I’ve been a huge fan of Ellana brush cleaners ever since I bought my first brush set. I buy my supply from SM Makati but there are times when it is out of stock. During one of those days, I looked for an alternative and found one at Beauty Bar. The brush cleaner is an in-house brand (Beauty Bar). This costs Php595 while the Ellana costs Php170.
I didn’t feel like words and photos would justify my preference (you'll see later on what that is) so I made a short video for this post.
1. I used my old school digicam for this video so I apologize if it sometimes gets blurry.
2. I was holding the camera with my right hand so only my left hand was doing the actual demo. I am right-handed.
3. I used my laptop table as I did this in bed. I just wanted to say that. LOL.
4. That weird sound is the fan.
For the second method, if you can remember, the brush still has some of the Ellana Brush Cleaner on it that’s why the Beauty Bar cleaner was able to remove more product. If you use this on its own then you will remove less product.
If you continue to wipe the brush with the tissue (using Ellana) then you'll be able to remove most of the foundation.
I am really, really disappointed with the Beauty Bar cleaner. I shelled out almost 600 pesos for a poor product. I even used another method which is to dip my brushes directly into the solution then wiped them off but it was still a failure. I also tried to rinse/soak my brushes with it but it made my brushes hard and the hairs looked brittle.
On the other hand, the Ellana cleaner makes my brushes soft every single time. It also smells better than the Beauty Bar cleanser (in my opinion). I never tried soaking/rinsing/dipping my brushes directly into the Ellana cleanser because there was no need to. The tissue method works just fine. I just wish they had this in a bigger bottle like the Beauty Bar bottle.
What’s your favorite brush cleaner?