I say out with the old and in with the new as if I’ve just thrown away a handful of things, but instead I’ve pushed them to the back and added in some new things!
We’re talking about makeup brushes, nobody wants to think about how many you’ve actually collected over the years or how much worth is sitting in them, some you’ve lost, and some have battled through thousands of makeup looks. Some just need a rest and thats why when Eco Brushes asked me if I would like to try out some of their makeup brushes I couldn’t turn it down.
When it comes to treating myself to new makeup tools, I tend to stick for the brands I well and truly know. Spending a small fortune on brushes to find out that they have been poorly made, feel cheap, especially the bristles; is one of the most devastating feelings, especially as they’re usually non-refundable or purchased online where you can’t see their true state. Most retailers don’t accept returns on cosmetics or tools either so sometimes you’ve just gotta’ take the risk.
Since I was kindly gifted the following brushes by So Eco I knew that I wouldn’t have much to lose, I could either tell you that I loved them or that I hated them and then I’d never look at them again (if hating them was the case obviously!) and it wouldn’t matter to me as I won’t have lost out on anything, but since I’m writing this post you already know its a good’un!
So Eco brushes have been expertly crafted from 100% responsibly and ethically sourced materials. They feature an ergonomically designed, hand crafted handle and are made from the highest quality bamboo.
The first two brushes I tried out were the Stippling brush & the Multi-Tasking brush.
STIPPLING BRUSH | £16.95
Now, I can’t quite find this brush online; but from what I can see the finishing brush is exactly the same. Perhaps since receiving this So Eco have rebranded but either way this brush does exactly the same.
I’ve personally been using this brush once I’ve applied my foundation with another tool (usually my beauty blender). Like the name, I then like to use this brush by stippling in my foundation in places where it feels heavier than usual. It usually evens out my skin tone and distributes the product before going onto the rest of my face.
MULTI TASKING BRUSH | £15.80
This brush does what the name says it does. It’s a multi tasking brush so it can be used with powder or liquid, but from my own experience I’ve been using this with powders. The description states that it can be used to flawlessly blend your liquid foundation or concealer, which I haven’t tried as personally using a brush with this sort of texture with a wet product is not my thing. I’ve been keeping this brush in my On The Go makeup bag and pressing it into pressed powder and applying it to my face when I’m feeling a little bit oily throughout the day. I don’t regularly top up my makeup but when I do this brush has been perfect for doing so.
THE SO ECO FACE KIT | £30.99
“The essential and complete kit for facial makeup contains: Angled Contour Brush Tapered Blending Brush. Round Foundation Brush.”
Angled Contour Brush
The angled contour brush is the secret to perfect contour. It’s branded as a game changer and it really is! I personally prefer using an angled brush when it comes to contouring as it always fits better with my face and this brush is definitely helping me achieve what I look for when it comes to applying my all time favourite contour powder, Benefit’s Hoola.
Tapered Blending Brush
This brush is another that can be used for so many different products and areas of your face; for me, I’ve been alternating it as an all round powder brush when swiping off my loose powder after baking and also to apply pressed powder when finishing up my makeup (and then going in with the Multi Tasking brush if it’s needed later on). I’ve also used it as a blush brush and a bronzing brush which have worked just as well!
Round Foundation Brush
This brush can literally be used for anything, I originally applied my loose powder to bake my under eyes with this brush; and then realised it was the perfect shape to apply highlighter. Ever since, I’ve been using this brush to apply my highlighter to the top of my cheekbones, cupids bow and tip of my nose. I really can’t stress enough how much I love this brush and all of the amazing uses it has. When it comes to applying normal powder to your face its a great tool to use to get in all the hard to reach areas like the edge of your nose and your inner under eye. It is supposed to be a foundation brush but I think I will use it for everything BUT foundation (unless its a powdered foundation which I never ever use).
I’m not sure how I feel about applying lipstick with a lip brush when its not a liquid lipstick that already has its own applicator so instead I’ve been using this brush to gently tidy up my lipstick with a bit of concealer when I don’t get that application perfect the first time. I’ve also used it as highlight brush for the inner corners of my eyes and on my brow bone for a more precise touch.
The kit as a whole comes wrapped up in a little natural unbleached cotton wallet perfect for travelling. Since it’s not coloured and is unbleached it is a slight awkward colour to keep clean but from the pictures you can see I’ve removed them from the pouch and had them in my little EmJ makeup wallet.
Take this blog post as a lesson, if you don’t already use your brushes for multi purposes then try it! I always venture out of the name thats on the brush and try using it for different products and different areas of my face. Sometimes you’ll find that using a particular brush differently to how its branded works better for you! It usually does for me.
WHAT DID I THINK?
The quality of each and every brush comes at a high standard. They’re all 100% cruelty free, hand cut and trimmed, vegan and vegetarian friendly; meaning they don’t use or contain any products that wouldn’t be used by a vegan/vegetarian. They are all also suitable for liquid or powder products and are unbelievably soft. Not only does it say this on all of the packaging, it really does speak for themselves when putting the brushes to the test. I can 100% vouch for it all.
I’ve definitely let my usual brushes take a back seat for the last few weeks whilst testing these out and I’ve not been tempted to go back to them once! I’m so happy with them and if you’re serious about the brushes you use being Eco Friendly then these are the ones for you!
If you’d like to see any more makeup brush reviews I’d love to know in the comments below.
Lots of Love, Debra-Bow xxx