How I Spot Clean My Brushes – A J&C Super Clean Solutions for Make-Up Brushes Review
So, here’s my take on the J&C Super Clean Solutions for Make-Up Brushes
Made especially for extremely busy individuals, Super Clean features a quick-drying solution that is perfect for people who need clean brushes right away. This special feature allows professional make-up artists to do several make-up jobs in succession, as well as enthusiasts to experiment and try several make-up swatches in a row. The solution is also fortified with spearmint oil to keep brushes fresh and in prime condition.
The J&C Super Clean Solutions for Make-Up Brushes comes in a sturdy, plastic spray bottle/atomizer with 120 ml content. Though the packaging may seem so ordinary, for me, compared to the other brush cleaner that I’ve used, this product’s bottle is a lot harder which makes it travel-friendly. The spray pump also dispenses the right amount of solution to clean each and every brush.
As you can see from the product’s ingredients, the brush cleaner contains ‘Ethyl Alcohol’ which may be an issue for some people, especially those with sensitive skin. But as for me, I haven’t had issues with this product so far and I’ve been using this one for approximately two weeks now. I guess having an Ethyl Alcohol as one of its ingredients is not really an issue, so long as you don’t overuse the product. It also has ‘Mentha Spicata Oil’ aka Spearmint, which basically explains the product’s scent.
|Product Name –||J&C Super Clean Solutions for Make-Up Brushes|
|Price –||PhP 400 Online|
|Weight –||120 ml|
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As previously mentioned, I’ve read several reviews about this product, and not only was this product used to spot-clean brushes, this can also be used to deep-clean your brushes. I personally, haven’t done that yet, and I probably won’t do it either. But if you wish to use this product to deep-clean your brushes, there are several entries instructing you how to do it, including articles from Project Vanity, The Beauty Junkee and Askmewhats.
As for me, here’s how I prefer to do it. I spot-clean ’em
I. Prep all the tools – What I Use : (1) Old, clean towel (I used to use kitchen towels for spot cleaning but I find it wasteful and expensive so I decided to use our old face towels instead and wash it after I’m done. In this case, I took one of the towels we don’t normally use anymore). (2) Dirty brushes (for cleaning, duh!) (c) Your preferred brush cleaner. Mine’s J&C Super Clean Solutions for Make-Up Brushes
*Decor stones/gems not necessarily included, hehe
II. Cleanse Away! – Spray the solution while your brushes are facing downwards then gently swipe them on the towel without applying too much pressure. What I love about this product is that, I get to clean and remove the powder stains (and sometimes liquid/cream stains) in my brushes without applying too much pressure while cleaning. You see, in my previous brush cleaner, I had to put some pressure in order to fully ‘spot-clean’ my brushes (especially the brushes that I use to apply liquid/cream foundations i.e. flat top kabuki brush). Don’t get me wrong by that statement though, I don’t apply too much pressure to the point that my brushes no longer have hair or something. I just find it very hard to remove even the powder stains of my brushes, which is also why I prefer to deep clean my brushes even though it’s very time consuming and tedious.
For brushes that I use for liquid/cream makeup such as Flat Top Kabuki, Tapered Kabuki & Angled Kabuki Brushes, I normally spray 3-5 times and swipe it at least 5-10 times before the stain is completely gone. However, just to remind you, I really don’t get to the point wherein my brushes are heavily stained (yung tipong nagdidikit-dikit na sa dami ng products sa loob ng bristles/hairs). For powder blushes, I spray the solution 2-4 times and swipe them at least six times, then for eyeshadow brushes, I spray it 2-3, depending on how much pigmented the eyeshadows are on the brushes, then I swipe it at least 3-5 times until I see no traces of makeup. There are however times wherein even if I’ve already sprayed 5-8 times at my flat top kabuki brush, and I still can’t get rid of the foundation stain (usually happens when I use my Revlon Colorstay foundation). When this happens, I just let it be and either I reuse it until I deep clean my brush or use a different brush until I finally deep clean all of my brushes.
III. Air Dry! – I actually don’t need to air dry my brushes whenever I use this one because the amount of time it takes me to get all my spot-cleaning done is the amount of time (or maybe less) that this product needs in order to ‘air dry’. However, if you only need to spot-clean a few brushes, then I suggest you air dry them by laying them flat on a tissue paper, or a cloth, for a couple of minutes. Once it dries, you’ll notice that your brushes are back to it’s semi-pristine form. What I also love about this brush cleaner is that it doesn’t make the hairs of my brushes stiff, or sticky. I’ve encountered that problem with my previous brush cleaner, and it pissed the hell out of me. It also leaves a minty-fresh scent, which for me is not that strong compared to what you smell straight from the bottle.
| Sturdy, travel-friendly packaging
Spray pump dispenses the right amount of solution
Scent isn’t too strong
Only need a couple of spritz in order to fully clean my brushes
None of my brushes shed while cleaning
No need to apply pressure in spot cleaning
Dries up fast
Doesn’t make brush hairs/bristles stiff or sticky
Can also be used for deep cleaning (although I don’t personally use it for that, it’s too pricey and I kinda do not recommend it)
Available in multiple online shops
Contains ethyl alcohol
Scent may be too strong for some who have sensitive nostrils
May take a lot of spritz in order to clean some heavily stained brushes (i.e. foundation brushes, flat-top kabuki brushes)
I love this brush cleaner. I wish I discovered this a lot sooner, it would’ve saved me at least PhP 500 and the trouble of repurchasing the same brand that didn’t work half as much as this one did. This brush cleaner is very economical, a little of this product goes a very long way and none of my brushes shed while I was cleaning them which was such a huge plus. It dried up pretty quickly and my brushes remained soft and despite the (ethyl) alcohol content, it didn’t have any adverse effects on my skin/face. I also love the scent, because it made them smell fresh, I know that some people may have an issue about it because it may smell a bit strong, but for me, the scent made the brushes a lot more cleaner in the sense that it was able to take a way the ‘amoy alikabok’ smell (I know, I know, weird, but try to smell your used & exposed brushes, you’ll know what I mean)
Overall, I really love this brush cleaner, I think it’s a good buy and you won’t regret purchasing it. I know that there are a lot of brush cleaners being sold out there, whether online or at the stores, and it may be confusing, but trust me when I say to you guys, the review’s for real. They’re telling the truth! This one’s the best I’ve tried so far. Though I’ve only tried two, but spot-cleaning my brushes never became such a breeze until I found this product. My brushes were a lot cleaner, close to having them deep-cleaned. Truth be told, I haven’t deep-cleaned my brushes for more than a week now. I know, bad. But I see no makeup residues whenever I spot-clean them. Can you blame me? Of course, I’ll be deep-cleaning them in my next day off, that’s for sure, but as for now, they’re spotless
How about you? Have you tried this product yet? What brush cleaner are you currently using? Do you spot-clean your brushes? What brush cleaners have you tried recently? Let me know!