- Head: 3.2 cm H x 3.5 cm W x 2.5 cm D (1.25 in H x 1.4 in W x 1 in D)
- Handle: 13 cm L (5.1 in L)
Review & Usage
NARS brushes have recently been re-designed and are now referred to as Artistry brushes. I purchased the Contour Brush #21 along with the Paloma Contour Blush (review) and I have to say they work together wonderfully. The brush has shiny black bristles and matte black handle with a glossy red bottom that can only be seen when you are using the brush and looking in the mirror. The overall design may look rather plain to most, but to me, it has this mean and masculine look to it that I'm drawn to. The round handle is of a good size and length. It's pretty lightweight compared to most brushes, making it comfortable to hold.
#21 is basically a medium-sized angled brush that is designed for contouring. Most contour brushes seem to be too big for my face but this one is the perfect size. The head fits nicely into the hollows of my cheekbones and with a little turning of the handle, I can use it everywhere else on the face as well such as along the jawlines, chin, and temples. And if I squeeze the the bristles together, I can use it to contour down the sides of my nose, too.
The hair is super soft and is not scratchy at all (it may look like it is in the photos but it's really not). I also like that the bristles are not too dense which work good for light contouring. It would be an ideal brush to use with high pigment powders as well. I have not experienced any bleeding or shedding so far.
Since it blends quite nicely, I sometimes use it as a blush brush, too. This type of brush really works great when you are working in a small area that needs precision product placement.
I think the hair could have been trimmed with a little more precision because I notice some jagged cuts. It doesn't affect its performance in anyway but it would sure look a lot nicer. At this price point, I expect something close to perfection! :)