I was walking through Walgreens sometime in January when I spotted this Eco Tools brush set, priced at $7.99. The Skin Perfecting brush is a new release from Eco Tools, and it caught my eye because the shape reminded me of the (much more expensive) Wayne Goss Brush 01. I haven’t personally tried the Goss brush and I do not have a similarly shaped brush in my collection, so this seemed like a nice one to experiment with.
Online, Eco Tools sells the Skin Perfecting brush on its own, but this set that I found came with a bonus Eye Prep & Prime brush for applying eye primers and creams. I don’t believe you can purchase the Eye Prep & Prime brush separately. It isn’t listed on the Eco Tools website and I don’t see it on any other retailer site.
Eco Tools says that the Skin Perfecting brush is perfect for BB and CC creams. I know that these products are really popular, but I personally do not use a lot of them. I do use a variety of liquid foundations, though, so I’ve been using the brush to apply those. It is pretty soft and I find the bristles to be flexible enough, but aren’t so flexible so as to be too flimsy.
I considered this purchase an experiment and impulse purchase so I didn’t necessarily have high hopes for the brush, but it’s become part of my regular rotation of foundation brushes. I actually really enjoy using it! I think it’s best getting a thin, even application of light-medium coverage foundations, the kind of foundations you might otherwise be able to apply with your fingers. For me, this means products like L’Oreal True Match liquid makeup, Sonia Kashuk Luminous Perfecting foundation, and NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer. I find that I don’t like it as much for heavier coverage products.
I like the shape of it. It comes to a bit of a point at one end, which works well for getting around the eyes and nose. The brush is small enough to allow me to reach those more precise areas, but it’s not so small that it takes years to cover my whole face. For me, this brush is absolutely worth the $8 and has become my most-used brush from Eco Tools that I have in my collection.
The Eye Prep & Prime brush is a nice bonus, though I can’t say that I felt a need for a primer and cream shadow brush and it wasn’t the reason I purchased the set. I’d normally use my fingers for primers and cream shadows, but that seems to be the theme of this set: offering alternatives to finger application. It’s a pretty stiff brush and it’s worked well with my Maybelline Color Tattoo cream shadows, and I think it’d work nicely for any similarly solid, potted cream. I’ve done less experimenting with this one than the Skin Perfecting brush since I don’t wear eye creams on a daily basis, but I’m pretty happy with it.
Initially when I bought the set I thought I might be able to use the eye brush for concealer instead, since that’s something that I do apply everyday, but I found that the brush was too stiff for that. It really is better suited to the denser creams.
Like all of Eco Tools’ brushes, these are made with soft, synthetic bristles and are cruelty-free. They have sleek bamboo handles and recycled aluminum ferrules, as well. Eco Tools products are packaged in an eco-conscious way with reusable pouches, post-consumer recycled paper and plastic, and recyclable packaging.
You can purchase the Skin Perfecting brush online, but if you’re interested in the two-pack with the Eye Prep & Prime brush I’d suggest checking your nearby Walgreens. I’m not sure if they’re being sold anywhere else, since I can’t find the sets online.
Have you tried these? I’d love to hear about your experience!