Cleaning makeup brushes is honestly one of my least favorite things to do. I’d rather buy new brushes, but then those have to be cleaned! It’s a never ending cycle. So since I can’t make this an easier less daunting task, trust me I tried, I figured I’d try to make it a cheaper one. Fancy brush cleaners can run you about $20 a bottle depending on the brand and I just want clean brushes not a empty wallet ok?! So my good friend Krissy mentioned Zote the Pink Soap a while back, check her post here, and I had to try it. It’s $0.97 at Walmart, seriously nothing to lose!
I tested Zote on my foundation stippling brush, powder brush, and three eyeshadow brushes. All five brushes see heavy duty action so they were the prefect subjects for this experiment. Zote is easy to use by wetting the brush and swirling it across the bar creating a lather, then rinsing thoroughly. The etching in the soap also aids in cleansing because it’s allows the brush bristles to separate and the soap to penetrate deeper.
Zote got my brushes super clean, there was no residue or film left on them. They could actually use some conditioning because this soap cleaned them so well. After they dried they felt completely normal, but during the drying they did have that ultra clean stripped feeling. On the next go round I’ll use a drop or two of olive oil or Vitamin E oil so that they don’t feel as stripped.
Storing Zote is easy, I just put it in a tupperware bowl with a lid and it can be kept in the cabinet until future use. Zote is technically a laundry soap so you could also try this for clothing and under garments that need to be hand washed. We love multi-function tools!
Unfortunately I can’t say this cleanser is cruelty free or vegan friendly. Ingredients include sodium tallowate and sodium cocoate which is probably where that stripped feeling comes from after you rinse. The fragrance is not overbearing or lingering, simply a fresh laundry scent that fades as the brushes dry. You might find Zote at a dollar or 99-cent store, Walmart, or Amazon.
What’s your favorite brush cleaner? Talk to me in the comments below!