So Eco vs EcoTools make-up brushes
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Make-up brushes are big business at the moment with many brands jostling to take over the market. There are cheap brushes, expensive brushes, coloured brushes, mini brushes… the list goes on. But the niche that I’m going to be looking at today is natural eco-friendly brushes. Made from natural renewable materials, cruelty free bristles and with recyclable packaging these socially responsible brands target those of us with a conscience when it comes to our make-up brushes and applicators.
I’ve been trying out two brushes – Skin Perfecting Brush* from EcoTools and Blush Brush* from So Eco. Both of these brands produce eco-friendly make-up brushes (hence their names both have ‘eco’ in them) and whilst you might have already seen EcoTools brushes for sale online and in Boots stores the So Eco brand may be one that is new to you.
EcoTools Skin Perfecting Brush – this brush has short squat bristles which makes it excellent for pressing cream products into the skin, a bit like a stippling brush but with more precision. EcoTools suggest this brush should be used to apply BB and CC Creams but it’s also suitable for applying contouring creams and powders. I use it to apply the darker shade from the Sleek Face Form Contour Palette under my cheekbones, it’s great for applying and blending as the short bristles are quite stiff and the colour stays where you put it. You can also use it to apply highlighter to the top of the cheekbones but make sure you blend it really well as you don’t want it to look stripy.
The Skin Perfecting Brush is part of the Complexion Collection, these brushes all have a pretty green printed leaf design on the aluminium ferrule and I think this helps them stand out from other wooden make-up brushes.
EcoTools brushes are made from bamboo handles, recycled aluminium ferrules and soft cruelty free synthetic bristles. Their packaging is made from 100% tree-free paper made from 80% bamboo and 20% cotton fiber.
I had assumed EcoTools brushes would be quite expensive but having read some more about them I now think that they’re great value for money and don’t cost as much as I had imagined. Plus they do some great affordable sets.
So Eco Blush Brush – this brush has an incredibly soft long fluffy head and it applies blush gently to the apples of the cheeks without any scratching or shedding. It actually reminds me quite a lot of Bobbi Brown Face Blender Brush, but at over £25 cheaper! It’s particularly great if you like a subtle blush, this So Eco brush allows you to just apply a light dusting – gradually building the coverage up if you want more. I like to use it to apply Bobbi Brown Blush in Slopes and Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher.
So Eco brushes are made from sustainable bamboo handles, recycled aluminium ferrules and cruelty free bristles. I particularly like the way the brush heads have been coloured, the blush shows up really well against the grey tips so you can see just how much product you have on the brush. The cardboard packaging is bio-degradable and the compostable windows are made from corn starch.
So which brush and brand do I prefer? It’s hard to say – I prefer the packaging of the EcoTools brushes and the pretty ferrules, but the softness of the So Eco brush is second to none, and in terms of price both brands are pretty equal. I think that wooden make-up brushes look particularly pretty kept in an old jam jar with a piece of ribbon or lace tied round, so I’ll definitely be adding to my brush collection from both brands in the near future!
Both EcoTools and So Eco are brands sold by MakeupBrushes.co.uk, a new online store based in North Wales, UK, offering a huge range of make-up brushes, false lashes and other beauty tools. Other brands include Real Techniques, The Vintage Cosmetic Co. and Japonesque and they offer FREE 1st class UK delivery on every order.
EcoTools Skin Perfecting Brush is priced at £6.99, available from MakeupBrushes.co.uk.
So Eco Blush Brush is priced at £7.50, available from MakeupBrushes.co.uk.
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