Cleaning Makeup Brushes: Micellar Cleansing Water vs Baby Shampoo

Hi everyone! I hope you all are having a good week. Today I’m going to discuss cleaning makeup brushes. When I realized I needed to clean my brushes, I began to think whether I should use micellar cleansing water or baby shampoo.

I already use baby shampoo as a cleanser for my eyelash extensions, so I always have it on hand. Call me crazy, but I’ve never bought an actual brush cleanser because I always find things that I already have at home to wash my brushes.

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So, because I was debating so much which to use to clean my brushes, I decided to do a little experiment using the two products as a makeup brush cleanser and write a post about it. I washed half of my makeup brushes with baby shampoo, and the other half with micellar cleansing water.

Below you will find before and after photos of some of my makeup brushes after experimenting with both baby shampoo and micellar cleansing water as brush cleansers. (If I included photos of all my makeup brushes, we would be here all day. 😉)

Micellar Cleansing Water Results:

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Baby Shampoo Results:

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To be completely honest, I feel both baby shampoo and micellar cleansing water worked great at making my makeup brushes look clean, but I did notice some differences when using the two.

The baby shampoo was much quicker and easier to use than the micellar cleansing water. I felt that the baby shampoo really got into all nooks and crannies of my makeup brushes.

The micellar cleansing water left somewhat of a greasy residue on my brushes, even after rinsing them out well with warm tap water. It also was much harder to get all of the makeup off with the micellar water, because it didn’t get into the crevices like the baby shampoo did.

Overall, I would have to say baby shampoo is my go-to for washing my makeup brushes. Cleaning my brushes with baby shampoo was much easier and more thorough than the micellar cleansing water. Also, because baby shampoo is gentle enough to use on my eyelash extensions, I imagine it is very gentle on the fibers of makeup brushes.

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I hope you guys enjoy this post, and that it provided some ideas if your ever looking for something to use as a makeup brush cleanser. Have a great week!


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23 thoughts on “Cleaning Makeup Brushes: Micellar Cleansing Water vs Baby Shampoo

    1. I usually use hand soap, dish soap, or makeup remover too. I’m sure baby shampoo works similarly to hand soap. Using products you already have at home just makes things easier!

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