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I’ve been slowly collecting eyebrow products awhile so here’s my take on the here-to-stay-not-a-trend makeup look!
Let’s talk about that!
Brows have been an on again off again trend for quite a few years (decades even?). But over the past maybe two years, possibly longer, bold and/or defined brows have not only been making a big come back, but a lot of fashion/makeup gurus are saying they’re here to stay. Now, of course, we all have eyebrows of some sort, but what they mean is defining your brows. Whether it’s filling them in just enough so they don’t look too sparse, or going full blown bold “make-a-statement” brows. With my heritage including Italian, I inherited my mom’s darker hair, but my dad’s bushy eyebrows. I have taken great pains to contain and control my sometimes, or what used to be, wiry eyebrows, and now, I feel like I have a decent grip on how to fill them in, contain the odd kinky hair that sticks straight up, and I like the shape. I believe one of the most important aspects of your face are your eyebrows. The eyebrows add definition to your face, they define your face shape, and when your eyebrows are defined, it balances out the rest of your features.
So what I want to do now is show you some of the brow products I’ve used and either have hated or loved, or felt something in between.
Here’s a run down of the many different types of brow products out there!
Powders – this are good for doing a gentle, subtle fill in of patchy areas
Gel – you can get clear brow gel (good for holding shape when you’ve combed your brows and keeping product in place) or colored that matches your natural color
Pencils – once again, a product that can be used for a subtle defining/filling in of your brows – or you can use a pencil to completely fill in your brow and you’re good to go
Cream – same as powder, but it’s cream, and depending on the quality and texture of the cream, it is easy (or hard) to fill in and define your brows with this kind of product
Markers – I don’t have any experience with this kind of brow product, but I know Benefit Cosmetics has one or two in their new brow collection
Okay, I have used the first four types of products, but have never used brow markers. Those kind of scare me, and I am not that thrilled of the idea of making my already bold brows even more in-your-face! The two kinds of powdered brow products that I have used were from Pixi by Petra and NYX cosmetics.
The NYX brow kit was the first eyebrow specific product I’ve ever gotten. Because I was so new to doing my brows when I first got that kit, I was pretty tentative about going “bold.” So I used the powder to carefully and subtly fill in my brows, but I didn’t know how to or want to create too much definition. I would recommend this to someone who wants a product with a brow pomade (basically the same as a gel…you can mix the powder with a pomade and create more of a cream product instead of just powder) and two different colors.
The second powder product in the picture above is a little Pixi palette I accidentally stumbled upon last Christmas. I have since discovered it at Target and have notices that it tends to show up a lot during the Christmas season (which is coming up rather quickly!). I like the shades and powder consistency of this product better than the NYX eyebrow kit, but I think now I would honestly recommend either of them.
Moving on to…Gels!
The black tube in the picture above is actually a brow cream/gel kind of product from Julep. It was one of the free products I earned through a promotion Julep had a while back. I wasn’t so sure about using it when I first got it, but it has become one of the few brow products I will reach for when I want to do something different with my eyebrows. I don’t have a link for this product because to be perfectly honest, I wouldn’t really recommend it.
Let’s talk about Essence really quick. Essence is one of those brands that I would consider the AFFORDABLE side of makeup products. A caveat here though is that cheap does not mean bad quality. I have tried several of their products and have been impressed with the level of quality for such a low cost. I would put Essence products in the same category as e.l.f. cosmetics – well made, affordable, good quality makeup products.
Essence make me brow eyebrow gel mascara is supposed to be a dupe for Benefit Cosmetics gimme brow (however, I do not know if Benefit’s updated formulas have changed their gimme brow so that the Essence product is no longer a reliable dupe). This product is an awesome product to carry around when you’re on the go and want just a little extra oomph to your brows. It is not a heavily brow defining product, in fact I’m not even sure if you could build it up to get a more defined brow. I do like this product, the way the gel is formulated makes it look like it has little fiber in it. I don’t know if that is how the product actually functions, but I don’t mind at all.
Pencils – I received several different eyebrow pencil products in my ipsy, birchbox, and boxycharm last year and none of them I really liked. I can’t remember the brands now, they were all brands I had never heard of and have never seen again. I didn’t think pencils were for me because with those different pencils I had gotten, none of them seemed able to create the fine lines I was looking for. And then I found this pencil from Eylure.
As you can see, my Eylure pencil is not quite the length it once was. I love pencils that come with the brush already attached and this pencil is my #1 go to eyebrow product. I am constantly sharpening it and it does give me the fine lines I want when trying to define my brows. It is also the closest to a perfect shade for my natural eyebrow color out of any other product I’ve ever tried or have currently.
I’m not sure if it’s because any Benefit product I’ve tried hasn’t been the right shade for me, but the eyebrow pencil above is too light and to be blunt, I hate it. It doesn’t go on smoothly, I feel like I have to apply so much pressure to get any color to show up, and because it’s not the right color, I just don’t use it. I did want to show it as an example of another pencil brow product that has great reviews and comes highly recommended.
I recently picked up NYX’s Tame and Frame brow pomade and have begun using that. It is a slightly different shade than the Eylure pencil, but it still compliments and matches my hair color. This product is actually one of the top dupes for Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade. I have never tried any Anastasia products, but I plan to take a trip to Sephora shortly and get a sample so I can compare the two products. The NYX product takes a little bit to get the hang of, but I am definitely not against it. I use this brush from e.l.f. cosmetics and next time I use the brow pomade, I’m going to try using the pencil to line my brows first before filling it in.
So there you have it! My recommendations and suggestions for eyebrow products! What are your favorite products to use for your eyebrows? Have you had a difficult time figuring out what works best for you? Hopefully this post will help you if that’s you!