My last Love Me Beauty box contained all the usual amazing goodies but I was really surprised and pleased to find a few sets of the EcoTools brushes to try. I personally have never owned any of these brushes and to be totally honest, I’ve never been compelled to buy them. It might be because the packaging isn’t really to my taste or that I’ve heard mixed reviews about the brushes. Whatever the reason may have been, I’ve really looked forward to testing them out.
What I Liked
Firstly, I have to give credit to EcoTools for their environmental and sustainability commitment. I love their tag line “Beautiful You. Beautiful World.” Not many companies, inside or outside the beauty sector, have made such large and visible commitments to the environment and sourcing responsibly. Their products are 100% cruelty free and use recycled materials and renewable bamboo. As if that wasn’t enough, they also do a lot of charity work. For these reasons, they get a huge thumbs up from me; more companies should take a leaf out of EcoTools book!
So on to the brushes themselves. I was sent four sets; the Essential Eye Set, the Travel Set, the Starter Set and the Day To Night Set. Each set is packaged separately and comes with its own brush case which is great for organising all my make up brushes. I also liked how the description and use of the brushes is explained on the packaging.
The bristles on the brushes are synthetic which makes them super soft. It means that the brushes pick up powder product evenly and apply really smoothly too. For anyone who can be a bit heavy handed with the bronzer or highlighter, the Blush Brush or Angled Face Brush can help you soften the look without having to start again!
The brush sets are very affordable compared to similar brands, averaging about £10 per set depending where you shop. They’d make a great first makeup brush set for anyone who is just starting to use makeup or even for anyone with sensitive skin because the soft bristles are easy to clean.
What I Didn’t Like
I say this a lot in beauty posts, but packaging really can be a deal breaker. For me, the packaging of the sets isn’t that appealing. I understand the branding and packaging has been created to reflect the sustainability element of the business but I’m afraid it just doesn’t do it for me! I like to display my brushes on my dressing table and unfortunately I think these would stay in their cases..in a drawer.
I mentioned the softness of the brushes before but I have to say this is a downfall of the brushes too. While the fluffiness is good for face powder products, it can actually become a pain for any precision work. So anything like eyeliner, brows or applying eyeshadow in specific areas is really tricky and can become messy quickly because the bristles aren’t firm enough.
The size of the brushes are also a major issue for me. I found all of the brushes in the smokey eye kit far too big for their purpose. For example, the flat Eyeshadow Brush is really wide so it picks up more product than what is needed and causes a lot of fallout. But the face brushes were on the small side which meant that I had to apply the makeup multiple times before I was happy. This is a really annoying issue with the brushes and it’s not something I have come across before.
Overall, I’m really glad I had the chance to try EcoTools brushes. They definitely have their good points and I really like their brand message. I think the brushes are probably more suited to someone who is just starting out with makeup rather than for a more experienced person. I’d probably use some of the brushes regularly but most of them aren’t really good enough to replace what I use now.
If you haven’t tried beautyboxes before but you’d like to give it a go, I would really recommend opting for the Love Me Beauty boxes. Not only do you get really great brands like Rodial, Nails Inc and Tangle Teezer, but it is tailored specifically for you. When you sign up to the subscription you will be asked to fill in your profile. It includes things like hair, eye and skin colour, your skincare preferences and favourite makeup products so that you will receive goodies that you are actually interested in. As if that wasnt tempting enough, you can get 20% off your subscription by using code anika20.
These items were kindly sent to me.