NARS Ita #21 Brush Review / Kabuki Artisan Brush
Modern concept and function unite with traditional Japanese culture, creating unique and versatile Kabuki Artisan brush designs. Featuring super black goat hair known for its softness and strength, NARS’ brushes are designed for a variety of uses including color application, blending, contouring and highlighting. Ita Brush is a small, flat and angular design ideal for blending and contouring.
Price : US $ 39 / Rs 2300 approx
My Experience : I could not find this brush on NARS website. It keeps appearing and disappearing from the NARS website. It is a suuuuper popular brush. I think when the brush goes of stock, they remove it from their site. But I saw this brush everywhere at the NARS counters in Bangkok. So if you want this brush, definitely check at the counters.
Anyhoo, Ita is THE most amazing bronzing/ contouring brush I have come across. And it lives up to all its hype.
It is a flat tapered brush so you get the very precise application. You can easily apply the product exactly where it is to be placed without your bronzer going all over the place. The bristles are not very thickly packed but are dense enough to pick the right amount of product. The bristles are soft. The bristles are also fluffy enough that they help diffuse the color.The brush makes life easier basically. Even if you don’t know how to contour with it, because of the flat shape of the brush you would be able to. You can use the brush vertically in an angle to apply the product and flip the brush horizontally to diffuse the product. All this while it’s very unlikely that you’d go wrong with the application. The flat shape makes contouring a dream.
The bristles are soft and not scratchy at all. But I am someone who has also used Hakuhodo brushes and they are the epitome of softness. So I am basically spoilt . 😐 No brushes have ever come close to Hakuhodo brushes in terms of softness. If I would have not used those, I would have called ITA a veryy soft brush but now I’d place it in a medium soft brush category.
I have already washed it twice. There has been absolutely no bleeding or shedding of bristles.
I use the brush for both contouring and highlighting.
For comparison, I have used a similar brush from Illamasqua. I do not like that brush for the sole reason that the brush is super densely packed. I can’t be bothered to use two brushes – one for application and one for blending. NARS Ita totally solves that problem – it has perfect shape that makes contouring easier and enough fluffiness that also helps in blending out the harsh lines.
The only problem with NARS Ita brush is the handle. It is a rubbery matte black handle, which gets dirty too easily. But that’s the problem with all NARS products. As classy as the matte packaging looks, it’s very prone to getting stained. I always end up spending way too much time cleaning NARS products.
If you can get your hands on this brush, you MUST! It’s make your life a whole lot easier. 🙂 You’d love the whole contouring process. 🙂
Rating : 4.5/5
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