One of my first blog posts was a review on ELF's makeup brush spot-cleaner. I actually did a mini-review on my Instagram of that product, and it's what pushed me into making the blog. So even though it was a shit product, it did end up being good for something! I haven't tried any spot-cleaners since that day....until now. I picked up the travel-size of the Cinema Secrets brush cleaner a while back. My thinking was that if it works well, I can purchase the jumbo size, and continue refilling the travel bottle from that. If it doesn't work, then at least I only got the small size, and I didn't have to waste any money on the jumbo size.
My plan did and didn't work. I could tell you why, but it's much more fun to watch me fumble with the stupid bottle on video. So please head on over to my YouTube channel for that!
- It works. This doesn't mean you never have to wash your brushes again. It removes enough of the product to freshen up your brushes and leave them ready to use again. I still do go through the whole rigamarole of washing my brushes. You'll see in the picture below, it doesn't completely eliminate glitter. It does do a good job of getting most of the actual pigment off.
- The price. The 2 oz bottle I purchased was $8.00. I'm only halfway through that, and I've had it for a few months. For the aggravation it's saved me of not having my favorite brushes be clean when I need to use them, it's definitely worth it.
|Ready to use again!|
- The bottle is crap. Like you saw in the video, the spray nozzle pops out CONSTANTLY! I don't know if this is an issue with all of them, or if I just got the one terrible bottle in the bunch. Either way, I am super sad my master plan of having a travel bottle to refill didn't work out.
- The scent. Even though the smell doesn't bother me (really surprised about that, actually), I'm listing this as a con. I've seen a lot of reviews on the Sephora site from people complaining about the smell. To me, it's a delightful mix of turpentine and vanilla. I happen to like those things. My nose is strange. I hate most smells, but I actually do enjoy this stuff. However, since I am fully aware that the smells my brain chooses to enjoy are completely backwards, I feel like I should let you guys know that a normal person may be put off by this.
For as well as the product works, I can deal with the fact that I may have just gotten a bad nozzle. What I will probably do is purchase another travel size. For one, it's cheap and I'm cheap. Secondly, I'm hoping the second bottle isn't defective. Then, I can put my refill plan back in motion. IF the second nozzle is also a dud, I will just have to buy the full jumbo size, a generic travel spray bottle, and call it a day.