Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Duo

Cleaning our makeup brushes is a task that we all dread, but y’know, it’s got to be done. So, when someone tells me there’s something that might make this task a little bit easier, I am all over it
I’ve used quite a few silicone brush cleansing pads before & I pretty much relied on one that I ordered from eBay for only £2! But now, I’ll probably never use that again, not since I got my hands on the Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Duo


One of my favourite things about Real Techniques packaging, is how informative it is. All the information you may need is listed on the outer packaging of both the palette and the gel. There’s also instructions listed and ‘a how’ to video link included on the back of the palette packaging.

The silicone palette, which is about the same size of my hand, has a large handle on the back, designed so that you can slip your finger through to give you more control while cleaning your brushes. The palette has a different shape and size bumps designed to work right into your brushes to really deep clean and pull out all the makeup caught on the bristles. *You also get 2 sample sachets of the gel with the palette, so you can decide whether you like it or not before you purchase the full size.*


The gel comes in a 150ml bottle with a click open lid to make it easier to use while you’re up to your eyes in makeup brushes. It also has a really nice smell to it, quite floral but not strong at all.

When I first tried it out, I decided I wasn’t going to go easy on the duo. I went in with my old grubby foundation brush (I’m disgusting I’m sorry xxx)  first to see if those harsh stains that I can’t seem to get rid of could actually be shifted.


I followed the Real Techniques instructions and applied a ten pence piece size amount of gel to my palette and added a little bit of warm water to both the palette and my brush. I swirled my brush around for about a minute, and rinsed it. The bulk of the foundation in the brush was completely gone, but it wasn’t clean, so I went back in again, but only applied a pea sized amount of gel this time, swirled and rinsed & did it once more. The brush was completely clean, and the stain was nearly gone, I went back in one more time to see if it could removed the stain completely, but no, not all of it. But as long as my brush is clean and it took me less than 5 minutes to clean an old grubby foundation brush, I was pretty happy.




I repeated the process with some of my powder & eyeshadow brushes and this is when I was shocked. I used a five pence peice amount for 7 eyeshadow brushes and they all come out absolutely spotless after seconds, I also cleaned 4 separate powder brushes that also only needed 1 wash and rinse (with another swirl to remove the extra gel in the brush) and they were also absolutely spotless.
Overall to clean 12 brushes, it took me about 20 minutes from start to finish, where as before it could take anything up to an hour trying to get all the stubborn makeup out!


I am absolutely amazed by how well this product has worked, and it’s even encouraged me to clean my brushes more often making it even easier to get them clean again. 10 minutes it took me the last time I washed them all since there was less makeup in the brushes.

I would recommend these 2 to anyone that hates cleaning their brushes, it makes the dreaded task not so dreaded. Honestly.

Have you tried the Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Duo yet?

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  1. 10/07/2016 / 5:52 pm

    I saw these in Beauty Outlet today and I was tempted. But it was too pricey😥

    • 10/07/2016 / 7:51 pm

      Aw no! I think it was around £20 for both for me, I can’t remember though. I think it’s definitely worth it though! Xx

  2. 10/07/2016 / 6:52 pm

    I got this a while back and I still have it ( though also might be because of the fact I don’t wash my brushes as often as I should haha) but I love it. It smells so good. I couldn’t save my foundation brush. But it was time for it to go 🙈

    • 10/07/2016 / 7:52 pm

      It’s really good isn’t it! I love the smell of my brushes after! I think I was just in time for my foundation brush haha! Any longer and I think that would have been it 😂 I think it makes it so much easier to clean my brushes! Love it xx

  3. 10/07/2016 / 8:32 pm

    I bought a little silicone thingie that looks a bit like the palette from Real Techniques. It was less than $2 on Amazon. I use it with just bar soap and it gets my brushes really clean.

    • 10/07/2016 / 9:10 pm

      I used to use a one a little one from eBay, but but its nothing compared to this one, but I suppose that’s because of the gel too
      Makes it so much easier using a palette doesn’t it! Xxx

  4. 10/07/2016 / 8:55 pm

    I’ve done the same post! They are SO good, so glad you love them too xx

    • 10/07/2016 / 9:08 pm

      I know I saw it! Loved the way you wrote it! I wrote it ages ago & I thought oh god Honors guna think I copied 😂😂 xxx

  5. 10/07/2016 / 9:26 pm

    I used my tray and the samples of the cleanser the other day and love. It got my brushes so clean😊 x

    • 10/07/2016 / 10:14 pm

      It’s really good isn’t it! I love it! Xxx

  6. 10/08/2016 / 4:01 am

    Yes yes yes!!! Ive been wanting to try this for so long!!! Want to even more now!!!

  7. 10/08/2016 / 4:48 am

    I love the Real Techniques cleansing pad, I think its the best thing since sliced bread 🙂

  8. 10/08/2016 / 5:26 pm

    I hate cleaning my make up brushes and need to do it way more often!

  9. Jessica Kay
    10/09/2016 / 12:54 am

    Wow!!! It looks like that really works – great post, Ill have to check it out!!!xxx

    • 10/09/2016 / 7:34 pm

      Yes! You’ll have to let me know what you think! X

  10. 10/16/2016 / 9:16 pm

    I have just cleaned my brushes using these yesterday and OH MY… It wasn’t pretty haha I really did not expect them to be so dirty. Great products and I can’t believe how easy it was to use it. 🙂 x

    • 10/17/2016 / 8:29 am

      Hahaha it’s a shock isn’t it! Same! It’s so good xxx

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