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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.
RT Brush Cleanser
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.
Real Techniques Deep Cleansing Brush Gel
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!
Real Techniques Brush Cleanser Review
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?



  1. I haven't tried it, but I can imagine that it is less effective than a soap because it doesn't contain sulphates (I read it doesn't, don't quote me on that), which is said to be drying on the bristles. It is like a sulphate free shampoo, they aren't as effective in cleaning as the ones that do lather up.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    1. It actually does contain SLS so I'm not sure why it doesn't clean my brushes very well to be honest! xo

  2. I haven't heard the best reviews on this sadly :( I think I'll stick with baby shampoo haha!


  3. I always dread brush washing day until I start washing them and then I start to enjoy it! Great review :-) I'm always on the hunt for new products to make life a little easier

  4. Thank you for the review! I've been reading mixed thoughts on this, so sadly I don't think I will be trying it right now.

    xx, A Little Dose of Makeup

  5. I have this and feel a bit 'meh' about it too, it does the job but ive got better brush cleaners x

  6. The SLS is what has stopped me buying this. I need to find a great brush cleanser without it

    Lauren x | www.laurenapowers.blogspot.com

  7. I like to wash my brushes with a soap as well :) I do like the packaging of this brush cleanser x

    Pink Frenzy

  8. This reminds me :P It's time to wash my brushes! I've never heard of this product before but I think regular soap and warm water does the job just fine. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Yeah, this is really expensive for an average cleaner tbh! I use baby soap or Lush block soaps as lets face it, eyeshadow isn't super hard to get off brushes. I tend to use something stronger like fairy liquid for foundation stains on brushes or my beauty blenders! I think RT are just joining the brush cleaner hype lol

    Natasha Kendall


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