A lot of answers to last week’s giveaway question (what makeup tool, technique, or product did you think you’d never use, and now you do) focused on brushes.
I think one of the obstacles to brush purchase (particularly for first-time buyers) is the huge range of brush types and price points available. Does price directly correlate to quality? What type of hair should you choose? What shape and size is right for you?
I think the size and shape depends on your application technique and what you feel comfortable using; not every brush will work for you. To take a peek at my eye brushes, revisit this post. The jist of it is that I like something paddle-shaped to apply my lid color, a crease brush, and a fluffy blender — and I believe you can get good brushes without spending a ton of money.
The Ecotools brand is frequently recommended as a great value-for-money, synthetic, drugstore (i.e., widely available) option. Their brushes are cruelty-free, and eco-conscious, with bamboo or recycled aluminum handles, and synthetic bristles (which is great for the vegans). I’ve avoided them so far, because their brushes also have a reputation for extreme softness, and I was concerned that they might be so soft as not to pick up any powder.
Well Ecotools recently released a new 6-piece eye brush set, and they asked me if I’d like to give them a whirl (and give some away). I tried them, and I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised.
The brush set (5 brushes and a cotton/hemp case) retails for $7.99 —Â though I’ve noticed Ulta always marks up their prices. You may have better luck at Target.
The brush set is pretty tiny —Â not in a bad way. It’s very travel friendly.
Each brush has been given a descriptive name, though I didn’t use them as instructed. I used the large domed brush (labeled Blend; referred to as Large Eye Brush on the packaging) to lay down my lid color; the angled eyeshadow brush (labeled Crease; referred to as Angled Crease) to shade my outer lid, and did my crease with that fluffy blender (labeled Highlight). They were soft, but performed well and I was really happy with the level of pigmentation. I’m also pleased to report the handles of the brushes aren’t too short to use comfortably.
This was my first time using such a big laydown brush, and I have to say, it was efficient. This is a technique I’ll definitely use again.
I wasn’t quite sure what to do with the very small Petite Shader or Smudge brushes, so I didn’t use them this time. The packaging suggests using the Petite Shader for a more intense crease, and the Smudge for use along the lashline.
The highlighting brush is pretty similar in size to my favorite ($2) Studio Tools Eye Contour (crease) brush, which I rhapsodized about here.
All in all, I think this set is a really smart option for travel. Some of my daily brushes have handles too long to fit comfortably in my brush roll, and I’m definitely thinking this set is the way to go on my next trip. Though I’m still going to pack my angled liner.