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Happy Friday, today I’m doing something a little bit different from my normal content, as today I’m reviewing a makeup brush. Typically, I review skincare and makeup. But normally my makeup brushes don’t get a lot of attention, and it occurred to me recently that most of my brushes are ones that I could review and share some really in-depth experience about, as they’re some of the most consistent aspects of my makeup routine.
So today we’re going to take a look at the EcoTools Retractable Kabuki Brush, which is a beloved brush in my collection. This is my most-used brush, and one that I think deserves some attention.
As you can see from my photo above, I currently own two: the first is my current one, and is the one I’ve gotten all of my experience from. And on the right, my backup. This sits in my Alex 5 Drawer with my other makeup backups, as my current brush has been used and actively in my collection for a few years now, and is starting to see some wear and tear.
I don’t remember exactly which retailer I bought this brush from originally, but it was either Superdrug or Boots. However, when looking through both of my local stores, I couldn’t find this brush on their shelves, so I ordered my backup from YesStyle, and was the focus of my most recent YesStyle haul.
The aim of this brush is that it’s versatile and mess-free, which the brand describes on their product page:
” The RETRACTABLE FACE BRUSH is designed with full, soft bristles for a versatile application of powder and bronzer on-the-go.
Includes cap for mess-free storage! Remove cap and dab brush in powder or bronzer. Apply color using circular motions for a flawless finish. Attach cap and throw in your bag for quick touchups. “
First and foremost, I agree that the brush hairs are really full, and extremely soft. As silly as it is, I love to just brush this over my face, because the softness of the brush hairs is strangely soothing. Is that weird? It’s a pleasant experience to use, so that alone makes it stand out.
The versatility of the brush comes from the ability to adjust the density of the hairs. With the funnel at the lowest level, the brush hairs are still fairly dense, but spread out enough to give the hairs enough flexibility to move over the face. This is how I typically use the brush, as it’s how I apply setting and mattifying powder.
With the funnel pushed up, it pushes the hairs together for a denser application, which is great if you want to use the brush to apply bronzers, contour powder, or blush if you want a high-impact look. You can easily pull the funnel down again, and you have the same mobility of the brush hairs to then blend out product. So you can achieve the effects of multiple brushes, while only using one.
So if you’re a minimalist who wants to have as little bulk or excess in your makeup routine, this brush really stands out for consideration. While I prefer to use this exclusively for my setting and mattifying powders, I have enjoyed using it to enjoy blush as well. The main reason I don’t use it for blush anymore, is because it would require a lot more spot-cleaning. I also really enjoy using the other three brushes in my collection for applying blush, and gives me flexibility depending on what type of blush I’m using on a given day.
What I love most about this brush, is how compact and dynamic it is. I’ve talked about how adjusting the funnel adjusts the density of the brush hairs, but as I rarely feel the need to so, what makes it stand out for me is that it makes it very travel-friendly and easy to move around.
A lot of other makeup brushes are taller, slender but otherwise take up more space in a makeup bag, or don’t stand up on their own. As this brush moves between my vanity and my office desk, it’s important to me that it can avoid creating or getting messy. While I don’t use the lid very often except when it’s in my makeup bag, it’s important to me that it stands upright, as it takes up less space on my desk.
On a normal day, this will sit on my desk with my mattifying powder, and I grab this throughout the day to touch-up my makeup. It moves back to my vanity when I spot-clean and do my makeup first thing in the morning. I only use the lid for when it’s in my makeup bag, so that during the times when the brush hairs are drying after being cleaned, any moisture still on the hairs don’t get trapped or drip down to the glue inside the funnel.
As strange as it might seem, it’s the day-to-day normalcy that my attachment and fondness for my brush is built on. It’s part of an overall seamless and effortlessness to my makeup routine that I value very highly. I don’t enjoy moments of high maintenance, so if I need to move around the office to grab separate makeup brushes, use them and then put them back, that is disruptive for me. So having this brush sit on my desk like a companion adds to an ease to my day and overall routine.
Overall, this is a brush I adore because it’s a versatile and ergonomic companion. If I need it to, it can be used for multiple steps in my makeup routine, which is something I appreciate when I’m traveling or going to be out of the house for the day. I love this brush so much that I have a back-up ready, as my current one is seeing some wear and tear on the ends of the brush hairs. So I wanted a replacement ready.
If you’re interested in getting hold of this brush as well, I do have an *affiliate link* that you can use if you’d like to support me at the same time. You’re under no obligation to use it, but I wanted to have it available. Otherwise, thank you for taking the time to read my blog post. I hope you are happy and healthy, and I’ll speak to you again soon.