Three of my most favorite makeup brushes come from an Eco Tools set, so I had high hopes for the new limited edition Fresh & Flawless Five Piece Complexion Set. The five brushes included are:
1. Flat Concealer Brush
2. Buffing Concealer Brush
3. Precision Foundation Brush
4. Complexion Blending Brush
5. Full Powder Brush
The set comes in booklet-style packaging, which opens to reveal the brushes on one side and instructional information on the other.
The brushes are travel-friendly, comparable in size to the brushes in the Eco Tools Mineral set. The handles are the typical Eco Tools yellow bamboo. On one side, they have the Eco Tools brand name/logo and on the other is the specific brush’s name. The ferrules have a beautiful leaf-flower-y design, each in different colors.
R-L: Flat Concealer Brush (1), Buffing Concealer Brush (2), Precision Foundation Brush (3), Complexion Blending Brush (4), Full Powder Brush (5)
The Flat Concealer Brush (1) is a basic concealer brush with a rounded top. It’s slightly smaller but very similar in shape to the concealer brush in the Eco Tools Mineral set. Given it’s size, it could also double as a lip brush or to pat pigments or glitter onto the eyelid.
The Buffing Concealer Brush (2) is very dense with a slightly rounded tip. It’s soft but too densely-packed for me to use around my under eye area. I’ve been using it as an eye shadow brush. This brush isn’t as soft as my other Eco Tools brushes. I can’t tell if it’s the actual bristles or the way they are cut – they seem a bit splayed and uneven. I compared the Buffing Concealer Brush to the Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush, which Nic and Sam from Pixiwoo often use in their videos to buff in under eye concealer.
The Precision Foundation Brush (3) is similar in shape to the Real Techniques Pointed Foundation Brush. Both of these are pretty small to use for foundation. Since it has a pointed end, it could definitely double as a concealer brush.
The Complexion Blending Brush (4) is small and densely packed with bristles. I know many rave about these sorts of brushes for buffing in mineral and liquid foundations. The density and relatively small size gives you good control over product placement. It doesn’t cover a large area, so it’s not my first choice for applying product over my full face. Personally, I prefer it for applying powder on my T-zone or any other product that goes on just a specific area, like blush. I don’t have any brushes like the Complexion Blending Brush, but I compared it to the Eco Tools Mineral Powder brush below to give an idea of the size.
My favorite from this set is the Full Powder Brush (5). It’s softer and more flexible than the Complexion Blending Brush. It’s tapered, which I love for applying blush or a light dusting of powder. The Full Powder Brush is just a little larger than the elf Studio Blush Brush. However, it’s fuller, with more rounded sides, while the sides of the elf brush are totally flat.
On whole, I can’t say I’m thrilled with these brushes. They’re not bad quality – and for the price, they are still a good deal. But if you’re looking for buffing and powder brushes, I personally would opt for the Eco Tools Mineral Set, which also includes the concealer brush (in my opinion, a better version). If what you’re after is the buffing concealer brush or the precision foundation brush, I’d say it’s worth it to shell out the extra dollars for the Real Techniques brushes. As much as I love Eco Tools, this is one set I could have done without.
- Where to Buy: ecotools.com or check out Eco Tools – Where to Buy
- Price: $14.99
- Availability: Currently, ecotools.com only ships to the US, but other retailers may ship internationally. Set is limited edition.
- Animal Testing Policy: Eco Tools is PETA-approved and vegan
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