Many years ago, when I was active on online makeup forums, one certain iconic brush would keep popping up time after time, amidst the noise that was MAC brushes. It was the NARS #15 brush also known as the NARS Smudge Brush. Everyone who had it raved over how wonderful it was for doing smokey eye looks and for drawing eyeliner using eyeshadow.
I don’t frequent many forums anymore but the memory stayed with me. And one day when a friend asked if I wanted anything from Kissandmakeupny.com I asked to tack on an order for the Nars #15 Smudge Brush. It costs a hefty US$26 but I must say its one of the best US$26 I’ve ever spent.
What this brush is, is a brush with short and very dense bristles made of pony hair. Its not scratchy however, and its purpose is for you to “smudge” colour along the lash line. The short bristles allow you to get very close to the lashline which is all sorts of awesome.
I’ve been using this brush not for creating smokey eye looks, but more for drawing eyeliner. The dense bristles pick up dark colours easily and I then apply it along the lash line, pushing it between the lashes. This way, I can get the colour even closer to the lashes to give a more subtle look, than if I were to use liquid, gel or pencil liners. I can even use just a dark shadow as liner without having to do my eyes up and it makes my eyes look just a touch more defined, which is of course a good thing 😉 I’ve been trying to get photos to show you, but its too subtle to be caught on camera.
To use it for creating a smokey eye, you can use this brush to smudge out the colour to give the smokey effect. But for an everyday no fuss eye makeup look, I’ve been turning to this brush instead of to eyeliner and I’m loving it! 😀
Pros: Wonderful brush for smudging colour on the lash line, Perfect short dense bristles picks up and deposits colour very easily
Cons: Pricey, Unavailable in Malaysia at time of writing
As we don’t get Nars Cosmetics here in Malaysia at this point in time, I don’t know if many of you have come across this brush. However, there are many similar ones out there, and I just ordered one from Sigma so once it gets here I’ll let you know how it fares by comparison 🙂 If you do own it, or something similar, pipe up and let us know how you are liking it!
Nars No. 15 Smudge Brush retails at US$26. Nars Cosmetics is unavailable in Malaysia at time of writing.
To read about the other makeup brushes I’ve tried, look under the category of Makeup Tools