I use that which works really well too x

    Beauty with charm

    1. I agree, the Dr. Bronner’s also works well – it’s also in my rotation. Like the Lavender and Baby Mild. 🙂

  5. I’ve been using baby shampoo and water to clean my brushes for years and it still works fine. I wouldn’t mind giving a cleanser like this a try though.

    1. I used baby soap for years as well. I started using solids right around the time I started using beauty blenders and similar sponges. It might just be in my head, but somehow the soaps make it easier for me to get through the cleansing process, lol. xo

    • Jen on April 1, 2015 at 12:44 am
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    I really need to pick this up asap. I usually clean my brushes with liquid soap and then let them air dry.

    1. Since discovering solids, its hard for me to go back to liquids. Though I still rotate them in (Dr. Bronner’s and MAC, sometimes baby shampoo). Give it a try and let me know what you think! xo

        • Jen on April 1, 2015 at 11:44 pm
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        I will thanks! 🙂

  6. Hey Kimmy, thanks for putting this on my radar! I am really obsessed with the Beauty Blender soap, and I’d love to try this one, too! That silicone pad pretty much sealed the deal for me LOL

    1. Why, you’re most welcome, my dear. 🙂 Its really great, just the same as the BB in my opinion and the “sponge” or silicone pad as you rightly point out (I don’t know why they call it a sponge?) is a great added bonus. Love it. xo

  7. I tend to use baby shampoo to wash my brushes with. I’ve never used a solid cleaner before. I might have to give this a go!

    1. I used to use Baby Shampoo as well…and I still do from time to time. I think the solids have made be lazy because they’re so convenient – makes the job faster somehow. 🙂

  8. I have this and love it!

    1. I just purchased another! Love it. 🙂

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