When applying makeup, one must never underestimate the power of a good set of brushes. I know I did, but when I discovered the difference between applying powder with a standard powder puff and a good-quality kabuki brush, I was an instant convert.
The quest for a good brush can be a long one, as everyone has different preferences as to brush texture, brand loyalties, you name it. Coming into the game as a true greenhorn, I wasn’t sure which brushes to go for and was becoming pretty confused by not only all those conflicting reviews out there, but also the sheer variety of brushes in existence – overwhelming stuff.
All that internal conflict, however, was quashed the moment I found the EcoTools range of makeup brushes made by Paris Presents Incorporated. Affordable, environmentally friendly, high quality and well-packaged, I was intrigued and made my decision there and then. I ended up buying the EcoTools Bamboo Six-Piece Brush Set (review to come soon!) and this brush, now a part of my daily makeup routine: the EcoTools Recycled Aluminium Retractable Kabuki Brush No. 1214.
For more on this great essential brush, read on!
The website says the following about the 1214:
• Great for applying face powder or bronzer
• Soft, cruelty-free bristles
• Natural & recycled materialsThis earth-friendly powder brush provides a smooth, soft finish and sets your makeup.And, it shows respect for the planet:• Retractable case is made from Recycled Aluminum.• Synthetic taklon bristles are 100% cruelty free.HOW TO USE:
• Dip in loose or pressed powder and tap off excess. Lightly blend makeup over entire face to create a smooth, soft finish.
• Also great for blush or bronzer
Let’s go through the claims one by one: great for applying powder and bronzer? Yes, absolutely! The brush is dense, with very fine and incredibly soft bristles, so a light touch into any powder foundation or bronzer picks up just enough powder to ensure a nice, translucent layer of coverage over one cheek. During application there is no scratchy, dermabrasion-inspired feel – application is smooth, easy and very comfortable thanks to the supple bristles. It also sets makeup really well – I find my skin looks nice and natural while polished after a bit of powder-buffing about with this brush.
<Soft, cruelty-free bristles? Soft, definitely. EcoTools brush bristles are made from a synthetic material called taklon, a derivative of polyester – so no animals were harmed in the making of these brushes. Also, cruelty-free applies to us users as well:
Natural hair has an irregular surface which traps powders, dead skin cells, bacteria and chemicals. Cleaning may not necessarily remove these particles. Because of this, regular cleaning with disinfectants is required to prevent skin irritation. Taklon lacks these surface irregularities, making it easier to clean properly. This decreases irritation.
No bacterial/dead skin/excess makeup remnant buildup on our skin means no irritation, no extra blemishes, no blocked pores – so no cruel side effects on human skin! What’s not to love?
Natural and recycled materials? Yes. The brush bristles are synthetic and the casing is made from recycled aluminium, which not only makes it hardy and tough (trust me on this, I’ve dropped it so many times and not a dent in sight) – it also ensures no additional raw materials are needed to manufacture this brush.
Also, the casing is practical and protects the brush – before replacing the cap on top of the brush, you slide up a retractable inner protective casing over it to not only maintain the shape of the brush, but also keep bristles from getting caught in the cap. For a better idea of what I mean in my hastily worded description, here’s a photograph-
<Pour conclure, I have not been disappointed at all by this lovely little kabuki brush. I’ve been using it for almost a year now, with no hiccups or problems, no bristle loss and no skin irritation afterward. I wash the brush once a week (to find out how I do this, click here) and that keeps it clean and soft. Plus, the practicality of its packaging and the environmental friendliness of it all doesn’t hurt either.
The brush retails for SGD29.80 at all Watsons outlets in Singapore – a reasonable alternative to the more expensive offerings from cosmetic houses like Bobbi Brown and MAC. I have only seen EcoTools brushes sold at one chain outlet in Malaysia, called Skin Lab (they only sell organic/all-natural products), and even then they are pretty tough to find. Let’s hope that Watsons Malaysia brings them to our shores sooner rather than later!
*domncroxd’s note: Shins in MidValley has brought the range in, and the retractable buki sells for RM65.00. Their 5-brush range with hemp bag retails for RM85.00 or with the brush stand, RM88.00. Individual brushes are around the RM20-30+ range.