I had mentioned in my February post that I managed to overlook a very important aspect of switching over to cleaner makeup - cleaner brushes. I purchased a series of loose-powder eyeshadows only to realize that I didn't have anything to actually apply said eyeshadows with. And so began my journey to find clean brushes.
Let me preface this by saying that I had already been following EcoTools on Instagram for some time at the recommendation of some blogger or giveaway host. When I realized that I needed to invest in a good brush set, my mind immediately went to them. I didn't even research or consider another company, because I had already done some reading on their products and knew they were at a comfortable price point for me. Now, despite my lack of research into other options, I will say that you can take my word for it when I tell you that these products are good. From the moment I received them, I could not stop touching them. The handles are solid and the bristles are soft. Not to mention, the set I purchased came with the beautiful minty blue tray to hold them. Right up my alley.
From a technical standpoint, these brushes are very green, so to speak. You can read more about the company here, but essentially they prioritizing using recycled and renewable resources to create their products, so you can feel good about where they are coming from too. The bristles are cruelty-free and vegan, the handles are made of bamboo, and the metal brackets are made of recycled aluminum and plastic. Even their packaging is made of recycled materials.
You can buy the tools individually, or in pre-established sets. I decided to purchase mine in a set, and then added a few extra add-ons based on my needs. Here's what I got:
I chose this kit because it is a great "basics" kit that covers all of the bases. It contains (from left to right) an angled liner brush, a blurring brush, a full blush brush, a defined crease brush, and an angled foundation brush, as well as a storage tray. The kit comes in at under $20 CAD. The only thing I wish it had was an eyebrow brush for combing my unruly brows, but that could be purchased seperately.
Now since this whole process came out of the need for eyeshadow brushes, I decided to also get an extra eye brush duo. This little set helps you to apply the shadow as well as blend it. It cost less than $10 CAD for the two, so I figured it would be a worthwhile investment. They conveniently fit in the tray with the other set of brushes too.
So far, these are the only two brushes I have used and they work extremely well. I don't want to dirty my new brushes with my old makeup, and since my eye products are the only ones I have switched over so far, I am saving the other brushes until I have a chance to switch over my other products.
Since I have been using this process to try out a few new companies, I also like to tack on a self-care purchase while I'm ordering. This time, I decided to purchase a facial mask set that I can use when applying my messy charcoal mask. The brush helps you to brush it on without getting it all over your fingers, and the sponges help to remove it. This set came with one brush and three sponges. I haven't had a chance to use them yet, but I am sensing some self-care time in my near future.
There are a few products that I didn't purchase that I would love to eventually try, including the Brow Shaping Duo and the Blending and Bronzing Brush. I also would like to purchase the Makeup Brush Shampoo so I can keep my brushes clean and bacteria at bay. I'll likely add some of these items in the near future.
Do you pay much attention to your tools? I previously had a mis-matched set of brushes that were either hand-me-downs (I'm just realizing how gross that is) and random drug-store purchases. It's so satisfying having a beautiful set that matches and that can serve my makeup needs.