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I bought this foundation brush from Boots because I hated using my fingers on my face and preferred the feel of a brush when applying primer or foundation.
I knew I wanted something soft, nothing made from animal hair and the eco sourced metal and bamboo parts also appealed to the earth mother in me (!).
I just squeeze out a little product, be it moisturiser, primer or foundation or bb cream for that matter on the back of my hand and use the tip to dab it all over my face then use the flat of the brush to distribute it evenly and blend in the colour.
This brush has totally changed my skincare routine! It has made such a difference to the end result and I have been so pleased with how well it has performed for me.
Keeping it clean
I do like to keep the brush clean on a daily basis, using a little micellar water (make up remover that is largely water based) on a cotton wool pad and gently stroking the brush on it to remove excess product. I am careful not to razz the fibres around on the brush head as I do want it to last me a long time.
This costs £7.99 in Boots which I think is a good price, especially a the moment with their 3 for 2 offer plus the Boots points, you really can't go wrong!
This comes highly recommended and makes a great alternative to a sponge applicator.
I bought the Eco Tools foundation brush after trying a couple of other brushes and finding them a bit hard to use as a novice make up user. I decided to buy the Eco Tools foundation brush after reading good reviews and checking out the cheap price! I've been using it for 9 months now and I've been very happy with it. It gives a good, even application and makes blending super easy. The brush is hard wearing- a quick soapy wash once a fortnight is all the maintenance it needs and I haven't had any shedding (unlike a previous, more expensive brush I was using!). The Eco Tools foundation brush doesn't clog like some other brushes do so I find that I'm using less foundation than before- a nice bonus!
Plus, it's eco friendly- nothing like looking good and helping the planet to make a girl feel smug!
I'd definitely recommend this foundation brush, especially to those just getting to grips with make up application- you won't be disappointed.
While I have been really impressed with the foundation brush I have been using from Superdrug, I had to go to Boots for a new one as there was no other options close by at the time. To match the other brushes I bought that day, I got the Ecotools bamboo foundation brush. Like the others, this brush is made from eco-friendly materials which make it better for the environment than other make-up brushes. This particular brush costs £7.99.
The brush comes in a green, eco-friendly package which has a press button at the back to close it. The casing has a plastic front so you are able to see the brush inside and it also has on it the Ecotools logo and the fact that it is made from natural and recycled materials. The pouch is reusable which is a feature I like very much. Foundation brushes especially get clogged up with liquid easily and can get messy when carrying them around. This packaging means I have somewhere to put my foundation brush when travelling without my make-up bag getting covered in foundation.
The brush itself comes with a handle made from smooth bamboo. Holding the handle is extremely comfortable and it fits well in my hand. The handle is also long enough so make sure you have enough leverage over the angles you can use it at and its ease of use. The long handle makes it possible to angle the brush so you can get right underneath your eyelashes and the corners of your eyes with ease. Above the handle is an aluminium piece which connects the handle to the brush part.
The bristles on the brush are extremely soft but this one is a little smaller than my other foundation brush. However, I like this size much more as it means I can get into smaller parts of my face easier. By using one side of the brush to apply the foundation and the other side to blend it in, this brush helps to create a flawless finish. Obviously, this part also means having a decent foundation too though.
To clean the brush, I tend to use shampoo as I like the bristles to be kept nice and soft. The brush does build up quickly with foundation so it will need cleaning every 1-2 weeks. I like to have a sink full of really hot water and shampoo then let it soak for a while before rubbing the bristles with some more shampoo to get the rest of the foundation out. It doesn't take long to clean the brush properly but it is a bit of a pain when having to do it so often.
Overall though, this is a great foundation brush and a better one than I had before.
I was recently in need of a new foundation brush and thought I would give EcoTools a try as had heard the make-up brushes available in this range were good for their price.
*~* Product and Packaging *~*
All EcoTools products aim to be 'earth friendly' and 1% of annual sales go towards environmental organisations.
The bristles on the brush are synthetic Taklon are therefore cruelty free as no animal hairs have been used. The bristles are shaped into quite a high curve at the top and the thickness of the brush gradually gets thinner towards the tip. On first handling the brush is not the softest I have ever felt but the bristles are not too course that I would worry about using it on my face. As they are synthetic bristles the brush has a plastic feel to it, and also has a shine to it.
The handle is made from bamboo and is very nice and smooth. The handle is thickest about 2cm from the metal part of the brush handle (the part that holds the bristles together) and thins out to about 1cm at the end. It is easy to hold and does not slip easily between your fingers as some cheap plastic brush handles do.
The brush come in a little plastic and canvas protective case which you can use to keep your brush separate and clean from all your other make-up products whilst not in use. I had thought the packet was re-sealable, which I had liked, but in trying to open the packet I ripped off what appeared to be the re-sealable part. However , I still use the pouch and found this a very handy feature as my eyeshadows and blushers are forever crumbling and covering my brushes in my make-up bag. I try not to keep them separate when possible.
*~* Price and Availability *~*
This brush will set you back £8.67 from the Boots website (32 points earned). The brushes are available to buy in store. There website does not have an online shop but there is a list of where to buy their products- but if I'm honest I do not recognise most of the places. I am putting the link as it is rather a large list and may of use to those who do not have a Boots close by.
*~* Using the Brush *~*
After tearing the brush from it packet, I got to work. I was using my Rimmel 16hour Foundation (review available for reading), I put a blob into the palm of my hand and worked the brush in circles, heating up the foundation. In doing this I notices the brush has a very subtle point to it, which I could feel in my hand, which if I could feel it on my hand I would definitely on my face which is more sensitive.
My fears were confirmed.
It may be because it was the brushes first use but I found it very scratchy. This was not pleasant for my face! It was so scratchy I almost considered just doing the rest with my hands! However, I wanted the finish and longevity a brush helps give foundation as I would later be in a very warm club so I continued.
Overall the finish was good, no any over visible streaks but I didn't feel the brush aided in any blending or making it easier to get into to those hard to get places (in at the nose or under the eye) as it was too uncomfortable. The brush is especially scratchy if you flip it on the skin whilst applying the foundation and you can feel the point in the brush I described earlier.
Running it on my face now, it doesn't feel as bad as I remember but the bristles still are a bit too rough for my skin which is very sensitive. It almost feels as if it irritating my skin, as opposed to lightly brushing over it.
*~* Overall *~*
I really wasn't blown away by this brush. I looks nice and has a handy case but for the price I would rather spend a few pound more and get a brush that didn't hurt my face whilst applying my make-up. I will use this brush again only to really test it out and if my opinion changes I will amend my comments but as of yet I'm in no rush to use it again.
This is definitely not a brush for someone who is heavy handed as I think this would aggravate your skin and leave it blotchy, which if you were only wearing a light coverage foundation could be noticeable.
I have been badly wanting this product for a while now and hurrah finally I have it! There are some really great review out there about this product and it is because of them that convinced me to make this purchase. Also when researching the item I saw that it says, "EcoTools, earth friendly beauty." With this statement I was sold! I am very aware of protect the world around us, and so I knew this was certainly a product for me.
"Cruelty free hair, natural and recycled materials, reusable storage pouch."
The packet that the brush comes in has a (sort of) zipper opening thing at the top which mean that you can easily use this little bag to store other brushes, which I think is such a handy feature.
Also on the back of the packet, there is a little ouch, where you can use to store your brush, say if you are taking it out with you or travelling. The inside of the packet is a green colour, which gives a clear message of what the product stands for...well that's what I think any way!
While I was in Superdrug buying this item I also noticed that they did a whole set of these brushes for, I think, £12.
And I was going to get them, but didn't want to have them all and not like them. So that is why I just bought one first. But I am certainly going to go back and get that set... or drops my family hints ;) Because I really do love this range of brushes as they re great quality and I really love what they stand for.
So on to the brush! This brush has to be the softest that I have ever tried. And having now tried this type of make up brush, I don't think I would go back to any others!
This brush is brilliant for blending in your foundation and because the brush is so light and Soft you are able have an even amount of foundation on your skin with without any effort. What I really like about this brush is that it is so easy to apply foundation with it. There is no chance of being caked with make up because the brush makes blending your foundation so easy!
This is one that I would certainly recommend to others and is defiantly worth every penny!
I have also posted this review on my Blog, included with pictures of the brush. So go check it out!>>>>>