Google “Trash Vortex”, and I guarantee that you’ll instantly feel the need to do something good for Mother Nature.
We throw a lot away and often forget that it’s collected in landfills. Heaping. Stinking.
Earth Day may be over, but that shouldn’t stop us from doing our part for the planet.
One way that helps is to purchase products made with eco-friendly and renewable sources.
Sure, it’s hard to avoid plastic and litter, and nobody is perfect, but the more conscious we are about our daily choices, the less waste will wind up in our landfills.
I’ve been wanting to try EcoTools’ brushes for a long time. And I finally did! Let me tell you what I think about the EcoTools by Alicia Silverstone Brush Set, which is eco-friendly and cruelty-free.
EcoTools by Alicia Silverstone Brush Set Pictures
- √ Environmentally friendly & cruelty-free
- Name: EcoTools by Alicia Silverstone Brush Set
- EcoTools by Alicia Silverstone Brush Set Contents: Blush Brush, Mini Foundation Brush, Mini Face Brush, Detailed Eye Shading Brush, Spoolie Brush & Bag
- What I Paid: Nothing! (This was sent to me for honest review consideration)
- Where to Buy: Target, Wal-Mart, Whole Foods, some Loblaws & these other stores listed on Ecotools’ site
EcoTools by Alicia Silverstone Brush Set Review
Chances are that when you think of Alicia Silverstone, the first thing that comes to mind is Clueless. Whatever! As if!
In real life, her L.A. home features solar panels, and she has an organic vegetable garden. And turns out that she’s a strong environmental and animal-rights activist. Good for her!
The EcoTools by Alicia Silverstone Brush Set comes with 5 brushes: a blush brush, mini foundation brush, mini face brush, detailed eye shading brush, and a spoolie brush.
All the bristles are synthetic and 100% cruelty-free, making them vegan-friendly. The handles are made of bamboo, and the ferrules are made of recycled aluminum.
The bristles are very soft and when I washed them, there wasn’t any shedding, which leads me to suspect that these are quality brushes that’ll withstand the test of time.
- Blush Brush – Picked up my powdered blushes well & didn’t feel prickly when I applied it on my cheeks.
- Mini Foundation Brush – I don’t wear liquid foundation, so I used this brush to apply concealer under my eyes (it’s a bit too big for that, though). The paper insert says that this brush is supposed to work with cream or liquid makeup.
- Mini Face Brush – This was a weird one because it seemed too small to use on my cheeks, yet too large for the eye area. (I ended up using this for adding highlights under my eyebrows, but it’s too round and thick for that.) The paper insert said that this brush is used to set face makeup, highlight cheekbones, or add a sheer wash of neutral shadow on the lids.
- Detailed Eye Shading Brush – I love this brush! It’s really small, so you can add precise shading in your outer V & along the bottom lashline. The paper insert said that this is great for creating a darker line for a smokey eye.
- Spoolie Brush – I don’t wear mascara these days, so instead of using this to separate my eyelashes, I used this to brush my brows & keep them in shape.
The bag the brushes come in is made of hemp, recycled PET, and the design is formulated to be non-toxic (according to the tag).
The front of the pouch features a clear window so you can see your brushes. Inside the first zippered pocket are elastic hoops used to hold your brushes in place.
There’s a second zippered compartment that’s empty. You can store your makeup here or even use it like a pencil case, since it seems to be the exact same size as one. This is especially handy if you’re a student and you’re space-conscious.
The back of the pouch has the “EcoTools by Alicia Silverstone” label and a picture of some sort of plant with burgundy buds. There’s some embroidery, which adds thoughtful detail to the pouch.
The pouch is straw-colored with some muted greens, which definitely brings to mind images of environmentally-friendliness.
For an eco-conscious product, I thought it was a little strange how they wrapped each brush in plastic. That plastic will just end up in the garbage. Okay, so the plastic is supposed to protect the handles, but maybe they could’ve used recycled paper instead or nothing at all? It would’ve went better with their earth-friendly theme.
Final Verdict: 6.5/10
Overall, I think the EcoTools by Alicia Silverstone Brush Set is a great addition to your brush collection. But I find that it’s missing some essentials (like a domed eye-shadow brush or an eyeliner brush).
The brushes it contains are useful, but they aren’t the types of brushes I reach for every single day (except for the Detailed Eye Shading Brush, which is a winner!).
I commend EcoTools for being Earth-conscious, but if I’m not going to be reaching for these brushes and they’re just collecting dust, that’s not wallet-friendly, either.
I suggest you skip this if you don’t wear liquid foundation, blush, or mascara, since the brushes for those purposes outweigh the rest. Otherwise, this is a fantastic little set for you!
Do you prefer synthetic or natural bristles? Have you made any Earth-conscious choices when it comes to your makeup or brushes? Do you feel more inclined to buy products touted as being environmentally friendly?