Wednesday, 6 May 2015

EcoTools Mattifying Finish and Eye Perfecting brushes - review

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 Complexion Collection brushes

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 Eye Perfecting brush
 
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.
 
Ecotools Mattifying Finish brush
 
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?
 
Dagmara
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42 comments

  1. Oh that's a shame they weren't quite what you expected, I do always end up using brushes in other ways than what they're actually designed to do! xx

    Laura | lauraslittleloves

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  2. Shame that you din't rate them that much as they are so pretty. But if they don't work for you then they are not much use. Can't say that I have really strayed from the RT ones :)

    Pams Stuff and Things

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  3. I just love the design on those brushes - so cool ☺

    CANDICE | BEAUTY CANDY LOVES

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  4. Ohh, that's a shame, Dagmara! I have a few Ecotools brushes and love them but it's good to know that these brushes are good but just not for what they claim to be. I do like the packaging, the blue part is very pretty.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  5. Such a shame they were a disappointment! I hate scratchy brushes, especially around my eyes! The eye brush sounds like it would be good for applying eye primer maybe?


    Lauren | Porcelain Queen Blog

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  6. Victoria Nightingale6 May 2015 at 17:41

    Lovely brushes, just a shame they didn't really work for you. I haven't actually heard of this brand before so thanks for the introduction, I always love hearing about new brands x


    vvnightingale.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. Oh no what a shame :( I have to say, i've tried a few ecoTools brushes and I've never been impressed and I think they're quite pricey xx

    Gemma ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

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  8. The only EcoTools brush that I love is the tapered blush brush, it's one of my faves. But I hate scratchy brushes :(

    RachelShuchatMakeup

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  9. such a shame you didn't get on with them, they look like such lovely brushes. x

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  10. How disappointing :( they should in the very least do what they're described as! I've read some really good reviews of these recently but I'll be a little more cautious about trying these now xx

    Magpie Jasmine

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  11. I haven't tried the new Complexion Perfection range but I do love EcoTools. Their fan brush is awesome - and for the price - amazing!

    Beauty Isles | An Island Girl's Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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  12. What a bummer about the scratchiness! They are definitely cute, but what a shame they didn't work out. I do think RT offers the best low cost brushes!

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  13. Oh no - how disappointing :( I have Ecotools brushes too which I love so wouldn't have hesitated to pick these up if I'd seen them...will give them a miss now! xx

    Brenda BusyBee

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  14. Such a shame abut brushes, but nothing is worse than rough brushes!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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  15. Yup, scratchy brushes are not good! x

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  16. I have some other EcoTools brushes and love them but these just don't work well for me :( x

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  17. I agree, RT are fab but also Zoeva brushes are excellent and quite affordable as well. x

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  18. I have some other EcoTools brushes and they're great but these two are not their best offerings :( x

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  19. I know, I read great reviews as well but for me they're not the best brushes I've used. x

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  20. They look beautiful but they're not the best brushes I've tried. x

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  21. Scratchy brushes are a big NO :( x

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  22. These were not very pricey, that's why I bought them, but, honestly I prefer to add couple of £ and have excellent quality brushes from Zoeva for example :) x

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  23. They have some great brushes but these new range is not that impressive, in my opinion. x

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  24. Yes, it might be good for primer but I never bother with a brush for that so there is very little I can do with this brush. x

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  25. They look so pretty, they're just not the best brushes I've tried and the one for the under eye area is pretty useless :( x

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  26. I agree, as I said they're not bad, they just don't work well for me :( x

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  27. Yeah, they pretty much just sit looking pretty but totally useless :) x

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  28. Yeah, you can always find different ways to work with brushes so I've been trying to do so with these two, but they're definitely not the best I've tried. x

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  29. The scratchy part sounds very disappointing, noting worse if I'm being honest. I do love the new look of these brushes compared to the rest from the Ecotools range but I certainly won;t be spending my money on them. Thank you for sharing this honest review x

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  30. Great honest review, shame they were rough...I also need soft brushes for my delicate skin =)

    Fashion and Cookies - fashion blog

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  31. I do like the original ecotools brushes that I have but they aren't amazing, like you sort of hinted at.

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

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  32. I haven't tried Ecotools brushes. I'm often disappointed in brushes generally though, although that may be due to my own lack of skill! A rough texture is a definite turn off for me - that's the last thing my skin needs! x
    Kate Louise Blogs

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  33. I keep seeing these on offer and was tempted to buy them, so I am glad I have seen you review. I think I will stick with my Real Technique brushes instead. Such a shame they didn't work for you! x

    Mapped Out | Fashion, Beauty, Lifestyle

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  34. Yes, it's a shame they're not as good as I expected them to be. x

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  35. Definitely! Scratchy brushes are not pleasant to use! x

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  36. I agree, their brushes are good but not amazing! x

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  37. Yeah, I was quite disappointed , maybe if I haven't tried better quality brushes I would be happy with at least the powder brush but they're very average, in my opinion. x

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  38. i DON'T OWN ANY ECO TOOLS BRUSHES ...

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  39. I have never tried any Eco Tool brushes. Sorry to read they weren't that great. Luckily you have found another use for the eye one. The packaging with wood and turquoise is so pretty though! xx

    Alexandra | Glam O’Clock

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  40. Ecotools does have some okay products, but they would never be my go to. I often give them away. :/

    Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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