Short and sweet: If you are looking for a kabuki brush, buy this one now.
Oh. Huh. Maybe I should have saved that bit for the end. The problem is that I don’t have much to say about this brush because it is pretty much perfect, and you know the saying: If you can’t say anything not-nice, don’t say anything at all.
Whaddya mean, that’s not how it goes?
This is a great kabuki for a couple of reasons: 1) price, b) quality, and iii) retractability. Ecotools are available online and at some retailers, although selection will vary; my Target doesn’t have this brush, for example, but my ULTA did. Secret tip: Ecotools brushes are packaged in firm plastic sleeves with ziptop closures, which you can actually open in-store and feel the brush head. After some costly disappointments some years ago, I no longer buy any brushes I can’t at least grope ahead of time.
The brush head is smooth and exceptionally soft, the bristles are densely packed but not stiff, and the retracting mechanism seems pretty reliable, at least once you realize it’s a simple plunger mechanism and you stop trying to twist it. (See? I just saved you 10 minutes in your morning routine!)
Seriously, if you’re in the market for a kabuki for the application of mineral foundation, blush, or finishing powder, you can’t go wrong with this one, and it’s travel-friendly to boot. You will want to be sure to dry it upside down and fully extended after washing — which you would do anyway, right? — since you want to be really sure that water doesn’t sit at the base of the bristles and loosen the glue in there.
Ecotools Retractable Kabuki Brush: $10.99 at ULTA (I used my 20% off coupon and so I got it for about $8.79; you may also be able to pick it up for less via a drugstore sale or BOGO)
Price/Value Ratio (drugstore: poor/fair/good/excellent): Excellent.
Purchase again? Yes, absolutely.
(Have you used this product? Love it? Hate it? Want it? Let us know in the comments!)