Mac Brush Cleanser Review

by Sub Editor Akanksha on May 10, 2013

in A- Grade, Face Products, MAC, Reviews, Skincare

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Mac Brush Cleanser Review

Guest post by Priya R.

Product Description:

This one product will clean, disinfect and condition the brush fibers so that brushes will last longer. It is convenient to use and is specifically designed to extend the life of high quality brushes. Brush Cleanser leaves your brushes smelling fresh and clean, and helps shorten their drying time.

Usage Directions: Apply to damp brushes and work through. Rinse well. Reshape and lay flat dry.

My Views:

One fine day strolling in the MAC store, wanting to pick up a lipstick, my eyes landed on  the MAC Brush Cleanser. A quick read on the box and a look at the price, it came home with me.  There are lot of MAC products which are not known to people like me who visits MAC stores once in a while, once such product was MAC Pro Makeup remover which I came to know about after reading Mehak’s review on it and another such product is the MAC Brush Cleanser. It is perfect if you want to spotlessly clean your brushes as well as deep clean them. It not only cleans but also disinfects and keeps the condition of brush fibres intact for longer time. Considering how expensive good quality makeup brushes are, it is wise to invest in a good brush cleanser, rather than depending on Baby Shampoo/mild face washes.

Mac Brush Cleanser comes in a stout looking plastic bottle with a  “press to open” cap. The cleanser is of water consistency and the cap provided is not practical to use and you end up wasting lot of product while using. After doing a lot of research online and trying it myself, the best way it can be used for spot cleaning is by mixing Brush Cleanser & Water in 1:1 ratio in a spray bottle. I recommend not diluting the entire product with water and store at a time. Dilute a little bit at a time and store for a few days. Using a spray bottle inside of the nozzle makes it easy to use and does not lead to wastage. Another option is by replacing the cap it comes in with a spray nozzle and using it directly without diluting it water. I have used the liquid directly from the bottle and after diluting it with water, the results were same.

Here, I have demonstrated how easily it cleans my lip brush, which otherwise after soaking and washing, still is loaded with traces of lip color deep inside. I spray the MAC Brush Cleanser once or twice directly on the brush and then swirl it on a tissue paper. For deep cleaning, I run my fingers between the bristles with the tissue and sweeping off the lipstick stuck inside and voila it is clean! It just needs another minute or two to dry out and ready to use. Though MAC Brush Cleanser is perfect for spot cleaning, I still recommend deep cleaning (with MAC Brush Cleanser itself) every fortnight atleast.

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  1. Best for spot cleaning the brushes. Helps save time
  2. Keeps the expensive brushes disinfected and increases their life too
  3. A single bottle will last easily for more than a year if not diluted with water. If used after diluting, it will last for two years easily. A cost effective way to protect brushes.


  1. The cap it comes with is not convenient to use
  2. Bottle is not travel friendly, it could easily spill


Rating: A-

Price: Rs. 650

 RecommendationMAC Brush Cleanser is the best one could do for expensive makeup brushes. It is not only perfect for spot cleaning but it is equally good for deep cleaning the brushes. Highly Recommended!

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Sukanya May 10, 2013 at 6:57 pm

I din’t have any idea that it’s so affordable :D :D Am going to grab it asap.
thanx for the review :)


anshita May 10, 2013 at 7:14 pm

the price looks super affordable. i’m getting it.


Abhi May 10, 2013 at 7:41 pm

This post makes me realise how much I take my brushes for granted….use them often and clean them close to never…
I did not know brush cleaning products existed…my routine ends with face cleaning…must add brush cleaning too..
great price for a MAC product..totally agree with @Anshita…must get it..n more importantly must use it :)


Abhi May 10, 2013 at 7:43 pm

Also do any other drug store brands have brush cleaning solutions? Do let me know..


Priya Raghuwanshi May 11, 2013 at 3:57 pm

I think Kryolan has it.. yes it does


kRITHI May 10, 2013 at 8:37 pm

nice review :)
i like the color of the liquid too


Shikha May 10, 2013 at 8:55 pm

I am kanjoos when it comes to invest in brush Cleanser. Shampoo is all I use… Nice reviews…


Rajvi Bhow May 10, 2013 at 9:09 pm

I have the same bruch cleanser from MAC.. putting it in a spray pump is actually a good idea..


MissBoPeep May 10, 2013 at 10:41 pm

Looks like a very nice product. This is on my buy list for sure :) Thanks for the review.

Good one.


RJ May 10, 2013 at 11:00 pm

Have it and love it… :)


Gowthami May 10, 2013 at 11:15 pm

sounds promising gotto see it :)


Embellished May 10, 2013 at 11:16 pm

This sounds really good. And its not even crazy expensive.


K8 May 11, 2013 at 2:54 am

I used MAC brush cleaner and liked it until I found that buying 100% isopropyl alcohol actually worked better, disinfects and is recommended by professionals, as well. It’s also much cheaper for someone like myself who likes to clean my brushes often. Wayne Goss recommended it on his website. It does not harm brushes and dries much quicker than the MAC cleaner. I just fill a small tall jar with it and keep that tightly closed on my makeup station reusing the same alcohol for a month a two before throwing it away. When I want a quick clean I dip my brush and clean off on a towel/tissue. When I want a deeper clean I leave the brush upright in the jar for 3-4 minutes.


Vipra S May 11, 2013 at 8:54 am

I’m so in need of this one ;) Perfect review timing – lovely piece of info shared. On my list straight away :D


xuvious May 11, 2013 at 10:32 am

I’ll be in need of one pretty soon! My current one is almost up.


Jyoti May 11, 2013 at 11:37 am

This looks pretty cool!! Wanna try this one out for sure :)


Garima May 13, 2013 at 1:40 pm

God! there is a telepathy here…whenever I need a review, I open up peachesandblush and I find THAT review I needed ;)


mehak May 13, 2013 at 11:02 pm

Aww ! Yay, so glad it happens like that for you…so which one do you need now ;) ill get working on it !


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