B. Makeup Brush Cleanser – In-depth Review and Ingredient Analysis

Skincare is not just about the creams you put on your face. There are many other little things that can make a huge difference to your skin. Some are quite obvious, like getting a good cleanser to clean makeup, dirt and oils while at the same time not damaging the skin. However, there are many other little things that are not as obvious and can still make a huge difference, like for example changing your pillowcase at least once or twice a week and washing your makeup brushes and sponges daily.

I know, I know, life is quite busy and washing sponges is not very exciting. But it makes so much difference not only to the skin but also to the way the makeup applies and looks after.

I recommend washing brushes and sponges in two ways, daily with an alcohol containing spray and more deeply once a week with a conditioning cleanser.

With that being said, let’s have a look at the BB Makeup Brush Cleanser which is a good and cheap option for the daily clean.




The B. Makeup Brush Cleanser doesn’t come with outer packaging but it comes with a plastic seal at the top of the bottle which will let you know whether it is new or someone opened it.

The product itself comes in a black plastic bottle with a pump and a see-through cap. It doesn’t look like an expensive product but it still looks nice and simple.



Here’s the best bit about this spray. It is cheap!

One 125mL bottle retails for £4.99. It lasts me for a week of every day cleansing of about 3 sponges and 2 brushes a day.

BUT it gets better! Superdrug often has this item on a buy one get the second half price offer so it’s worth stocking up then.


Colour and Texture

This is a no brainer but still worth mentioning. This product is obviously a colourless spray in the form of a fine mist.


How to use

All you need to do is spray this cleanser on your brush or sponge and then pat it onto a tissue or towel to transfer the makeup and dirt that has come off. Repeat as many times as you need until you are satisfied your tool is clean enough for the day and let your brush or sponge dry on its own.





This spray has a subtle scent that is somewhere between a cleanser and alcohol. The scent quickly goes away as the spray evaporates and your brushes or sponges dry.


Hair and Skin compatibility

This product is not for use on the skin although, it doesn’t contain any ingredients that you wouldn’t find in some skincare products.



The B. Makeup Brush Cleanser lasts for 12M so you can really stock up when the price offer is on!

Here’s what the brand says about the product:

“B. Makeup Brush Cleanser cleans and conditioners all types of makeup brushes.”



It wouldn’t be ethical if we didn’t talk about the credibility of this section. It is very hard to impossible most of the time to verify the information or credibility of the sources, so please take this section with a pinch of salt unless stated otherwise. This section is not meant to be definitive and is most likely more about reputation around those subjects than credible information. If you have additional or more correct information please email: bondsofbeautymail@gmail.com

No brand specific information available.

Animal Testing: This product is not tested on animals.





This spray is not meant for use directly on the skin but if you accidentally get it on (or you spray your entire face with it accidentally thinking it’s your setting spray, yes I’ve been there) it will be ok. The ingredients contained are not the best for skincare but they are often found in skincare products, albeit likely in different quantities.

Although alcohol is an ingredient that most advice avoiding from skincare products, because it can dry the skin and damage the skin’s natural flora, it is a good ingredient in a brush/sponge cleanser spray. It will not only clean the makeup off but can also kill the bacterial that are naturally found and transferred from our skin, from flourishing on your brush! It’s not just gross, bacteria and dirt build up on a brush or sponge is one of the easiest ways of blocking your pores and causing your skin a breakout.

Although there is no reason to judge this spray by its nourishing value of the ingredients, I know that many of you like this analysis so here it goes regardless.  Instead of just focusing on just the nourishing value, I added a little info on all ingredients to give you a general idea of what every ingredient does. For the full list of ingredients scroll down to the “full list of ingredients” section.


Ingredient positives:

  1. Water – self-explanatory.
  2. Alcohol Denat. – Although this ingredient is a negative for skincare, it is a positive for brush/sponge cleansers as it can dissolve dirt and kill bacteria.
  3. Disodium Cocoamphodicetate – A hair and skin conditioner and cleanser.
  4. Glycerin – Found naturally in the skin so can be seen as a skin replenishing ingredient. A skin conditioner that helps improve and smooth the appearance of skin. A good moisturiser that is almost always present in moisturising products.
  5. Panthenol– Form of vitamin B5. A moisturiser and potential acne treatment.
  6. Hexylene Glycol– Skin conditioner.
  7. Hydrolysed Corn Protein – A hair and skin conditioner.
  8. Hydrolysed Soy Protein – Skin conditioner, humectant, soother, anti-oxidant and a hair conditioner.
  9. Hydrolysed Wheat Protein – Hair and skin conditioner.
  10. Citric Acid– A natural preservative, can be used to even out skin tone.
  11. Salicylic Acid– A BHA that can act as an exfoliant, hair and skin conditioner. An aspirin like compound with anti-flammatory effects which is popular in acne treatments. An effective exfoliator that can penetrate and clean pores. Has anti-microbial properties and can improve skin thickness, barrier functions and collagen production.


Ingredient negatives:

  1. Alcohol Denat.– There is evidence suggesting that low molecular alcohols (denat. or not) damage and dry the skin. This can in turn enhance the penetration of other compounds into the skin, although sometimes this might not be a negative.


Ingredients that can cause irritation to some:

This is actually really case specific, as different people have different sensitivities and allergies. Just because a compound has been reported by some to cause sensitivity, it doesn’t mean you will have an issue. “Sensitizer” compounds being present is not a negative in my opinion, as this is the case with pretty much everything out there and funnily enough I’ve seen products that are targeted specifically for sensitive skin, containing some compounds that have been reported by some, or are known to be, sensitizers.

If you have sensitive skin or you are prone to skin sensitisation and unwanted reactions, try a little bit of this at the back of your hand first and consult a medical doctor if you are concerned.

Check out: What is sensitive skin? What are the causes and what can we do?

The following compounds present in this spray have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Alcohol Denat., Hexylene Glycol, Hydrolysed Wheat Protein, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol.


Full list of ingredients:

Aqua, Alcohol Denat., Disodium Cocoamphodicetate, Glycerin, Panthenol, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Chloride, Hydrolysed Corn Protein, Hydrolysed Soy Protein, Hydrolysed Wheat Protein, Citric Acid, Salicylic Acid, Phenoxyethanol.



The B. Makeup Brush Cleanser is a good and cheap daily cleanser that will quickly clean your daily brushes and sponges.


Have you ever tried this product? Did it work for you?

Beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa. Have you ever tried these products? Did they work for you? Let me know your experiences below!

I am not affiliated with any company or brand. These are my views and experiences.

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