When I took Ellana on as a client, one of the first questions I asked them was, "What are your best sellers?" The foundations were, of course, the runaway favorites, but the brush cleaner was also surprisingly high on the list. Why? Well, this is why.
I've tried three brush cleaners before it - Parian, Cinema Secrets, and J&C brush cleaners to be exact - but this Ellana product is the only one that's silicone-based. The other ones had high alcohol and solvent content, which makes sense because you wanna sanitize and melt of the makeup, right? I love these cleaners and have no complaints.
But there is another way to do it. Ellana did it with its Cucumber Melon Makeup Brush Cleaner (P400 for 120ml)
The main ingredient of the Ellana Brush Cleaner is cyclopentasiloxane, a slippery, lubricating silicone ingredient that is commonly used in hair products. It acts as a solvent by loosening up all the dirt and makeup in your brushes and thus making them easy to wipe off on tissue. It conditions the bristles, making them feel silky and supple as it cleans.
It also contains tea tree extracts and triclosan to sanitize and prevent fungal growth on the brushes. Finally, it has phenoxyethanol, which is a preservative. These ingredients are safe for cleaning your brushes and are in fact commonly used in many skincare products, but they are concentrated in this brush cleaner so keep 'em off your face. ;) Let the brush dry completely first before you wear them (around 5-10 minutes).
Behold my foundation brush caked with one of the most long-wearing foundations in the market, the Estee Lauder Doublewear Light. Foundations like it are a total bitch to remove from brushes, as you know. Can the Ellana brush cleaner melt it off?
I sprayed the brush two times and rubbed it on some tissue in a circular motion. I did three passes here, and the foundation is almost gone. Four did it in.
Ta-dah! Compare this with the before photo. You can see the actual color of the brush again.
I do love that the Ellana BC has a cucumber melon scent. It's sweet and mild, not at all offensive nor does it smell like paint thinner. It's pretty relaxing to use!
What don't I like about the product? Hmm. Since it's silicone-based, the brushes take a little longer to dry compared to when I clean them with alcohol-based brush cleaners. The brush also feels slippery to the touch. I'd say take a full 15-30 minutes before using your newly-cleaned brush. If you're in a rush though, you can still use your brush as soon as it's dry. I'm just nitpicking. :P
And that's that. :) Hope you found this review useful! You can purchase the Ellana Cucumber Melon Makeup Brush Cleaner here. You can also visit Ellana in their showroom to view all the products in person.
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