For someone who writes about beauty, I’m pretty slapdash about my make-up tools. I don’t have a particular set, I just use whatever is kicking about at the time. Granted this isn’t as useless as it sounds: I get sent lots of things to try out & my kit has recently included brushes from MAC, Space NK, Bobbi Brown & Sonia Kashuk.
But the brushes I keep returning to are, surprisingly, the cheapest. They are also the most ethical. Eco Tools have bamboo handles (a highly replenishable resource), cruelty-free, high performance taklon fibres, and recycled aluminium is used to construct the brushes’ ferrules.
I was a little dubious: received wisdom is that synthetic brushes don’t measure up to natural ones. But I found these taklon fibres soft, pliant but with just enough stiffness to hold sufficient pigment for my needs. In particular, the small angled eyeliner brush is great for using eyeshadow to add colour to my eyebrows, and for concealer, and I like the eye shading brush for sweeping neutral colour over my lids. It’s not quite as good with densely pigmented shadows or for building up colour as the smooth hairs don’t trap as much pigment as natural ones.
They also wash like a dream and, after a month or so in my make up bag still look pretty much as they did when I first used them. (Apart from the cream holder which is absolutely filthy.) For a set of brushes that costs around £14/$15, that’s pretty impressive
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