When you think you’ve made an expensive mistake…

Posted by Lipglossiping On October - 11 - 2010

As beauty addicts, how many times have we done that huh?  I’ll tell you how many… too bloody many.

Not only that, but let’s not forget that when in the UK, you’ve got more chance of finding genuine MAC on eBay than you have being able to return your purchases… these mistakes can really add up.

So, you can imagine my utter deflation when my NARS #12 Small Domed Eye brush turned up and wasn’t quite what I was hoping for.  I mean, I know that it’s called ‘small’… but I didn’t expect the head to be quite SO small.  My fault entirely.

But then I used it and I fell in love.

The NARS blurb on the website reads… Squirrel hair for definition and for creating depth in the crease of the eye.

I say… If you have hooded eyelids, get this brush.

(excuse the eyeshadow dust – it needs cleaning!)

The NARS #12 Small Domed Eye Brush is incredibly soft.  I find some NARS brushes a little scratchy for their price… but this one is a winner.  It’s densely packed and firm enough to do more than just place the colour.  This little beauty is a master blender to apply defined but soft crease colours.

Hai!  My name’s dopey.

Ignoring my moronic eye-expression (and need for a one-on-one with my tweezers) for a moment… can you see how perfectly the brush fits under that hood?  I don’t have the most hooded eyelids in the world, but they are a pain for muddying colour when the upper part droops onto the lid itself.  If I’m wearing a v. dark crease colour, I need to be precise and I need to focus it in the outer corner and just in the actual crease itself because of that reason.  With this brush I can do this.

Why not just use a pencil brush or a small eye contour brush then?  Because I’m crap at makeup in general and those kinda brushes always encourage me to be too heavy handed.  With the NARS #12 brush, I can do gentle windshield wiper movements along the crease contour (whilst keeping my eyes half open) and achieve a soft, smoky but perfectly defined dark crease.

At £22.00 (for such a teeny little brush) my initial disappointment almost resulted in a mild strop but now?  I’m considering a backup.

Which NARS brushes do you rate most highly?

19 Responses to “When you think you’ve made an expensive mistake…”

  1. Rhamnousia says:

    I don’t know about NARS but I found my perfect crease brush and it’s by Models Own. It’s a pointy number, bit smaller than yours but it’s densly packed, too.

    I have the same kind of lids that you and I find that that brush works very well, you can just jam it in and it does the hard work for you.

  2. Sandra L says:


    That brush looks just like a painting brush I own! Someone once told me they are just the same, painting and makeup brushes, the different being in the price. I never checked if it’s true. What do you think about it?


  3. Nikki says:

    Really lovely looking brush!! I hear you about the expensive purchases… it sucks we cant bring stuff back!
    My fav nars brush… or brush in general… ever… is the Yachiyo #37!! amazing for foundation, blush, contouring and cream blush.. and not a streak in sight!
    I was naughty and bought mine off ebay for about £10… probably a fake, but it still feels and acts like its the real deal :) I have 2 now! One for foundation and one for blush, I could get rid of every other foundation and blush brush… but I dont have the heart to…

  4. pwettybambi says:

    I have the #3 brush and love it> its one of their expensive brushes but worth it.

  5. Laura says:

    Squirrel hair??!!!! wtf, Unnecessary in this day in age – no?..

  6. mw says:

    i dont own any nars brushes – i should maybe give it a try !

  7. Squirrel fur? I’d feel a bit weird using that! I guess NARS arn’t cruelty free, but Spac NK sell them and say all their lins ar crulty free. Confused!

    I hav made a few expensive mistakes, but you live and learn! :)

  8. ketoglutarat says:

    i would love to try the nars yachiyo brush! i have one from hakuhodo now, and i really like it!

  9. I don’t own a NARS brush, even though it is essentially my dream to own ANYTHING featuring squirrel hair (naturally, a squirrel itself would be ideal).

    However, can I suggest, if you haven’t already, you look at the E.L.F. Contour Brush from their Studio line? I have four. They are beyond brilliant for crease and general lid work, so soft, don’t shed, and pick up a great amount of colour.

    I fully support your quest for further £22 bunches of squirrel hair, but in the interests of…an excuse to buy more stuff, I highly recommend the E.L.F. offering.


  10. Two words: blog sales. The only way to make up for these shopping mistakes :)

  11. liloo says:

    all the girls in the hood, please stand up and raise your hand: me, miss. this looks ideal for me too. yes it’s expensive but it looks definitely worth it. now, why did francois have to make it so long, such a long handle.!!! Could you compare the size of this handle with the size of the handle for the revlon contour brush thing for eyes? I’d love to know xxx
    had it been anything else reviewed your fashionista leopard gold nails would have deffo stolen the show.
    wow again. your nails are looking good at the moment, so long, what care do you use? what base do you use? would you say your nails are better in winter? xx

  12. Amelia says:

    This looks great- I would love if you did a comparison of Nars & MAC brushes (if you had both) thanks :) xxx

  13. Robyn says:

    Ooooh, I need something just like this! Silly expensive Nars…

  14. Shifa says:

    It seems great but too pricey :S Seems justified though if you don’t wana spend ages blending out e/s! I have some from Aurifere and Bdellium

  15. Ida says:

    Please do stay away from the tweezers…I’m sorry, but I really think it would suit you to not have those really thin brows. It would bring much more balance to your beautiful face if you let them grow back out.

  16. That looks fantastic. The ‘in hood’ shot in particularly helpful. I have droop and I’m always on the look out for a good crease brush for my small eyes. This is definitely a contender! Thanks for the review.
    Jane x

  17. …and you will have a post about those fabulous nails, right? :)

  18. ReaderRita says:

    Funny you should post this, as I just read another blogger’s account of brush finding! (Kelly of Vampy Varnish) Before you purchase a back up, you may want to check out her post: http://www.vampyvarnish.com/2010/10/09/sigma-complete-brush-kit-roll-eye-brushes-review/
    I have found her descriptions of things to be spot on, and she hasn’t steered my wrong yet.
    Good luck from another hooded eye gal!
    (I have totally given up on color in the crease…)

  19. Wendy says:

    It was a Nars powder and it cost about 22 dlls but the thing gave me an allergic reaction I had to go to the dermatologist and get a facial to get it out of my pores the face powder was borderline toxic.

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