The Nars Ita Brush (or Nars Ita Kabuki Brush) is basically contouring for the novice. It makes everything about contouring super easy. And by contour, I don’t mean bronzing up the face or adding colour, I mean chiseling and carving out the face. If you’re like me, your first contouring experience was not the most pleasant.
I remember it clearly. It was about five years ago. I’d purchased my first “bronzer” and I was super excited to mimic the look I’d seen in numerous makeup artists’ tutorials. The result, I’m afraid was not what I expected. It wasn’t necessarily the colour choice – though I’ve gotten better at knowing what tones to use on myself and for what purposes, but more the technique. I basically looked like I had a dirty face.
Over the years, my “technique” has gotten better but it always takes some effort and concentration to get it “just right”. All over bronzing, no problem – but when getting into the “hollows” (I use that word loosely) of the cheeks, the outer jawline or the edges of the nose – it can be a hit or miss.
Enter the Nars Ita Brush – a tool I’d been coveting but just couldn’t drop the cash for (it retails for $55.00 USD/£43.00). But as some of you may have noticed from last week’s makeup brushes and tools haul it finally happened (Sephora 20% off VIB sale, don’t ya know). And I haven’t look back since.
What Nars says: “The striking silhouette of the Kabuki Ita is designed for targeted contouring and creating strong, sculpted cheeks. Chisel and define for your most distinct looks”.
What I say: You can basically contour blind-folded with this brush.
That pretty much captures the essence of my review, lol. But I’ll offer a little more. The ingenuity of this tool lies not only it is sleek shape, but in the fact that while there is a nice density to the bristles, they are very soft and have the perfect amount of give. This allows you to both concentrate the product in a specific, narrow area as well as blend it out appropriately and with great ease. It takes seconds. Thanks to the Ita, contouring is no longer something I reserve for “special occasions”.
Conclusion: Apologies in advance for your wallets, but this is a major recommend!
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