NARS Wet/Dry Blush Brush Review & Photos

NARS Wet/Dry Blush Brush
NARS Wet/Dry Blush Brush

NARS Wet/Dry Blush Brush ($42.00) is a brush designed to work the brand’s new wet/dry blush formula. It’s a smaller-sized, circular dome-shaped brush; it reminded me of a mini buffer brush with a longer brush handle. The dome seems a bit too rounded and raised, so you lose surface area to apply it on the cheeks and don’t get a great “buffing” diameter. The brush head is 21mm in width, 25mm in height, and 21mm in thickness. It had a total length of 15 centimeters with an open ferrule. I’ve been using this brush for a week, but I’ve exhausted so many ways trying to make it work.

I had really poor luck using this brush with NARS’ formula, and it wasn’t much better with other brand’s powder and cream blushes either. In general, I’ve found NARS’ brush range to be extremely disappointing. There is a real lack of quality when it comes to the cut, shape, and fibers used, and this brush has an uneven cut with noticeably sharp or rough bristles when the brush is patted or buffed against the skin. The fibers felt finer than some of the other NARS’ face brushes and wasn’t quite as scratchy. It’s a much denser brush (again, like a buffer or kabuki brush!), so in theory, you would expect it to apply a lot of color, but it doesn’t. It seems to pick up a fair amount of powder when you tap and swirl it against the blush’s surface, but the color doesn’t transfer well from the brush to the skin. I could feel the bristles, and some are irritating/scratchy, whenever I tapped, patted, or swirled the color in; the only time it seems smooth is if I only do a very gentle, slow sweeping motion outwards. It was impossible to even out or blend NARS’ blush formula when this brush was damp, as the brush would lift the color without blending it out, so there were whole areas where it would show bare skin.

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NARS Wet/Dry Blush Brush
NARS Wet/Dry Blush Brush

NARS Wet/Dry Blush Brush
NARS Wet/Dry Blush Brush

NARS Wet/Dry Blush Brush
NARS Wet/Dry Blush Brush

NARS Wet/Dry Blush Brush
NARS Wet/Dry Blush Brush

NARS Wet/Dry Blush Brush
NARS Wet/Dry Blush Brush

NARS Wet/Dry Blush Brush
Here’s how bad this brush is — tried using it damp with Frenzy blush duo

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About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Thanks for letting us know, sounds like a big waste of money. Maybe you can re-use to clean dust off window frames (j/k)

Brushes that are so bad that they’re painful to use, I use to clean keyboards and nooks and crannies, lol.

The whole gimmick was a turn off to me from the beginning. Wet/dry blushes shouldn’t be a thing. Bad idea, bad blushes, bad brush. NARS orgasm is still one of my all time favorite blushes. They can make some amazing products. This idea was just too far reaching.

I can see blushes working damp, but I think it’s a use that still needs better development – more of an “off label” use (like using an eyeshadow as a highlighter or lipsticka s a blush), because it’s just not perfected yet! You had MAC with their Magically Cool powders that went from powder to liquid, so I think there are possibilities there.

This sounds like every experience I’ve had with Nars brushes. I love the make up, but the brushes always fall short for me. I’d rather invest the money in Wayne Goss brushes.

I only had a couple of brushes from their previous release, but I did like their crease brush. The newer range I don’t think I like any from it.

Hey Christine, I noticed a couple others had commented on some ads going non-stop. I am on my PC and usually I don’t have an issue. But, the Suave Luxe volume blow dry spray ad will not stop playing,lol! I am not sure if it’s my computer of what. Just wanted to let you know.
On the brush..passing!

I had a thought…maybe apply it with a wedge makeup sponge? Or even your fingers. This blush intrigues me…can’t wait until it’s available!

I would be SO MAD if I got all the way through my routine and the blush brush left streaks like you show in that picture. Not worth the money at all! Thanks for the review!

Oh man, Christine, I feel like your facial expression in the last photo really says it all! Too bad on the brushes and the NARS wet/dry blushes. Some of the colors looked gorgeous, but after your reviews I’m going to pass on them all. It’s a shame since their original blush is so good – I have Taos and Taj Mahal and I love them both.

Yikes. You’d think a brand with such a great reputation with blush would come out with a better collection overall. Poorly conceived, poorly delivered, and poorly marketed!

Wow…..I nearly purchased this brush. SO glad you had this pic posted. Thank you for saving me money! $$$

I couldn’t get it even at all! Every time I tried using it, I ended up removing and reapplying with another brush instead.

The color is beautiful on you Christine but I’m bummed the brush is so crummy. I have to be able to buff my blush- kinda an obsessive thing with me- weird I know. I use both a medium blush brush & a fan brush. Thanks for saving me some $$!

This seems like it could be a really cool thing, so its disappointing that’s it’s such poor quality. I’ve always thought NARS brushes were overpriced for what they are. Thanks for letting us know!!

I knew this brush sounded too good to be true. Honestly it made the blush look so streaky on your cheek and that’s definitely a big no no. There are much better brushes out there for the price like the real techniques blush brush which rocks with powder blushes and finishing powder.

Oh, definitely! It wasn’t even usable damp – like I couldn’t get it to actually blend/even out the product, and I had to start over and use another tool.

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