Hope all of you are doing great today! I am back again to share another new entry in my kit which is my first purchase from eco-friendly brand, Ecotools. Yes gals, I like their concept of incorporating recycled and recyclable materials such as bamboo, aluminum ferrules, cruelty free bristles etc. However, I am not very impressed with the performance of few of these particular brushes, but they certainly are good options for beginners like me who might want to start with basic brushes. To be honest, I won’t say they are our necessity because I have worked with Real Technique eye brushes and then Sonia Kashuk Essential Eye Kit, hence I feel biased towards my previous beauty brushes. These cannot compete with RT and/or Sonia Kashuk brushes though (as I said earlier also) people who are yet to purchase these expensive brushes may fulfill their desire with Ecotools brushes anytime. So, let’s read more about this set.
Start and finish your eye brush collection with just one simple set! The Essential Eye Set from Ecotools has every eye brush you need to add the perfect natural, bold or smokey color to your look.
This set contains:
• Large eye brush
• Angled crease brush
• Petite eye shading brush
• Highlighting brush
• Smudge brush
It also comes with its own cosmetic bag to keep these fabulous brushes together!
$7-$11 for six piece set. I bought it for $7.98 😀
My Experience with Ecotools Six Piece Essential Eye Set:
Well, the brushes seem to be of portable size, but measure more than a finger’s length and easily fit in. Also, these are easy to carry in our smaller wallets or clutches. The bristles of the brush are made of synthetic taklon tucked with recycled aluminum base apart from bamboo handle grip that seem eco-friendly and natural at the very first glance. The on the go travel pouch tends to become fragile and tricky after a while, but for occasional travel plans it is quite good enough. Over all, for beginners and budding makeup artists, I find it perfect.
Coming over the brushes, the quality of the brushes is really reasonable and impressive as I didn’t see any shedding or damage to their bristles even after several usage followed by cleaning. They feel feather soft on my delicate skin which is much needed as I am not a fan of pokey brushes and I think no one else loves those sturdy, stiff, pokey bristles. But, they are stiff enough to hold makeup in place except in few cases where they seem to work just average. Now let me briefly share details about each brush separately.
1. Large Eye Brush
It is certainly larger than the usual eye brushes I have seen so far. It is a dome shaped fluffy soft brush which might serve our other purpose as well since it is not a perfect eye brush especially for my smaller eye lids. Though I find it good for hooded and big eyes, but it is certainly not for my small eyelids. I simply use it for brushing away stray eyeshadow traces around my eye area apart from using it as a powder brush for my nose. It does its job of blending and buffing my makeup so well on the smaller areas such as eyes, nose and around lips. It picks up the right amount of product and gives buildable color payoff with eye makeup upon considerable swipes and it might be a bit messy for our smaller eyes hence not recommended for small Mongolian folded eyes like mine. 😛
2. Angled Crease Brush
Even the angled crease brush looks comparatively bigger than other crease brushes. It is again a soft fluffy angled brush that picks up ample product to work on crease or as an overall eye shadow brush. Yes gals, we can certainly make use of this big crease brush for applying eye shadow all over the lids or for filling in neat v round corner of eyes. It does tend to cause fallouts from loose and powder eye shadows at times, but it is manageable. I still miss that perfect, precise color pay off with the brush hence I find it decent but not great as a crease brush. Considering its big, soft & fluffy texture, I feel it is again best suited for big eyes if I talk about its particular usage. Nevertheless it also works well for blending our eye makeup really well. Hence, it is good deal in this kit.
3. Petite Eye Shading Brush
It is exactly as the name says; small, petite and stiff brush which picks up enough color to apply on eyelids with effortless grip and finish. I am yet to see its effects for accent color though it works well for applying intense colors on eyelids or along the crease area. This is by far my favorite brush from the kit that being so small and precise gives perfect finish and pigmentation on my lids as it has perfect shape to suit my smaller eyes.
4. Highlighting Brush
It is slightly bigger, loose and fluffy brush that does its work well but then I do feel it is tricky sometimes for being loosely fluffy soft textured which needs more swipes to show up highlighting color on my brow bone. In fact, it often results in mess with my powder eye shadow palette but it’s fine as long as it neatly places the highlighter and/or eye shadow on my brow bone which it does! 😛 I think I have better highlighting brushes than this one.
5. Smudge Brush
The smudge brush is another stiff yet soft textured small brush in the kit which works perfect for my delicate eye area. It does not poke my eyes while smudging liner or eye shadow along the waterline, hence it is a good deal in this kit.
Over all, I am satisfied with this purchase especially for the price I paid though I feel slightly disappointed with large eye brush and highlighting brush up to some extent. Moreover, we do get Sonia Kashuk Eye Set and/or Real Techniques in discount for less than 15$, hence I would prefer investing 15$ on those brands than this. I will recommend this brush set to beauties with big, Bengali eyes who are looking for cheap but quality brushes as this Ecotools brush set will certainly fulfill their expectations other than that, it is a skip.
Let’s sum up pros and cons:
Pros of Ecotools Six Piece Essential Eye Set:
• A cheap set of 5 eyepiece essentials in a travel pouch
• The brushes are all composed of recycled/recyclable aluminum, bamboo handles and taklon bristles
• The bristles are so fine, soft and fluffy that feel feather soft against my skin
• All the brush handles are sweatproof and have an easy to hold grip
• The petite eye shading brush and angled crease brush work really well on our eyelids
• Even the soft fluffy yet stiff smudge brush works so well without being pokey on my eye area
• The quality of brushes is perfect as I haven’t noticed shedding or damage even after several usages and cleaning
• A perfect pick for gals looking for budget products
Cons of Ecotools Six Piece Essential Eye Set:
• I didn’t find anything closer to Real Technique and/or Sonia Kashuk brushes so far
• No matter how much color they pick up they need several swipes to deposit buildable color on lids
• The large eye brush is really large enough for my eye area hence not suitable for smaller eyelids
• Even the angled crease brush is big enough to mess my eye makeup hence recommended to use as a blending brush
• The highlighting brush might be tricky at times
• Only suitable for beginners
Well, I am in two minds with these brushes though I tend to like them more for the price and its soft petite eye shading brush and smudge brush. Over all, I find it decent for beginners only; rest of you won’t mind skipping it.
I rate it 3.8/5!
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