Brow Defining Cream
Brow Defining Cream is a wonderful, relatively easy way to define and fill in eyebrows, with one caveat: It's very tricky to apply this pigment-rich cream sparingly, so the potential for heavier-looking, more dramatic brows is higher than usual. Having said that, if the look of stronger brows are what you're after, keep reading!
Housed in a glass pot with a screw-on cap, this silky cream must be applied with a brow brush—whichever type you prefer. Even applied sparingly, this lays down rich color but, assuming you're using a good brush, is easy to maneuver between brow hairs to build the appearance of fuller, more defined brows.
The fragrance-free formula comes in four natural-looking shades, including options for blonde to warm and dark brown brows. Shades for red to auburn brows are absent, but that's fairly typical for brow makeup, so we're not going to ding NARS for the omission.
Although this goes on silky and somewhat creamy, once set it stays in place very well—no smearing or smudging, and no stiff feel to the brows that can occur with some tinted or clear brow gels.
If you'd rather have a brow cream that imparts softer color, you'll find our favorites on the list of Best Eyebrow Fillers and Shapers, but those looking for more dramatic results should check out this long-wearing option!
- Smooth, even application.
- Imparts rich, lasting color.
- Natural-looking shades.
- Doesn't smear, smudge, or flake once set.
- Fragrance free.
- Easy to apply too much, resulting in brows that look overdone or too dark.
Frenchman Francois Nars has been painting the faces of New York's top models since arriving in the United States in 1984. Their images and his handiwork have been seen on the covers of countless fashion magazines, most notably Vogue and Elle. As the story often goes for the talented makeup artists who have become celebrities in their own right, Nars became frustrated with the state of available makeup and, surprise, another cosmetic line was born.
Beginning (as Bobbi Brown did) by launching a small collection of lipsticks in 1994, the clamor for the colors was incredible, and demand for more NARS products from the artist grew. Shortly thereafter an entire product line followed, gaining attention with vibrant, deeply pigmented colors, sleek, tactile-enhanced packaging and risqu shade names.
As an overview, NARS makeup has many strengthsit reaches its zenith with blushes, tinted moisturizer, foundations, brushes, and lipsticks. If youre a fan of bold colors, youll find them here, and the brand offers consistently impressive foundations and concealers. NARS consistently impresses when it comes to offering a wide range of shades to suit nearly any skin tone.
Where NARS often falls short is in the amount of fragrance added to many of their skincare formulas. In some cases, the amount and specific fragrance ingredients chosen outweigh the potential benefits, so be sure to double check their review before buying. Overall, NARS offers a lot to love, and if you dont mind splurging a bit (as their prices can be on the spendy side) there are quite a few makeup picks that come with our highest recommendations.
Strengths: Superior foundations and foundation shade options; excellent blushes; splurge-worthy lipsticks; beautiful bronzers and consistently impressive color products.
Weaknesses: Can be expensive; a few skincare formulas contain high amounts of fragrance.
For more information about NARS, owned by Shiseido, call (888) 788-6277 or visit www.narscosmetics.com.
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