The new NARS Face and Cheek Artistry Brushes
I’ve painted several rooms over the years, but each and every time I swear to myself I’m never doing it again.
That’s because painting rooms frickin’ sucks, man, and every room subtracts at least a year off your life, you know, if you take those Real Age online tests, I swear…
Now, painting faces!? That’s totally different. Painting faces is awesome sauce to the Nth degree.
Enter the new 16-piece NARS Artistry Brush line, arriving at NARS boutiques and online April 1, with four face brushes, two cheek brushes, nine eye brushes and one lip brush, all specially crafted for precision makeup application.
These things are pumping me up to paint my mug.
First, the face and cheek brushes, which I’ve been using and enjoying very much. I’ll have more to say about the eye and lip brushes soon (target: tomorrow), but for now…
The NARS Face and Cheek Artistry Brushes in my paw for scale
The face brushes…
Powder Brush #10 ($52)
NARS Powder Brush #10 ($52)
Designed, according to NARS, to buff, blend and diffuse loose powder to a lustrous finish, it also works pretty dang well for pressed powders. I tried it with both and like the results equally. It lays down a fine, even veil of product.
The brush head is slightly narrower than typical powder/fluffy face brushes, but I kind of like that, too. Even though it doesn’t cover as much surface area as your run-of-the-mill fluffy powder brush, I think it’s easier to control and, when using it, difficult to over-apply, and I’m digging on that.
Only thing is…it’s a tad scratchy. Not terribly scratchy, but still.
I’m not sure about the bristles on this one, but based on the way they feel, I’m guessing the fibers are natural, and not synthetic.
Bronzing Powder Brush #11 ($52)
NARS Bronzing Powder Brush #11 ($52)
If you’re a bonafide bronzing buff, you may want to seriously consider Bronzing Powder Brush #11 and its dense, domed head (looks almost like a regular kabuki brush).
No matter where I place it on my face — under my cheekbones, at the edge of my hair line, or anywhere else I apply bronzer — it just fits. And it lays down a perfect amount of product.
I have also yet to see the soft natural-fiber brush head shed one hair in the few times I’ve used it.
Like the Powder Brush #10, the one’s head is a little smaller than usual for its ilk, making it quite precise. It lays down smooth, even color. Love.
Cream Blending Brush #12 ($28)
NARS Cream Blending Brush #12 ($28)