Friday, April 11, 2008

Product Review: Eco Tools

As the Glitterati comes crawling back... Sorry guys, I know it's been ages. I hate when life gets in the way of blogging! If you're still here, thanks for your patience and understanding!

Everyone's going Green these days. From grocery stores to cosmetic companies, CEOs are getting the hint: caring about Mother Earth is cool, and it'll also get you a cool chunk of change if you cash in on the trend.

Not to be overly cynical... there are many excellent companies out there who truly wish to minimize their ecological footprint. And if they make dependable, affordable products that are friendlier to the environment, why not buy from them?

Introducing: EcoTools. Launched just a couple of months ago, this company produces bath and beauty accessories made out of renewable & sustainable materials like bamboo, ramie, and recycled plastic. But concerns of the conscience aside, does using these nature-friendly materials result in a better product?

Well, I suppose it depends what you're looking for. I had the chance recently to try the EcoTools line, and I must say that I'm pretty impressed*. The brushes are much softer than any other that I've tried in the drugs-store price range (and softer than some that are much pricier!). The large powder brush is especially lovely -- it's like sweeping your face with a kitten wearing feathers (minus the claws and the allergies). The "floppier" bristles leave just a perfect whisper of loose powder, invisibly setting your makeup. Great for applying all-over shimmer too.

Since the brush handles are made of light-weight bamboo, you might find that the balance / feel is a bit different than what you're used to. But if you're like me and schlepp your brushes (alll your brushes) everywhere with you, then the lighter load will be heartily welcomed.

Another clever product from the line is the Bamboo and Loofa Facial Buffs. Just dampen it and squirt your favourite cleanser on there... one side gently exfoliates your skin (it feels like a rougher face towel), and the other side is covered in terry cloth for cleansing. I leave one in my office drawer; it's great to brighten those post all-nighter complexions. Much more convenient and much less waste than the disposable buffing pads.

And speaking of refreshing, but gentle exfoliation, I really like EcoTools' Ramie Bath & Shower Mitt. Unlike its plasticky brethren, this bath mitt won't rub you raw. It's perfect for those... ahem, more delicate areas that you normally wouldn't go near with an abrasive scrub or loofah.

So if you're looking for brushes and accessories that are environmentally-friendly and wallet-friendly, do give Eco Tools a try. If you're in the US, you can find the line at select Walgreens, K-Mart, and Ulta. Or, you check out their other goodies and place orders from the EcoTools website.

* Even before knowing the impossibly low prices... the largest powder brush is only $8!

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At 11:33 a.m., Blogger Rae said...

:) You're alive!!

Hope life isn't being too hard on you - I'm looking forward to more posts!

At 8:27 p.m., Anonymous Jennifer said...

Make sure the facial buffers dry out properly between uses!! Otherwise... ewwww....!!!

At 1:00 p.m., Blogger The Glitterati said...

Rae: Yes I am! Thanks for the well wishes... life isn't so much hard as busy. It's good stuff, but there's so much of it! I'll do my best to post more! :)

Jennifer: Thanks for the tip! Mildewy face pads would be terrible! Haven't had a problem yet, though I do make sure to squeeze out the excess water after each use.

At 8:03 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your reviewing style stinks: where's the prices for those brushes?! Where's the link to the company or where to buy?! Some beauty blogger!

At 4:16 p.m., Blogger The Glitterati said...

Anon: Woah, put down the coffee mug, honey, that's way too much stress for that early in the day. The links to the product webpages are in red on the review (for example, where I said "If you're in the US, you can find the line at select Walgreens, K-Mart, and Ulta. Or, you check out their other goodies and place orders from the EcoTools website"). The prices are listed on the website, but you'll also notice I mentioned "the largest powder brush is only $8" in the footnote.

As always, constructive criticism is welcome, but if you're going to go spouting off, at least read the entire damn review first. And, um, understand how hyperlinks work.

Finally, if you don't like it, you are by no means obligated to keep reading.

At 9:41 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love your reviews by the way.. i've been reading the old ones too :)

Obviously another anonymous reader!

At 1:17 a.m., Blogger The Glitterati said...

Thanks, other anon! ;)


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