Sunday, July 14th, 2013

NARS Caucase Brow Perfector
NARS Caucase Brow Perfector

NARS Brow Perfector ($22.00 for 0.007 oz.) will be available in four shades that range from blonde to black (but no redhead). The formula is described as “velvety” with a “natural matte finish” and “natural ingredients [that] ensure brows are nourished, soft, and smooth.” That last bit, I couldn’t attest to and don’t actually know what they’re referring to as far as particulars. There’s a lot of focus on the precision tip of the pencil that is oval-shaped.

  • Caucase is described as “brown.” It’s a light-medium, neutral brown with a matte finish.
  • Kalamata is described as “light brown.” It’s a light-medium, slightly warm-toned brown with a matte finish. I could barely tell the difference between this and Caucase, both in the pencil as well as swatched. I triple-checked the names to make sure they were, in fact, two different shades!
  • Salzbourg is described as “blonde.” It’s a pale, peachy beige-brown with a matte finish.
  • Suriname is described as “black.” It’s a blackened brown with subtle, cool undertones and a mostly matte finish.

I used a mix of Caucase and Suriname to fill in the right (your right!) brow, as the first was a bit too light, and the second was too dark. The consistency all four shades was very stiff, slightly waxy, but they’re skip-happy and are best applied with little dashes of product rather than trying to fill in any fluid manner. You’re just not going to get good color payoff in a single stroke, and to get any color at all, you need firm pressure. I normally use powder to fill in my brows, which I find easier, more precise, and infinitely more blendable. These pencils stick where you place them, and they don’t blend together too well. On the upside, the product lasted well for nine hours. The oval shape didn’t seem to give me added precision, but it didn’t seem to complicate matters–if you have finer or thinner brows, it may be an issue, though.

The Glossover

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product

Brow Perfector

B-

While I can appreciate that you might have to give up some creaminess to get a more long-wearing brow pencil formula, this was rather stiff and harder to work with. I wish the formula was more blendable, too, to ensure really even, full brows.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3.5/5

Results
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NARS Caucase Brow Perfector
NARS Caucase Brow Perfector

NARS Caucase Brow Perfector
NARS Caucase Brow Perfector

NARS Caucase Brow Perfector
NARS Caucase Brow Perfector

NARS Caucase Brow Perfector
NARS Caucase Brow Perfector

NARS Kalamata Brow Perfector
NARS Kalamata Brow Perfector

NARS Kalamata Brow Perfector
NARS Kalamata Brow Perfector

NARS Kalamata Brow Perfector
NARS Kalamata Brow Perfector

NARS Salzbourg Brow Perfector
NARS Salzbourg Brow Perfector

NARS Salzbourg Brow Perfector
NARS Salzbourg Brow Perfector

NARS Salzbourg Brow Perfector
NARS Salzbourg Brow Perfector

NARS Suriname Brow Perfector
NARS Suriname Brow Perfector

NARS Suriname Brow Perfector
NARS Suriname Brow Perfector

NARS Suriname Brow Perfector
NARS Suriname Brow Perfector

NARS Suriname Brow Perfector
NARS Suriname Brow Perfector + NARS La Paz Lipstick

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24 thoughts on “NARS Brow Perfectors Reviews, Photos, Swatches

  1. Jesse

    Did you brush out your eyebrows for proper blending?

  2. I love Salzbourg! Originally I thought these would be too cool-toned for me, but Salzbourg looks like a great color.

  3. I tried several different ones, but I always go back to the Anastasia BH pencils.

  4. These look far too unforgiving for me..just not my kind of product. I do not typically use pencils, but I do grab if I am in a hurry. My picks for pencils would be Anastasia or Dior over this version. Using a toothbrush (no worries, it’s not the one I use for my teeth :P) , I find both of these products blend out quite nicely.

    • divinem1 (Melissa)

      I’m in desperate need of brow help. My thyroid is now completely dead (Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis), and I’m left with invisible brows that must be filled in with something forgiving and not too harsh.

      MAC’s Espresso (my previous go-to) is the right color, but I need something that doesn’t *look* like I’m coloring it in. I can’t stand seeing eyebrows that look like they’ve been filled in with a Sharpie marker.

      I think I’ll give Anastasia a whirl.

      • Monibackincali

        Oh dear, I have the same illness and half of your problem. One of my eyebrows is healthy and lush. The other, not so much.

        If you get a chance – try MAC Handwritten to fill in your brow. It’s less “harsh” than Espresso. That’s the one I when I’m rocking a full face of makeup. When I’m not – I use wedge or coquette (with just mascara, browser, & natural lippie). The advantage of wedge and coquette are that they are also gorgeous blending colors.

        For reference I’m a NC40 with medium/olive skin.

  5. J

    These actually look pretty good. I wouldn’t want good color payoff in a brow pencil, it should be very sheer.

  6. xamyx

    I was so looking forward to Suriname, but it seems it may be too brown… I may pick it up anyway, especially if I go back to a blackened cherry or aubergine shade for my hair. For now, I’ll just stick to WnW; I get good wear-time, it’s super cheap, and is actually black.

    The first 3 seem like they’ll work for redheads, depending on the shade of red, so it seems the only ones left out (yet *again*) are those of us with black hair.

  7. I like the mix of the two shades on you.

  8. abigailod

    I lucked out on Mac’s Deep Dark Brunette brow gel creme from one of the recent collections – loving it so far (took some practice though). Christine, how would you compare that shade to the Suriname here? I’m kicking myself for now getting a back-up for the brow gel creme. =/ would this work, you think?

  9. Melissa

    Christine, would you say that the color of Suriname is similar to UD’s Naked Basics ‘Crave’?

    I use Crave currently as my brow-fill color, but after a whole day of work it starts feathering out the edges and I’m hoping for something a tad more permanent than powder but not nearly as knock-in-your-face as brow gel like MUFE 40 (or maybe I have a heavy hand with it, lol).

  10. Megan S

    I love your earrings they look fantastic on you!

  11. The two browns look too dark and the “blonde” looks way too warm. I wish there were a pencil like MAC’s Fling (which is the closest I’ve tried to my ideal brow color) but lighter.
    This pencil also seems like the kind that would take out brow hairs while you’re applying it!

  12. The colours look perfect on you!
    They do look pretty un-budgeable, which is a good thing in my book.
    But, le sigh…as much as i adore NARS and purchase just about everything they put out (i have two of their older brow pencils as well), the brow pencils for blondes are always too golden for my ash-blonde hair. The Salzbourg IS a very pretty shade, i like that it’s so light and sheer – if only it were cooler toned.

  13. Next to under eye concealer brow pencils/powder are the hardest colors for me to match my coloring. Haven’t found the perfect colors yet!!

  14. dakotacheryl

    I’ll stick with my Tarte brow pencil. The brown is a great match for me, and I prefer it’s skinny width as it makes it easier to fill in little areas…and it has an attached spoolie.

  15. Could you maybe compare MAC Lingering to Caucase?