Jul 14, 2011

Ecotools Eyeshadow Brushes (Pic Heavy Review)

EcoTools Bamboo 6-piece Eyeshadow Brush Set - an eye makeover on-the-go with each brush designed for a variety of eye looks.  The brushes feature soft cruelty-free taklon bristles, recycled aluminum ferrules, and sleek bamboo handles.

ectools bamboo 6 piece 5 brushes eyeshadows makeup blog set reviews
ectools bamboo 6 piece 5 brushes eyeshadows makeup blog set reviews

Ecotools confused me a bit with this brush set - they call it a 6-piece set but it has only 5 brushes.  Took me a little while to figure out the missing piece was the brush holder, though, it is written very clearly just about everywhere from the packaging to the website what this kit includes :P

Ecotools Bamboo 6-piece Eyeshadow Brush set includes the following:

ectools bamboo 6 piece 5 brushes eyeshadows makeup blog set reviews
Large Eye Brush, Angled Crease Brush, Petite Eye Shading Brush, Highlighting Brush
Smudge Brush, and a Hemp and cotton case with mirror to store the brushes in.
The bamboo-handled brushes with their recycled aluminum ferrules look very different from the usual black-handled brushes and are easy to spot at any store.  The handles aren't very long, but they are definitely larger than most travel sizes, and I personally prefer this length since I won't end up hitting the mirror every time I am trying to get some shadow on my lids!

ectools bamboo 6 piece 5 brushes eyeshadows makeup blog set reviews
Hope the lipstick helps with getting an idea about the brush sizes :)
Now on to the individual pieces - first, the brush case.  It's a light coloured cloth with a mirror on one side and loops on the other to hold the brushes.  The case wraps and can be secured with velcro strips.  Love it except that it's light coloured so if you don't wipe off the black eyeshadow from the brush before storing it, you will end up with a dirty case.

On to the brushes - the fibers used to make the brush are supersoft and very dense.  No hair shedding with washing - not even one that I could see.

1.  Ecotools Eyeshadow Brushes - Large Eye Brush - I find the brush head to be quite large.  It has a flat thick shape with the edge tapering to the center.  Perfect for applying shadow all over the lid and blending them - the tapered edge can be used to apply shadow under the brow bone.  Not useful for any more precise application than that.  This is good enough for me because most times that is the extent of my usage :D

ectools bamboo 6 piece 5 brushes eyeshadows makeup blog set reviews
ectools bamboo 6 piece 5 brushes eyeshadows makeup blog set reviews
ectools bamboo 6 piece 5 brushes eyeshadows makeup blog set reviews
Ecotools brush compared with TBS brushes.
L to R:  TBS blending brush and eyeshadow brush (regular size)
TBS mini eyeshadow brush
Ecotools large eye brush

2.  Ecotools Eyeshadow Brushes - Angled Crease Brush:  This brush is a bit of a mystery to me - I don't know exactly how to use it.  I have used it to apply eyeshadow in the outer corner of my eyelid but am not really sure if that's how it is supposed to be used.  It does do a good job of applying the eyeshadow, but I am not very comfortable using it simply because I am not sure how to :-|  It is too large to use in the crease area.

ectools bamboo 6 piece 5 brushes eyeshadows makeup blog set reviews
ectools bamboo 6 piece 5 brushes eyeshadows makeup blog set reviews

3.  Ecotools Eyeshadow Brushes - Petite Eye Shading Brush:  This is a small slightly fluffy brush.  Best used for precise application of shadow - does a good job at placing the product.

ectools bamboo 6 piece 5 brushes eyeshadows makeup blog set reviews
ectools bamboo 6 piece 5 brushes eyeshadows makeup blog set reviews

4.  Ecotools Eyeshadow Brushes - Highlighting Brush:  This is a round fluffy brush with a tapered dome shape to it.  It's perfect for use as a highlighting brush and I have also seen a video where the person uses it to do a soft blending of eyeshadow in the crease area.  It's fluffy design is ideal for use in soft sweeps.

ectools bamboo 6 piece 5 brushes eyeshadows makeup blog set reviews
ectools bamboo 6 piece 5 brushes eyeshadows makeup blog set reviews

5.  Ecotools Eyeshadow Brushes - Smudge Brush:  This is like a pencil brush - use to smudge eyeliner for a soft smoky eye in a jiffy.

ectools bamboo 6 piece 5 brushes eyeshadows makeup blog set reviews
ectools bamboo 6 piece 5 brushes eyeshadows makeup blog set reviews

Overall, I love Ecotools Bamboo Eyeshadow brushes.  The chubby handles feel very comfortable to hold and the brushes themselves are very soft.  There is absolutely no shedding and/or change in quality with washing, and the convenient pouch ensure that they are packed away neatly when not in use.  I find the length of the handles just right - neither too long nor too short.  These are definitely better than the TBS travel set brushes which I find a tad too short.

ectools bamboo 6 piece 5 brushes eyeshadows makeup blog set reviews

Ecotools 6-piece Bamboo Eyeshadow Brushes Kit (click here for info on where to buy) - Cost:  $7.99

Verdict:  Fabulous inexpensive option for anyone looking for a basic set of eye-makeup brushes.

Also Read:  Ecotools Recycled Retractable Kabuki Brush

Ecotools 6-Piece Night-to-Day Makeup Brush/Clutch Set