Huge Drugstore Makeup Brush Haul & Review!


There’s nothing better than a drugstore bargain, am I right? So when Ecotools got in touch to ask if I wanted to try out a variety of their brushes for you lot, I was so on that. I absolutely love finding drugstore-value makeup brushes that do magical things for my makeup. Because, tbh, I’m not one for forking out £15 for one makeup brush. Nope, that’s just not me. So hold tight, read on, and find out if this Ecotools brush haul was yay or nay.


Even though I usually wouldn’t opt for a mixture of face/eye brushes in a set, I have thoroughly enjoyed this one. The Powder/Blush one is just wonderful for applying bronzer, like, it’s now my bronzer go-to, my bronzer budday. I’ve also been reaching for the spoolie all the time to even out product in my brows and it’s really sturdy. The concealer brush hasn’t been much use with concealer but its bloody fab at applying creme shadows. TBH, the only brush that I haven’t gotten much use out of is the angled liner brush because I buy felt liners and really have no reason to use it! Even then, this set is great for any beginning looking for a bunch of good quality brushes to practice applying makeup with, and at a bargain price.

PS. I somehow managed to lose the travel bag (so clumsy) in my house move.


These sponges are basically all the sample, apart from the colours that they’ve been dyed. There supposed to correspond to colour correcting concealers, so you don’t mix up the shades and therefore mess up the correction. But you can totally use them for… anything!

Seriously, anything. I’ve used them for blending in concealer around my eyes, on blemishes, finishing off my foundation application, applying and blending cream contour or blush… The list goes on, and I’ve found them super handy to grab in a cream-product situation.


I didn’t realise that these were lil mini brushes until they arrives at my doorstep. But you know what? I think that’s made me love them just that little bit more. I’m always looking for amazing brushes to travel with, and although some brush brands have gr8 travel cases, mini’s are much easier to take around on your day-to-day. Especially when they do a fab job at makeup application.

I’ve made excellent use out of all of these, bar the foundation brush. The foundation variety is one of those flat “paint brush” types that I just can’t work with on my oily skin – I’m left with streaks and patches whenever I use this type of brush from any brand, so this one was obvz not going to work for me either.

My fave mini, however, has to be the contour brush – which was actually the purrrfect size to fit into the cheekbone for a lush product placement. Oh, and the the pink, rose detail hardware is to die for.


Although I didn’t really fall head-over-heels for the highlight brush, I have been using the “define” brush everyday. Not for contouring though, it’s a bit rubbish for that. It is, however, crazy good for applying loose powder or bronzing up the face due to it’s fluffy, soft bristles. On the other hand, the highlight brush is much too wide and dense for my liking, as it doesn’t apply a precise highlight at all. 


TBH I’ve been looking for a really decent retractable brush to pop in my bag with a powder for bloody donkey’s guys. I don’t know why, but I always find that the retractable versions of brushes usually mean that you’ll have to compromise on brush quality. However, this brush does a beautiful job keeping my shine at bay throughout the day, in conjunction with my Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder. It doesn’t pull on my foundation, or smear around any of my other powders at that, so it’s a winner in my eyes.


I’ve purposefully left this sponge til the very end of this post, as it really is the pièce de résistance IMO. I heard Tati (GlamLifeGuru) chatting about this magic sponge on her YT channel and I knew I just had to try it. I swapped this one into my daily routine over my usual Real Techniques sponge, and was very pleasantly surprised. This does just as good of a job, if not better, at blending out foundation plus the “cut out” slanted side really helped me to get into troublesome areas around my nose and eyes. 100% would recommend to every makeup sponge lover, you have got to try this for yourself.

Have you tried any Ecotools brushes?

Which are your go-to-brushes



  1. Sofie Mortensen
    March 30, 2017 / 10:07 AM

    I have never tried any of those brushes, but i got really interested in those beautiful palettes in the top right corner! What are they and where can I buy them?//Sofie

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      March 30, 2017 / 1:03 PM

      They're from MUA – Make Up Academy! xo

  2. Ana
    March 30, 2017 / 6:05 PM

    That brushes looks so good! I'd love to try them xxx

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      March 30, 2017 / 8:10 PM

      Thanks so much Ana! xo

  3. Rhiannon Pulling
    March 31, 2017 / 6:17 AM

    I love how eco tools have rebranded their packaging! It looks so cool now x Everything But The Kitchen

  4. Holly Ah-Thion
    March 31, 2017 / 4:24 PM

    I think it looks so chic, love it! xo

  5. jadeannloves
    April 3, 2017 / 7:30 PM

    All of these brushes look so soft. I definitely want to try that fan highlight brush, those are my favourite types of brush to apply highlight with!Jade x

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      April 4, 2017 / 3:49 PM

      Me too, totally agree! xo

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