Cheapie but Goodie: EcoTools Brushes

Friday, June 10, 2011

For those of you who could care less about my upcoming trip to Paris and my current doings in Zurich, I'm back with a beauty post! This particular Cheapie but Goodie is long overdue, as I've been using EcoTools brushes for over a year now and often feel like I don't appreciate them enough.

A lot of professional beauticians and makeup artists say that without good brushes, your makeup won't look good. The trouble is, "good" brushes are more often than not ridiculously expensive (MAC likely being the most guilty party). I'm told that expensive brushes are a good investment--they'll last enough uses to more than pay for themselves. But I'm convinced that doesn't have to be the only option and EcoTools has proven me right!

This incredibly affordable, widely available brand of makeup brushes (check your local drugstores!) has just about everything I could possibly want. They're incredibly soft, sturdy, wash well, and almost never shed. EcoTools offers the individuals brushes for both face and eye, as well as sets, and even miniature travel kits.

Their collection of brushes, then, is enough for me and my basic everyday face makeup application--concealer, powder, and blush. However, if you prefer wearing more extensive makeup that requires more specialized brushes, this particular brand might not work for you. While EcoTools does offer foundation, concealer, powder, and eye makeup brushes, that's about as far as it goes. If you're looking for stippling, contouring, or fan brushes, you won't find them here. It's also important to note that if you want a particularly fluffy powder brush, or an angled blush brush, those won't be available with EcoTools, either. Every item is a sort of "one-size-fits-all" notion--there's only one type of each brush.

Again, this doesn't make their brushes any less useful, but if you want specific brushes, this is not the brand to go to. It's perfect for people who apply basic makeup, like me, or if you just want some cheap brushes to incorporate into your makeup routine.

The travel items particularly come in handy--I brought the retractable kabuki brush with me to Zurich (it's coming to Paris, too!) and it's been a real lifesaver.

Best of all, EcoTools is completely earth friendly--big on recycling and environmental awareness. Now that's a company I can get behind!

I have yet to see the entire brand's products in one location, but if you have, feel my envy! And feel free to write some comments below about your favorite makeup brushes--EcoTools or otherwise!

We're leaving for Paris tomorrow--it's a 4.5 hour train ride from Zurich, and from what I'm told, it's not as glamorous as romantic as the Orient Express.

If anyone has any not-so-touristy recommendations regarding things for us to do, please share! Expect more "Day in Pictures" and maybe even a little Parisian beauty haul.

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