Thumbs up or down for e.l.f. Brush Shampoo?

woman shows signs yes and no, hand fingers

When I get in the mood to buy something I’ll often look to E.L.F. Cosmetics since I can get my fix for very little money and I’ve learned that their products are great quality. I bought the e.l.f. Brush Shampoo ($3) online when I needed another product to reach free shipping. Which would you rather do? Own something or pay the post office?

E.L.F. Brush Shampoo
E.L.F. Brush Shampoo

e.l.f. has two different products for brush cleansing so it was an eeny meeny kind of situation. Both the Brush Shampoo and Daily Brush Cleaner are anti-bacterial cleansers. They both disinfect brushes and wash away the makeup and oils on your brushes. The main difference as far as I can tell is that this Brush Shampoo also conditions the fibers on your brush.

So how did this fare compared to the MAC Brush Cleanser that I use most often? First is price: $3 for 4.1 fl oz of e.l.f. compared to $16 for 7.9 fl oz of MAC. That’s an impressive savings.

E.L.F. Brush Shampoo
E.L.F. Brush Shampoo

Second is how to use these two. With the e.l.f. it is recommended that you massage a small amount of the shampoo with water and work it through the bristles from the base of the brush; rinse thoroughly; squeeze out the excess water; and lay flat on a clean cloth or surface to dry. With the MAC water isn’t really recommended. Instead apply the cleanser directly to the brush or a towel; then rub the brush along the towel until no color remains. What I actually do though with the MAC is pour a small amount over my brushes which are in a plastic cup; I swish it around trying to get color out of the brush, then add water and do it over again until the water runs clean.

Third is texture. E.L.F. Brush Shampoo has a thick texture like a shampoo. It’s hard to squeeze out of the bottle since it’s thick so I usually just pour it. MAC Brush Cleaner is a watery pink liquid.

ELF and MAC and two dirty brushes
ELF and MAC and two dirty brushes

Fourth is fragrance which is very important to me. I’ve given away many brush cleaners if they make my brushes smell. Surprisingly e.l.f. has no fragrance. I was a bit worried about that. With MAC I don’t notice a fragrance but then again I’ve been using it for over a dozen years so I’m used to it.

Last is performance. In order to compare apples to apples I used the e.l.f. in the way I always do with MAC but I did use my hands more with the e.l.f. the first time I used it. Now I pretty much just use the side of the cup.

before brushes
before brushes

The top brush was washed in E.L.F. for this picture and the bottom in MAC. I used the same exact method. The top kabuki brush is used more with cream blush so the color is pretty set in there.

after pictures - ELF on top, MAC on bottom
after pictures – ELF on top, MAC on bottom

I think the performance is about the same. Both cleansers removed the amount of color from the brushes that I expected. I no longer care if my brushes come out perfectly white every time. I just want them clean with no product left behind, the staining happens.

After all this the E.L.F. Brush Shampoo gets a Businesswoman with thumbs up, on whiteHave you tried this? How would you rate it?  — Marcia

Water(Aqua), Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamide MEA, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Sodium Chloride, Methylparaben.

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  1. Carleen | 9th Sep 16

    I love elf products, they are always such a good value! I’ll keep an eye out for this at the store.

  2. Tiki | 9th Sep 16

    I dilute my MAC brush cleaner just a bit b/c it’s more expensive. I bought the ELF Daily Brush Cleaner and totally forgot about it. Tell to go dig it out!

  3. Lola Seicento | 9th Sep 16

    Good to know that the performance is comparable– because there is quite a difference tint he price!

  4. Lola Seicento | 9th Sep 16

    Good to know that the performance is comparable– because there is quite a difference in the price!

  5. Chelsea | 9th Sep 16

    Pretty impressive considering the price! I use Dove bar soap to wash my brushes because it’s cheap and it works, but will definitely consider the elf brush shampoo next thanks to the price tag 🙂

  6. Destany | 9th Sep 16

    Ok, I think I need a nap – I went into this thinking it was for your hair! hahah Oh my gosh, how funny. But now that I really know what’s it’s about, I will definitely have to check it out.

  7. Julie | 9th Sep 16

    This sounds great for the price! Right now I’m still loving the beautyblender solid cleanser!

  8. Cindy (Prime Beauty) | 9th Sep 16

    Great bargain find!

  9. Kath Thefabzilla | 10th Sep 16

    I’m like you, I always try to fill the cart to get free shipping

  10. Nidia - Lit From Within | 10th Sep 16

    ELF does some things so well, I wonder how the other brands manage to sell me the same thing for so much more money. I have a lifetime supply of castile soap that I like to use on my brushes, but I still might like to try this.

  11. Bailey | 11th Sep 16

    This sounds like a pretty great brush cleanser. I always use a bit of Dr. Bronner’s soap as it’s pretty concentrated and cuts through makeup easily.

  12. Lisa Heath | 12th Sep 16

    I hadn’t seen this yet!

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