If you’re the owner of an Artis brush (or brushes), then you’ve probably thought at some point.. How the heck do I clean these things? Your average brush is pretty simple to clean. You’ve probably not even given it a second thought.. You just clean it. Like anything else! (But probably with shampoo).
The Artis brushes are known for being VERY dense. Like hundreds of thousands of fibers dense. What do you think happens when you try to wash a brush that dense? It takes forever to dry! I actually have never washed mine completely like I do my other brushes, and for a long time, I debated as to what I should to keep this expensive brush clean.
Artis does sell a whole cleansing kit, but (as you’d expect) it’s pretty pricey! The cleansing foam alone (for the larger size) costs $25. And in addition to the foam, they recommend their anti microbial microfiber cleansing cloths. The premier version comes with a fancy silver casing at $55. Or you can buy a pack of 10 cloths for $45. Man. That’s almost as expensive as the brush itself! And they recommend that you only wash each cloth a certain number of times. (10 maybe?)
Long story short, this stuff really starts to add up! And I don’t know about you, but I’m not trying to go broke over a makeup brush…
How to Clean the Artis Brushes
So I did some research and I realized that I had a couple of options.
- IT Cosmetics Brush Bath
- Artis Cleansing Foam
You might not have heard of it, but Zote is a laundry soap bar that is awesome to clean your brushes with! It’s a huge bar of soap, so you can just get your (traditional) brush wet, swirl the bristles on the soap and get a really nice (non-sudsy I might add) clean. That’s the one thing I love about this soap. It’s not overly sudsy like a lot of shampoos are.
But Zote costs $0.99 at Walmart.. Should I really be using this cheap soap on my expensive brush? And there’s the whole getting it wet thing. I thought the bar of soap might be nice for it since I could just get the tips of the bristles wet.. Long story short, this didn’t work at all.
IT Cosmetics Brush Bath
Disclaimer: This can ONLY be purchased at ULTA!
I’d heard about this stuff. It’s a spray you can use on your brush and it’s supposed to work to help dissolve the makeup and allow you to easily wipe the makeup off onto a paper towel. All without really getting the brush wet. I think the brush bath uses some kind of oil – not water – so you can use the brush right away!
Obviously this is ideal for something like the Artis brush, since you really want to avoid getting it wet a lot. 3 day drying isn’t very efficient – and probably not good for bacteria…
This would be a really great option. But it’s $18 for 3.4 oz. That’s honestly not a whole lot of product. And it’s only $7 less than the Artis Brush Cleansing Foam. And foam actually has a tendency to last longer (at least in my experience).
Artis Brush Cleansing Foam
So at 210 mL for $25, I figured why the heck not. Plus, it’s the actual foam designed to be used with the Artis brushes. So far, I’ve been pretty impressed with the foam so far. It doesn’t take a whole lot of foam to cleanse the brushes, and I use regular paper towels with no problem 🙂
So there you have it! That’s why I bought the Artis Cleansing Foam! Let me know in the comments below if you have any other suggestions on how to clean the Artis brushes 🙂