BrushMagix electric makeup brush cleaner – Review

Brush Magix - image of Brush cleaning device and a Royal Cosmetics makeup brush

I don’t know about you, but one of the things I absolutely hate about owning makeup brushes is having to clean them. It’s so annoying! I used to use a fancy brush cleaning mat and it would take me forever. That was until I bought this BrushMagix brush cleaning device. The BrushMagix electric makeup brush cleaner is a recent indulgent purchase of mine, so I thought I’d share with you guys how much easier it’s made my life.

BrushMagix Electric Makeup Brush Cleaner – Price and opening it up

I had seen these kind of brush cleaning devices before, but I had always thought they were out of my price range. For the most part, they are. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find one on Amazon that didn’t cost the earth and had fairly good reviews.

The BrushMagix electric makeup brush cleaner was £16.85 at the time of my purchase. I bought it on Amazon and if you’d like to check it out, the link is here.

The cleaning device arrived in a cube shaped box. In the box, you get the device, attachments to hold the brushes to the device and a clear plastic beaker thing that you clean the brushes in.

On opening it I immediately panicked as the instructions are all diagrams. I absolutely hate diagrams.. hopefully I’m not alone in that? If something isn’t explained to me word for word, then I really struggle to understand it. Diagrams are just so vague and often times I have no idea what I’m looking at. I told my fiancé that the diagram intimidated me, he then made it his mission to learn how to use it so he could explain it to me. What would I do without him?! It really didn’t take him long to know what to do either, he then explained it to me and I felt a little silly. I’m pretty sure I have some kind of issue where I see a diagram and freeze and don’t even try to work it out because my brain shuts off. I know, I’m weird.

Brush Magix - image of the brush cleaning device from above

Using the brush cleaning device

I decided I’d first try it out with my dirtiest makeup brush, that seemed like the best test. The brush I used first is the one pictured (a Royal Cosmetics brush,) I reviewed that brush a while ago and you can find that review here.

First, I found the attachment piece that fitted my brush best and attached it to the device. They are made of silicone so it’s easy to get a snug fit on your brushes. There are eight different sizes too. Oh, batteries were inserted prior to this too of course. I then poured a little bit of my brush cleaning solution into the beaker thing. You really don’t need much.

Next, I dunked the brush in it a few times before turning the device on. I was then amazed at how flat the brush goes when it’s whirling around. I found that you have to lift the brush slightly off the bottom of the beaker or else it won’t turn. Once your brush has been thoroughly soaked in the solution, you can then put some clean water in the beaker and do the same thing again.

After the cleaning process is finished, you just lift the brush above the water and turn it on and wait a few seconds for it to dry. I noticed more densely packed brushes need a little longer to dry.

BrushMagix - the brush cleaning device in action

My thoughts on BrushMagix

I really like this device overall. It’s inexpensive and works fantastic.

I actually had fun cleaning my makeup brushes for once. After I finished cleaning the brush pictured, I proceeded to go through my whole makeup brush collection. It took a while for me to go through every single brush and clean them, but I decided that this will make my life so much easier from now on if I clean them straight away. I used to wait until I literally ran out of clean makeup brushes before I’d give in and wash them. Now, I thought I was lazy until I read someone on Twitter who said she throws makeup brushes away when they get dirty because she can’t be bothered to clean them. I don’t have that kind of money to be buying new brushes constantly, so I’m glad I found a solution that works for me.

It’s easy to use, once you get the hang of it and it’s really satisfying. It feels weird to say that I really enjoyed cleaning my brushes, but I did.

Things that didn’t work out so well for me

Now, I do have some niggles with this device. For one, where you attach the brushes to isn’t perfectly straight on mine. I think it’s probably been damaged slightly in transit or it’s just not been made with the best love and attention.

It also doesn’t feel like the best quality. I’m pretty sure it’s not going to last me a long time. For the price, though, it’s fine and works for now. The handle of the device got pretty hot when I was using it, but that’s probably because I went through my whole collection in one go.

One thing I didn’t think about when I bought it, is the fact that I have mermaid tail makeup brushes and they won’t fit the device. I somehow managed to get them wedged in the largest attachment, but it was not easy. It was particularly tricky to get it to spin too. If your brushes have oddly shaped handles, it’s not recommended at all. I’m honestly surprised I managed to get it to work at all for those ones.

My favourite EcoTools eyeshadow brushes are double sided and that doesn’t work for this either.

Final thoughts

I think for a budget brush cleaning device this is good. If you want something that is going to last you a long time, though, you might want to invest in something more expensive. I can definitely say that these cleaners are a great idea. They make life so much easier and I’m mad at myself that I didn’t get one sooner.

Though, to reiterate, if you have double sided brushes or unusual shaped handles on your brushes then this particular brush cleaner won’t work out for you.. so save your money.

Hope you all enjoyed reading this review. Do you own a brush cleaner? Are you thinking about getting one? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below. I love hearing from you guys ♥

I purchased this product with my own money, all images and opinions are my own. I have used Amazon affiliate links though.


  1. August 23, 2018 / 11:45 am

    Wow, I didn’t know you could get electric brush cleaners, where have I been, haha. I think this would make life so much easier. I don’t tend to use many brushes but those that I do I hate cleaning. I have a Birchbox mat brush cleaner, but I still begrudge the time it takes. I really like the look and sound of this one, I’ll have to check it out – bearing in my your caveats on brush shape and size. Fab review, thank you so much for sharing! x

    Lisa |

    • merkitty
      August 24, 2018 / 3:34 pm

      It does make life so much easier for sure. Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment. ♥

  2. August 25, 2018 / 5:06 pm

    I’m impressed! I never even knew brush cleaners existed, what a genius idea! It must save so much time & effort and make brush cleaning actually a fun task. I wonder if this would work for paintbrushes too! I also hate reading instructions especially if they are just diagrams, I never know what’s going on! I mostly just give it a go and hope for the best. It’s lovely that your fiancé helped out, that’s super sweet. Thank you for sharing your helpful and honest review lovely, it’s a shame it doesn’t work well for every brush but still a really clever and affordable product <3 xx

    Bexa |

    • merkitty
      August 27, 2018 / 3:58 pm

      I didn’t even think of paint brushes. I’m assuming it would work the same!

      Glad to know I’m not the only one that struggles with diagrams.

      Thank you for your lovely comment ♥

  3. August 27, 2018 / 10:50 am

    A brush cleaner sounds like a great idea. But I wash mine after every use (or after I use it twice), as I do for the sponges too. So I don’t think I would use it, even though I do like it. Maybe if I get it as a gift I’ll change my mind about it.

    • merkitty
      August 27, 2018 / 4:02 pm

      I plan to use it to wash mine off after each use as it’s just so convenient. It just so happened that I had a backlog of brushes to wash!

      Thanks for commenting, lovely ♥

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