Aug 212013

Nars Brow Gels1a

I’ve been playing with the new Nars Brow Gel ($22 each/ 0.21 oz) for about two weeks. These are a nice way to add color, shape, and emphasis to the all-important brow. Have you ever rushed out of the house without remembering to do your brows? I sure have–and the reflection in my rear-view mirror left something to be desired. Brows are so important.

Nars Brow Gels2

Liz and I have been pretty delighted with them. They come in four colors:

  • Oural:  a clear gel
  • Athens: a light brown suitable for many blondes (this is Liz’s shade)
  • Piraeus:  medium brown (this works well for my brunette hair color)
  • Kinshasa:  a dark brown

For the color shades (the last three, above), I found that these layered color very quickly.  The gel is a good texture, and if you carefully remove the brush from the container you won’t get any clumps that might cling to your brows as you apply it. I’ve been using Bobbi Brown’s Brow Shaper, which contains about 1/3 less product at the same price point.

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Between the two, I found the Nars Brow Gel to come out of the tube slightly wetter than Bobbi Brown’s. This allows me to use the Nars to give more affirmative shape to my brow–for example, to sweep all the brow hairs horizontally in a way that holds them all day and gives the brow an overall flat appearance.  Also, the Nars can be used to push some of the brow hairs upwards, while sculpting the rest to the side. Also, I tended to need fewer sweeps through the brow to get good color coverage–one sweep with the Nars, and done.

Nars Brow Gels4

The packaging and wand of the Nars is far longer than the Bobbi Brown Brow Shaper, and overall the Nars actually “shapes” the brow better due to the gel texture. Here are some good arm swatches of the four Nars shades:

Nars Brow Gel swatches1

Overall, the Nars Brow Gel is an excellent product. I get all day wear (and some of my days lately have been quite long!) There’s no stiffness in the brow, no flaking, no fading. I’ve had no dripping or any problems with the unusual warm, humid weather we’ve had lately (or when I was caught in the rain earlier this month). This is a professional-type product that I had confidence using even when speaking to large groups.  Here’s a shot of Liz wearing Nars Athens in her brow, which she applied lightly for a natural look:

nars brow gel liz2Two thumbs up for value, convenience, quality, and price (particularly when the quantity is compared to Bobbi Brown).  Available at Nordstrom and other stores where Nars is sold.

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Jul 022013


At the Marc Jacobs Fall 2013 Runway show, Nars previewed some brow products which are now set for release. Specifically. on July 15th on Nars online site and at Nars boutiques, the line is set to release four shades of a NARS Brow Perfector ($22 each) and four shades of the new Nars Brow Gel ($22 each).  I’m assuming that these will be more widely released during August (although there is no official word on that, just a guess).

NARS Brow Gel - hi res

According to the company describing the new Nars Brow Gel, “Keep brows in place with a unique precision-tapered brush that adds shape and definition to every angle while creating a fuller, smoother brow look to perfectly set the symmetry of the face.” The shades are:

  • Kishasa: Dark brown
  • Piraeus: Medium brown
  • Athens: Blond
  • Oural: Clear

Regarding the new Nars Brow Perfectors, the company states “A propel/repel pencil allows you to reshape, fill, and design brows for a full and flawless, natural matte finish, while an innovative oval shape gives complete control over brow shape, angle, and size. Natural ingredients ensure brows are nourished, soft, and smooth. The shades are:

  • Suriname:  Black
  • Caucase: Brown
  • Kalamata: Light brown
  • Salzbourg: Blonde


NARS Suriname Brow Perfector - hi res

NARS Caucase Brow Perfector - hi res

NARS Kalamata Brow Perfector - hi res

NARS Salzbourg Brow Perfector - hi res

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