EcoTools is a brand known for their good quality, eco-friendly, affordable makeup tools. I have a few of their makeup brushes and I really like using them. So when I saw the new range Complexion Collection in my local supermarket I didn't hesitate to pick up couple of brushes. I decided to try the Mattifying Finish and Eye Perfecting brushes. They look absolutely adorable with those blue/turquoise ferules and bamboo handles. They feel very soft to the touch but not as soft as the Real Techniques brushes for example. I've been trying to use them for the last month so let me tell you what I think of them.
EcoTools Eye Perfecting brush - "features uniquely cut, rounded tip bristles that mimics the shape of a finger for easy application under and around the eyes without tugging sensitive skin or transferring oils from the hands. Designed with straight, firm and dense bristles, the Eye Perfecting Brush allows for optimal blending and coverage to take on fine lines and even the darkest of under eye circles."
Sounds great, right? But I can't make it work. Yes, it fits perfectly under the eye area, just like your finger would but I found the actual finger does better job at blending my concealer/corrector than this brush. The bristles are so dense and stiff that the only way to work with them is to use patting motions which seems great but this doesn't leave my under eye area looking as good as when using Beauty Blender or my finger.
If you're younger than me and don't have any lines under your eyes then maybe this brush will do excellent job for you but for me it's not the tool I would reach for to blend my under eye concealer.
Fortunately I did found some use for this brush, when I want to achieve the most flawless look possible I stipple my foundation with this brush in areas that I have enlarged pores to 'fill them' with the product and then go with another thin layer of foundation but this time using Beauty Blender.
Because the Eye Perfecting brush is very small it does a great job at reaching all the areas around my nose very precisely. This technique gives me nice, nearly airbrushed, effect.
Ecotools Mattifying Finish Brush - "a unique duo-fibre design creates a flawless finish with either pressed or loose powder by blending long, straight bristles and short, wavy bristles. The short bristles pick up the perfect amount of product, while the long bristles disperse product evenly and smoothly for complete control and buildable coverage. Use the brush on its own for a fresh, matte look or use it to finish a full makeup look that stays shine-free all day."
First of all I didn't noticed any mattifying properties when using the brush on its own but with powder every brush will help to mattify the skin so the name is a bit pointless in my opinion. But what's more important is the brush not the name. The bristles are very soft but again quite dense and firmer than your average powder brush, when swirling the powder around my face I feel like I can remove some of my foundation. My favourite way to set my base with powder is to press it lightly to the skin with a brush, when I'm doing it with the Mattifying Finish Brush the bristles feel quite scratchy and the whole experience unpleasant. So basically I'm not using it for powder, I've used it for bronzer and blushes as the firmness of the bristles helps applying the product in a specific area but, again, it feels a bit scratchy. It picks up a very little product at a time so it's good for gradually building up the colour/coverage so that's definitely its advantage.
In overall I'm a bit disappointed with these two brushes, don't get me wrong, they're good quality, they wash well but, somehow, they don't work for me as I would expect them to do. I don't want this review to be a negative one, because definitely these are not bad brushes, I just don't find them very useful for myself.
Have you tried the new Complexion Perfection range from Ecotools? What do you think of them?
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