As a participant in the #EcoInspire campaign sponsored by Paris Presents, Inc., I’ve received product samples and/or compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Until the day science synthesizes that breakthrough organic ice cream-making molecule that gives you perfect skin after you eat it (you know that would be HELLA amazing!), makeup lovers like myself are left having to fake a flawless look.
Hey, that just means we get to experiment with more products, right? — which is totally fine by me, because I’ll take any excuse to play with these new Complexion Collection Brushes by EcoTools.
April is Earth Month, and I’ve got eco-friendly beauty on the brain. Like all EcoTools brushes, these four new Complexion Collection face and eye brushes are made with cruelty-free bristles, bamboo handles and recycled aluminum ferrules. Even the pouches that come with them are made from natural materials.
Oh, and by the way, the brushes are affordable (less than $10 each, and available now at Walgreens). On top of that, with every Complexion Collection brush sold, EcoTools will make a $1 donation, up to $100,000, to Global Green USA, a national environmental organization. That’s not bad considering that the brushes cost from $5 to $9 each, so a $1 donation on a $5 brush is 20%.
Walgreens is celebrating Earth Month by featuring eco-friendly brushes and other products to help you look your best. See what else Walgreens has been up to on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
Really, though, as if the packaging alone wasn’t enough. Because hello! — that packaging. Look at all teh pretties…
I’m a visual person, and that teal and gold on the ferrules is totally doin’ it for me.
Essentially (in spirit, at least), these Complexion Collection brushes tell pores, fine lines, dark circles and spots to “slow ya roll!” They’re designed to work together as you use them to get skin looking as close to perfect as possible.
Oh, and did I mention that the bristles feel as soft as the lock of Ryan Gosling’s hair that I keep in my bra…?
I wish. 🙂
Step one: Perfecting Brush ($7.99)
I usually start with the Skin Perfecting Brush ($7.99), which blends BB and CC creams to a flawless finish.
Shout-out to the angled brush head, which tucks neatly into the hard-to-get-to spaces around my nose. I’ve used this brush to apply and buff BB cream, tinted moisturizer and foundation, and no matter what the formula, it blends to a natural-looking finish. None of those telltale “Hey! I’m wearing tons of face makeup!” streaks.
With the $7.99 Perfecting Brush, it’s kind of like you’re getting a beauty multitool. I use it to apply cream contour products (the angled shape of the brush head makes it easy to get right under the cheekbone), cream highlighters and cream blushes. Yay for drugstore multitasking!
Step two: Correcting Concealer Brush ($4.99)
After I’ve evened out my skin, I do spot touchups on my cheeks and around my eyes with the Correcting Concealer Brush ($4.99). Use this one to dot liquid or powder concealer on the areas where you want additional coverage.
It has a nicely shaped head…although it took me a little while to get used to it. The brush head is bigger and wider than the head on most flat spot concealer brushes. Once I got the hang of it, I liked it. It diffuses concealer in a way that looks soft and effortless.
Oh! — and I also tried it with cream concealers, and it works great with them, too.
Step three: Eye Perfecting Brush ($6.99)
For concealing under-eye circles, I grab the Eye Perfecting Brush ($6.99). With this one, it’s all about the shape. The pointy head fits into the corners of my inner eyes and along my lower lash lines like a puzzle piece.
Compared to some concealer brushes that remove most of the product when I start buffing, the Eye Perfecting Brush blends concealer in way that keeps most of the product on my skin.
This brush, like the Skin Perfecting brush, multitasks like a boss. You can also use it to…
- Apply moisturizer or primer on the eyes and under-eye area
- Blend cream eyeshadow on the lids
- Quickly sweep powder eyeshadow into the crease (GREAT for transition shades)
- Highlight the inner corners and brow bones
- Highlight upper cheekbones, nose and Cupid’s bow
- Diffuse and smudge shadows along the lower lashes (handy for blown-out eyeshadow placements)
Step four: Mattifying Finish Brush ($8.99)
And finally, to finish, I set my foundation in place with the Mattifying Finish Brush ($8.99), which works with loose and pressed powders. I like that it lays down a soft veil of powder — not so much powder that my makeup looks heavy. I think it’s also a fab bronzer brush, because the fanned shape is easy to get under cheekbones.
These are well-designed brushes for the price, and they’re easy to find because they’re available now at Walgreens.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,