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Best Makeup Brushes for Brows & Detail Work

Best Makeup Brushes for Brows & Detail Work

This is the last post in my series on my favorite eye brushes, and it covers the more miscellaneous brushes for brows, detail work, and the like. These are the brushes I typically rotate through each and every week like clockwork (though there are more I use in a week, but these are the ones I’ll use first!).

I would love to hear about the brushes you can’t live without for brows and detail work — share your picks in the comments! 🙂

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NARS Danger Control Eyeshadow Palette

01/09

NARS Danger Control Spring 2018 Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Danger Control Spring 2018 Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Danger Control Spring 2018 Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Danger Control Spring 2018 Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Danger Control Spring 2018 Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Danger Control Spring 2018 Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Danger Control Spring 2018 Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Danger Control Palette | Look Details

NARS Danger Control Palette | Look Details

Danger Control

NARS Danger Control Spring 2018 Eyeshadow Palette ($49.00 for 0.42 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette exclusively available at Sephora for spring. According to the brand, the eyeshadows have a “wet or dry” formula that is “high-pigment, high-shine” and “long-wearing, crease-resistant.” It’s marketed primarily as an eyeshadow palette, but it could also be used a highlighting palette, though the pan size is that designed for eyeshadow. The brand seemed to say that it could be “applied sheer” with respect to the sheen and layered for a “more dramatic shine,” so referring to the finish rather than the coverage.

The eyeshadows had semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation, eight-hour wear, and were fairly easy to use, even just dry, but the more loosely pressed formulation made these easiest to work with using a dampened brush.

Ingredients

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Rave

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Elektra

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Aeryn Sun

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Bionic

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Haedus

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Tonic

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NARS Danger Control Eyeshadow Palette for Spring 2018

NARS Danger Control Eyeshadow Palette for Spring 2018
NARS Danger Control Eyeshadow Palette for Spring 2018

The Details

Transform your eyes with NARS’ new, limited-edition eyeshadow palette, featuring six multidimensional shades for a galactic gaze. This shimmering range of pastel tones can be applied sheer for an unexpected pop of luminous color, or layered for more dramatic shine. Applied wet or dry, these high-pigment, holographic shades catch the light just right. Radiate, captivate, and shift your view with unbelievable payoff and unexpected sheen.

Spring 2018

Danger Control Eyeshadow Palette, $49.00 (Limited Edition, Sephora Exclusive)

  • Rave Shimmering white silver
  • Elektra Shimmering golden pink
  • Aeryn Sun Shimmering pale pink
  • Bionic Iridescent yellow
  • Haedus Iridescent purple
  • Tonic Shimmering lilac

NARS Frioul & Galice Velvet Shadow Sticks

01/03

NARS Frioul Velvet Shadow Stick

NARS Frioul Velvet Shadow Stick

NARS Frioul Velvet Shadow Stick

Frioul

NARS Frioul Velvet Shadow Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a taupe-brown base with green-to-blue shifting shimmer. It had sheer coverage, which I was able to build to semi-opaque coverage, but it had a tendency to look a little uneven on my lid. I could see it looking more even on deeper skin tones and could work as a smoky, one-and-done shade. The consistency was slightly drier and thinner, so it did tug a bit on the lid initially. It lasted for six hours on me before creasing.

Formula Overview

$28.00/0.05 oz. - $560.00 Per Ounce

It is supposed to be a “long-wearing, crease-proof” formula with a “velvety matte finish” that “glides smoothly” with “high impact.” The formula is certainly an improvement from the Soft Touch Shadow Pencils, which were some of the fastest-creasing products I have ever tested. This formula doesn’t crease as quickly, though wear is only five to six hours, which isn’t stellar.

The texture is creamy enough that it doesn’t tug, but it dries down to a “semi-dry” texture quickly and becomes difficult to really smooth out. Consistently, when blended, the shades often looked patchy and uneven. This was least apparent with lighter shades that were closer to my skin tone, as the natural skin makes the patchiness less obvious, while in contrast, darker shades showed just how patchy and uneven the colors blended out. They’re better as eyeshadow bases, as they’ll last a bit longer with powder on top to set and the powder eyeshadow will help even out the base. In order to use these as an eyeliner, I highly recommend using a separate brush to grab color from the stick, because the stick is very rounded and large, which made it a real challenge to get it close enough to the lash line to line as well as keep the color precise (it always gave me a more jagged line).

NARS came up with some really interesting colors, and they’re ones you don’t see as often with this type of formula, but for me, the formula just didn’t perform well. If you’re looking for a cream-based eyeshadow from NARS, try their Eye Paints, which are far superior.

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Galice

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NARS Free Soul Highlighting Blush

01/06

NARS Free Soul Highlighting Blush

NARS Free Soul Highlighting Blush

NARS Free Soul Highlighting Blush

NARS Free Soul Highlighting Blush

NARS Free Soul Highlighting Blush

NARS Free Soul Highlighting Blush

Free Soul

NARS Free Soul Highlighting Blush ($30.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a luminous sheen. It had an incredibly shiny, smooth, and reflective finish that was aptly described as a “highlighting blush.” It had opaque pigmentation in a single layer, but it was easy to sheer out or build up more gradually if desired.

The consistency was smooth to the touch and felt like it had the slip of a cream blush (I almost did a double-take and had to check that it was, in fact, a powder blush!). I was worried that the creamier texture wouldn’t apply as well with brushes, but the powder applied beautifully to the skin and picked up well with soft, feathery brushes, so my worries were unfounded. It blended out with ease and did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture. On me, it lasted for eight and a half hours.