Brushed With Greatness Project
What NARS does in terms of brushes is a bridge between the needs of the average consumer (me) and the professional makeup artist. Nars color products tend to be highly-pigmented and more "pro" than most of the other color cosmetic lines, more runway-oriented. I appreciate that Nars designs brushes that work perfectly with their color products. I certainly have my share of NARS!
The large bronzer brush at the top is a versatile brush that doesn't just work with bronzer. I bought the brush without even owning a bronzer! I use this brush as my final step in my makeup application, just running it across and around the face to soften edges and remove any excess finishing powder. The small-head, pointed synthetic brush is shaped like no other liner brush I've seen, and it works well for getting liner in between the lashes and applying liner at the corners of the eye. It's stiff enough that it doesn't move around during application, so mistakes are easily avoided. And it works well with using powder shadow as liner, as well as blending pencil liner or using the popular gel liners that other companies are offering right now.
The blush brush is a treasure that I had to wait over a year to obtain, since the company had not sent our local Saks counter any of these blush brushes and we were left waiting (and wanting) until finally, three of them showed up at Saks. With its small, flat, rounded head, it's a good shape and size for applying blushes and getting the color in just the right place on the face. I tend to prefer these smaller blush brushes.
The brush with the tiny stubby dome is the famous smudge brush. My NARS MA, Shawn, used this brush to do my smokey-eye look at the Ayako Event last year, and with his patient instructions on how to use it, I bought it with confidence. It's the perfect example of how NARS designs brushes to be used to create specific effects with NARS products. Blending dark colors to achieve a smokey-eye can sometimes be difficult, because the dark shades tend to grab the skin and won't budge once they're placed on the eye. This smudge brush is the only brush I know of (besides the Sephora knockoff) that can blend out dark shadow colors into a softened effect, without removing the color altogether. Its flat shape fits under the lower lashes to blend out shadow used as a liner, too.
NARS brushes are some of the most thoughtfully-designed makeup brushes of any line at your cosmetic counter. Stop by and check them out, ask your makeup artist how they are used, and be ready to rock your own smokey-eye look! You might even come home with a new shadow, too.
Disclaimer: These products were purchased by the reviewer, Cavewoman.