Ahhh yes today we are talking about brows. Those little arches that cause so much stress but are so important in framing our beautiful faces. Since the Youtube beauty reckoning, we have been flooded with so many brow products to achieve that on fleek look.
Anyway, today I’m going to go through some of my newest products and sharing what I think is worth it, what is not and what I think is a non negotiable.
Ok so first up lets talk about brow pencils. I personally think that that is the easiest way to fill in your brows as it takes the least time and requires the least skill, especially in comparison to a powder or pomade. The hardest thing about brow pencils is choosing the right colour. You really need to have a good look at your hair colour and decide if you have a neutral, red or grey undertone. For example most blondes will lean towards a grey or ash undertone. If you were to pick a pencil that leans auburn, your eyebrows will very quickly become orange looking especially contrasted with your cool toned blonde hair.
I personally like darker brows on my blonde hair so I make sure I choose a middle of the road medium brown colour that has a neutral undertone. Although, that being said most “medium’ or ‘soft brown’ colours generally all lean neutral.
The brow pencil I have been using for the majority of my brow drawing life is the Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil. I use shade 3 and have gone through countless of these pencils. The formula goes on easy, it can be blended away if you make a mistake. The spooly at the other end of the pencil makes for easy brushing and blending of product. However, I recently decided that I should try some other options out only because I haven’t been the biggest fan of spending nearly $45 AUD each time. You can see in the far right of the product picture that I have a mini version that is of course cheaper and good for travel, but it doesn’t have a spooly a the other end. The cost made me explore other options and I landed on the Colourpop Brow Boss Pencil. This is a huge price decrease coming in at $5 USD. Being a US site you have to pay in USD but they have worldwide shipping so once converted you are still miles ahead of the Benefit pencil. Their colour range is smaller, but I do think most will be able to find a pencil that suits them. I use dark brown as light brown has too warm an undertone. The product itself is also near identical to Benefit. The formula feels very similar, maybe a touch less pigmented, which could actually be less intimidating to a newer brow user. I am really not seeing enough of a difference between these two pencils, so in the future I will continue to purchase the Colourpop over the Benefit. It is just much more cost effective for a very similar outcome.
Next up we have brow gels to talk about. These are almost the key player in making your eyebrows look fuller and shaped. If you’re blessed enough to have thick brows you might find that you don’t even need a brow pencil to fill in any sparse areas. Instead, using a brow gel to brush your hairs up might be enough to fill them out. Tinted brow gels might be the go too if you have enough hairs but you just want to darken them. Glossier Boy Brow, Maybelline Brow Mascara and Benefit Gimme Brow are some good tinted gel options.
I personally like to fill out the sparse areas of my brows with a pencil and then brush my hairs upwards. When I do this my eyes look much more open, especially seeing I have such deep set eyes that are often an over shadowed area of my face. The first brow gel that I had a look at was the H&M Brow Shaping Gel. This is obviously affordable, however, I found that it did absolutely nothing to hold my brows in place. In my opinion, if you’re going to bother with an eyebrow gel then it better hold them in place. I want to touch my brows and feel them plastered into place and not budging until makeup remover hits them.
As I was disappointed with this option, I bought the Colourpop Brow Boss Gel for $6 USD. I had actually heard really good things about this one. It is unlike others on the market as the gel isn’t clear but white. All you have to do is once combed into the brows then just tap the excess product into the brow with your finger tips. The colouring will disappear. Whilst I have heard positive things, I haven’t really found much joy out of it. Again it doesn’t hold my brows in place all day and once the product is dried down I don’t really get that glued in feeling. They actually market it as never having to feel the crunchy brow feeling again. Maybe to me that feeling is what I’m after? If it isn’t crunchy then maybe I think it just isn’t holding up? On the other hand, it’s not bad by any means and if you’re wanting to look budget friendly then this gel might be a good place to start.
Still on the hunt for a better eyebrow gel I landed on Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel for $37 AUS. Holy moly this stuff is a game changer for me. This stuff isn’t cheap but wow I think it is worth the price. Once this brow gel dries down, your brows are locked in place all day. Actually, I think if you didn’t get your face wet they would stay in place for as a long as a week. If you touch your brows it feels like you have hair sprayed them, which actually might be off putting for some. If you’re terrified of a tighter feeling around your brows then this might not be the option for you. But if your happy to have your brows glued into place then I cannot recommend this enough. Even though it is on the pricier side, I think this is worth every cent. I will continue to purchase this time and time again.
Lastly and quickly, I have my spooly. If you’re confused by what a spooly is, then sorry it has been mentioned so many times throughout this article, but it is basically the little mascara head looking brush. I buy a few of these at once off Ebay for next to nothing. I find them one of the most useful tools in my makeup bag. A clean spooly is useful for scratching off dried mascara that has ended up on your eye lid, brushes out clumps in your eyelashes, blends out eyebrow pencil that looks too dark and for brushing up our brows so you know where to fill them in. It’s a hard yes for me.
So that’s it for today. I hope you all learnt something about your brows. I would love to know what are your favourite brow products and what you think isn’t worth the money either? Comment below and I’ll see you soon!