i really liked this brush...until i realized that it was eating up most of my foundation! it took me a ridiculous amount of time to apply my foundation with this.i switched to the elf powder brush..IT'S A TON BETTER! with the elf brush..the foundation actually goes on my face instead of being absorbed by the brush...which saves me product and time.
Ok, so let me first say that when I first bought this brush, I LOVED it. However, recently my skin has gone from being normal to being dry and I've been having a hard time controlling my acne. I liked using this to apply my foundation... especially if I was away or rushing to work or school (I would apply foundation quickly in my car).
Now that I've had it for a quite, I realized that I just like this brush. It's very dense (good at applying)... however it's too dense (not so good for blending). I like that it is tapered because it gets to the corners of the nose really well. I did find that I like this a lot more for contouring. It applies great!
I do believe I am going to purchase the Ecotools retractable kabuki brush. I think that's probably more of what I'm looking for in a travel brush.
I bought this to use it as it was designed, as a travel/ portable foundation brush. As much as I love Ecotools brushes in general, I was a bit disappointed with this. Yes, it is good for travel/ in your bag, but It simply is not a great foundation brush.
I find it less soft than my other Ecotools brushes (and I've got most of them), similar in feel to a regular flat foundation brush, rather than a bigger & rounder sort of buffing brush.
The effect is that of a flat foundation brush as well, as I have found the application a bit streaky and less perfect than I would like.
Lastly, it's an odd shape. The pointy tip is not small or tapered enough to get under your eyes or around your nostrils comfortably, rather I find the brush too big for that. At the same time because it has a point, it takes a lot longer to buff in foundation properly, as the surface of the brush is not big enough.
In conclusion, it's fine/ ok-ish/ it'll-have-to-do, for on the go/ travel, but if I didn't own it already, I would not go out and buy it. Sorry Ecotools!
I LOVE EcoTools brushes alwayss, I'm surprised to find a miss. Don't get me wrong, its just as a soft and richly dense as the others in this line. I just couldn't find a use for this one. I didn't buy this for use with foundation, as I already have ones I prefer for that. I bought it for its unique shape, that I have been looking for to contour with. I need a small, pointy brush that would fit right into my cheekbones to give a chiseled look for the summer. I found this brush to not be able to spread the color on evenly. I had to use more bronzer to get it to show on my skin and by then it was wayy to dark. Or I could dot bronzer with this, but then would need another brush to blend in. I thought of using this with concealer under my eyes instead, then got grossed out thinking of the liquidy/creamy chunks that would be left over in the bristles growing bacteria in a closed retractable container. For powders, a traditional fluffy wide kabuki is ideal & this would be awful for blush getting too much on small surface area. Hence, its use-less. Unless you prefer traditional paint brush like brushes, which leave streaks behind.
This brush is incredible to apply powder highlighters at the top of your cheekbones, center of the nose, cupids bow, and to apply setting powder to the under eye area. Instead of using it for foundation I will continue using it this way because is amazing for that.
Because of its small and tapered head you can apply powder with the side of the brush and you will get a very dense application of powder, that can be blended with it too!!!, really recommended for that.
This is the best foundation brush I have ever used. The reason is because you can dot your foundation using the tip on little cirlces in your face, then blend using the side of the brush around different contours. When you get to a smaller face, use the tip again. The circumference of the tip makes it very soft and comfortable application, that is still even. Very unique shape makes applying liquid foundation around eyes, the space b/w eyebrow and hairline, and other areas of your face that are not as much of an "open space" as your cheeks a breeze. I also love that it is retractable and you can take it with you so that you don't HAVE to clean it immediately to not create a mess. I started using about 6 months ago, and have washed weekly with soapy cleanser and water and the brush hasn't lost form, bristles, nothing. Still works great. At less than $10, it is an excellent value. Highly recommend the EcoTool brushes, also Gotta B Urban brushes are really good too (if you can find them)
Okay, this brush is really good for on the go! I find that it's better for cream foundations and any kind of concealers. It's dense enough to brush away cream foundations and concealers(like Revlon PhotoReady Concealer) since most brushes are dense enough to brush them away quickly. But since most cream products are in stick form or in a pan, it has to be applied by a sponge or your fingers to get decent results. The tip of this brush allows you to reach every crevice of your face.
Only reason I give this a 4 out of 5 lippies is because it's a little scratchy. But I'm gonna clean it and see if it's still like that afterwards. But I do highly recommend this brush!
**Edit on 12/13/2011**
Okay so I've washed it twice since this review. After the first wash, it wasn't scratchy. I recommend washing it first before you use it! Very good brush!
I bought this on sale at drugstore.com for less than $5 and it's been one of my favorite (and best) brushes yet. I usually have to apply makeup at work since I don't have time in the morning, and the fact that this is retractable is one of its best qualities. I have always used makeup sponges to apply my foundation (a mix of Missha's discontinued Moist Foundation and ever popular M Perfect BB cream) but applying with a brush gives it a completely different finish. My skin looks a bit dewey and very well blended with just the right amount of coverage, all of which I was not able to get with great makeup sponges. The slightly pointed tip confused me a bit but the instructions on the package states that you only use the tip to dot points on your face where you want to blend out from..then you use the sides in a gently sweeping motion to spread the foundation across your face. It works! The brush is soft and gentle, and it's very easy to clean.
This brush made me an Ecotools believer!
i use this one as a concealer brush,because it fit just right under my eyes.it is pointy too,so, i decided that it is better as a concealer brush.maybe,will try it as a foundation brush...will see...for now,works great for a concealer..
The brush is lightweight, as it is housed in an aluminum case, and is retractable making it perfect for on-the-go or for those who are worried about germs on uncovered brush heads. It is the same packaging as the much-loved retractable kabuki brush. The bristles are synthetic (taklon) and it is very dense, but a tad scratchy for my personal taste. It washes well, and dries quickly, with no bleeding or shedding. The bristles form a domed tip, which would be ideal for small crevices like around the nose or inner corners of the eyes. That being said...I had high hopes for this brush but it failed miserably.
Perhaps it's due to my inexperience with domed/pointed foundation brushes but I could not get this to work for me. I tried with a variety of liquid foundations (as suggested by the website) all different in consistency and it was just very awkward. Using downward motions, circular motions, stippling motions and even crisscross motions gave me an uneven finish, with streaks galore. I tried using this for concealer both under the eyes and around the nose, and again, streaks of colour.
The size of the brushhead was also a miss, as it took much longer to apply foundation, than other brushes. If the brushhead were bigger, maybe there would be less streaks? I just don't know what to make of this brush. If you can help me with use and or different products to try with, please PM me!
I give one lippie for the fact that it is made from recycled materials, and portable....I hate the packaging. For a company that is trying to help the earth, there is a lot of unncessary materials....plastic and cloth? Why not one or the other? Also, they really need to put the ziplocs at the bottom, as it can ruin a brush to pull through the top. I generally cut the bottom open, and thus end up throwing out the package, rather than re-using it.