Saturday, 11 July 2009

Review: Daiso Sponge Cleaner

For a shop that sells mass market things in abundance and at low-low prices, it is certainly amazing that Daiso is able to create a "scarcity mentality" in shoppers. I've personally experienced this "scarcity mentality" several times. In the past, when I did alot of crafting, I noticed Daiso was always running out of items that were used by crafters. For example, someone posted a tutorial on using Daiso pulp coasters for making mini-albums. Suddenly, within a few days, pulp coasters were out of stock in Daisos all over Singapore. People came online to forums to lament their inability to find these coasters and some confessed they bought multiples (read double-digit numbers) to "stock up".
Recently, on one of my regular forays to Daiso, I came across the famous Daiso sponge cleaner and decided I should pick one up. I had first read about it on local online forums and blogs, and it seemed like a great cleaner at a cheap S$2. But it had been out of stock for so long and the Daiso SAs were also always kind of clueless when I asked them about it. They seemed to be unaware of the existence of such a cleaner. I almost concluded that it was an urban-myth item!
I'm a clean-freak. I wash my sponges and brushes every weekend (and clean out my entire house too, but that's another story). I've always been irked by the fact that my usual liquid soap/baby shampoo is unable to wash off all traces of makeup on my sponges. Usually the sponge will retain some colour from the makeup no matter how diligently I clean it.
It turns out the cleaner is truly fantastic! With the Daiso sponge cleaner, all traces of the makeup are gone from the sponge. I read that this cleaner is quite harsh and could destroy some delicate sponges/puffs. So, I don't use it for my brushes. But I'm really happy with the way it wipes out all makeup from the sponges.
Look at this ickky sponge, filled with one week's worth of powder.
And look at how brand-new it has become after a wash with just a few tiny drops of the sponge cleaner! (Any colour deviations you see on the sponge is shadow cast by the light. The sponge is completely clean and clear of makeup.)
Since I discovered how good it was, I told a colleague about it and she wanted me pick up a bottle for her. However, for several weeks, I could not find any of this sponge cleaner at the 2 outlets I regularly visit (Vivocity and Plaza Singapura).
Yesterday, I popped into Daiso to pick up some stuff and diligently kept an eye out for the sponge cleaner. Woot! It was in stock!! And you know what? This scarcity mentality got to me, and I picked up 2 bottles! 1 for my colleague and a backup for myself. Hahaha. So, this is how Daiso makes people spend more than they really need to. :D
Do go get this cleaner at your nearest Daiso. If you are as much of a clean freak as I am, you'll enjoy washing your sponges with it. Good luck with finding a bottle!
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15 comments:

Shopn'Chomp said...

I'd totally buy a bottle if we had a Daiso here. *sighs*

I cannot believe how clean your sponge looks after wards. Amazing!

Jenn said...

Looks like an awesome product. I have a few sponges that still have spots after cleaning-grr. Too bad no Daiso nearby.

innerchild said...

Haha the story about the kid stocking up in the beginning was funny :D Too bad there isn't any Daiso anywhere near here. So many good things in Singapore! ;_;

ning * star said...

ho... I've not been in daiso. that sponges cleaner is definitely something to try out. cheap ma! haha xD

Miss.Friendz said...

Daiso stores are located at the most inconvenient of places in HK, but will certainly check out the sponge cleanser if I ever pass by.

miRaCLe said...

omg!!! i'd totally go get this!!
need to stalk at daiso soon! hahahas

thanks for sharing this magic product!^^

AhCapp said...

hiya,

I loooooveeee this cleanser. It was first recommended to me by my friend Adele. heheheh.. I now has 3bottles at home.

Guess what, I saw them at Daiso @ IMM on Wed. =) Should still be available now.

Blair said...

I have this but I haven't used mine yet! Do you think it'd work on sponge tip applicators?

miss wiggle said...

LOL... Daiso has so much stuff I honestly never expect to see the same thing twice! And the staff are always busy running around... (taking stuff off the shelf and putting new stuff up, presumably!! so tricky!) xD

Haru said...

Hi! I've read about this on Mag's blog before, but never actually went to Daiso to look for it but AhCapp was kind enough to gift me with a bottle of this little gem last week :-) I need to start using it soon!

MiuMiu said...

sounds like a great sponge cleanser! i just use facial cleansers for my sponges and brushes hehe

Amanda K said...
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Amanda K said...

Wow the results look pretty amazing!

Amanda K said...

Wow the results look pretty amazing!

fuzkittie said...

OMG that sponge cleaner is sooo cool! Hahahaa!