Dec 08 2014

My Latest Investment: Nars Ita Brush (Blogmas Day 8)

nars ita brush review

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.

nars ita brush

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”.


nars ita brush review side shot

nars ita brush close up

Conclusion: Apologies in advance for your wallets, but this is a major recommend!

The Nars Ita Brush is available at Sephora (currently sold out), the Nars US site (which now ships to Canada), and the Nars UK site.





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    • elleseesyou on December 8, 2014 at 7:13 am
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    it’s on my forever list–that’s for sure!

      • Kimmy on December 8, 2014 at 11:15 am
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      Hehe. It’s AMAZING! I don’t know why I waited so long!

  1. I want! I fail at contour so I definitely need this in my life but that price is painful! x

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      • Kimmy on December 9, 2014 at 11:59 am
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      I hear, it’s a pretty penny but honestly makes your contouring experience so much better!

    • kpsays on December 8, 2014 at 11:49 pm
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    So happy you scored it during a sale! I love, love, love this brush. It is my #1 favorite. I would forsake all of my other brushes for this one if forced to do so.

      • Kimmy on December 9, 2014 at 12:00 pm
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      Haha. I think it brings out that kind of passion in everyone. I almost gave up on getting it during the sale as it sold out initially but my patience paid off on the last day of he 20% off. So, so glad I caved. 🙂 xo

  2. I thought this brush just looked like a dream! Though luckily I found my contouring brush that I love in my Limited Edition Sonia Kashuk brush set which is perfect for contouring as well. Thanks for sharing! 🙂 xo <3

      • Kimmy on December 9, 2014 at 12:04 pm
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      I so wanted that set! I remember you featuring it, but there was no way for me to get my hands on it before it sold out as I wasn’t planning to be in the U.S. during that time. I’m glad you’ve been enjoying it and that that brush worked out well for you, though. 🙂

    • lauralondonblogger on December 9, 2014 at 3:27 pm
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    I’m very happy you are in love with your investment. It comes with quite the price doesn’t it? Having said that, it doesn’t seem to be my cup of tea. I think it’s the shape of the brush and I think that would be too much of a struggle for me to get used to it! For contouring, I’m still in love with my Bobbi Brown Sheer powder brush!

      • Kimmy on December 9, 2014 at 4:31 pm
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      I definitely have to try more Bobbi Brown brushes – maybe if I get some Christmas money I’ll hit up the counters. I need to try more Bobbi Brown in general as we have the counter here. xo

        • Silke Laura on March 30, 2015 at 7:06 am
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        You are probably wondering why I’m back commenting on this post.. but I’m thinking of purchasing the ita brush regardless of what I said back in december. I’ve seen people use this brush and it looks great! I just need to get over the price .. do you still love it as much?

        1. Silke and I spoke already, but for anyone else wondering, yes I do still love it. If you’re into contouring, than the Ita is a priceless tool to have in your arsenal!

  3. I so want this. I am so in love with my Yachiyo that I can only imagine adoring this one… Sounds so, so great! So glad to hear you’re loving it! 🙂 xx

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      • Kimmy on December 19, 2014 at 12:05 pm
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      Yachiyo will be mine one day! Hehe. xo

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