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NARS Ita Brush Dupe

As an Amazon Prime member and shopaholic, I have bought all kinds of makeup and skin care goodies online hoping that they will live up to their great reviews. Spoiler alert: this NARS Ita brush dupe did.

NARS ‘Ita’ Kabuki Brush

For a long time I lusted after the NARS ‘Ita’ Kabuki Brush, but at $55 I never could bite the bullet and actually purchase it.  I also had watched a video review where the girl talked about how badly the brush shed and how disappointing it was which made me decide it probably wasn’t worth the price tag.

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NARS ITA Brush for contouring

The reason why I wanted this brush is because the way that it is shaped makes it perfect for “cutting” your cheekbones aka contouring your cheeks, contouring down the sides of your nose to make your nose appear slimmer, and contouring your jaw-line to make it more defined.

Amazon NARS Ita Brush Dupe

When I saw this NARS ITA Brush dupe on Amazon I figured it probably wouldn’t be exactly like the NARS Ita brush, but at less than $5 I figured it was worth a try.

NARS Ita Brush dupe on Amazon
NARS Ita Brush dupe on Amazon

This knock-off even says “NARS” on the side! According to the reviews, the hairs are softer on the Amazon version than the NARS version. The NARS Ita brush’s hairs are shorter, more dense (and less soft) which can make a very sharp line, but I like that the Amazon version’s are a bit softer and longer because I can make the sharp line, but then blend it out more easily.

I’ve had this brush for about 5 months and have not had any issues with it shedding which is great. I definitely recommend this brush!

My Favorite Contouring Powders

Benefit Hoola Bronzing Powder

On a typical day (or night out) I generally stick to powder contours (as opposed to liquid/cream contour products). My favorite this summer has been the Benefit Hoola Bronzing Powder (~$30 for 0.28oz or I bought the 0.14 Travel Size for $15 because it lasts forever). This is a great matte bronzer that can work to both bronze and contour fair to medium skin:

Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Benefit Hoola Bronzer is beloved by Kyle Richards and Cameran Wimberly from Southern Charm

The Balm Bahama Mama Bronzing Powder

If I want a more intense contour I use theBalm Bahama Mama ($19 for 1.6oz). This is a great matte bronzer powder for fair to light skinned people looking for an intense contour or medium to medium-deeper skinned people looking for a good bronzer/contour.

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The Balm Bahama Mama Bronzer is a deeper shade that can be used to contour.

How to Contour

If you want to learn more about contouring check out my previous posts: How I Contour My Face and Lilly Ghalichi’s (and Kim Kardashian’s) Tips and Tricks – Part Two.

Where I apply contour on my face to give it definition. This makes my forehead appear smaller, my cheek bones look more defined, my nose looks slimmer, my lips look bigger, and my jawline looks more defined.
Where I apply contour on my face to give it definition. This makes my forehead appear smaller, my cheek bones look more defined, my nose looks slimmer, my lips look bigger, and my jawline looks more defined.

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