Tools don’t ALWAYS get the job done.

Don’t get me wrong — I learned that the right brush is dang important for certain makeup jobs, especially eye-related tasks.  But give me a break!

I subscribe to Nordstrom’s marketing emails, and they recently sent out a blast about all the Nordstrom beauty exclusives they had coming up in their sale.  Being the beauty junkie that I am, I glanced and spotted this baby — the Smokey Eye Brush.

Now, what gal isn’t gonna be drawn by that title?  I mean, smokey eyes are a) hot, and b) difficult to pull off.  (Creating them, I mean — pulling them off looks-wise is just a matter of confidence and perhaps candlelight.  And, uh, context.)

I’ve always struggled with smokier shades, because the super-dark, super-pigmented shadows I use like Cargo Qatar are tricky since they show every mistake.  So I thought Trish here might be helping me out, and I sucked it up and paid the steep $52 for just one brush — after all, I needed to qualify for free shipping with another purchase.

Well guess what, ladies?  This brush is BULL.  It a) doesn’t fit the size of my eye (too short), b) doesn’t fit the shape of my eye (too symmetrical), and c) doesn’t feel all that great or retain powder properly in order to help achieve that elusively easy smokey look the ad copy boasts.

Thank goodness Nordstrom has a great return policy.

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