NARS Releases 16 Piece Artistry Brush Collection | Photos, Swatches, Review

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NARS Cosmetics recently expanded on it’s makeup artistry heritage with a 16 piece Artistry Brush Collection. This comprehensive collection features an exquisite design conceived by Founder and Creative Director François Nars and Fabien Baron, of New York design firm Baron & Baron.

“You cannot achieve good makeup without good tools.” – François Nars

I really love the look and feel of these brushes. Each brush is designed with the finest quality hairs and delicately weighted to provide the necessary balance for a professional and precise makeup application. The brush and packaging feature the iconic matte black finish with sharp debossed logo and signature pop of red. The red accent gives these such a fantastic look.

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The brushes are divided into three categories.

FACE CATEGORY to Refine. Blend. Conceal.

Powder Brush #10 ($58 CAD) Blends, buffs, and diffuses loose powder for a lustrous finish. Double domed with layers of full, soft hair to pick up and deposit powder evenly.

Bronzing Powder Brush #11 ($58 CAD) An artist essential for controlled application. The dense concentration of soft, natural hair holds and applies product for an even, all-over glow.

Cream Blending Brush #12 ($32 CAD) A versatile, multi-use brush for face and eyes. Designed for gentle application of concealer around the eyes and effortless blending of cream textures.

Precision Blending Brush #13 ($30 CAD) For precision application of concealer. Ideal for focused use on spots, pigmented areas, or around the eyes and nose.

CHEEK CATEGORY to Sculpt. Contour. Highlight.

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NARS Blush Brush #20

Blush Brush #20 ($47 CAD) Professional domed shape deposits blush pigments perfectly. Diffuses as it blends for smooth, effortless application. I adore this brush. It of course makes a fantastic blush brush but my favourite way to use it has been for applying bronzer.

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NARS Contour Brush #21

Contour Brush #21 ($47 CAD) Expertly angled for sculpting and highlighting the cheekbones. An artist essential to define and blend with controlled application. This brush has the perfect amount of firmness to precisely sculpt the face while maintaining the softness to blend and diffuse the application for a very natural look.

EYE CATEGORY Line. Define. Blend.

Eye Shadow Brush #40 ($36 CAD) Deposits the perfect amount of pigment for a masterful sweep of all-over shadow.

Diffusing Brush #41 ($37 CAD) A must-have for blending and creating the smoky eye. Lush bristles softly apply shadow for a light veil of color.

Blending Eye Shadow Brush #42 ($37 CAD) Ideal tool for applying high-shimmer shadows and effortless blending for a soft-focus effect due to softer, longer hair design.

Wide Contour Eye Shadow Brush #43 ($37 CAD) The go-to artist essential that does it all: tap, blend, or sweep shadow with ease. Angled shape allows for all-over or precise application.

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NARS Precision Contour Brush #44

Precision Contour Brush #44 ($32 CAD) The firm, flexible hair design of this brush is ideal for applying concentrated color in the eye crease. This brush is amazing. The compact size and dense bristles make it amazing for a more precise and concentrated crease colour application. My only complaint is that I find my brush to be a touch on the scratchy side but the exquisite design means it is still one of my favourite brushes at the moment.

Smudge Brush #45 ($32 CAD) The smoky eye artist essential. Expertly deposits colour along the lash line and diffuses and softens eyeliner.

Push Eyeliner #46 ($32 CAD) Transforms any cream or powder eye shadow into an eyeliner for a smooth, fine line at the base of the lashes. Use wet to apply powders for stronger colour impact.

Angled Eyeliner Brush #47 ($32 CAD) Designed for impeccable glide when applying liquid and cream textures along the lash line. Perfect for use with NARS Eye Paint to create a variety of effects, from natural to dramatic.

Brow Defining Brush #48 ($30 CAD) Define, shape and fill in sparse brows. Firm bristles provide control and deposit powder for a hair-like effect.

LIP CATEGORY

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NARS Precision Lip Brush #30

Precision Lip Brush #30 ($30 CAD) Designed with a wide, flat surface to evenly apply lipstick with precision. This is probably the most precise lip brush I have ever used. I’m loving this retractable lip brush. It may not give a super quick application due to it’s small size but if you are working with deep or bright colours you will appreciate the precision.

Available at select NARS retailers (including Sephora, Hudson’s Bay, Holt Renfrew and Murale) and www.narscosmetics.ca

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Sephora + Pantone Universe 2014 Color of the Year Radiant Orchid Collection Review & Swatches

The 2014 PANTONE Color of the Year is Radiant Orchid. Lush. Modern. Beguiling. Radiant Orchid is an inspired flush of uninhibited beauty. I am loving this years choice. Radiant Orchid is a blend of fuchsia, purple, and pink undertones. It suits a wide range of skin tones and is such versatile shade that can be worn on eyes, cheeks, lips, and nails. The Sephora + Pantone Universe 18-3224 Radiant Orchid Collection brings us an assortment of limited edition products capturing this captivating shade. I have three of the nine available products/sets to share with you today.

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Rush Luster Cheek Sweep ($26 US/$31 CAD) – This palette contains the most stunning Radiant Orchid powder blush along with two harmonizing powder aluminizes (Bridal Rose – warm rose gold and Spanish Villa that you can layer and blend with the radiant orchid shade or wear solo. These powders are incredibly pigmented and silky. I think they can be used just as effectively on the eyes making this a really versatile and beautiful palette.

Venus Lure Lip Balm ($16 US/$19 CAD) – This Radiant Orchid hued balm contains the nourishing Hyluronic Acid and Collagen to smooth and soften lips. Essential oils give a cooling and tingling sensation. This balm offers a glossy shine and can actually be built up to give a decent amount of colour.

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Color Gaze Brush Set ($68 US/$82 CAD) – This set of high quality brushes with Radiant Orchid toned ombre handles is made with soft synthetic bristles and comes in a standing and versatile pebbled vegan leather case. The brushes include Angled Blush Brush, Stippling Brush, All Over Shadow Brush, Crease Brush, Shadow Brush, and Lip Brush.

Available at Sephora now!

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Sephora Collection Flatter Yourself Contouring Brush Set and Natural Resources Everyday Eye Brush Set

Sephora has released some new brush sets that are of excellent quality, super soft, and come with some great extras. The cases also happen to be drop dead gorgeous. I wish there was a way I could use them as a clutch!

Sephora Collection Flatter Yourself Contouring Brush Set ($58 CAD/$48 US)

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This high quality set includes a stippling brush, a flat top powder brush for buffing and setting, and angled blush brush. Also includes PRO Team make-up tutorial. The set is encased in a fashionable slim-line pouch and includes mint blotting papers.

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The travel case contains:

  • Stippling Brush
  • Buffing Brush
  • Angled Blush Brush
  • PRO Team Brush Tutorial

Plus Cooling Mint Blotting Papers

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Natural Resources Everyday Eye Brush Set ($47 CAD/$39 US)

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This must-have brush set contains all the brushes needed for flawless makeup application. It features a combination of natural and synthetic brushes for powder and cream applications including all over eye shadow, small shadow, angled shadow, rounded crease, and angled liner. The deluxe size instant brush cleanser wipes keep brushes nice and clean, and are fast-drying so you can quickly clean pigment off brushes and re-use immediately. A compact, sleek pouch design holds all your essential eye brushes so you can touch up while on the go.

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The travel case contains:

  • All over shadow brush
  • Small shadow brush
  • Angled shadow brush
  • Rounded crease brush
  • Flat liner brush
  • PRO Team brush tutorial

Plus Antibacterial brush wipes.

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