I have what I call a lifelong brow complex. My eyebrows are born very sparse, and I’ve made my fair share of mistakes trying to make them look normal. In this week’s #5forFriday, I am showcasing the luxury/high-end brow products in my stash. If you have similar coloring/brow issues, this is a post you do not want to miss!
1. Hourglass Soft Brunette Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil (see it on me here)
Hourglass Soft Brunette Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil is as close to a holy grail brow product as I’ve ever tried. The big, slanted tip makes it easy for me to map out the shape. At the same time, it is difficult to end up with harsh lines. Even if you do, it is very easy to blend out. The shade is pretty spot-on. If you don’t want a warm-toned brow pencil, this is a good bet. In all honesty, even though I have strayed from Soft Brunette recently while testing out other brow products, I am relatively sure this is the one I will go back to. Hourglass recently added 6 shades to the line-up. If you like the formula but couldn’t find a match before, you have a much better chance now!
2. *Burberry Ash Brown (No. 03) Eff0rtless Eyebrow Definer (see it on me here)
Burberry quietly launched the Effortless Eyebrow Definer at the end of last year. There are three shades available, and I was sent Ash Brown, the darkest one. This also has a larger, slanted tip that I find optimal for my eyebrows. The consistency is softer, so it is a good idea to start with a light hand. However, this also means that if you want, you can get pretty dramatic, well-defined eyebrows with it. In terms of the shade, Ash Brown looks too harsh on me, but I see it working for those with naturally darker/fuller brows.
3. Tom Ford Taupe (02) Brow Sculptor (see it on me here)
See, this is my eyebrow complex at work. Who needs a 44-buck eyebrow pencil? This girl.
There are 4 shades available in the Tom Ford Brow Sculptor line-up. I picked Taupe, which turned out to be a great match. Besides a spoolie, it has a sharpener on the other end (although I have never felt the need to use it). Taupe is just a tad warmer than Hourglass Soft Brunette, which makes it softer and even more natural-looking on me for the moment. I also think the consistency makes it really, really hard to overdo. I hate to say this, but this one is perfect. If money were no object, this is probably the eyebrow pencil I’d like to stick to. Sadly, I don’t think I will repurchase regularly.
4. Anastasia Beverly Hills Medium Brown Brow Wiz
My curiosity got the better of me because so many people swear Brow Wiz is their holy grail. I can see why it is popular. The tiny tip makes it great for drawing individual hair, and the 9-shade line-up has most people covered (Medium Brown works well for me). However, like I suspected, I really don’t reach for this one at all because it takes forever and a day for me to fill mine in with a tiny tip. I sometimes use it to make sure the front of my brows is not overly drawn-in (a mistake I make all the time), but that’s about it. Also, surprise surprise, by weight this one is the most expensive of them all! If you go through these fast, you might as well give the Tom Ford one a go (or the Hourglass one, which is a third of the price by weight)!
A closer look at the four pencils. From left to right: Hourglass, Burberry, Tom Ford, Anastasia:
Now that we’ve filled the brows in, it’s time to tame the few hairs that just won’t grow in the right direction.
5. Brow Gel
Again, my curiosity got the better of me in the case of Anastasia Beverly Hills Granite Tinted Brow Gel, but that’s also how I came to the conclusion that tinted brow gels are not for me. Brow gels are not meant to stay on bare skin, and there are just too many gaps in my brows. I can’t get a good shape out of a tinted brow gel alone, and layering one on top of a brow pencil just ends up making my brows too dark.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Granite Tinted Brow Gel swatch:
What I like about this particular tinted brow gel is the fact that the “shimmer (invisible in normal viewing distance)” in there gives the brows a sheen hair naturally has, and the wand doesn’t deposit too much product in one go.
I do however, use a transparent brow gel regularly. I reviewed Dior Diorshow Brow Styler Gel a while ago. The unique applicator makes it much more hygienic. It doesn’t have super hold, so it depends on what you are looking for. Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel offers more hold. I’ve been using it for a couple of months now, and so far it hasn’t gunked up. Let’s hope it’ll stay that way for another while!
Let’s talk brows! I know that everybody has different concerns and different preferences for filling them in. How do you do yours?