Beauty Blender Solid Cleanser
The solid cleanser that I’m about to review wasn’t really something that was on my oh-my-god-i-have-to-buy-this list. Yes I do have such a list. C’mon you do too, right? So the thing is, I wanted to buy the Beauty Blender Pro so badly and the website I was buying it from had only sets where you have to buy the cleanser along with the bender. So I thought what the heck, am gonna need something good to take care of the ridiculously expensive little sponge ( a.k.a Beauty Blender) anyway. And the solid bar seemed like a good option for toting around in my travel kit. Aaand it was on discount. Need I say more?
About Beauty Blender Solid Cleanser
A travel-friendly alternative to the liquid blendercleanser®, along with a custom grid to dry beautyblender® and deep clean brushes. It removes excess residue and germs for clean makeup application. It supports the integrity of the blender as it provides the same cleansing results and soothing lavender fragrance as the liquid blendercleanser.
Price & Quantity: $16 for 1 OZ / 28gms.
In case you’re wondering, I got mine from Luxola. But sadly, they no longer ship to India
Ingredients: Sodium Palmate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Water, Glycerin, Coconut Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Palmitic Acid, Lavender Fragrance, Sodium Chloride, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidoronate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder.
My Experience with Beauty Blender Solid Cleanser
The suggested use of this product is to wet your blender or brush and then rub it directly onto the soap bar. Rinse and repeat if necessary. I find that when you rub a dirty blender directly onto the bar, the foundation that’s oozing out of the blender forms a dirty rim around the bar. Yes you can just wash it off but you see I have a case of OCD. So, what I do is that I pop out the soap from its box and rub it between my palms. Then I pick up my blender and massage the soap onto it. I keep massaging and squeezing until am sure most of the gunk has lifted. After rising well with water I go ahead and repeat the process. One thing I make sure is that I use very little soap in the first rinse and then more soap during the second rinse. This method has been working really well and it gets the blender clean in a jiffy.
When cleaning makeup brushes I have to follow the original instructions and rub the brush directly onto the bar. So in this case, I take out the soap and the grid from the box and place the grid on my wash basin with the soap on it. Then I swirl my brushes onto the bar and rinse and repeat. Here again I use very little soap in the first rinse and then more soap the second time. After I’m done cleaning all my brushes, I wash the bar gently to make sure no product is left on the bar. Then I let it air-dry before popping it back into the box. When you use a liquid cleanser to wash brushes, you have to dilute the liquid, you’ll need a bowl plus you’ll need to keep adding more cleanser if there are many brushes to wash and so on. The solid cleanser makes life so easy since there’s no pre-mixing required and you can wash a LOT of brushes at a time without the fear of running out of cleanser.
I know there’s a lot to read here but it’s just that I’ve watched sooo many videos on how to use this cleanser and I find that I use a slightly different method. So I just wanted to mention everything step-by-step since I find this method more hygienic: plus it makes the bar last longer. Oh by the way, the soap bar is like really tiny and I was sure this was going to finish up in no time. But I was pleasantly surprised to find that even after several uses I’ve barely made a dent. So yaay for that
Like most people, I assumed the custom grid was merely to help drain water from the soap bar and prevent it from getting soggy and messy in the tub. In fact, the instructions on the packaging plus their official website do not mention clearly how exactly you’re supposed to use the grid. But thanks to the Sephora website I got to know that you can use the grid to scrub your makeup brushes and deep-clean them. I did try that, and it seemed… well…ok. I find that a regular facial scrublet does a much better job and I own a brush cleaning glove anyway. So for me, personally, it’s a useless feature.
It also says that you can use the grid to dry your beautyblender by placing the sponge on the grid. But I haven’t tried it and neither do I intend to, since the beautyblender is so light that am scared it’ll just roll off someplace.
Please do bear in mind that the grid is NOT supposed to be used to scrub the beautyblender. Scrubbing the sponge on the grid (or any rough, textured surface for that matter) will destroy the smooth finish of the blender and may even rip it. Now you surely don’t want that
Added feature in the New Solid Cleanser:
Beautyblender has launched a new version of the solid cleanser. The soap bar and its formulation remains the same but the only difference is that they have replaced the custom grid with a pink silicone pad. The silicone pad is textured with small raised dots (kinda like the scrublet I was talking about earlier) that help to gently deep-cleanse the sponge without damaging it. Aaargh now I feel like I need to get this!
What I like about Beauty Blender Solid Cleanser?
- Compact, lightweight yet sturdy, travel-friendly packaging
- Soap bar comes with a grid that helps to drain excess water from the soap
- The grid can also be used to deep-clean makeup brushes
- Foams moderately well and cleans both sponges and makeup brushes efficiently
- Removes long-stay/waterproof makeup with ease
- Very mild lavender fragrance that does not linger
- Does not leave behind any residue (I found that my brushes dried faster because it rinsed out so clean)
- Saves time… particularly when you’re washing several brushes together
- Does not contain Parabens, Sulphates or Phthalates
- Soap bar lasts longer than liquid cleansers or shampoos which finish up easily
One tiny bar (surprisingly) lasts long even with regular use (when used resourcefully, of course)
What I don’t like about Beauty Blender Solid Cleanser?
- Availability in India
Rating: 4.8/5 (Would have given this full marks had it been more reasonably priced or atleast had more quantity)
Final Thoughts: There’s really nothing bad that I can say about this solid cleanser since it does its job brilliantly and ensures that your beautyblenders and makeup brushes are left spotlessly clean and germ-free. Nevertheless, I don’t see myself wholeheartedly recommending that you guys rush out and buy this, simply because it costs a bomb for what is essentially a tiny bar of soap . This would have been termed a must-have if it came cheaper. If you’re thinking…why can’t I just use regular soap? Well, the fact is that the beautyblender sponge is made up of a special blend of materials that could break down if you’re using a cleanser with the wrong ingredients. For eg. Ingredients like Glycolic acid and Salicylic acid will cause the blender to disintegrate faster. Also, if you use soaps that are too moisturizing or those that leave a residue, your blender will take longer to dry and may even absorb some ingredients leading to risk of contamination. So in that regard, your mind can be at ease when you’re using something that is tailor-made by the brand to be used with the beautyblender. Also, this is great for travel and a huge time-saver when you’re washing a big bundle of dirty makeup brushes.
Have you tried Beauty Blender Solid Cleanser?
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