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For years I’ve heard of people using Zote Laundry Soap to clean makeup brushes but brushed it off as another phase. There’s not too many makeup brush cleansers that I haven’t heard about but it seems like the list is growing. I’m actually testing a few products from the 99 Cents Only Store but the Zote test was a priority.
You use it as you would any bar cleanser; rinse the makeup brush, wet the bar, swipe the dirty brush across the top to swish into a later, gently massage in an outward direction following the natural shape of the brush, rinse and repeat if necessary. Zote is made in Mexico and sold just about every in the U.S. The ingredients consist of minimum of 66% fatty acid content, sodium tallowate, sodium cocoate, fragrance, optical brightener, and violet. The white bar is the same but it’s more popular in different parts of the states so I end up seeing the pink bars everywhere. It’s definitely not vegan (sorry vegans). The only brush that took more time to clean that other was my Make Up For Ever 148 Straight & Wavy but that brush is usually a pain in the ass to clean because I always underestimate how dirty it is because of the brown bristles. I definitely wouldn’t say it under performed in this case. It actually took me a lot less product and time using Zote than Dawn. I can tell that the pH is a little higher but by the time my brushes completely dried they felt perfectly fine. But if you’re still worried about the texture of your brushes add a tiny drop of olive oil during cleansing.
5 Reasons Zote is G.O.A.T.
- It’s less than $1/ 7.0 oz. You can literally cut it up and share it. You can even cut it in the shape of your favorite solid makeup brush cleanser and re-purpose your containers.
- It travels well since it’s in bar form instead of liquid or gel.
- Super easy to rinse!
- It’s multipurpose so you can use it to wash dishes and laundry.
- It freakin’ works! It removed product, got the brushes clean and removed previous staining (including black/ greenish grey dye from the manufacturer)