Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Review - EcoTools Brushes - 5-Piece Mineral Brush Set

EcoTools makeup brushes: Part 2 - Sets

Last time I reviewed EcoTools Singles Brushes, today I am going to share my thoughts on the 5 Piece Mineral Brush Sets I own.
I've heard about this set on YT and wanted to try them out. After reading so many positive reviews I've ordered these brushes online from iherb and lately from eBay. I'm very glad I did because I was very pleased with the quality and price!

So these were my first sets of Ecotools brushes I've purchased about two years ago. I own two almost identical sets, one of them is from iherb (about 10$ plus shipping), the second one is from eBay (about 5$ including shipping) - the seller has a huge online store on buyincoins.com. 

The brushes come in a greenish colored zip baggie with linen\cotton lining like that.

The set is travel sized, includes a linen\cotton thingy, a mini kabuki, a blusher brush with a short bamboo handle, a concealer brush and a blending brush. All of them have ultra soft bristles and their bamboo handles are short.

After washing each brush numerous times, I did not notice any bleeding, nor have I noticed shedding since using them. These brushes are so soft and feels amazing on the skin.

Mini Kabuki
EcoTools Mini Kabuki and Bronzer Brush
EcoTools Mini Kabuki
Synthetic hair. Short Aluminum handle. The bristles are super soft and fluffy. Cleans easily and dries quickly. The mini-kabuki brushes look and feel identical. The bristles are a little too long and loose for kabuki, and the handle is a little too small, it isn't very dense either. However I like using it for my Mineral Veil, it applies just the right amount of the product. As a powder foundation brush, this is not very useful, because it is not dense enough to be actually used as a kabuki, but it's really good for the Finishing Powder or blending out blush/bronzer if you have applied too much. I really like these brushes and recommend them for the light powder application and/or and touch-ups on the go.
Rating 4 of 5

Powder/Blusher Brush
EcoTools Powder/Blusher Brush
EcoTools Powder/Blusher Brush
EcoTools Single Blusher Brush and Powder/Blusher Brush
Synthetic hair. Bamboo handle with Aluminum ferrule. The bristles are stiff, super soft and relatively dense. Shaped rounded, but flat. Cleans easily and dries quickly. The blusher/powder brushes are almost identical. They are much softer, shaped a little flatter and a bit less dense than the single Blusher brush. The eBay's Powder/Blusher Brush is a little too fluffy, the iherb's is a little too dense. I like using both of them for bronzer and contouring, since they don't apply the product too heavy. It works well especially if you prefer a really light application and finish, because it's very soft and does not pick up powders that well. However when I use a very pigmented bronzer, this brush deposits just the right amount of product. I reach for these brushes very often and highly recommend them.
Rating 4 of 5

Concealer Brush
EcoTools Concealer Brushes
EcoTools Concealer Brush
Synthetic hair. Bamboo handle with Aluminum ferrule. The bristles are stiff, soft and dense. Shaped flat, rounded with a "sharp" top. Cleans easily and dries quickly. The iherb's concealer brush is more dense, the eBay's is a little more wider. Both of them are incredibly soft, firm, but flexible. They are great for packing color onto the whole eye area as well as for cream based products. However I am using both of them mostly for creamy textures like eyeshadow base or rarely for cream eyeshadows. They don't eat up product like other concealer/eyeshading brushes and provide a smooth and even application for eyeshadow base. I do not use creamy concealers on my face and I only use these concealer brushes for my eye area, so I cannot comment on them as a face brushes. I use them daily, highly recommend for cream based products.
Rating 5 of 5

Blending Brush
EcoTools Blending Brushes
EcoTools Blending Brush
Synthetic hair. Bamboo handle with Aluminum ferrule. The bristles are soft and fluffy. Cleans easily and dries quickly. The blending brushes are identical. They both work well and I like how soft the bristles are and how they shaped. Besides the bristles are a little too long and loose and not sturdy enough to pack a color on. However it diffuses/blends colors on the lid and soften the lines at the crease really well, not very precise, but well. Use them a lot, almost every day, highly recommend them.
Rating 4 of 5

Overall rating: These brushes are great. I like them. They work well and are very inexpensive. I have a lot of makeup brushes, and I do reach for these quite often. This also makes a great travel kit because the handles are short.

So Pros for EcoTools 5-Piece Mineral Brush Set:
1. Inexpensive.
2. Good quality.
3. Availability – all over eBay, Amazon and iherb, worldwide shipping.
4. Bamboo handles – love them.
5. Synthetic Taklon bristles are super soft.

Cons for EcoTools Single Brushes:
1. Blending Brush does not pick up color well and its shape may work only for blending on the big eyelids (perfect for me).
2. The name of the set "Mineral" is a little confusing, since it doesn't include a good firm-bristle powder brush for mineral application (mineral powder foundation).

Next time I'll be reviewing 6 pc EcoTools set.

Good Luck :)

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16 comments to "Review - EcoTools Brushes - 5-Piece Mineral Brush Set"

Anonymous said...
January 29, 2012 1:31 AM

Please, do not buy in buyincoins.com those are fake.

Galia said...
January 29, 2012 11:01 AM

I've bought those from eBay, they are good quality and appear to be identical to the iherb's ones (CA based huge online store). Why do you think those aren't real ?

Anonymous said...
February 10, 2012 7:00 AM

Can you see the difference? with the size of cosmetic bag, in the original version is same size of the brushes, the circle in the original reusable storage pouch is yellow, etc.


Galia said...
February 11, 2012 12:00 AM

@ Anonymous
No I cannot, All of the brushes are really good quality and they are almost identical. The shape of the Cosmetic bags definitely different, and both of them are the same size of the brushes, however EcoTools sells both types. I did not keep both greenish storage pouches, so I can't check the color of the circle on them and I do not remember if the one I kept is from eBay or iherb. However I've tried brushes from both iherbs (US) and eBays (China) versions and from my experience they are identical. Anyway if you do not trust buyincoins or any other online store do not buy there. Have a wonderful day :)

Anonymous said...
March 18, 2013 11:16 AM

hi, do u think iherb.com ecotools is original?
i just bought ecotools from iherb.com but im was hesitating it is original or fake..
please advice as i never try ecotools before..
thank you

Galia said...
March 18, 2013 4:48 PM

iherb is a giant US based online store, they sell certified natural, organic food and face&body care products. I think all their products are authentic, I hope so.

Joelyn Tiong said...
March 19, 2013 2:06 AM

Hi Galia,
Thank you for sharing..I received my orders ecotools yesterday..
I think it might be fake after I compared.. The ecotools words on the holder, not as dark as the original..and the brushes quality looks bad..
And the worst from iherb.com, they sent me wrong items..Email them but no reply from them yet..
I was so disappointed with iherb.com as this is the first time I purchased online..

Galia said...
March 19, 2013 4:18 AM

Hello Joelyn,
I am so sorry for you.
Try to contact them again. I think they have some kind of “living chat”.
I have never experienced any problems with iherb and I am buying a lot from them, mostly organic grocery and vitamins.
I have purchased so many Ecotools brushes both from iherb and ebay and I like them all, even those I don’t use daily, never shed or bleed, super soft bristles.
The words “Eco Tools” on the holders of my brushes are not the same, they are different in color and size, some look faded.
What is the problem with yours? Why do you think they are fake?

Anonymous said...
March 19, 2013 6:39 AM

hi Galia,
tried to email them and waiting for their reply as the send me the wrong items as well..
should be original since u've purchased form them before and u have tried the ecotools..but some marks which make me hesitate bout it after do some research..one of the mark as below..
please advice..


Thank you

Galia said...
March 19, 2013 7:53 AM

Hi Joelyn,
I hope they will respond quickly and solve your problem.
This picture is misleading. I have both blusher brushes, the taller with pointy shaped bristles and the shorter with rounded bristles. The rounded is from the older 6-pc set (check the picture from the official site here http://www.ecotools.com/bamboo-6-piece-brush-set) and the pointy one is from the singles (http://www.ecotools.com/bamboo-blush-brush). I’ve seen they also have new sets with new blusher brushes with a thinner holder.
I have my Eco Tools brushes about 4 years and all of them in perfect shape. As far as it doesn’t shed, bleed, soft and does its job well, I don’t mind little marks and differences.
However, if yours aren’t good or defected, make a picture, talk to the customer service. Here is their phone number 951-616-3600 (US California, Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm (PST)). iherb is a respectable online store, I hope they will solve your problems.
Good luck 

Galia said...
March 19, 2013 8:26 AM

@ Joelin,
Just wanted to add a link to the list of official distributors of Eco Tools brushes, here you can find iherb…

Joelyn Tiong said...
March 19, 2013 2:22 PM

Hi Galia,
If iherb is in the list.. Mean that iherb should be selling original and I should not hesitate bout it any more..
THank you so much Galia...
Thanks again... U solved my prob...

Joelyn Tiong said...
March 19, 2013 2:24 PM

Thank you for the info bout iherb..
If I still didn't receive their reply bout the wrong items they''ve sent,
I will contact them..
Thank you very much..

Joelyn Tiong said...
March 20, 2013 1:45 AM

Hi, Galia..
Iherb replied my email after I sent the 5th email..
The answer from them


Our purchasing department would not recommend the ecotools if you are looking for an original product.
They have told me that they go to various purchasing corporations and they do not inspect the products since they buy in bulk.
Therefore, to be on the safe side please do not make this purchase.

Galia said...
March 20, 2013 9:04 PM

Hello Joelyn,
Thank you for the update,
Really strange reply regarding their suppliers, but good to know…
If so, I would buy the cheapest “Ecotools” brushes from the ebay, same good quality…
I can't recommend another online store who can guarantee original product :(


Joelyn Tiong said...
March 22, 2013 4:40 AM

Hi Galia,
U r right.. Since even purchase from reliable distributor they can't guarantee it it original..so no point for us to spend so much to get and ogirinal product but at the end it it counterfeit..
I purchase $ 73 from them and I was so disappointed with this purchase..
Thank you so much Galia for willing to share with me..appreciated it..
Thanks again...

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