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Does this brush shed a lot? Is it good for bronzer?
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Does it work well with other BM foundations?
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Would you recommend this over the angled brush #49?
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does this shed when used with powder?
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NARS Botan Brush

What it is:A round Kabuki brush designed for precise powder application.What it does:The NARS Botan Brush is made from super black goat hair in a large, dense dome shape perfect for loose powder application, buffing, and blending.What else you need to know:Part of the Kabuki Artisan Brush Collection, the Botan Brush features super black goat hair known for its softness and strength. Modern concept and function unite with traditional Japanese culture, creating a unique and versatile brush design.
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Questions & Answers for NARS Botan Brush

Question
What is the best way to clean this?
I'm afraid of this losing its gorgeous, tightly packed shape if I clean it, but it's in desperate need. What should I do?
asked 5 years, 7 months ago
femmefocale
(Philadelphia, PA)
on Botan Brush
4 answers
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answer 1
Please see my detailed washing tips under "scrapandthecity" for this info
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
scrapandthecity
(Philadelphia, PA)
answer 2
When you talk about "washing" your brushes I become a little nervous. I used to manage a counter for Elizabeth Arden in a California Macy's. There I learned a lot of tricks of the trade. One invaluable piece of info. was about cleaning make-up brushes.This is one of the few times I would recommend using a product over a home-made solution. I use a product called Brush-off ( not an Elizabeth Arden product ; I'm pretty sure Sephora carries it ) It is a safe, effective way to "clean, condition and renew" your brushes. Your brush will hold its shape and will regain any softness it originally had & be MUCH more thoroughly cleansed than with anything else you might use.Your brushes are a big investment-they are worth this relatively small expense!
answered 3 years ago
browgoddess
answer 3
Wash it in a mild sulfate free shampoo, and after the final rinse, shake hard in a downward motion, and then reform the bristles with your hand the way you want them to be when it dries. I've had no problem this way keeping all my brushes intact and dense - just keep in mind that a lot of product build up is being washed out, so it wont feel quite as dense as it did before you washed it.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
shrinkymama
(Pittsburgh, PA)
answer 4
I just shake off all the loose powder from the brush with a tissue or fingers. It looks and feels as good as new.
answered 5 years, 5 months ago
Nicole611
(NYC, NY)
Question
Best Kabuki?
Is this the best kabuki brush? I am right now looking for a really, really good one..but the price of this one is quite high.
asked 6 years ago
Kitty629
(Toronto, ON.)
on Botan Brush
4 answers
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answer 1
OH YES! Its large enough to cover more area, therefore you can buff in a flash. Its tapered so it can get into small spaces. Blends makeup flawlessly!
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
scrapandthecity
(Philadelphia, PA)
answer 2
I wouldn't use this as I would a kabuki brush - it's too large and the bristles too stiff - not quite soft enough. I would use this more for stippling foundation/powder into the skin.
As for kabuki recs, there are several that are good, but one of my favorites is Japonesque, both their long handled and short kabuki brushes. Their very dense, soft and wonderful to work with.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
shrinkymama
(Pittsburgh, PA)
answer 3
I think the answer would also depend on what you want to use it for. For mineral makeup, I personally LOVE my Mineral Foundation Brush from The Body Shop (it really is a kabuki). It's luxurious, irresistibly soft, and feels like VELVET. However, this botan brush is great for LIQUID foundation application (IMO). It dispenses the foundation soooo evenly, it makes my foundation melt right into my skin. I look like I have near to no makeup. The Botan is also great for buffing blush when you're accidentally heavy-handed. Hope this helps.
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
nomihappy
answer 4
MAC makes a great buffer brush and it's much cheaper.
answered 6 years ago
blushaby
(Las Vegas, NV)
Question
Does shedding increase after washing?
I've noticed that brush shedding can worsen DRAMATICALLY after washing certain brushes. This has happened with my BE brush and it's maddening. Having read that this brush does indeed shed, at least initially, has anyone washed this brush and noticed an increase or decrease in shedding?
asked 4 years, 7 months ago
danipants
(Berkeley, CA)
on Botan Brush
4 answers
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answer 1
it sheds, but that goes away. some of the fibers become loose after the manufacturing process and shed away. no worries, there are still hundreds of fibers left.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
scrapandthecity
(Philadelphia, PA)
answer 2
I wanted to add that 'Brush off " is a spray, which you then tissue off. Very gentle. You should have VERY minimal to NO loss of hair from your brushes when properly used.I would think this to be the case when used with any well-made brush.
answered 3 years ago
browgoddess
answer 3
My botan really does not shed at all - before or after washing. However, I was given a GREAT tip for washing brushes. Not sure what you do, but I was told to dry them upside if possible (takes some creativity) or at the very least - hanging over the edge of a table. Water will drip into the base and loosen the adhesive, causing the brush to shed and ruin. Hope this helps!!!
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
marieep
(Columbus, Ohio)
answer 4
It decreases after every wash and also this brush bleeds black ink color the first few washes so beware! But i think after 5 washes it finally stops shedding like crazy and the black ink stops running.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
2seductive
(San Francisco)
Question
what is the diameter of this brush?
asked 5 years, 11 months ago
marthagram
(new york, new york)
on Botan Brush
2 answers
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answer 1
Two inches across at the base, and the brush head is 2 1/2 to 2 3/4's across at the top. Large brush! Also , it's not as soft as other goat hair bristles I have had.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
shrinkymama
(Pittsburgh, PA)
answer 2
It's about 2 1/2 inches across.
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
ydnic
(Northern, NJ)
Question
$75 for a brush?
I could see a good quality face brush being $30-$40 but $75 is over the top! So if you have a reason why this brush is worth $75 please tell me.
Thanks :)
asked 3 years, 8 months ago
juicycouturegal
(Parsippany, NJ)
on Botan Brush
2 answers
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answer 1
this brush is easy to use and blends makeup flawlessly. the size covers lots of area on the face at once, making for quick applications and buffing. its a time saver, and money is time!
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
scrapandthecity
(Philadelphia, PA)
answer 2
It isn't worth $75, if you go get the MAC one for $50 it does a lot of a better job, what brush bleeds black when you wash it? A cheaply dyed one, that is, do you want a brush that has black residue on your face? No thank you, I returned it for the same reason other people did. It is just not worth it.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
marydomachine
(Houston, TX)
Question
Are these brushes made in Japan?
asked 2 years, 11 months ago
ibbygirl
(Miami, FL)
on Botan Brush
2 answers
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answer 1
I do not think you are, are these http://www.hakuhodousa.com there is a section called japanese tradition and there are similar to nars as ita and yachiyo .. and if these are made in japan
answered 7 months ago
Alereyes
(Hidalgo)
answer 2
mine says made in China
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
scrapandthecity
(Philadelphia, PA)
Question
Do I have to wash it?
Do I have to wash it, Before I use it for very first time?
asked 9 months ago
CocoCrunch308
(Seminole, Fl)
on Botan Brush
2 answers
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answer 1
wash it depending on use .. if you use it every day ... I recommend that once a week or every 2 wash ..
answered 7 months ago
Alereyes
(Hidalgo)
answer 2
You do not need to wash the brush first. You can if you want, and use a tiny bit of baby shampoo and a lot of water and just make sure to towel dry lightly and then let it dry overnight.
answered 8 months ago
nikki555
(Miami, FL)
Question
Good for blush application?
Is this a full face brush only or do you think it can be used for blush application as well?
asked 2 years, 10 months ago
msmae
(Baltimore, MD)
on Botan Brush
2 answers
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answer 1
its meanly for powder application but its so huge that you can use it for blush , hope this will help xoxo
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
memeliciouzalq
(Dubai,UAE)
answer 2
No It is not for blush use. This brush is extremely large (over two inches in diameter). This is strictly a finishing brush for the entire face and allover application. It will never give you the precision needed for blush application.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
cat182
(Boston, MA)
Question
Travel Kabuki brush
I love the NARS kabuki brush. I take it everywhere and especially when traveling. I would like to find a small version of the NARS kabuki brush. I have seen lots of travel Kabuki brush, but it doesn't have the same firmness and feel to the NARS kabuki brush. Can anyone recommend a travel Kabuki brush similar to the NARS version?
thank you.
asked 1 year, 11 months ago
Anonymous
(Toronto, Canada)
on Botan Brush
2 answers
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answer 1
As a travel kabuki brush especially for bronzer I defintely recommend the sephora pro bronzer brush. I own the nars botan brush and the sephora and I usually end up with the bronzer brush in my travel bag and makeup bag because its so much easier to carry and the quality is juts as amazing.
answered 8 months ago
nikki555
(Miami, FL)
answer 2
Try the Laremin Luscious Kabuki brush. I keep it in my purse and use the NARS at home.
answered 10 months ago
medped
(Evansville, IN)
Question
how do i use this?!
I admired this brush for a long time. I eventually broke down and splurged on it. I bought it with the intent of using it as a final blending brush. I washed it and when I used it today,it looked as if it removed a good amount of the makeup i just applied. Now i am reading that it is for powder. Im confused here. I dont wear alot of setting powder as my skin is on the dry side..just a light dusting typically. I also read on a blog that a Nars associate had said it shouldn't be used for powder over a liquid foundation as it will move it around. I really want to like this. But for this amount of $,i need to be able to use it. Im not a mineral or powder foundation wearer. Any suggestions?
asked 5 months, 2 weeks ago
wintery
(cincinatti ,OH)
on Botan Brush
1 answer
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answer 1
I love mine. I build from a serum to light foundation and then I use this brush to set my powder/ it is wonderful and my favorite thus far. I really hope this helps. I can't compare any other products for powder but BOBBI BROWN has a powder brush I am going to get for my work make up bag
answered 5 months, 1 week ago
ashwo
(Ontario Canada)
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