The Japanese do everything better, don’t they.
Any country that can invent this:
Deserves to be names the best country in the world!
Anyway, it so happens that Nars has a range of sleek black brushes named the Kabuki Artisan Brushes.
There are 4 brushes in the range – I owned all 4 but gave the Botan Brush away – it was a but chunky for me.
So we have the
Botan Brush is the big black fluffy one. It is extremely dense so good for buffing and it is very full and soft. Made of black goat hair. I gave this one away because it was so huge I didn’t know what to do with it.
Then there is the ITA brush (I Totally Agree).
Super black goat hair in a small, flat and angular design ideal for blending and contouring.
This is the long handled one –
I do like this one – its nice for applying blush below the cheekbone for a contoured effect. But I prefer the ITA Kabuki brush which is fat and wide, short handled:
Flat and wide, this brush is designed for controlled application of powder and color, and is excellent for blending, contouring and highlighting the complexion.
Last time I had a makeover my favorite SA in the worlds used this dense but fluffy brush to contour, under my chin, the sides of my nose and the cheeks. I feel that this brush is a bit better than the smaller but long handled one because the bristles are tightly bound – so you have more control, the colour is placed where you want it and its easy to blend away.
Its harder with the other brush as the bristles are looser.
Then there is the Yachiyo Brush
With its gently tapered spiral dome head, this brush is perfect for application of powder and color. Its multi-functional design is excellent for defining cheekbones, highlighting the complexion, as well as blending and diffusing color on or around the eye area. The handle of the Yachiyo brush is hand-spun with black wisteria to preserve its unique traditional character.
The Yachiyo brush is great for cream blush application – no streaking at all. But it ain’t cheap, oh no.
$50USD or £37 in the UK. That’s a lot especially as it does feel a teeny weeny bit fragile. This IS the brush for cream blushers though, I tell you. It is not like the crappy MAC 192 cream blush brush which in my opinion is a pile of crap. With the Yachiyo you can blend and not have to get it on your fingers at all.
Japonesque make a similar brush which I also like very much and recommend just as much as the Nars one and costs less (around £20, not sure about the US price).
Overall its a sleek, easy to use range of brushes – I use the ITA Kabuki every day and also the Yachiyo. They aren’t like anything else in the mainstream market and well worth a look if you are a brush kinda person.