I love Sundays. After a week of hectic flitting in and out of the house and burying my nose in textbooks for hours at a time, there’s finally a little time to slow down and have a good lunch with my family to catch up with one another. By 10pm I usually have to get back to studying, but before that, I give myself a little time to organize my room, get my bag ready for the school week ahead, and wash my makeup brushes. It takes me some 20 minutes to go through all of my brushes (I have over 30, but around 28 in regular use–is that crazy? haha) and I find it extremely relaxing. It’s become a weekly sort of ritual for me and it’s great that it helps me relax because it is something that I really have to do anyway.
This past week, two new make up brushes joined my arsenal, which means I have two more brushes that need to be cleaned once a week, but I don’t mind at all! Meet my new Ecotools babies: the Bamboo Bronzer Brush and the Recycled Retractable Kabuki! I first heard about Ecotools around a year ago and all reviews I’ve read/heard/seen of them have been great, so I don’t know why I passed these up when I saw them at Ulta while visiting the U.S. in May. Silly me. What finally pushed me to find and buy these (they’re not available in the Philippines except through re-sellers) was a change in my makeup routine. Breakouts and clogged pores forced me to reevaluate my everyday routine and eventually make the switch to mineral powder, a product which requires application with brushes that are more dense.
Read on if you’d like to see more photos of these beauties and to find out if I’ve just added to the bazillion raves for Ecotools products out there!
The bronzer brush has a bamboo handle, a recycled aluminium ferrule, and ultra soft taklon bristles. Ecotools is cruelty free and dedicated to the use of earth-friendly materials in the construction of their products. “Getting gorgeous, going green, and giving back is what we are all about!” says their official website. They also happen to donate 1% of their annual revenues to environmental causes. Although the Ecotools Bamboo bronzer brush is obviously meant to be used for bronzer, I use it to buff mineral powder (MAC Mineralize Skinfinish ♥) into my skin instead. You don’t always have to follow the rules, especially when it comes to beauty, haha! Besides, the great reviews were for this brush and not the powder brush. The fat handle make it easy to hold, while the large surface area on the top of the brush make it easy to swirl all over my face. I have mentioned that the bristles are ultra soft, right? That’s what makes using this brush so fun! Just swirl into your mineral powder (or bronzer, regular powder, or even a blush) and take it to your face to pat on then blend in. No prickly bristles at all, from any angle! The density of the bristles is really impressive–and fun to flip through with your finger too, though I don’t recommend you do that too much. Haha. The only down side to having a very dense brush is that they are difficult to clean thoroughly and take much longer to dry than other brushes. You have to make sure you’ve rinsed the brush really well too, as the soap suds get way in there! That’s a minor negative point though, which takes close to nothing away from my love for this brush!
I decided to get a retractable kabuki brush too because I had been on the hunt for a good brush to take along with me everyday for touch-ups. There are quite a few options out there, but they were either on the pricey side (around 900 at Muji?) or their bristles were prickly and ugly. This one isn’t the most compact, but it does feel like a really good quality brush! I hate having regular brushes bouncing around in my makeup bag. Even if you do put them in a plastic, it’s just more of a hassle to have to take them out every single time. With this, you just pull up the moveable aluminium part to smooth all the bristles into place so that you can put the cap on it! Super convenient and sanitary.
You do have to be careful with this one because the aluminium body is a bit soft and you can easily put a dent in it. I know that would annoy me greatly. Haha. It really isn’t the most compact, but the bristles on the retractable kabuki are just as soft as on the bronzer brush, which makes touch ups rather enjoyable.
I got both of these brushes from Stuff in Style, a locally-based online shop, at 580.00php for the Bronzer and 500.00php for the Kabuki. Not too bad, considering shipping was free and I didn’t even have to leave home to get my hands on them. They’re cheaper if you get them in the US, but the extra 200php isn’t bad at all. :)
I’ve been thinking of employing a rating system for my product reviews. Maybe like an “x number of hearts out of five” or something like that. Will save it for the next review, but these would be ♥♥♥♥♥ (five-heart) products if I had to rate them now! Affordable, good-quality, and environmentally conscious! Pretty awesome stuff. :)
Hope you all had a wonderful, relaxing Sunday! :)
[EDIT AND MUST-READ]: From now until Sept. 19 (or until stocks last), you can get a 5-piece Ecotools kit from dealdozen at only 375.00php! Crazy! CLICK HERE to check out that deal! :) Go, go, go!