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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Ecotools Bamboo Bronzer Brush & Recycled Retractable Kabuki Review

Hi everyone. I am currently on a brush kick and I have spent many hours exploring beauty blog-land in order for me to scout for some new candidates to add to my brushes collection.

Some newbies have since been added to my arsenal, of which includes the Ecotools Bamboo Bronzer Brush and Recycled Retractable Kabuki.
From left: Ecotools Recycled Retractable Kabuki & Ecotools Bamboo Bronzer Brush

The opening of the packaging or "reusable storage pouch" is really small so it wouldn't be too practical to store this particular brush in it since it will mess up the bristles when you take the brush out. 

This brush is very plush and the bristles are so soft~
The Ecotools Bamboo Bronzer Brush is an excellent brush at a very affordable price point ($12.00!!!!). The icing on the cake is that this brush is sustainable and also cruelty free. 

The handle is made of bamboo and the ferule is made of recycled aluminium. The handle is very lightweight but still feels very sturdy. However, it is very thick so it takes up quite a lot of space compared to other brushes.  

The taklon bristles are very densely packed but extremely soft so the brush feels almost spongy on the skin. I personally prefer using this brush for setting powder, powder foundation & mineral foundation. This brush buffs on powder product very well and it leaves a very flawless and airbrushed look. 

I have washed this brush several times and it holds up extremely well. Products wash out of the bristles very easily and I haven't noticed any shedding. The only downside is that this brush takes a very very long time to dry but it is perfectly normal since the bristles are so dense.

The handle/case is made of recycled aluminium.

The Ecotools Recycled Retractable Kabuki brush is also an impressive brush with a very wallet friendly price tag (also $12.00). The alumimium case/handle is made with recycled material and the bristles are taklon so it's also cruelty free. 

The bristles are soft and dense (but not too dense) so it has a fluffy feel against the skin. My preferred use for this brush is with setting powder/ powder foundation. However, since the bristles are not extremely densely packed, I like using this brush with blush and bronzer too. 

Since this is a retractable brush, it is a great one to take with you so that you can touch up your makeup throughout the day. The enclosed case can ensure that products don't dirty your bag/makeup bag and the bristles won't be damaged. It is quite compact when it's closed so it won't take up a whole lot of space. 

My only little complaint: the aluminium handle feels a tad flimsy. If you have followed my blog for any duration of time, you will know that I am always talking about the sturdiness of the packaging/ handle. That is because I am a very clumsy person and I drop/break/knock things over all the time. The slide up portion of the aluminium handle just doesn't feel very secure and I feel like it can pop out if I am not careful with it. The outer aluminium case also scratches very easily so my brush is looking quite beaten up although I haven't had it for all that long.

Apart from that, this is a lovely brush. It washes well and doesn't take super long to dry. It hasn't shed so far and I have washed it several times already. 

Have you tried any Ecotools brushes? If you have, what are your thoughts and do you have any recommendations?

Also, what are your must have makeup brushes that you think I should check out?

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  1. I love Eco brushes too! I bought a set of them when I was in the US - they're wallet friendly there but not so in Australia! The brush set I purchased while in the US was about $11 and the same set at home was $28!

  2. Wow! They sound great and I love their price tag! So affordable. That's hard to find nowadays. Excellent review.

  3. talk about sustainability, even make up is stepping up!!!

  4. Ooooh, I have both of those brushes and I have to say the Bamboo Bronzer Brush is my absolute favorite. It's so dense and thick. Great choices! The to go one is great too in your makeup purse!

  5. The bamboo bronzer brush is really amazing!! It's one of my favourite face brushes that I own~

  6. I am so jealous that everything is so much cheaper in the US. Thank goodness for online shopping :P

  7. I like the idea of recycled brushes! Will look out for these.


  8. ooh I looove ecotools already! I have ecotools 6pcs eye brush set and I feel satisfied :) the quality of the brush is good, no shedding, and it's so soft~ too :) thanks for your review

  9. Raimar ღ Guevara ღJune 7, 2013 at 7:11 AM

    I have the Kabuki brush and is really nice!
    Both looks really cool!

  10. oooh I've seen this around and they are pretty affordable! will definitely check them out! I need new brushes!

  11. Do let me know how you get on with them if you end up buying it ^-^

  12. Thank you for stopping by my blog ^-^ The 6pc eye brush set sounds really good. I need to check out more Ecotools brushes!!

  13. Ecotools is definitely a brand worth checking out!!

  14. They look so soft and I'd love to try it so badly now. Thanks for sharing this! xo akiko

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  15. i heard good things about this and knew people who used these! and definitely very affordable, i've seen these around in local drugstores ^_^

  16. them seems really good product. I have go to the site!
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  17. one of my fav.......i am using this too

  18. The retractable brush would be so good for travelling. The Bronzer brush looks so soft.. I would use that to blend in my liquid foundation.

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  20. The retractable brush is a fab idea xx

  21. I haven't used it to blend in liquid foundation but I think it will be amazing for that since it's so dense!

  22. It has become one of my favourite too!

  23. So affordable and great quality! They are much more expensive in stores outside of the US though >-<

  24. It's amazing quality and it's so affordable. I hope you can check it out.

  25. Ecotools are amazing :) It's one of my favorite drugstore brushes! I like ecotools and real technique brushes. I've been eyeing the retractable brush, but never got the time to buy it D:
    I feel like I can never have too much brushes lol

    nyuu }

  26. looks uber soft!

  27. Sounds great! I like the idea of a retractable brush as it makes it less likely to get dirty.

  28. I put it in my handbag for touch-ups ^-^

  29. i bought my ecotools brushes really cheap from id recommend this site and brushes to you, their veryy cheap and they ship WORLDWIDE for $4 and i found a code for upto $10 OFF whole purchase HWT011 : use it at the checkout, hope this helps any of you :)

  30. get them from id recommend this site, because their veryy cheap and they ship WORLDWIDE for $4 and i found a code for upto $10 OFF whole purchase HWT011 : use it at the checkout, hope this helps any of you :)

  31. iherb is a great website! Thank you for the coupon code because I am planning to order some brushes from there ^-^

  32. Love this! This may help some of you, you can get the full range of ecotools brushes at really cheap, and i found a code for upto $10 off!!! : HWT011 : use it at the checkout and only $4/ £2.50 worldwide delivery!!! Hope this helps, they end up being like super cheap! :) .

  33. love this, its so informative


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