Saturday, 20 February 2016
Review | Real Techniques Deep Cleansing Brush Gel
Over the last few years, Real Techniques have built up a cult following for their affordable, high-quality range of make-up brushes and tools. Recently, they've expanded their range a little to include this Deep Cleansing Brush Gel, designed to keep your make-up brushes in tip-top shape. We all know how important washing our make-up brushes is (or at least, we ought to by now!), though we do seem to be divided into those who dread Brush Washing Day, and those who find it strangely satisfying. I'm in the second camp.
The instructions are straightforward enough; you simply dampen your brush, add a little of the gel, and rub between your fingers to remove all the make-up and other dirt. You then rinse until the water runs clear and leave flat or pointing downwards to dry. It all sounds simple enough in theory, right!? I've found the flip-cap on the bottle easy to use, although the gel does have a tendency to spurt out in much larger quantities than I need, which can be quite wasteful.
The gel lathers nicely in the bristles of my brushes, which I believe are all synthetic, so unfortunately I can't comment on how this would work with natural-hair brushes. Once rinsed, however, I'm just not convinced by how clean my brushes are; anything that's had cream or liquid products on it needs at least two washes, sometimes three or four. I've tried this with my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge and felt like it had only shifted a fraction of the foundation from it. Even my powder brush takes two washes, which I can't understand, as I usually wash it twice a week so there isn't even that much product on it!
Overall, this does the job, but sadly not as well as my usual brush-washing method which involves a budget-friendly bottle of antibacterial hand soap - the ingredients of the this Brush Cleanser don't really leap out to me as doing anything to condition your brushes (and the inclusion of SLS is a bugbear for me). For the price, I'm decidedly underwhelmed with this - Real Techniques Deep Cleansing Brush Gel is available from Boots, priced at £7.50 for the 150ml bottle; I do think it's expensive for what it is and it's not a product I'll be repurchasing as, for me, it's definitely not an essential! Have you tried Real Techniques' brush cleanser? What did you think?