For the longest time I’ve been wanting to try out the Solid Cleanser from Beautyblender. But because it’s so expensive (20 Euro’s for a piece of soap) I ended up putting it off for the longest time. Recently I saw this cheaper alternative, the Leco Brush Cleansing Soap. It’s a similar thing but a lot more affordable. I decided to order it and give it a try. If you’re interested in finding out whether or not this block of soap does a great job at cleaning your brushes, but most importantly your (stained) Beautyblender, make sure you continue reading!
Let’s start off by packaging. The packaging reminds me a lot of the TBS Camomile Solid Cleanser that I bought about a year ago. The product comes in this little tin pot and has a big white sticker on the front with the (very simplistic) logo from Leco. It’s a very basic packaging and definitely not the most beautiful packaging in the world, but it’s just a soap so I don’t mind it too much. It looks okay.
The little pot is filled with a block of soap. The soap doesn’t stick to the side of the pot so you can take it out if you want to. That might be handy if you’re using it and you don’t want to get the pot dirty, but that’s totally up to you obviously. The soap is pretty large, it looks even bigger than the solid cleanser from Beautyblender, and it also has the Leco logo printed into it.
Leco Brush Cleansing Soap – €8,95
On the back of the pot Leco tells us a little bit more about the product. It says that if you wash your brushes frequently with this soap, which is especially designed for cleansing brushes, all makeup will be removed from the brushes without damaging the hairs of the brushes and without changing the texture of those hairs. The hairs will stay elastic and flexible. They also say that if you use this soap your brushes will stay good longer.
That sounds very promising, but in my opinion it’s a little bit exaggerated. I don’t feel like this is the most special soap in the world. It actually looks very basic and the scent is pretty similar to normal soap. Talking about the scent: I’m not a big fan of that at all. I actually really don’t like the scent of this soap. Luckily after using the sponge once the scent won’t be that out there anymore, but I just don’t like it at all.
From what we just read it seems like this soap is actually aimed at brushes rather than sponges like the Beautyblender. I decided to put it to the test and not only use it for cleaning my Beautyblender, which is why I initially bought this soap, but also for cleaning my brushes. I used a foundation brush for the test because those are just incredibly difficult to clean sometimes and I have mixed feelings about the results. After washing it, it was very clean, I can’t say anything bad about that, but I’m not sure whether it went so much quicker using this soap compared to using a normal soap. I do feel like the hairs ended up a little more white than usual which is great, but it’s only a minor difference and if you’re just buying the soap for cleaning your brushes I don’t think it’s really worth it.
However, when it comes to cleaning my Beautyblender with it I was very impressed. I usually use the liquid soap from Beautyblender and it always takes me forever to get that sponge to a state where it’s at least not full of foundation anymore. It does always end up with some stains and I always end up using a ton of soap. With this product however it only took me a minute to entirely clean the whole thing and all stains were gone. I just rubbed the entire blender, all sides, against the soap, squeezed it a bit and it was all gone. I am so amazed by how easily that went. My lord! What a discovery!
I wanted to take a before and after picture to show you how well it removed stains but I totally forgot to take an after picture, so this is just the before.
One thing I was slightly scared of is that the soap might be too harsh for my Beautyblender (and brushes), but in fact it’s not at all. It feels like the soap is pretty mild. The original liquid soap from Beautyblender is actually even more rough than this block of soap. And of course it’s not that bad if it’s a little more on the rough side of the spectrum, but if you want your blender to stay bright pink, you don’t want to use something that is too harsh.
Overall I’m really impressed by this product. I started off with cleaning my brush with it which made me feel like this was going to be one big disappointment. But after cleaning my Beautyblender with it my opinion totally turned around. What an amazing product. It’s definitely worth it if you, like me, struggle with cleaning your Beautyblender. With this product it’s just a matter of seconds. However, if you’re buying it for cleaning your brushes I don’t think it’s an essential. It’s definitely not bad at all, but it’s not essential.
And that concludes today’s post. I hope you enjoyed reading it and be sure to let me know what you use to clean your brushes and Beautyblender with!