Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette Review

My usual makeup brush cleaning routine involves anti-bacterial soap and a flannel/wash cloth (whatever you call it) which does the trick nicely and cleans my brushes thoroughly.

I usually end up using a couple of wash cloths and then you have to wait for them to dry before putting them in the laundry and it’s a bit of a pain, so when I saw this nifty little palette I thought this could be the answer to my prayers!

This cleansing palette by Real Techniques is a rubber hand held palette that you can swirl your brushes on to clean all the makeup off. I’ve used it a couple of times now and this is what I thought –

real techniques brush cleansing palette

It has three sections with raised dots and crosses in 3 varied sizes all the way along to cleanse different sized brushes. It also came with two sample sachets of the brush cleansing gel.


So you pop some of the gel in the palette with some hot water and swirl your brushes over the palette to supposedly give it a deep clean. You can probably see where I’m going here with the supposedly…

The palette is good in that the water turns instantly brown from your makeup so you can see it is cleaning, but when you inspect the brush there is still makeup residue on the end. When I cleanse using my trusty wash clothes the brushes are always squeaky clean.

The handle on the back is clever but when you put the water the gel/soap in you need two hands so trying to balance it in the sink if problematic as it doesn’t’ sit straight due to the handle. I’d probably prefer it to be flat.

real techniques brush cleansing palette back.jpeg

It is quite good for sponges as it gets them clean but it has ruined my Real Techniques sponge by ripping a few (small) chunks out the edge! Not sure if I’m too harsh when cleaning it or what…

The cleansing gel isn’t worth buying as I find my brushes feel and look cleaner sticking with my good old anti-bac handwash and it’s a lot cheaper.

real techniques brush cleansing palette brush cleansing gel

Now that I have this palette I only use one flannel instead of two and it’s good for getting the main bulk of the makeup off the brush but the flannel is definitely better to properly cleanse. The pair together is better than using just flannels.

It’s also meant to be a drying station for your brushes but I own too many for them to all fit on the palette!

This is £12.99 in Boots and I saw it in TK Maxx for £9.99 the other day, but as we know TK can be a bit hit and miss!

I will continue to use this palette now I own it, but would I recommend you buy it? Probably not…

I would be very interested to see how you clean your makeup brushes, please let me know below!

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  1. June 3, 2016 / 10:23 am

    Interesting🤔 I’ve been eyeing up these type of products for a while, looking for a better way to clean my brushes. I have been eyeing up the makeup revolution one? But unsure whether a 5ish pound one would do a better job that a RT one?🤔

    • June 3, 2016 / 4:36 pm

      The little brush egg type thing? That is good too I have that, still prefer my wash cloths though! I have heard MR are just as good as the competing brands! 😊 xo

      • June 3, 2016 / 4:38 pm

        Oh wow that’s great to hear! May have to make a cheeky purchase 😛 I love Makeup Rev, have a lot of their palettes, just never really tried anything else from their brand.

  2. June 3, 2016 / 10:48 am

    I don’t think you used it quite right. Next time, keep the soap separate and dip your brush into the soap first after wetting the bristles, THEN swirl the brush on the rubber mat & then rinse the brush clean. Also be sure to use lukewarm water, not hot (hot water can cause the glue inside the brush holding the bristles together to melt). Also, you’re not supposed to use that may on sponges. Those you have to use extreme care for or they’ll rip. I clean mine by letting them soak in warm, soapy water for around 15-20 minutes, then rinse them using cool water. If there’s any stains left I spot clean gently using a mild bar soap like Dove or Ivory.

    • June 3, 2016 / 4:36 pm

      Ooh ok thanks for the tips!! Can’t wait to try the sponge cleaning tip out! 🙂 xo

  3. skinmeticsblog
    June 3, 2016 / 2:59 pm

    Thanks for the review!
    I saw this just this morning and it left me wondering, happy I read this x

  4. daisy360
    June 3, 2016 / 3:52 pm

    I use savlon to clean my brushes, I am so basic. Lol!
    Daisy x

    • June 3, 2016 / 4:37 pm

      Same here I just use an antibacterial soap haha! Simple is best some times! Thanks for reading! 🙂 xo

  5. June 3, 2016 / 6:01 pm

    I bought this tray ages ago and have still not tried it. Glad it helps clean brushes quite well but it does look too rough for sponges x

  6. Shan
    June 4, 2016 / 8:24 am

    I’m so glad you put up this post as I was going to buy this! I think I will stick to my way from now on🙈 I have my own ‘how I clean my makeup brushes’ post coming up soon! Xx

    • June 4, 2016 / 8:28 am

      Yeah I wouldn’t recommend spending money on it! Ooh I cant wait to see what you do! 😊 xx

  7. June 4, 2016 / 3:46 pm

    I’m glad you reviewed this! I’ve been looking at it for a while but didn’t want to waste my money. I’ll just stick to my wash cloth and baby shampoo! 🙂 x

  8. June 4, 2016 / 5:14 pm

    I just use my hand wash liquid and rub the bristles with my fingers works just fine ✨ if you wash the brushes once a week they don’t need vigorous cleaning anyways 😘

  9. June 5, 2016 / 7:33 pm

    Good review, I’ve seen this quite a few times and never bought it as I wasn’t sure whether it would be any good for not? At the minute I use the MAC brush cleanser to clean my brushes, but Johnson’s Baby Bath works just as well for me and is more affordable!

    Billie x

    • June 5, 2016 / 8:44 pm

      Yeah I wouldn’t say it’s worth the money tbh! Yeah I use Johnsons to keep my brushes soft! Is the MAC cleaner any good? 🙂 thanks for reading! 🙂 xo

      • June 5, 2016 / 9:02 pm

        I’ll stick to what I currently do then! It really works for me and cleans the brushes easily! Billie xx

        Billie x

  10. Jay Xo
    June 6, 2016 / 8:03 pm

    So glad that I just read this. I was going to purchase in the hopes that it was the UKs answer to the Sigma mat but now I don’t think I’ll bother. As for the real techniques sponge, mine ripped and lost a few small chunks the first time I washed abd dried it. I think they’re just a little fragile

    • June 6, 2016 / 9:36 pm

      Glad I can help! Don’t think they’re worth it! Ah glad to isn’t just mine that does it then! Thanks for reading! 🙂 xo

  11. October 25, 2016 / 10:15 pm

    Really enjoyed reading this today I purchased the cleansing palette and not yet to try it x

  12. October 26, 2016 / 6:52 am

    I’m going to do a blog post on my purchase and my thought I don’t want u to think I’m copying you so I will tag your blog so people can have a look at it x

    • October 26, 2016 / 8:01 pm

      Aw bless you don’t worry i wouldn’t think that! Thank you for the offer though hun xo

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