I bought the ecoTools Face & Body Sculpting Brush in my last Fragrance Direct Haul, as I'd never seen it before and thought it looked like it had the potential to be amazing. It was £7.99 which wasn't a particularly bargainous price as Feelunique sell the exact same brush for a pound more at £8.99. There were no details on the dimensions of the brush on Fragrance Direct, but I never expected it to be as big as it is. ecoTools claim the brush is made with bamboo, and the bristles incredibly soft and cruelty free. I own a couple of ecoTools eyeshadow brushes already, and the bristles really are so soft.. it feels like fur against your skin. The directions on the packaging mention that you can use the brush for contouring your face, neck, shoulders and decolletage. Personally I haven't, and have no interest in contouring my shoulders or my decolletage. I fully appreciate that some girls like to, but when you have skin as pale as mine it's just pointless so I can't comment on how effective the brush is for body contouring.
This brush is genuinely huge, and if I had known exactly how big the brush was I don't think I would have bought it. The whole brush covers my hand. The handle is lovely, as it's made from Bamboo, it gives it a lovely effect with the brands name and the brushes name stained into the wood. The bristles are synthetic, and seriously soft.. they feel so silky which I didn't expect as the bristles look as if they're going to be scratchy on the skin. Due to the size this is definitely not something you can carry in a makeup bag which might put you off if you like carrying your contouring tools around with you. It's also quite weighty because of the chunky handle.
The bristles are very dense, and are squared off at each end which is why it would make it a good brush for contouring - in theory. The bristles aren't particularly stiff even though they're densely packed, but there isn't a lot of movement with them at the same time due to how many bristles have been tightly packed within the handle.
I would say the bristles are around 1 inch thick when pressed together which is really quite thick for a face brush. The width of the brush's bristles must be at least 4 inches in size, and touches my ear and lips when I hold it against my face. I really would prefer it if this brush was at least half the size as it's so difficult to use. The very first time I used the brush, I looked like a total mess with thick war paint stripes on my cheeks. Due to the high density of the bristles, it's impossible to blend the product out once you've brushed it onto the skin so I had to get another brush to sort out the major fail. I figured I'd put too much product on the brush, so I tried again with a lighter hand.. however I ended up with a thick brown line on my face (before blending obviously).
I don't contour everyday, I usually save it for a night out or days I'm wearing heavier makeup and when I do decide to contour I'm definitely a less is more kinda girl. I want my contouring to look subtle and natural. The width of this brush is an inch thick, so it's impossible to get a thin precise line of contour under the cheekbones. It just chisels an inch thick sweep of product regardless of how heavy or light handed you are. I even tried using one of the long edges pressed into the natural contour of my cheek but it just doesn't work. This brush really could have been amazing, if the width of the brush wasn't so massive. The concept behind it is brilliant, and definitely something I'd buy but the size of the brush just makes facial contouring near enough impossible.
I only paid £7.99 for the ecoTools Face & Body Sculpting Brush, but I can't really see any use for it now which is disappointing. I suppose I could use it for an over the top powder brush to set my under eye concealer? If you want a brush for contouring your body then I'd definitely recommend this brush, as long as you don't like the subtle, natural look. I think I'm just going to splurge and get the beautiful NARS Contour brush when and if it gets re-released.