MAC Brush Cleanser – Review & Photos


What Mac Claims
“This one product will clean, disinfect and condition the brush fibers so that brushes will last longer. It is convenient to use and is specifically designed to extend the life of high quality brushes. Brush Cleanser leaves your brushes smelling fresh and clean, and helps shorten their drying time.”


Taking care of makeup brushes is extremely important for many reasons. Cleaning and disinfecting makeup brushes on a regular basis helps brushes last a lot longer and also prevents your skin from breaking out. There are a ton of brush cleansers on the market but I have been using the MAC brush cleanser for over 5 years and I love how clean it gets my brushes.

This is definitely a product that I have repurchased many many times. I know it is pricey for a brush cleaner but I have spend crazy amounts of money buying MAC brushes so I really want them to last so it’s important to take care of them. It cleans my brushes very well, it takes out about 90% of the product in the brushes. This brush cleanser won’t clean brushes that have oil based products on them such as foundation, cream blushes or cream.gel eyeliner. You would need to use an oil based  remover for those brushes. The one downside to this product is it does not come with a spray nozzle but luckily I did find a nozzle that fits perfectly from a hair product. One bottle of the MAC brush cleanser lasts me a long time because I mix 50% of the cleanser and 50% of water in a small spray bottle so the cleanser does last quite a long time.

The cleanser does an amazing job in spot cleaning. I usually deep clean my brushes with baby shampoo most of the time, but on those lazy days I use the brush cleanser. I use a clean hand towel to clean the brushes. I like using a white towel so I can see how much product is coming off the brushes. The brushes probably take a couple minutes to completely dry. For darker eyeshadows, I do have to spot clean the brushes a couple times for all the product to come off. Overall I would keep repurchasing this brush cleanser because not only does it remove makeup from my brushes but it also disinfects my brushes too. If you have spent a lot of money in investing in good brushes, then this brush cleanser is a good product to buy to protect your brushes.


MAC Brush Cleanser - Review & Photos




What I Like

  • A little bit goes a long way
  • Spot cleans brushes effectively
  • Takes only minutes for the brushes to dry
  • Disinfects brushes

What I Don’t Like

  • Doesn’t come with a spray nozzle

$14.50 CAD / 233ml

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My name is Simera and I'm the blogger behind Beautetude. is a place where I will be reviewing skincare, haircare, and cosmetics, and anything else beauty related. I will also be posting makeup looks and in turn I hope it inspires everyone. Outside of blogging I am a 33 year old stay at home mom to a wonderful 10 year old boy who keeps me on my toes all day. I also do freelance work.

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  • Akaleistar

    I need a new brush cleanser, so I might need to check this out 🙂

  • Mya

    Great review

  • Farah

    Nice pictures

  • Yasmin

    I have this to and I love it. Great idea about mixing it with water.

    • So glad your a fan of this brush cleanser.

  • I have this too! Thanks for this review Simera!



  • Oh my. This product sounds well worth every penny you spend on it.
    Well detailed review sweets!

  • alessandra

    I love Mac products! I want to try this cleanser!

  • littleprettymess

    great info as always, i will definitively try it! xx

    Instagram @littleprettymess:disqus

  • I have used this simera…And i loved it

  • Jackie Harrison

    This brush cleanser sound like something I will try and keep glad you did a review I trust your word before a youtube guru also like that it disinfect the brushes excellent review.

    • Thanks Jackie. There are a lot of brush cleanser out t here but not all of them disinfect.

  • I spot clean my brushes with a cleanser like this each day with regular use, and then wash my brushes properly with soap + water every couple weeks. I have a permanent repeating calendar alarm set in my phone to help me remember! Ha. Clean brushes are so important!

    Le Stylo Rouge

    • I totally agree. It definitely makes brushes last a lot longer.

  • Great post. It sounds like a great product.

  • Hello sweetie!

    Nice post!

    I’m gonna try it!


    Maggie D.

    Fashion Blog Maggie Dallospedale fashion diary

  • I had no idea that MAC were selling brush cleansers! Great to know.

    • Yes they have had it for years. It’s definitely a must have for me.

  • Natasha Bhatt

    All make up lovers need to own this for sure.. mixing with water is a great idea as it is expensive!!

    • Yes mixing it with water really prolongs it.

  • Jessica (What To Style)

    This sounds an amazing brush cleanser! =)

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  • This sounds really good but will it destroy brushes made from real hair?

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • Not at all. Most of my MAC brushes are real hair and Ive had them for more than five years. I would recommend using a conditioner on them once in a awhile though.

  • We were at MAc store with my sister and she was interested in buying but at the end we didn’t. Reading your review seems that it is worth it, especially since it also disinfects .
    Stella from a A Shiny Place

    • Yes it’s definitely a great option to use on brushes.

  • I so need a cleanser product. My brushes are super cheap, but just from a disinfectant stand point… And the price isn’t bad for a big bottle!

    • That’s true. This huge bottle lasts me more than 12 months.

  • Andrea

    Ive never tried out a mac product, but I can’t wait to do it!!

    • It’s a great brush cleanser to try out for sure.

  • i use only this, very very good
    I wish you an happy day
    fashion blogger Pamela Soluri

  • I’ve never tried this product but it looks pretty efficient. When I am not deep cleansing my brushes, I’m using a homemade cleanser that I also spray on my brushes.

  • Darnit! I literally threw this away in the last move because I didn’t think I would ever use it – Will have to re-buy!



    My Closet Life Blog

  • Simera… I am hoping to get some good quality brushes this Spring… most of mine are pretty expensive but I find they don’t apply my make up as nicely… when I do get them, I will invest in a good cleaner too xox

  • I haven’t tried this but this is something i want for my brushes :))
    Nice review!

  • Never tried any makeup brush cleaner ever, just used my baby shampoo to clean them…but i think i should try at least try them 🙂

    • It’s definitely a great way to disinfect brushes.


    have never tried this one! wishing it came with a spray bottle but i could easily fix that. and it’s PINK! 🙂

  • agree ,i wish they came in spray bottle
    even i love this one

    • Too bad they don’t change the packaging.

  • Lady parisienne

    It’s exactly what I need, I use shampoo but it never worked so good!

    • Shampoo is okay but this cleanser is awesome.

  • Annette

    Such a great post Simera, cleaning your brushes is def important as well as fining the best way to do it!! Will def. try 🙂