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I TRIED IT… Ecotools Makeup Brush Cleansing Shampoo

By: LatinaChika

Welcome back everyone to another review for our “I TRIED IT…” series!

For the last few weeks, I TRIED … Ecotools’ Makeup Brush Cleansing Shampoo and here is my review!

A few weeks ago, I bumped into an Amazon sale of Ecotools’ Makeup Brush Cleansing Shampoo and decided to try it out. In the past, I have used various knock-off make up brush cleansing shampoos and bars and they have not completely taken off my makeup from my brushes. Some leave behind a residue that made my brushes stick together while others just left the bristles on my brushes feeling a bit rough.

In the following pages, I will discuss what I have tried, what I have yet try, and how the Ecotools’ Makeup Brush Cleansing Shampoo holds up compared to what I have tried in the past.

If you want to find out if this product should be on your next shopping cart, keep reading!


What I have yet to try and have had so many people have recommend are these items:

  1. Hair shampoo (including baby shampoo)
  2. Beauty Blender liquid and bar Cleansers

I have wanted to try the Beauty Blender cleansers for a long time, but every time I get close to buying it… I decide another beauty product of the same price was much more worth it (story of my life!). This particular product is a bit more expensive than all other cleansers available out there. On Amazon, it is listed under “Luxury Beauty,” which I guess means … MO MONEY! I hope to finally get my hands on either version of the cleaner soon!

And the reason behind not using hair shampoo on my brushes is simply because I just have not had the chance to try it!

If you are reading this and you are a believer of using hair shampoo for your make up brushes, please leave a comment and tell us all about it! Don’t forget to mention which shampoo you use!


Fortunately, what has worked for me has been the Shea Moisture African Black Soap. As I got older, I noticed I was getting acne again. I have mentioned this before but, as a teen, I had a lot of acne and it took many years to get it under control. If you want to hear about my acne experience and some of the products that have helped me as an adult, check out these articles out:

  1. Storytime! Pimple Talk Part 1
  2. Storytime! Pimple Talk Part 2

The Shea Moisture African Black Soap helped clear up my skin during my daily skin care routine. I noticed a makeup artist use a body soap bar to clean their brushes and I became intrigued. I went home that day and used a DOVE body soap bar and it did fairly well. I decided to try my Shea Moisture African Black Soap as well and I did not have to scrub for too long for the make up to come off! I have been using this bar for almost a year. As I look for the right cleaner, this is my go-to when I am not satisfied with other products. But, I am always in the search for a better cleaner and one that is appropriate for makeup brushes and sponges.

For that reason, I decided to try Ecotools’ Makeup Brush Cleansing Shampoo!


I have used this cleaner for the last few weeks and I have used it on both my brushes and my sponges.

Below is the list of the good and the bad!


  • It smells really good. It has a very fresh smell. I would like to say it has a lemon-type scent. The bottle itself states that the product is a “makeup cleaner made of plant-based ingredients… with no perfume or skin irritant.”
  • It is also a hypoallergenic cleaner that is “paraben-free, phthalate-free, and paraben-free” cleaner.”
  • The bottle has lasted me over three months ( I clean my brushes every week, sometimes the same day I used them).
  • Honestly, a little goes a long way. As a matter of fact, if you use too much, you water will bubble a lot and that is when you need to rinse your brushes really well to make sure it is all off.
  • Even though I use a makeup brush cleaning tool, it took very little scrubbing for the make up to come off the BRUSHES
  • As long as I did not go overboard with the cleanser, it washes off really quick along with the makeup and dirt on the brush. For this reason, it will last you a while because you do not need a lot each time.


  • It is kind of silly to list this, but the amount of bubble this cleaner creates can become a bit much. When I first started working with this product, I almost considered it for a bubble bath the way it foamed up! (I considered it… I would not do it!). All that to say, it is a great cleaner but just use the amount you need. This is not the product you want to go crazy with.
  • It did take me a few times to clean off my foundation from my brushes. I use Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty foundation and it works amazing on my skin! (Reviews of Fenty Beauty products can be found here: Fenty Beauty Journey. The foundation a bit thick and lasts all day for me. But, I realize such a strong formula can also results in my brushes and makeup sponges being a bit harder to clean. For the brushes I use to apply my foundation, I had to scrub at least two times to get all the formula off without pushing hard on the brush on top of the makeup cleanser tool.
  • It can leave behind a little residue if you do not completely clean off the shampoo from the brushes.
  • There is a strong smell to this shampoo, so if you do not clean the brush well, you will know by the smell ( as well as the feel because it will have some residue as mentioned before).
  • This is my most heartbreaking review point for this product because I really enjoyed it and was hoping it would work wonders on both the makeup sponges and brushes. Unfortunately, the makeup cleanser did not do as great with my makeup sponges. I do want to point out that I recently purchased the JUNO CO. Velvet makeup sponges and they are different from the original sponges. I love them! I plan to do a review real soon on how I use them and why I have fallen in love with them! The Ecotools Makeup Cleanser did not do well with these sponges, even when I rubbed the sponges on the makeup cleaner tool with the soap on it. And for clarity, I dip my sponges in clean water for 10 minutes before I clean them with soap and I rinse them multiple times in a bowl with clean water until I do not see any makeup or soap. Unfortunately, this soap was incapable of removing all the make up from my sponges.
I had only used these sponges once before the wash.

SCORE: 8.5/10

Overall, this product did really well! I am going to continue to use it until it is done. I am hoping to actually try the Beauty Blender cleansers next!



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