Monday, January 23, 2012

Ecotools bamboo foundation brush

I had never ever tried applying foundation with brush, but when my Mum passed this unwanted brush on to me, of course I had to give it a shot.

I always apply my liquid foundation with my fingers. Everyone I know does the same. In fact, I don't think I can name one person who I am aware of using a brush to apply their foundation (I'm going to start asking people, I'm curious to see how people do it!)

I wasn't really sure how to start to be honest. Do you fill up your brush and slap it on, or do you use a tiny bit and apply it to small sections at a time. What on Earth do you do? I personally put a bit of foundation on my hand. I dipped my brush into it and then applied it to different sections of my face. It was really bizarre applying it like this to be honest. It sounds so stupid but it was just...weird.
I think I will be sticking to applying foundation with my fingers, but there are some advantages of using a brush. I wouldn't bother buying it, I'd rather buy a damn good lipstick for the same price!

- It gives a better coverage
- It provides a more flawless finish

Disadvantages:- It requires a lot more foundation in order to cover the face. I think because it gets soaked up into the brush.
- Streaks/line marks can occur relatively easily
- It requires a lot more time and effort to apply. You can't slap it on like your fingers because you will end up with a streaky mess
- It means that you have wash it out after you use it - more time and effort (gosh I am so lazy!)

So how good was the brush? My goodness is it soft! I just want to rub it on my face it feels so lovely. It's also quite firm and sturdy, not flimsy. It seemed to soak up a lot of product, however I think that is just what a foundation brush does. It did leave streaky marks on the face, so extra care in blending was essential, but it wasn't too difficult. I know that online reviews mentioned that it was streaky, so I'm not sure if that is something that occurs with every foundation brush, or if it is just this one.

I washed it and there was absolutely no shedding whatsoever which I am really pleased about. It took about a day to dry, and then once it was dry the bristles kind of clumped together. I smushed it around a little and found that they quickly returned to their prior self.

I don't really know what else to say...what else can you mention about a foundation brush? Unfortunately as this is the first time I have ever used a foundation brush I have nothing to compare it to, however I'll give my Savvy foundation brush a shot and see if there are any significant differences.

I'm not going to rate this product, because I don't feel as though I have enough experience with foundation brushes to rate it accurately. I have listed everything I can about it, so hopefully you can get some sort of idea what it's like!


  1. I have th same issue with my exotools concealer brush! Sper soft but soaks ups so much product! Personally, the flat, paddle foundation brushes never did it for me, until I got a flat top kabuki! The results are amazing :)

  2. Thanks for the great review. I have been thinking about buying this brush.

  3. Gianna - I don't mind this brush, but I must try out a flat top Kabuki. I have a rounded top Kabuki which is quite impressive, and I use that for powder.

    Beauty Makeup Addict - No problem, hope it helped you with your decision.


  4. I've tried a foundation brush but I'm laaazy like you, washing them every day? No thanks! I guess I'll stick to my fingers! xxx

  5. I personally never wore liquid foundation until I bought my first foundation brush which was this same exact one! After using other types of brushes like a duo fibre and flat top kabuki as well as a few sponges I can't imagine ever going back to a paddle foundation brush. In my experience all paddle brushes, no matter the brand, will streak a bit and soak up product, but what brush doesn't soak up a liquid product? I would recommend trying to get your hands on a synthetic flat-top kabuki if possible and don't give up on foundation brushes just yet!

  6. Dramanmakeup - I know, who would want to wash it everyday! Fingers do the job just fine!

    Kelsey - Thanks for the advice, other people have mentioned that since discovering better brushes they have really gone off the paddle foundation brushes.It's good to know that there is better out there!



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