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Review: Nars Botan Brush

You know that feeling where you save the best for last?  I'm not sure if this is the same thing, but it's like I'm waiting for something that seems special enough to break these out.  Finally, for my birthday party last week, I decided to let myself purchase one single brush: the NARS Botan.

If you've ever worried about your powder looking cakey, or -- a more relevant, modern worry -- that your HD powder will flash white in photographs, worry no more.  I've been playing with the E.L.F. HD powder lately and while I've read some reviews that it can cast a weird, ghostly paleness when subjected to flash photography.

I hadn't tested this theory (weirdly enough, I'm not a photo person), but there'd been a few times when I'd applied the powder and felt that it had paled me up a little.  On my birthday, I used the Botan brush to blend it out and the powder disappeared into all the invisible goodness it was supposed to!  I even used it with that Victoria's Secret technique I mentioned in this post where I blended my powder and bronzer together, and the results were SEAMLESS.

Again, not a photo person, so I don't actually have any photos from that night to prove to you how beautiful it was, but watch for it in an upcoming tutorial/video!  I will, however, bombard you with photos of the actual brush.

A few details...

My First Shellac Manicure

The proportion of nude manicures I get is highly disproportionate to the number of times I do my own nude nails.  Weird.

Anyway, I decided to try CND's Shellac (I was debating between those and Minx) and went for a the colour they usually use for french manicures.  I'm not sure what's wrong with me.

But I really liked the way it turned out!  I'm a little afraid of the removal process.  I hate getting my nails filed down.

CND Shellac Romantic
CND Shellac Mother of Pearl

Yeah, I'm probably going to paint over these the second I'm finished typing.  That should be an oddly smooth experience!

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