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SEPHORA COLLECTION Purifying Brush Shampoo

What it is:A makeup brush cleanser.What it does:Keep your brushes in tip-top shape with Sephora Brand Purifying Brush Shampoo. Prevent gunky buildup and prolong the life of your prettiest tools by treating them to a weekly detox.What else you need to know:This anti-bacterial formula keeps your brushes pure, on point, and ready to perform beauty-fully.
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Question
I just tried using this for the first time and it did not lather AT ALL! Did it for anyone else or is it just me????
asked 2 years, 7 months ago
Anonymous
(Illinois)
on Purifying Brush Shampoo
9 answers
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answer 1
I have noticed that it doesn't lather all that much. I put (one pump) of soap in my hand and massage my already moist brush in my palm. it lathers a little, but watch what comes off your brush, ew!
answered 6 months ago
NewYorkNelle
(New York NY)
answer 2
It's not supposed to lather, it's only supposed to remove your make-up from your brushes. You would know if they weren't clean- they would begin to smell terrible!
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
Slenderella
(NYC)
answer 3
It doesn't lather, but I usually wet my brushes and then swirl in the shampoo, so I do see lather when I do it that way. I prefer wetting the brushes, sometimes it helps clean faster.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
newyorking
(New York, NY)
answer 4
Maybe lather wasn't the right word because it didn't really lather for me either. The shampoo did clean pretty well though and that's all I was really concerned about.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
AVon89
(Milwaukee, WI)
answer 5
Yes, I noticed this also and I really like that it's not foamy. I don't like it when I have to rinse the soap out of the brushes too much.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
macki
(Milwaukee WI)
answer 6
Lather does not equal clean, so don't be discouraged if you don't see bubbles. I've used this product for a long time, and I get zero suds. The soap remains silky and literally draws out the makeup. I gently swirl it in the product in the palm of my hand and rinse with warm water.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
pigmy80
(Georgetown, TX)
answer 7
Mine didn't either, but it cleaned my brushes 100%, so I wouldn't stress out too much.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
goblynqueen
(phoenix, az)
answer 8
Wow..It lathers great for me. However, with my larger powder brushes, I have to put a few extra pumps of the shampoo directly onto the brush hairs to get a good lather! Hope this helps!!! :)
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
lesttpe
(Atlanta)
answer 9
I don't find this product lathers much at all. It is such a gentle formula, which is good because it won't dry out or ruin the burshes, but for heavier cleaning it is not the best. For deep cleaning use a mild baby shampoo
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
eastws1
(Fernandina Beach, FL)
Question
how do you use it on your brushes?
do you spray it on and wash it off or just let the shampoo set on it?
asked 5 years, 6 months ago
rachu
on Purifying Brush Shampoo
8 answers
Answers
answer 1
It's so much easier to use a soft sponge to clean the brushes.

1. Wet sponge.
2. Pump a little shampoo onto the sponge and slightly work into sponge.
3. Dampen bristles of brush(es).
4. Swirl in sponge/shampoo until all make-up is gone.
5. Rinse brush(es).

If the sponge gets super dirty while cleaning, just run it under water and squeeze out the solution.

Hope this helps!
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
victorrriamarie
(Sherman Oaks, CA)
answer 2
I like to squirt a dime size amount in my hand and swirl the brush around, but you could also squirt a small amount on the brush and work it into the brush as you rinse it. You may have to repeat the process 2x to really remove all the product...especially when dealing with concealers or face makeup.
answered 4 years ago
30ish
(Los banos, CA.)
answer 3
It has a shampoo-like texture, which you pump out into your palm. Then you gently rub the wet brush into the gel to work it into the brush (there will be little or no 'sudsing'). Once it is worked through all the bristles, you simply rinse well, pat the brush carefully on a towel, then re-shape and lay flat to dry overnight. Obviously you need to do this when you have time to allow brushes to dry completely, as you wouldn't want to use them in cosmetic while wet. Makes your brushes amazingly fluffy, but doesn't damage, dry out or change the texture of the bristles!
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
BeautySpook
(Minneapolis, MN)
answer 4
you should wet the brush first, then pump one pump onto the brush. then swirl the brush around in the palm of your palm, allowing the product in the brush to come out. then when finished, rinse the brush.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
morganariel
(baltimore, md)
answer 5
I wash my hand thoroughly. I dampen the brush tips, pump a small bit of shampoo on hand and gently swirl the brush into the shampoo. It came off quickly and easily on all brushes except for the foundation and concealer brushes.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
amynohio
(Springboro, OH)
answer 6
I wet my brushes with warm water and then spray the product in my hand. I then swirl the brushes in the shampoo(till makeup is washed out)then rinse clean and air dry. It is good if you can rest your brushes off the end of your bathroom counter or any counter to let all the bristles air dry.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
cathygr72
(Huntsville,AL)
answer 7
Put some shampoo on the brush, then make a cup with your hand and put some water in it. Lather up your brush then run rinse and let brush dry. You will notice the difference.
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
Pammiebrad
(Oberlin, OH)
answer 8
I just use a couple of squirts of the brush cleaner in my hand and then swirl the brush in that. Sometimes you have to clean the brushes twice.
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
chantel126
(Boynton Beach, FL)
Question
How often do I need to use the shampoo if I'm using the daliy brush cleaner?
asked 4 years, 5 months ago
jessicay26
on Purifying Brush Shampoo
8 answers
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answer 1
I try to wash (with the shampoo) every two or three days. I use the cleaner in between washing.
answered 6 months ago
NewYorkNelle
(New York NY)
answer 2
I use the brush shampoo every day for my eye lining brush, concealer brush and my face makeup brush. I don't use the cleaner at all. The cleaner is faster drying and doesn't require rinsing. I would think that if you're using the cleaner each time you could shampoo your brushes 1x per week.
answered 4 years ago
30ish
(Los banos, CA.)
answer 3
Well if you're using the daily brush cleaner, you'd be likely to need to use it daily, but if you're using the general brush cleaner, probably about twice a week dependent on use.

Also if you use a lot of products or product on the brush, you should use it more often to keep your brush in tip-top shape.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
siddles
(Greenwich, CT)
answer 4
I would say ideally once per week. But I usually lolly gag for a couple of weeks.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
amynohio
(Springboro, OH)
answer 5
One a week
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
cathygr72
(Huntsville,AL)
answer 6
I use it once every two weeks. I would probably use it less, if I wasn't a make up addict.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
Asolo
(Miami, FL)
answer 7
Hi,

I use this at least once a week, and clean my brushes daily also.

Hope this helps.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
dreamyone
(ATLANTA LOOKS GREAT THIS TIME OF YEAR)
answer 8
I use this shampoo every week or so while using the spray cleaner more frequently. Especially good for foundation, concealer and eyeshadow brushes.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
linda1228
(Burlington, ON)
Question
Will this product cause my sensitive skin to breakout?
asked 5 years, 9 months ago
morg2585
on Purifying Brush Shampoo
7 answers
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answer 1
I have sensitive skin too, and I think this soap works quite well. no breakouts!
answered 6 months ago
NewYorkNelle
(New York NY)
answer 2
I have healthy, clear skin. Luckily, I am not prone to break out. I tried this product about a month ago. I cleaned my brushes and made sure they were thoroughly rinsed out and dry before using them again. I had a reaction to the brush shampoo. It caused me to break out, so it isn't what I'd call an allergic reaction, but clearly something in the product did not agree with my skin. I'd be cautious. You could always try it, and if you do have a reaction you know Sephora stands by their products and would try to find you something that didn't cause a reaction.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
cassfactor
(Iowa)
answer 3
No. My skin tends to be sensitive & I haven't haven't had any issues. In fact, cleaning my brushes more frequently has avoided any oil build up on the brushes. Also, you are washing and air drying your brushes for at least 6 hrs. before you use them and the purifying shampoo has been thoroughly rinsed out.
answered 4 years ago
30ish
(Los banos, CA.)
answer 4
I have very sensitive skin and I had no problems using this product.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
jn75130
(Biddeford)
answer 5
If you rinse the product thoroughly from the brush, it shouldn't be harmful. Keeping your brushes clean will likely benefit your sensitive skin.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
amynohio
(Springboro, OH)
answer 6
I have sensitive skin and I don't have a problem. Just like with anything, make sure to completely rinse out all the shampoo to avoid having irritation for sensitive skin
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
glo637
(Irvine, CA)
answer 7
No it won't. Just make sure you clean and dry your brushes thoroughly before using them.
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
cipper
(Toronto, Canada)
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Does this work on foundation brushes?
I have this cleaner and it works great on all my brushes but my foundation brushes. i have used mac brush cleaner and it does get everything out but this one i will wash my foundation brush 4-5 times and it still doesn't get it all out
asked 4 years, 9 months ago
Anonymous
(Atascadero, CA)
on Purifying Brush Shampoo
7 answers
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answer 1
I use this to clean my foundation brushes, but I swirl the brush around before rinsing. I sometimes repeat the process to make sure I truly get it all. I don't use a huge amount, but I do work it around in my hand. You can always reshape the brush after you've rinsed it & are setting it up to dry. You can always ask for a sample so you can try it before you actually
purchase it.
answered 4 years ago
30ish
(Los banos, CA.)
answer 2
I would say it does. I cleaned my foundation brush... it took about 3-4 applications of the shampoo before the water ran clear, but it ran clear. I followed the instructions and pumped the shampoo on to my hand and then swirled the brush into it while running it under warm water. (im using the sephora foundation brush- and had never washed it since i bought it- so it was full of make up)
answered 4 years ago
24yroldfemale
(Fresno, CA)
answer 3
This works on foundation brushes
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
jn75130
(Biddeford)
answer 4
you need to put a little effort in and move the brush around but it does work for cream products, I use it on my lip brush and my cream eyeshadow brush with no problems!
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
NikiMc
(toronto)
answer 5
Good question - and I almost noted this in my post...unfortunately, it takes substantially more effort to get the foundation and concealer brushes clean. It will clean them effectively...eventually. But it does not come off effortlessly as with the other brushes.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
amynohio
(Springboro, OH)
answer 6
This shampoo gets my foundation brushes clean. You might be using a brush cleaner unsuitable for heavier make up ingredients such as the ones found in liquid foundations. It could also be that your brush bristles are bleeding dye so it may not be residual foundation. I had a brush that did that and I, too, thought my shampoo wasn't getting it clean.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
dj78
(Durham, NC)
answer 7
I use the Bare Minerals mini-kabuki brush, and it holds a lot of foundation. I had to lather and rinse mine about 3 times, but after that, my brush was "painting" clear with this product.

I tried it out on a glass plate, so when the soap and plate were clear, I figured it was clean.
answered 4 years, 7 months ago
wanderluststar
(Boston, MA)
Question
Can't I just use the same shampoo?
A gentle shampoo or shampoo that removes product build-up from the hair sounds like an excellent alternative and it's something I already have. Doesn't it make sense that I could use that instead of buying a separate product?
asked 1 year, 6 months ago
88tbone
(San Jose, CA)
on Purifying Brush Shampoo
7 answers
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answer 1
You could. But I have found that with my sensitive skin, this brush shampoo works the best. Plus, idk about you, but my shampoo has extra stuff like keratin or anti-frizz stuff in it, that I just don't need to put on a brush I use for my face.
answered 6 months ago
NewYorkNelle
(New York NY)
answer 2
I've actually gone that route before, and found that it wasn't as effective as using this product. I had to wash the brush repeatedly to get it clean, and it didn't feel like it rinsed cleanly, either. This is my favorite shampoo that gives me gorgeous hair (my stylist lusts over it), so I'm not changing shampoos just to clean my brush! For the price, and with Sephora's satisfaction guarantee, I was willing to give it a shot, and I'm glad I did.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
katannah
(Atlanta, GA)
answer 3
Once brush is clean, squeeze out excess water with a lint-free tissue and reshape brush. Lay flat or upside-down to dry! Because your brush has to be bacteria-free, be careful not to touch its hair without washing your hands.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
sweetsjjw
(Pittsburgh, PA)
answer 4
Nothing seems to remove my foundation from my Sephora brush except this great shampoo---it is specifically formulated to do that, and it works quickly.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
Slenderella
(NYC)
answer 5
absolutely. use a gentle shampoo and rinse with warm water. it may take longer to dry this way but its much better for your brushes than a brush shampoo that has alcohol (which this one does)
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
ghkim
(New York, NY)
answer 6
Yes. There's nothing wrong with using regular shampoo and it probably works better.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
JamieDawn
(Tulsa, OK)
answer 7
You can use a mild dish soap instead. This brush shampoo does not work on a brush that is used for Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation I find. I haven't got another foundation to try this brush shampoo on so I am not sure. It will probably work on a brush that doesn't have a heavy foundation base on it.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
Lorilit
(Ft. Worth, TX)
Question
Why is this better?
Why should I use this vs hand or face soap?
asked 1 year, 10 months ago
ThatGirl71
(Bend, Oregon)
on Purifying Brush Shampoo
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
It rinses out much easier than regular shampoo, and it seems to keep the bristles in better shape.
answered 5 months, 1 week ago
MJade388
(Providence, RI)
answer 2
It does give a deeper clean than hand soap. It got the super-long-last foundation off my foundation brush when other soap didn't.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
ejohnsoz
(Arlington, VA)
answer 3
this really is NOT better than hand or face soap. However hand soap may not be gentle enough for your brushes (depending on what kind of hair they are made of) and face soap is gentle but might be too expensive for using as brush cleaner (I used to use Philosophy Purity Made Simple face wash which worked great but was pricy!). This is not better because it does not wash well, specially foundation brushes. I suggest baby shampoo.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
susanaa
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 4
In my experience, it made the brush's bristles light and fluffy once it dried. I used to use soap to clean my makeup brushes, too, but this worked much better. Before, the brush head would be clean but it was like no big deal. After using this stuff, the bristles were light, fluffy, and soft.

Maybe you can get a sample to try it.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
alex575
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 5
I had the same misgivings about buying this--I'd always just used a bar of soap before. However, using this, I will never go back. The soap took forever--I had to keep applying and washing it out to get all my makeup out, plus the endless rinsing to make sure I got all the soap out, and then my brushes were super soaked and took forever to dry. This stuff was ridiculously quick--I washed about 6 brushes in 5 minutes. And I could barely believe it, I kept running the brushes under water to see if more makeup would come off, to see if it was missing some and the water was clear. I will never go back to soap.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
suziqt7
answer 6
This formula works great for brushes. A few pumps and some water and you'll see the make up just dissolve from the brush. I used to wash my brushes with hand soap, but wasn't satisfied with how much soap I had to use to get it clean (too much lather). This cleanser is specially formulated for makeup brushes. This shampoo won't necessarily build up a lather (which I like) but will definatly clean your makeup brushes.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
samm3rs
(Bakersfield, CA)
answer 7
I've tried hair shampoos, dish liquids, and antibac hand washes on my brushes over the years. I would have thought they were fine. Until I used this brush shampoo! The reason I got this was because the last time I washed my brush w/dish soap, something weird happened & I almost threw it out. However, this shampoo brought it back to life! I use an Estee Lauder foundation brush that I LOVE it must be 5 years old...but soft as ever when I use this shampoo. I promise it's worth the money!
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
jpsunshine
(upstate NY)
Question
is this product suitable for vegans?
asked 5 years, 3 months ago
Royale
on Purifying Brush Shampoo
6 answers
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answer 1
As it says on the back of this product, it contains... amphoteric surface agents, non ionic surface agents, sodium benzoate, alcohol, isopropanol, and fragrance. I think you can use it freely because all it contains are just chemicals helping your brush cleaning! :)
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
sweetsjjw
(Pittsburgh, PA)
answer 2
The only ingredient that MIGHT contain animal products is the fragrance, but they don't specify the source. You could contact the company for more specifics.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
Slenderella
(NYC)
answer 3
Sephora brand does not test on animals, but I am unsure of all the ingrendients. I use this and I am vegan, but my friend is vegan and she has diffrent standards than me. Since we all have our own definition of vegan I would check out the ingredients and make your own best decision. Hope that helps. :>
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
goblynqueen
(phoenix, az)
answer 4
Yes, it is suitable for vegans. Here is the ingredients list (directly copied from the bottle):

INGREDIENTS: >5% amphoteric surface agents - >5% but < 15% non ionic surface agents ALSO CONTAINS: sodium benzoate, alcohol, isopropanol, fragrance.

No beeswax, glycerin (though much glycerin is vegan now-a-days, being derived from plants), and definitely no gelatin. None of the ingredients listed are derived or can be derived from animal products. :)
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
ladytruth
(Pasadena, CA)
answer 5
yes
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
Asolo
(Miami, FL)
answer 6
I was told by one of the beauty experts at Sephora that they do NOT use animal products in any of their store items. I was also told that they do NOT test on animals. However, I don't believe most people consider beeswax as an animal product and I have found that in some other things Sephora has stuck it's label on. I have not found, so far, any gelatin or glycerin in their products. I'm not an expert, but I haven't found anything that wouldn't be vegan about this product.
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
ClovisKitty
(Fresno, CA)
Question
Difference b/t this and regular brush shampoo
Is the only difference that this one is antibacterial?
asked 5 years, 9 months ago
Kristalea
(Austin TX)
on Purifying Brush Shampoo
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
Only a small amount of product can clean a huge brush. It smells good, others not really. I would say go for it if you are not on a budget.
answered 11 months ago
ROCKNPOP
(Canada)
answer 2
it's an actual shampoo that is deep cleaning. you have to rinse your burshing and allow to air dry after cleaning with this product...not like other cleaners where you just apply the product and wipe your brushes clean (that's for "daily use" cleaners).
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
gcubed
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 3
There's the brush shampoo, and the brush cleaner. The brush cleaner (the other one) is more for everyday and won't get the stuff that's in a bit deeper. This one is better for foundation brushes where the brush picks up more product and has deeper-set gunk. For powder brushes, the other is probably sufficient.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
ny541
(New York, NY)
answer 4
I prefer the shampoo vs. the anti-bacterial spray because it adheres to the brush & product to really clean the makeup brush. I tried just using anti-bacterial soap previously and it left my brushes dried out. The bottle lasts for about 8-12 months with regular use on your brushes.
answered 4 years ago
30ish
(Los banos, CA.)
answer 5
Hi,

There are a lot of brush cleaners on the market right now. Some are for daily cleaning, and some are for a more heavy duty cleaning, for once or twice a week. There are also towelettes available for cleaning brushes. Some cleaners are anti-bacterial and some are not.

Frankly, I haven't found one that's way better than the next. Some are a little stronger which would be good if you use a lot of heavy oil based products with your brushes. Otherwise, most any cleaner seems to work pretty well. Some people prefer the anti-bacterial cleaners, especially if they have any skin issues. Even if they don't, it protects the brushes from bacterial growth.

Hope this helps.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
dreamyone
(ATLANTA LOOKS GREAT THIS TIME OF YEAR)
answer 6
This one works.....I promise! It cleans all of the germs from acne, etc. My acne has gotten much better since I was told to wash my makeup brushes.
answered 5 years, 7 months ago
pugsley21
(New Mexico)
Question
What do I need to do if the bristles got worse / puffy ?
I used this brush cleaner and by the time it dried up, the bristles started separating and out of its original shape. What do I need to do?
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asked 3 years, 10 months ago
1234shippo
(Granada Hills,CA)
on Purifying Brush Shampoo
6 answers
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answer 1
you can always buy a brush guard to put on your brushes after you wash them. It helps them maintain their original shape and you can get a set for pretty cheap online.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
mf0311
(Atlanta, GA)
answer 2
Get brush guards. If you look up that term using a search engine, you'll find them. They do a great job in keeping your brushes shaped properly and protect them wonderfully during travel.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
Anonymous
answer 3
I squeezed out most of the water after rinsing the heck out of my brushes and then smoothed the bristles into shape before laying them on a washcloth to dry. that worked really well for me.
What you described sooouuuuunds like a drying issue? Something similar happened to me once before I tried this product--but when I dried it, I was shaking water out of it--and I ended up with some fluffy spikiness. How did you dry them?
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
queenjealousy
(Mount Laurel, NJ)
answer 4
I always squeeze the remaining amout of water out and re-shape my brushes, usually if its puffy normal use will make it go back to normal. I had a blush brush that did this and i just re-washed it and re-shaped.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
jackierenee
(Tacoma, Wa)
answer 5
When you cleansed, did you lay the brushes flat to dry and shape them while still wet? I didn't find this item made my brushes in any better or worse shape, that all had to do with how I dried and shaped them after.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
cassykins
(Groton, CT)
answer 6
Definitely be more gentle with your brushes!
Also,when you're drying your brushes,keep them with the bristles downwards. Or else,water could damage your brush. :L
I suggest brush guards from Coastal Scents.:)
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
cl0e3
(Canada)
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