….ok they were £11.99. But hear me out. When it comes to brushes I’m basically a Real Techniques convert. The odd MAC one makes an appearance from back in the day, but RT rule the roost pretty much exclusively (I <3 Sam Chapman 4EVZ). There are a few other brush brands though that I’ve tried in the past and been impressed by, one of which is Eco-Tools. Cute, miniature travel-style brushes are their thing and their short-handled kabukis have been a old regular in the depths of my handbag, so when I spotted the Fresh & Flawless Brush Set for just over a tenner (available from FeelUnique) I thought I’d load ‘em up and give them a whirl.

You get five mini face brushes for your dollar, ranging from fluffy to flat-cut to full-on flat. Or a Flat Concealer Brush, Precision Foundation Brush, Buffing Concealer Brush, Full Powder Brush and Complexion Blending Brush to be precise. Here’s the thing. The first two are duds. I’ve never worked well with flat brushes when it comes to face and these two are no exception. The latter three though? Well they’re fab.

The Buffing Concealer brush is probably the most fabulous of the three; blunt fibres make a tiny kabuki that blends in concealer like a dream. Paired with my current favourite – Tarte’s Marajuca Creaseless Concealer – it’s love. Another good’un is the Full Powder Brush. It’s fluffy, flexible and I’ve found it handy for a multitude of tasks, let me get my list out: applying powder to target areas, nice for sweeping highlighter over the cheekbones, bronzer on the apples and blending contour in so nothing looks too harsh *and breathe*. To round off this base perfecting trio is the Complexion Blending Brush, which does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s sort of like a smaller version of the Real Techniques Blending Brush and gets to work with foundation. Obviously it’s smaller so you have to blend with shorter strokes and tinier sections at a time, but in a way that’s a good thing. A bit more work = a better base.

All have been plunged into my handbag, ready and waiting for my next public makeup emergancy. Except for that concealer brush. That’s out on my dressing table in daily arms reach. I’d drop the tenner just for that.

  • http://www.glamdevils.com/ Mira Devils

    Sounds great. I have to check them out.

    xx glamdevils

  • merredee

    Real techniques for ever. But the design of these are so cute! This post makes me very curious… and I am in the market for a good travel set. I’ll have to check them out!

    merredee.blogspot.com

  • http://ivysmaquillagecove.com/ Ivy

    nothing comes under 10 in Sydney :(
    Ecotools too costs around $25-30. Brushes in not something that I buy here..only yearly US trips result in new brushes.

    giveaway on my blog
    http://ivysmaquillagecove.com/

  • Jo Sharma-Stray

    I’ve got the ecotools retractable kabuki brush and love it for on the go, so. Any have to check these out too!

    Jo ♥ | A Little Pop Of Coral

  • http://www.crazylins.blogspot.co.uk/ Anya Cross

    I’m a fan of Eco Tools brushes too! They’re so soft and animal friendly. You’ve persuaded me to pick up a few more of their brushes x

    http://www.crazylins.blogspot.co.uk

  • emmaeames1

    I have these and love them too! xXx

  • Anna Blush

    I love Ecotools! This set just made it’s way into my Feel Unique basket

    http://anna-blush.blogspot.com

  • Taryn Davies

    I’ve had the odd bits from this range and they’ve always been lovely, this looks like a must-have!

  • Sarah Hindley
  • Sandra Laurentino

    Ecotools are fab, and they are made by the same company as the Real Technique ones.

  • http://emmabebeauty.blogspot.ie/ Emma Be Beauty

    I have some Ecotools brushes. I’ve had them since before the days of Real Techniques and they are still going strong. I really like them.

  • Lorna Kelso

    I bought this a couple of months ago as my handbag brush set and I love it. I use all the brushes. The two flat ones I find great for precise concealer application, then buff out with the fluffy concealer brush. I also bought the eye set at the same time and together these sets have every brush you could want for a full face application on the go.

  • Alice Porter

    The only ecotools brush I have is an angled one and I quite like it! I might look into getting this, you can never have too many brushes!

    http://www.makingmeblushblog.wordpress.com

    xx

  • Maddy Cane

    They look really good, its a shame about the first two though! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

    ♥

  • Holly Cooke

    Overall these sound amazing! I use an ecotools brush for my powder, and I’ve always been so so impressed! x

    holljc.blogspot.co.uk

  • Rebecca Grayson

    These look and sound amazing, I’ve used ecotools brushes before and really like them, and in my opinion are good value for money. Going to be definitely checking this set out to add to my collection, and for travelling they are perfect!. :) x

  • lydia

    I love ecotool brushes, I have their mini 5 eye brush set and they’re perfect for travelling, and so so good!

  • Gita Bončina

    I haven’t tried them out yet – hopefully one day :)! For now I’m staying true to RT brushes. Sam Chapman 4evz :D!

    xx

    http://gita-oddsandends.blogspot.com/

  • http://alittleboatsailing.blogspot.co.uk/ Amy

    I saw these the other day in Boots :) I have some of the original brushes from eco tools and I must admit I do like them quite a bit still.

    Amy x
    -A Little Boat Sailing-

  • Klaudia M

    I’ve been eyeing some new brushes to buy and saw these brushes in Boost the other day, I might need to buy these! <3

    Klaudia

    http://www.styleitwithme.blogspot.co.uk

  • Hope

    A set of smaller brushes that I can carry around sounds like a good idea, I might have to give this set a whirl H x
    http://www.hopesgone.blogspot.com

  • On The Dressing Table

    I’ve never tried Eco tools, like you i’m a RT gurl but i might just have to add these to the old xmas list!
    Anna x

    http://www.onthedressingtable.com

  • Hannah Williams

    Are they from Boots?! I really want to get these xo

    theglamaddict.blogspot.co.uk

  • roshkud

    I’d drop a tenner just for the design! They’re beautiful, I also love eco tools brushes, they work really well and are great prices. I think this would make a great xmas gift/stocking filler :)

    Roshni’s Journey

  • Charlotte Lucy Philpotts

    Wow this is fantastic for £11.99! I will definitely be giving these a try x

    amuchprettierpuzzle.blogspot.com

  • Hannah

    I love that there are bargain-ish brands just as good as high end!

    Hannah
    Girl+World

  • http://www.emptypocketsexpensivetaste.blogspot.com/ Caroline

    I have the Eco Tools bronzer brush and I really like it. The bamboo handle feels really smooth and firm in my hand, and the actual brush is soft but dense so it’s easy to apply Bronzer. With brands like EcoTools and Real Techniques, it’s hard to justify buying Mac & Sephora brushes, especially ones for the face!

    xx Caroline
    coffeeandcaroline.blogspot.com

  • http://www.kmakesithappen.com/ Kassandra Fairhall

    I have a couple makeup brushes from eco tools and I love them! There great brushes and don’t cost an arm and a leg

  • Lets Talk Beauty

    These look really pretty. I like the extra attention to detail with the pattern on the handles. These are a real bargain find. Top of my Xmas list!

    http://www.letstalkbeauty.co.uk/

  • Sandra

    Great post, I have been trying to save up for a couple new brushes, but maybe before I commit to anything pricier I will try these out.

    Love the new layout by the way!! Very nice :)

  • beautybabbling

    I use the flat concealer brush as a eye brush. It’s a great flat shader. I agree the the precision foundation brush is a dud. I’m not a fan of flat foundation brushes anyway, and the shape is just awkward.

  • Pre

    you changed your layout? its lovely but I preffered the older one…either way i love your blog! you are so witty and articulate when you write…the most boring-est products sound awesome!! you are a babe xxx

  • http://www.jenniferannlove.blogspot.co.uk/ Jen Hately

    I love eco tools brushes, I use them all the time but I really want to try real techniques, think I’m going o buy some this week

    http://www.jenniferannlove.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://www.stylefromwonderland.blogspot.com/ Diana

    I’m a Real Techniques fan as well! But these brushes look amazing. I might try to get this set and try them out :3
    Thank you for your review!Please take care, have a nice day!*

    beauty-with-love.blogspot.com

  • Katie

    oh my god your blog looks amazing. I love it so much!

  • Claire

    In love with your new theme Anna!

    Claire | Shining Like Silver

  • abi

    these sound great! love the layout change too

    abi from a little dust

    ♥

  • http://rocaille-writes.blogspot.com/ Rocaille

    I love my EcoTools brushes as well – they’re widely available at drugstores here in the States, so it’s super cheap and easy to indulge in a couple. Btw, Anna… it’s Maracuja, not Marajuca ;P

  • lulusbeautyspot

    Love the new layout! Just thought you’d like to know that the Tarte concealer is actually called Maracuja, which is latin for passion fruit. Not sure why they put that in a concealer, though! x

  • Christina Abdilla

    Loving the new layout Anna!

    http://tinasbeautyscrapbook.blogspot.com/

    x

  • LMISMINSKY

    I don’t use flat foundation brushes in the traditional way- they’re useless like that. Instead I spritz on my setting spray or toner and use the side to pat it in. Sounds weird, and it seems strange at first, but it really helps to blend everything and make it all seamless. It’s not my idea though- got the tip from a Space NK tutorial. My favourite one for the job is from Eco tools too.xx

  • Dejhana Waite

    Adore the new layout!

  • http://falafelwaffle.wordpress.com/ Niamh

    They look so cute. I adore EcoTools brushes, and they’re always a very reasonable price too. But that is a fantastic offer! :)

  • Amy

    I’ve always wondered whether these were worth buying or not! They sound pretty good for £11.99 and a bit cheaper that RT :)

    Amy | http://amysbeautyjournal.blogspot.co.uk/

  • http://happylocks.blogspot.com/ Happy Locks

    love the new look of your blog xx

  • http://www.forksandbrushes.blogspot.co.uk/ Georgina de Pear

    I have the same set of brushes for ages!! They are so cute and really good!!! The brushes fit perfect into my Trish McEvoy Makeup Planner :) Love them!

    http://www.forksandbrushes.me/2013/06/getting-organized-trish-mcevoy-makeup.html

  • Isabelle McWilliam

    Ooo will have to give these whirl for such a good price! Love the new layout btw :)

    http://www.notanotherbeautyblog.co.uk

  • Sylvia

    How cute, with their decorated handles and what not. I’ll be keeping a look out for these!

    http://sylvialoveslipstick.wordpress.com

  • http://jaguarzinnias.blogspot.com/ Jas

    I used Eco Tools before converting to Real Techniques so I’m sort of the opposite. They have the cutest things and they are honestly such a good bargain. The kabuki and powder brushes are great, but they also have an eye kit with a pretty good crease brush.

  • Bianca

    Eco Tools and Real Techniques belong to the same company.
    That’s why they are both so amazing! :)
    Xx

  • PeonyandPeach

    I love the Eco Tools brushes, they’re so soft! These sound great especially the concealer one!

    http://www.peonyandpeach.blogspot.com

  • Heidi Wright

    I’ve loved EcoTools brushes forever! Might have to add these ones to my collection.

    ♡The British Teen // A Fashion,
    Beauty and Lifestyle Blog
    ♡

    Heidi ♡

  • Chrissabella

    Eco Tools brushes are really great value for money and these ones look soo cute!

    Greetings from London,

    chrissabella.blogspot.com

  • Maquillage Magic

    I have heard some good things about eco tools, they are so cheap and i really want to try them!! L xxx

    maquillagemagic.blogspot.co.uk

  • Beth

    just a tip- I find spare flat foundation brushes are great with liquid highlighter!

  • Like Wolves

    I love my RT brushes too! But I’ve heard of these- worth a test run! xo
    lkewolves.blogspot.com

  • Daisy

    no pictures?

  • http://xsimplynitax.blogspot.com/ Nita

    Most of my brushes are RT too, but just this past weekend, I saw these at a store and debated on whether to get them. I ended passing them up because I wasn’t sure how well it worked, but after this post, I may have to grab some.

    -Nita
    xsimplynitax.blogspot.com

  • Lydia

    In the market for a new concealer brush – look like this may just do the trick! Have always seen these but been skeptical for no good reason so it’s good to see a positive review.

    Lyd xx

    http://lipstickandlyd.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Eclectic Lady

    I think these brushes deserve to be in my massive collection! I have a little bit of a brush obsession. I still haven’t figured out that the more I buy, the more i have to wash. Interestingly enough (or maybe just to me) Ecotools and RT are made by the same company. I could be wrong, but I seem to remember reading that when they were first released.

    http://www.welcometoeclecticladyland.wordpress.com

  • Michaela

    Ooh these brushes are pretty :) xxx
    princesscaela89.blogspot.co.uk

  • Sarah Bruton

    These sound great I need to add to my collection and I am with you on the RT I also love them to best brushes i have found x