"You know how every once in a while you do something and the little voice inside says, "There. That's it. That's why you're here.".... and you get a warm glow in your heart because you know it's true? Do more of that."
- Jacob Nordby
Hello my beautiful loves!!! Oh, I've missed you!! It feels so good to be back to blogging.
I have a fun post for you today... A possible Cinema Secrets dupe! If you've been living under a rock and haven't heard of Cinema Secrets, it is a professional cosmetics company that makes a brush cleaner that has absolutely blown up in the beauty community this past year. It's known for the bright blue tone to the cleanser, pretty hard to miss!
It's available on their website, Amazon as well as on Sephora's now but it's pretty pricey and almost always sold out now with its growing popularity.
In short, this cleanser is a NO shampoo/no water needed cleanser - although you should still deep clean your makeup brushes once a week - and has been used by makeup artists for many years. You simply dip the tip of your makeup brush into the cleanser and then wipe it down on a paper towel until it wipes clean. It takes a few seconds to do and only a few seconds more for your brush to be completely dry! It's a breeze compared to deep cleansing and having to leave all your brushes laying to dry for a day or two. This is why it's so popular for makeup artists!
Cinema Secrets is quite pricey so I was dying to find one that did the same thing at an affordable price and easier to find.... It has been near impossible to find an exact dupe for this product, especially one that is more affordable. And then in Sally's Beauty one day, I stumbled upon Face Secrets... A cosmetic brush cleaner with that same beautiful blue liquid inside...... Could it be?!?
It looks the same..... I ran home with it and tried it right away....
I like to pour the product into a small bowl and dip my brushes in. You only need to dip the tip of the brush in slightly and the product sucks right up to the ferrule of the brush.
I like to rub the brush in circular motions into the paper towel. You'll see the product come right off!
You usually only have to dip the brush once and rub until clean but sometimes if it's a more bright/stubborn color, I'll do it twice to really make sure the brush is clean..... Spotless!!!!
This works with eyeshadow, glitter, cream products, gel liners... Whatever product is on that brush, Face Secrets will get it out.
A little bit goes a very long way so you can easily get through cleaning all your brushes with just a little bit of product at a time.
THIS IS A DUPE! It works exactly the same.
One thing I do want to mention, this smells a little bit more like alcohol than Cinema Secrets does (both have a high alcohol content). It doesn't have as heavy of a fragrance masking that smell, which I suppose could be a plus for some who dislike fragranced products. That alcohol smell dissipates after the brush dries and you no longer smell anything after that.
Despite the alcohol smell, this definitely has the same conditioning products so don't worry that this one will dry out bristles. I haven't had that issue at all and I've used it tons! My brushes still feel brand new.
My only major complaint, this cleanser only comes in this small 4oz bottle... So purchasing the more pricey, larger Cinema Secrets bottle may make more sense for a busy makeup artist who will be washing brushes much more often than the regular makeup lover.
This product is phenomenal. It is $5.99 for a 4oz bottle, I'm halfway through and it has lasted me months! If you are looking for a cheaper alternative to Cinema Secrets brush cleanser, I HIGHLY recommend you try Face Secrets! Run to Sally's right now!!!
I hope you enjoyed this post and found it helpful!
*I purchased this product with my own money. All reviews are – and ALWAYS will be – my own*
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