With quality beauty tools, you get more out of your makeup. And with some TLC, a good set will last a long time. Great makeup brushes come at all price points, and some of my favorites are from a brand called ecoTools.
ecoTools’ brushes are easy on the wallet and on the earth – they feature bamboo handles (which are highly sustainable), vegan bristles, metal from recycled aluminum cans, and reusable pouches printed with plant-based ink.
I am a big fan of the ecoTools Bamboo 5 Piece Brush Set ($9.99), which includes a Powder Brush, Concealer Brush, Eye Shading Brush, Baby Kabuki Brush, and a linen/hemp cosmetics bag.
These tools rival prestige brushes that cost six or seven times as much. And you will be absolutely blown away by the softness of the bristles and how well they apply your makeup. They make all other brushes green with envy.
I’m going to be perfectly honest. This coral-inspired Hidden Treasure Brush Set by Sonia Kashuk is so damn pretty that I wouldn’t care if the brushes weren’t very good. Not that they’re bad. Actually, I really don’t know because I haven’t bought them yet. But for just $19.99, I intend to find out.
The sparkly coral handles just beg to be displayed. These brushes would look so chic splayed out on the vanity in a beach house bedroom. Right? Much classier than the nautical bric-à-brac nonsense that typically clutters vacation home counters.
Seeking alternative energy, increased mileage from makeup… Colour Ready revs up the Prep + Prime idea, a true hybrid formula between science and beauty.
New Transparent Finishing Powder and Line Filler are the brand’s lightest yet, in fact invisible when applied, but their silky colourless polymers set and stabilize makeup instantly. The only way to start when you sit down in front of the mirror. Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone is your stay-put fit on skin that minimizes the appearance of pores without clogging, and visibly diminishes them over time. Two Lipsticks, Eye Shadows, Penultimate Eye Liner and Eye Brows in an essential palette are a habit to happily acquire – Colour Ready is as basic as your 4-inch heel Louboutins.
Lipstick Show Orchid: Vivid hot pink (Amplified Creme) (Pro Only) Impassioned: Amped-up fuchsia (Amplified Creme) Suggested Retail Price: $14.00 Eye Shadows White Frost: Vivid bright white with icy shimmer (Frost) Bitter: Vivid bright golden green flecked with shimmer (Velvet) Suggested Retail Price: $14.50 Penultimate Liner Rapid black: True black Suggested Retail Price: $16.50 Brow Pencil Stud: A deep rich blackened brown Suggested Retail Price: $14.50 Prep + Prime Line Filler Instantly minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the surface of the skin. This cutting-edge formula dries down to a natural matte finish, making skin appear smoother instantly. Suggested Retail Price: $17.50
Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone A lightweight emulsion that helps control sebum and shine on the skin’s surface and immediately reduce the appearance of pores on the skin. It is dermatologist-tested and appropriate for all skin types. Suggested Retail Price: $17.50
Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder A lightweight, colourless, loose powder that works well on any skin tone. It is formulated with special optics and ingredients that help add dimension and create a blurring effect. The silky powder helps set and stabilize makeup and works well with all MAC foundations. It is dermatologist-tested, non-acnegenic, and safe for use by contact lens wearers. Suggested Retail Price: $21.00 Brush 129SH – Short Handle Blush/Powder brush with travel case. Suggested Retail Price: $34.00
Grand Duos splits MAC’s popular Mineralize Blushes in two: one side is marbleized with tri-color veining, to enhance and glorify cheekbones. The other is a complimentary mono shade, to add a pop of color. A soft, shimmery pearl on both sides gives skin a subtle glow.
Grand Duos Mineralize Blush Moon River: Blue pink mélange/pale yellow pink Love Rock: Gold violet mélange/bright blue pink Grand Duo: Copper pink mélange/plum Light Over Dark: Orange yellow mélange/deep brown Earth to Earth: Purple bronze mélange/yellow brown Hot Planet: Copper yellow mélange/mid-tone plum Intenso: Orange yellow mélange/deep brown Suggested Retail Price: $22.50
Brush 188 Small Duo Fibre Face: Flat-topped, full circular brush for application and blending of Blush and Powder. Suggested Retail Price: $34.00