Makeup Brushes – ecoTools Essential Eye Set

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ecoTools 6 Piece Essential Eye Set ReviewProduct purchased by me. All opinions are my own. Affiliate links.

Happy Friday! I’ve been asked to start a new series here at FutureDerm on makeup brushes! Many of you have asked for it! This first post focuses on eye brushes and I’ve got the ecoTools Essential Eye set to show you today. I’ve gifted this set to many of my friends. This is a great starter set to build up a makeup brush collection.


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A Little About ecoTools
EcoTools® cosmetic brushes are what started it all! The iconic look of the sleek bamboo, gorgeous recycled aluminum and incredibly soft bristles are only part of what makes EcoTools, EcoTools. Our cosmetic brushes are beautiful and show respect for the earth. They are 100% cruelty-free, have incredibly soft bristles made of synthetic taklon and have handles made of bamboo and recycled aluminum ferrules.


The Beginner's Guide to Makeup Brushes

The Essential Eye set is really a 5 brush set with a small cosmetics bag. The bag is nice for sticking inside a larger makeup bag because it has a very small profile. I love that the handles are shorter than your average brushes because they give you a greater amount of control.  The bristles are very soft. Sometimes taklon bristles can be stiff or hard to work with, but these are great. I love that they’re 100% cruelty-free.

ecoTools large eyeshadow base or blender brush

Large Eyeshadow Brush
This is a great multipurpose brush! You can use it to apply a base eyeshadow that matches your skintone. You can use it to apply a sheer wash of color if you’re just doing a single eyeshadow shade. You can use this to blend in the crease, though I think it’s a bit big for that.

ecoTools Petite Shading Lid Brush

Petite Eye Shading Lid Brush
This is my FAVORITE brush for applying color to the lid. You can also use it for detail work, to apply color at the inner v, along the lower lash line, or at the outer crease. I prefer this size to larger brushes for the lid, usually, because it makes it easier to control how much product and where it’s being applied.

ecotools Highlighting Brush

Highlighting Brush
This is my all time favorite highlighter brush. It applies to the browbone or inner corner perfectly. You can also use it to blend in the crease. I love this brush to bits!

ecoTools Angled Crease Brush

Angled Crease BrushI like this brush a lot for applying color in the crease. It’s a bit wider than you would expect, which helps to diffuse the color, especially if you use a light hand when applying color to the brush.

ecoTools Smudge Brush

Smudge Brush
This little brush is great for applying color to the inner v, the tear duct, or directly under the eyebrows. You can also use it to smudge a liner or smudge shadow on top of a liner along the upper or lower lash lines. It can be used in the outer v. It can also work if you’re blending out a shadow to ‘cut the crease’.

Wearing Too Faced Pretty Rebel Badass
Too Faced Pretty Rebel Badass Cat Eye tutorial. See the tutorial.

For the Badass Cat Eye I only used 2 brushes. I used the Large Eyeshadow brush to apply Dainty from my lashline to my eyebrows. I applied eyeliner in the cat eye shape, and then I smudged Badass eyeshadow with the Smudge Brush on top of the eyeliner.

Using all the brushes here
Using all the brushes here. See the tutorial.

For this look I used all the brushes. I started by applying a skintone shade to the browbone and crease with the Large eyeshadow brush. I used the Petite Eye Shading brush to apply color to the lid. I used the Angled Crease brush to contour the eye. I used the Smudge brush to apply color along the lower lash line. I used the Highlighter brush to apply color to the upper crease, as well as the browbone and inner corner of the eye.

I feel the ecoTools Essentials brush set really gives you all the basics you need for a beginner eye brush set. The only thing that’s really missing is an angled eyeshadow brush for drawing on liner, but I’ll cover liner brushes later!

What do you think of this beginner’s brush set? What are your favorite types of brushes? Are there any brushes that you don’t know what they’re used for?


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