Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Review: Ecotools Eyeshadow Brush Vs Old Eyeshadow Brush

Ecotools has recently re-designed their eyeshadow brush, or what they call the "bamboo eye shading brush". I would rather call it the eyeshadow brush, so for the purpose of this review I will. I love Ecotools, I think they are the best drugstore makeup brush brand, plus it helps that they are also affordable (this brush was $4 CAD) and eco-friendly. If you haven't noticed their eyeshadow brush looks very different now, I will do a comparison review of these two brushes today.

As you can tell both brushes have the same design: bamboo handles, synthetic taklon bristles, and aluminum ferrule, they come packaged the same way too. The ferrule and handle are slighly thicker on the new brush. But the way the brushes perform is much different, and although you would think the new brush would be an improvement, I am not so sure.

A closer look here, you can tell how much larger the new Ecotools eyeshadow brush is (on left). The new brush is very soft, large and thick, fluffy and a bit floppy, the nature of the bristles give it much "give". Whereas the old design eyeshadow brush (on right) has harder, smaller and thinner bristles, this brush feels more like a concealer brush to me, or could be very useful to apply cream products. The new one also has a slight, more-defined point at the centre tip. I think the new one picks up more product during application, but the older one deposited better and was more precise. With the old brush, you could not blend anything because it was so stiff, with this one you can use the corners to blend your crease colour, which is nice.

From the side, you can tell the new brush (on left) is huge and fluffy compared to the thin and skinny brush from the previous design (on right)

My main issue with this brush is how huge it is, I wish they had made it smaller. You can tell in the picture above, it covers my entire lid. If you small eyes, this brush may be overwhelming for you.

So I am half and half about this brush. I think the new design is an overall nicer brush, it's soft and fluffy, blends well, but it's huge. If they had made it smaller I would of been totally happy with it. If you still want to buy the old design brush, you can get it in the 6 piece kit since I don't think they've updated that yet.

What did you think of the newly designed Ecotools eyeshadow brush?


Shaylee Anne said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my goodness! I didn't realize how huge that brush was until you put it up to your eye! I think the only thing you could use this for now is all over light shades! Thats too bad, the old one looked more versatile! Thanks for the review, I also love EcoTools brushes! :)

Justine @ Productrater said... Best Blogger Tips

@Shaylee Anne - I know it's HUGE! I don't know why they make eyeshadow brushes so big, no one needs a brush that huge!

PoorCollegeStudent said... Best Blogger Tips

I like both these brushes, but I find neither of them is a favorite of my mine.

Justine @ Productrater said... Best Blogger Tips

@poorcollegestudent - me neither, I prefer my elf eyeshadow brush and blending brush my mac 217 and sigma eye brushes.

Ashley said... Best Blogger Tips

I knew they changed their eyeshadow brush! The new one looks much better. I have the original one and I hate it. I can used it for squat! I t hought I'd try using it as a concealer brush after but it's just too stiff.

The Alicia Silverstone 6 piece set has another eyeshadow brush that works so well. I would buy that set over and over again just for that one brush!

Justine @ Productrater said... Best Blogger Tips

@ashley - where did you buy the alicia silvertone set? that one looks so good, I can't find it around here.

Ashley said... Best Blogger Tips

Justine, I bought it at Winners for $14.99 about 2+ months ago. But it's now being sold for $19.99 at London Drugs. I initially bought it for the stippling brush but I have no idea how to use it!

My set came with a $1 off an EcoTools product inside also.

Justine @ Productrater said... Best Blogger Tips

@Ashley - It's the stippling brush that I want in that kit! You can use it for foundation application just dip it into your liquid foundation and stipple it (with white bristles) on your face and blend. Thanks!

Pammy said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, that does look huge! I might have to head over to walgreens to see if they have the new one in stock. I dont have a reg sized shadow brush from them, but use one from a travel set that I love. Thanks for the great review!

Cosmetics Aficionado said... Best Blogger Tips

That is huge! I like how the design of the new brush head actually. I do have small eyes, but I could use it for when I wear one color or to apply my highlight to my brow bone.

BeautyParler said... Best Blogger Tips

Never tried Eco-tools, nice review!
Just updated my blogroll (finally) & your added:)

Tracy said... Best Blogger Tips

I have the quo brush which is also quite big, & I have grown to love it. I really want to try the Eco Tools bronzer brush that I've been hearing so many great things about too!

Renay Shanel said... Best Blogger Tips

I own a lot of EcoTool brushes and they are such great quality for the price, love them!

Abby Q. said... Best Blogger Tips

Cool brush, I think that would be great for applying primer!