I can barely remember a time when I didn’t use about ten different brushes to apply my makeup. For pretty much a whole decade I used only my digits to smooth foundation, blusher, eyeshadow and highlighter over my skin, but if I ever forget to take any of my favourite brushes away with me it feels like an alien concept to revert back to my teenage tactics. When it comes to makeup, using the right tools can totally revolutionise the way in which products apply, as well as the end result – so why should it be any different in skincare? Although the only pieces of apparatus I’ve been using in my bathroom up until now have included a stash of flannels and an electronic eye massager (I’m still addicted to this Foreo one,) the up-and-coming Korean brand Eborian have launched a quartet of tools that really do make a positive impact into your routine. Although they won’t be for everybody (I know a fair number of you like to keep your routines as swift and fuss free as possible!) I’m definitely a little bit in lust with these passionately red gadgets.
1. Complexion Brush (£12.00)
This super soft and lightweight synthetic brush has been designed to provide a uniform application of BB and CC creams, which can often be slightly thicker and harder to buff into the skin than other bases. The densely packed bristles help to provide precise coverage and a natural finish, with no brush marks on the surface of skin. Although this isn’t anything particularly special, the short handle aids movement and is perfectly sized for popping in your bag; you can even use it to buff product back into skin or top-up on the go. Seeing as the BB and CC concept hails from Korean shores, it’s no surprise they’ve been busy developing application tools to get the most out of them.
2. Cleansing Brush (£18.00)
Charcoal is big business right now (read my post on why here,) and this purifying-effect brush is made with bristles containing charcoal powder to help deep cleanse the skin and rid it of impurities. Charcoal is known to chemically bind other substances to its surface and
thousands of times its own weight; when used in beauty it works like a magnet to attract dirt and oil,
making it perfect for use in
cleansers and masks that work by purifying the skin. This brush builds on that concept, infusing charcoal powder actually into the bristles so it can work over time to ‘buff away’ dullness and give cleansers a power boost. All you need to do is moisten the brush, add your chosen cleansing product and massage the face in circular motions. Although it’s quite tricky to determine whether or not it makes a huge difference, it feels soft on the skin and it definitely makes my nighttime cleansing ritual all the more enjoyable. Even better is the fact the charcoal will stay put for up to six months, so it’s the skincare gift that just keeps on giving.
3. Mask Brush (£16.00)
If you’ve ever applied a face mask and come away covered in as much product as a kid that’s just demolished a chocolate bar, then a face mask brush is a much safer alternative. This ‘brush’ provides expert way to apply your favourite mask without the faff, thanks to the custom silicone tip; it easily picks up any texture and helps to apply gently, evenly and with precision – particularly around tricky areas such as the nose and brow bone. I’ve used a face mask brush before and didn’t stick with it for very long because of the laborious cleaning process afterwards, but this silicone tip ensures it takes only seconds to clean up after yourself and get on with your day. Not only does it save you money in the long term by ensuring you don’t overload the face or waste any product, but it helps to create a much more relaxing and spa-like moment too.
4. Eye Spatula (£8.00)
This super cute mini tool has been designed to remove micro-tension and relax the eye area, thanks to the cooling effect of the metal tip. Although it may look tiny, the impact is positively huge when used correctly and regularly. I’ve found the best way to use it is with a rich eye cream, massaging it around the eye socket in circular motions that push any excess fluid outwards towards the lymph nodes. Five minutes in the morning will help to perk up the area, cool away any tiredness and minimise puffiness; the small size helps reduce the pressure you’re placing on the delicate skin too, while giving you a tool you can slip out of your desk drawer when nobody’s looking!
What do you think of these four new tools from Eborian? Do any of them potentially add value to your routine?
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