Spend vs Save #2

Sunday night is basically what I like to refer to as time to ‘sort my life out’, which basically means everything from a general tidy, to laundry, changing bedsheets, sorting out my handbag for the week, doing my nails and cleaning my make-up brushes. All those little things that when in place just makes life that little bit smoother. This week I reached for two products that are on different ends of the cost scale to help me with the brush cleaning chore so wanted to do a little run down for my latest ‘spend vs save’.

Spend VS Save

First up is the SPEND option – Clinique Make-up Brush Cleaner*. This is the ‘premium’ price of £13 for a bottle. Which really isn’t actually that bad at all, but when you see the save option you can see the real price difference. This one comes in slightly prettier packaging, with the same spray option to apply to brushes for an anti-bacterial ‘daily’ rinse. I use these frequently in the week plus when I give them a proper wash I usually finish the process with a spritz to add that little bit extra ‘germ killing’ goodness. This one doesn’t smell as alcohol based as the ELF version although that is the second ingredient, so assume there’s just some added fragrance in there to mask it.
Then we have the SAVE option – ELF Daily Brush Cleaner. Simple black packaging that looks ok, but a little on the cheap side and feels a tad flimsy but for £3.75 you can’t really sniff at that. As I mentioned above, the alcohol smell of this is more noticeable than the Clinique but in an odd way that scent thing makes me trust that it’s doing something and I’m not just spraying random water on my brushes.
Overall, whilst I like the Clinique spray for something as simple as keeping brushes clean I’d opt for the save version in this case! 

*PR sample.



  1. August 5, 2013 / 7:59 am

    Looking forward to more spend vs save. Any advice on makeup removers?

  2. August 5, 2013 / 8:26 am

    Sometimes the cheaper thing is the best option…
    I’ve never used one of these stuff, maybe I’ll try the elf one 🙂

    Natalia xo


  3. August 5, 2013 / 10:06 am

    I love the Clinique brush spray, it lasts for ages.

  4. August 5, 2013 / 11:15 am

    I like these posts, I tend to use washing up liquid and water to clean my brushes though xx


  5. August 5, 2013 / 11:56 am

    I’ve just bought the no. 7 brush cleaner, haven’t tried it yet, I guess at €10.50 (£8) it’s nearer the high end price bracket so I’ll have to shop around, the Elf one sounds like great value.

  6. August 5, 2013 / 12:21 pm

    I find e.l.f. to be hot or miss, but with the price? I cannot complain. I should wash my brushes more often than I do…I use baby shampoo on them. 🙂 I’ll have to check this out!

  7. August 5, 2013 / 2:33 pm

    Love this concept of the post! Wanting to try the ELF version.


  8. Blunia
    March 10, 2015 / 9:39 am

    I prefer to use a DIY Brush Cleaner! It is easy to mix and a good wy to save money. I use destillled water, spirit (ethyl alcohol), shampoo and conditioner) It works great.

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