Daiso is a Japanese variety store that’s been quietly expanding in Australia over the past year. It’s the largest of Japan’s “100 yen” chains, and while 100 yen is technically about $1.05, everything in Daiso Australia retails at $2.80, which is still somehow an amazing bargain. I can never leave without picking a few things up.
One of the cult products at Daiso is their brush cleanser, which is officially called “Detergent for Puff and Sponge”. It is THE most efficient and cost-effective brush cleanser I’ve ever used, and doesn’t require any faffing around with bottles of alcohol and baby shampoo. It’s even gotten out what I thought was a permanent stain in my foundation brush, in less than a minute. If you’re not sold already, here’s a little demonstration of how I use it.
First, we have to round up the nasty brushes. I’ve got my Real Techniques face brushes here: the Contour Brush (used with contouring powder), Expert Face Brush (used with liquid foundation and BB creams) and Detailer Brush (used with cream concealer).
I know of a few different ways that people use this detergent, but here’s my method.
1. Pour lukewarm water into a glass – enough to stay below the ferrule when the brush is standing head down.
2. Add about 5 drops of the detergent. I’ve never felt the need to use more! It’s pretty powerful stuff.
3. Put the brush in and gently draw circles in the bottom of the glass while counting quickly to twenty. By then, the water is usually murky and opaque, without needing much elbow grease or rough handling.
4. Dump the water, rinse the brush under the tap briefly.
5. Repeat first 4 steps until the detergent mixture stays mostly clear. I’ve never had to repeat more than four times, which takes less than 2 minutes.
Here’s what the process looks like:
Contour Brush: I’ve found that powder runs away from brushes in Daiso’s cleaner like it can’t wait to hop off. The first rinse looks like weak milk tea, the second is pretty much clear and the brush is spotless.
Expert Face Brush: This one takes a bit longer, since the brush is so dense and clogged up with oily foundation (and it’s only 2 weeks’ worth!). Even though the brush looks pretty damn clean after two rinses, more product comes out in the third go, though the fourth rinse isn’t even cloudy.
Detailer Brush: Since this brush is tiny, it only takes 2 goes to get everything out.
The one downside to this cleaner I’ve discovered so far is that it’s pretty rubbish at washing gel eyeliner, which unfortunately is what I need to wash most. Soaking the brushes in waterproof eye make-up remover first, then using dilute detergent works pretty well.
I am ridiculously impressed by how thoroughly this $2.80 product washes my brushes! If we ungenerously estimate 15 drops per mL, at 80 mL per bottle, and 3 rinses per brush, that’s about 3.5 cents per cleaned brush (and we’re being super thorough in our cleaning here). This is now my HG brush cleanser and I’ve squirreled away a few backups – it seems to be popular amongst other people too, since it’s often sold out!
What’s your favourite el cheapo HG? Enable me in the comments below!