NEW EcoTools Skin Perfecting Brush for BB/CC Creams
(with bonus Prep & Prime Brush for Eye Primer and Creams)
I purchased this brush from the Ulta website a few months ago and what's interesting is that Ulta doesn't tell you that you'll be getting the bonus brush (click here to see the listing on the Ulta site). When I first posted about this brush back in January, I remember thinking that this set with the bonus brush might be a Walmart-exclusive since that's where it was first spotted, but apparently not!
EcoTools Prep & Prime Brush
According to EcoTools, this brush is designed for applying "eye primer and creams."
Unfortunately, this brush did not work for me--at all. It's too big for applying eye primer, and it's too stiff for concealer. It doesn't bend with the contours of my face, and the stiffness of the bristles means that it doesn't help to blend concealer or do fine detailing with foundation or BB/CC creams. I was hoping that I could use it to help blend out foundations around my nose area and other places where you may need a smaller brush for blending, but it's just not pliable enough for areas like the sides of the nose or inside corners of the eyes.
In addition to using this brush for eye primer application which, again, didn't work for me due to its larger size, EcoTools suggests it for applying "creams." I'm assuming they're talking about eye creams or face creams, and I guess you could use this brush in place of a spatula or something like that, if you use a cream that's in a jar and you're trying to avoid contamination. But it doesn't seem practical to have to wash a brush every time you use a face cream in a jar (vs. washing a spatula). I did try using this brush to help apply my eye cream, but my eye cream just kind of slid all over the place. I much prefer my fingers for eye cream application.
EcoTools Skin Perfecting Brush for BB/CC Creams
Let me preface this review by saying that I have tried this brush with numerous BB and CC creams, as well as with liquid, cream and mousse foundations.
I was hoping that somehow this might be a magical brush that would help me to apply my BB/CC creams in a way that other brushes cannot. Sadly, that's not the case for me. I like the shape, angle, size and density of this brush, but that's it. For me personally, it doesn't do a better job than my stippling brushes in terms of applying my BB/CC creams. It does help to eliminate foundations/BB/CC creams from pooling up in large pores, but that's the case with stippling brushes too. Other than that, I don't find that this brush has any unique traits in terms of BB/CC cream application. If anything, I feel like it doesn't blend my BB/CC creams as well other brushes I own.
When dabbing on my BB/CC creams, this brush has a tendency to "poke" at the skin. Every time I dab this brush onto my skin, I can feel what I would describe as tiny "dull needle" type of sensation. This doesn't occur when I'm buffing--only when I'm dabbing. The bristles are nice and dense, which I appreciate when it comes to BB/CC/foundation application, but I just don't feel that the bristles of this brush are quite as soft as I'm accustomed to when it comes to EcoTools brushes in general. So many EcoTools brushes that I own are ridiculously soft, but this just isn't one of them.
I used this brush with a variety of BB/CC creams and foundations and my trusty Dr. Bronner's Liquid Soap in Peppermint (which gets all of my brushes completely clean with no effort at all) did a great job at cleaning this brush. In fact, this brush was restored to its fresh-from-the-package whiteness every time I cleaned it, until I used this brush with Physicians Formula Youthful Wear Spotless Foundation (which I'll be reviewing in the near future). For some reason, I couldn't get this brush clean after using that foundation, even after six back-to-back cleanings at the sink. I don't know if it's due to the natural plant oils in that foundation or what, but I just wanted to mention that you may run into problems with staining, depending on the makeup you use with this brush. After my Dr. Bronner's didn't work, I tried baby shampoo, regular shampoo and even a quick dip in alcohol but the stains were still there. I'm sure there are brush cleaners that may get out even the toughest of stains (I've heard great things about Parian Spirit), but I love my Dr. Bronner's so I haven't tried those types of heavy-duty cleaners so I can't tell you if they'll work on this particular brush.
FINAL VERDICT: I had high hopes for this brush, but I found that it didn't provide any type of unique value in terms of BB/CC cream application. I love the size, shape, angle and density of this brush, but the bristles have a tendency to poke at my skin and, overall, I don't like the way this brush blends out my makeup. I have better results with stippling brushes (including the now-discontinued EcoTools stippling brush from the Alicia Silverstone set) when it comes to BB/CC creams, and I also like using my plain ol' fingers for BB/CC cream application. Sadly, this brush is not a love-match for me, and neither is the bonus Prep & Prime Brush.
Do you own the EcoTools Skin Perfecting Brush for BB/CC Creams? If so, I would absolutely love to hear how it's been working for YOU.
The products featured in this post were purchased with personal funds. For more information, click here.