I haven’t tried any new makeup brushes or beauty tools in a while and then just like buses, they all arrived at once – so here are some new in beauty brushes and tools.
Starting with The Body Shop’s new 100% cruelty free vegan brushes. Now as you know, The Body Shop themselves are cruelty free, but are owned by L’Oreal who aren’t so dependent on your level of loyalty, you may agree or not agree that these brushes are in fact vegan. I’ve worked with The Body Shop for many years and have supported them as I genuinely believe they bring out products that help others, and have an ethical mindset. The brushes have specialist synthetic hairs and the wooden handles are sustainably sourced, making them vegan and cruelty free. I tried out the fan brush (£11), which due to being so light and delicate, is perfect for highlighting, and a dense flat shade brush (£8) and a double ended eyeshadow brush (£10). I’ve particularly enjoyed the double ended brush as the slanted brush end is perfect for filling in my brows and the shadow brush on the opposite end is the perfect blending brush and works really well with the shape and size of my eye socket.
Blank Canvas Cosmetics is a brand that I hadn’t heard much about, so I was intrigued to try a few brushes out. The coloured chrome handles are kinda a bit like the Real Techniques brushes, but also not, and very pretty so its all fine. I tried out the F08 Dome Buffing Brush (£12) , F20 Flat Buffer (£12) and the latex free Airbrush Blender. These brushes aren’t the easiest to look at/find online as the site seems a little basic/prehistoric, but the brushes themselves are super soft and lovely. In particular i’ve been really liking the flat buffer brush to apply my foundation, who knew I would like a longer haired stippling style brush eh. The latex free (because allergies) blender has also been great to pat in under eye concealer, and on any blemishes. I’m still not sure about using a sponge for my foundation, but I’m working on it…
Look Good Feel Better is a worldwide cancer charity, and they provide practical support for women and teenagers struggling with the visible side effects of their cancer treatment, and with each sale of one of their brushes, 8-12% goes to the charity. So not only can you own a bangin’ cruelty free, professional quality, super soft brush, suitable for sensitive skin, but you can also know that you’ve contributed to something good. I tried out the LGFB Blush Brush (£11.99) and due to the size of it, i’ve started to reach for it over my Real Techniques Brush. I find the LGFB Blush Brush is more precise, so I can pop my blush exactly where I want it, and I love this brush!
And the last 2 brushes that i’ve been trying out come from So Eco. I’ve raved and raved about So Eco in the past, and I recently gave the Stippling Brush and Multi Tasking Brush (£7.50) a go. So Eco provide cruelty free brushes, that are vegan and vegetarian friendly , that are also super super soft and expertly made. The brushes are made from recycled and sustainable materials that are compostable, recyclabe and bio-degradable. The handles are made from bamboo which is an ecologically sustainable material and the packaging is FSC approved board from managed forests. I love how the packaging really is eco-friendly and even the ‘plastic’ window is made from corn starch and the packaging is held together using water based adhesives and printed using vegetable inks. I haven’t tried anything from So Eco for a little while but the first thing I noticed was the new precision comfort grip, kinda like the grips you could buy for your pencils back in school – making your makeup application routine comfortable and easy. The multi tasking brush has been great for applying powder in specific places and also a little bit of contouring too. And of course, like the blank canvas cosmetics brush, the stippling brush has become a go to for my base and foundation.
Have you tried any new brushes or brands recently?
*Contains PR Samples.