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Battle of the Daiso Brush Cleaners

Saturday, 24 January 2015
Original Detergent for Puff and Sponge formula (left) and the new Makeup Brush Cleaner (right).
Considering all the hype surrounding the Daiso Brush Cleaner, I couldn't resist picking one up but I found myself in a bit of a pickle in the store. It turns out there are now two Daiso brush cleaners to choose from. Considering they were only $2.80 each I figured I would get them both and give you a little comparison.

"I'll just pop into Daiso and get that brush cl... Wait a minute!"
The original brush cleaner that everyone has been raving about is actually labelled as "Detergent for Puff and Sponge" and comes in a tall, cylindrical white bottle with a hot pink label. Don't take the name too literally though, this is the one everyone has been using to clean their brushes and sponges however, there is a new kid on the block that is actually marketed as a "Makeup Brush Cleaner". Some immediate differences I noticed when I opened them up was that the sponge detergent original is a much thicker gel consistency while the brush cleaner feels very much like water. The brush cleaner has a slightly stronger smell too but I wouldn't classify either of them as pleasant or unpleasant, just mildly chemical-ly. 

When I was cleaning my brushes I found that they both cleaned spectacularly well and I couldn't help but question the sanity of all those people who spend a fortune on special brush cleaners like the BeautyBlender Solid. Seriously guys, there is absolutely no need when you can spend $2.80 on either of these and get an awesome brush cleaner!

If I had to choose one I would have to give the newer brush cleaner an edge simply because the thinner watery formula got right up into the roots of the bristles with less coaxing. It was only really noticeable with my concealer brushes where the concealer tends to be harder to get out of the roots but the brush cleaner worked first go, the first thing I've ever used to get the concealer out so easily! Also, I actually think that you could even put the Brush Cleaner in a squirty bottle and use it as a spot cleaner. I might try it if I find a little spray bottle.

 If you prefer the thicker original formula I would say keep going with it, both of them do an amazing job! Also, I do think that because it is a gel consistency it may actually last longer than the watery brush cleaner because I found myself using slightly less.

So there you have it! If I had to choose, I would go with the new Daiso Makeup Brush Cleaner formula but you honestly cannot go wrong with either one!

Stay Rosy.
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