Thursday, 30 October 2014

Christmas Gift Ideas - The EcoTools 6 Piece Starter Set - A Review For My Pure*

There are lots of things beauty wise that I can't seem to stop buying including nail polish, blusher, eyeshadow palettes, and make up brushes. I have so many brushes in my collection already and maybe because I hate washing them so much I always seem to buy new ones. I own brushes at all price points and from lots of different brands but at the moment I'm loving my EcoTools brushes and applicators.

Most of my collection has come courtesy of My Pure, and I'm currently using the EcoTools Bamboo 5 Piece Fresh And Flawless Complexion Set, and the Foam Applicator, both of which I've already reviewed for you, and I'm also using the Retractable Kabuki Brush which I've had in my collection for quite a while now, that I also love.

I didn't really need any more brushes but thinking of Christmas and gifting, I decided to pick an EcoTools brush set for one of my October My Pure reviews

The EcoTools 6 Piece Starter Set is probably the most comprehensive, full sized brush set that they produce. It contains 5 full sized brushes (one of the brushes has two heads and you get holder / cosmetic bag) for face and eyes, all with bamboo handles, recycled, bronze tone, aluminium ferrules, and synthetic cruelty free bristles.

The brushes comes packaged in a small,  hemp and EVA reusable cosmetic bag. It has two compartments, a zipped clear section on the front and a fabric section which fastens with a press stud. It isn't essential but it's good for storage, and a clear section means that it's quick and easy to find what you're looking for.

This starter kits and contains some of the key brushes, that you'll always use in your daily routine.

Blush Brush

Everybody needs a good blush or bronzer brush in their collection. Blush and bronzer can make such a difference to your face shape and your overall look, just try going without it for one day and see how flat and shapeless your face looks.

This brush has quite a wide almost fluffy, fan shaped head, that fits the contours of your face perfectly. The hairs are super soft, and they pick up product with ease.

This is a good brush, that does exactly what it should. The head is quite large so if you want a more precise or specific application this may not be for you. For the majority of people though this will be a perfect blush or contour brush.

Concealer Brush

Whether you use a stick, a cream or a liquid a good concealer brush is a must. You can either use it apply the product directly to the skin or you can use it to blend your concealer to create a seamless finish that just doesn't happen when you use your fingers.

This brush features almost duo fibre, synthetic bristles, which are perfect for applying liquids and creams. It feels soft against the skin, but at the same time, it has a degree of firmness which is essential for precise application. It also has a slightly pointed tip so you can get into all those nooks, and crannies, for example around your mouth and nose. 

Again this brush does exactly what it promises, the shape is perfect, and the synthetic fibres are easy to wash and to care for, an essential when you use creams or liquids. Oh and if you really wanted you could also use this as an extra eye brush.

Eye Shading Brush

In my opinion this is the most important brush in the kit. Most things can be fiddled either by using your fingers or by choosing your product more carefully, but not eyeshadow, even if you use a stick or a pencil you still need to blend it.

The bristles again are synthetic and silky smooth, but like with the concealer brush there is a degree of firmness. The hairs are quite densely packed so the eyeshadow goes exactly where you put it. It works equally well, whether you use it to apply a single shadow or whether you use it to blend a couple of shades together. It works brilliantly with powder and loose shadows, but being synthetic you can also use it for cream, liquid and mousse shadows, without causing any damage to the brush.

I love my eye brushes and unsurprisingly this is the brush in this kit, that I've used the most. It works perfectly and it feels gentle on the skin. It's a good quality, versatile brush that I would easily pay the price for the whole kit for.

Angled Eye Liner Brush

For the product I'll use the most to the one I'll probably use the least. There's nothing wrong with the brush I'm just not really an eyeliner girl.

That said this is a pretty decent angled liner brush. The synthetic bristles are ideal for gel and cream liners, and the angled head is cut evenly, and smoothly, meaning you get a really clean line, with no strays hair causing wobbles. I've had a little play with this and it's pretty easy to work with. The fibres again are firm enough for precision but at the same time their flexible enough to negotiate the contours of the eye. You never know this brush might make me start playing with my gel eyeliners again ;)

Lash & Brow Groomer

The final brush in the kit is another kit essential, a lash and brow brush. I can't find an awful lot of information on this brush unfortunately. Like the other brushes it features the bamboo handles and the recycled ferrules but I'm not entirely sure what the brush and comb components are made out of.

One side of the applicator features a traditional plastic lash comb, and the other side features the traditional style brow brush which I believe is made from strong, taklon fibres. 
Again this brush does what it promises, the comb element easily separates lashes and removes mascara clumps, and the brow brush, smooths, separates and controls the brow hairs with minimum effort. If I was being really picky I would have liked the brow side to be a little firmer but it does the job as it is.

I have to say I really like the brushes in this kit. The 6 Piece Starter Set name though  is a little bit misleading because you technically only get 5 brushes, but I guess one does more than one job and you get a cosmetic bag as well, so it's still pretty decent value for money. The eye brush was a particular favourite and in my opinion is easily comparable to brushes costing more than the price of this whole kit. All of the brushes, were well made and good quality. The cruelty free and eco friendly aspect is also a good selling point and yet again this set proves that synthetic brushes don't need to be scratchy, or poor quality.

I think that this kit would make a great starter kit for someone who is quite new to make up I especially like the fact that the name of each brush is stamped onto the bamboo handle.

Don't think of it as just for beginners though I think that most people who wear make up would find a use for most, if not all of the brushes in this set. I think that this would be a great Christmas pressie for any make user no matter what their age. You may not always know what colours or textures to go for but you can never go wrong with some decent make up brushes, and I for one would have been pretty happy to see these in my stocking.

Thanks for reading and if you have any questions please leave me a comment x


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