30 January 2013

My Current Favourites: Eyebrow Products


Apologies for my waaaay overdue "My Current Favourites" post! I have been really busy with work lately, and have so many posts ideas and not enough time!

Being an indecisive person that I am, I couldn't decide what products to do this "My Current Favourite" post on. I finally settled on eyebrow stuff, so let's get started!


These three products are my ultimate favourite eyebrow kits - Essence eyebrow stylist set, MUA pro-brow ultimate eyebrow kit, and Urban Decay Brow Box in Brown Sugar.

  
Starting off with Essence, I really like how cheap and effective this little eyebrow kit is. I only use the darker shade (no. 2 - I've numbered each shade in all the pictures for convenience in the swatch pictures below), as the lighter shade of brown is too light for me. I wish that they packaged each shade separately, as it's such a waste! Another thing I didn't like about the packaging was the need to pull out the whole plastic "plate" containing the eyebrow powders in order to get the brush out, which I thought was brilliant. However, when I tried to clean it, I accidentally pulled a bunch of brush fibres out and now it's not very even (and thus, not as 'effective' as before). I also didn't find the stencils useful at all because they're far too long for my eyebrows. You might be wondering "why the heck is this in your favourites if there are so many negatives?!" Well, I think the quality of the powder and the brush (before I ruined it) was amazing and together with the price (can't remember but I think it was less than $5), the pros outweigh the cons!

Next, we have the MUA Pro-Brow Kit, retailing at a very affordable price of £3.50. It comes with a darker brown shade - No. 1 (which is one I truly use and abuse), a lighter brown shade - No. 2, a nude-ish shade - No. 3 (which I sometimes use as a highlight), and a gel to set your brows. I don't ever use the gel because I've never felt the need to set my brows. The kit also came with a double ended brush and a pair of mini tweezers (not pictured). I have to say that the brush is quite stiff, and I guess that's why it's so bloody amazing. It picks up a good amount of powder, and allow for precise application with the angled, stiff brush fibres. Packaging wise, I don't have any major problems, although it's on the chunky side, which might not be too ideal for light travelling (compared to the other two eyebrow products in this post). Having said that, it's got a huge-ass mirror, which means that you don't have to worry about packing an additional mirror.

 Lastly, the Urban Decay Brow Box in Brown Sugar. I actually received this for one of my Christmas presents from the BF, so I'm not sure how much he paid for it but I know that it goes for £17 on lookfantastic.com. Although it has such a hefty price tag, I think it's so worth it! I shall briefly help you justify spending £17 on eyebrow stuff by listing the pros out, because the only con I can think of is the price tag.
1. Packaging. ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! I love love love the packaging of this brow kit. From the purpley goodness, to the sound of the lid snapping shut, to its compact size. It even has a little drawer at the bottom, which comes out when you push it in. It contains a tray of gel, which is amazing (even though I don't use gel) because it stops any loose bits of pigments from the eyebrow powder contaminating the gel. 

2. Tools. It comes with a brush and a pair of tweezers. I admit I haven't used the tweezers yet, so I don't know how they compare with my tweezerman tweezers, but I think it's so handy to have them there, especially when you're travelling and have forgotten your fancy shmancy tweezers. I also love the brush. It does a fantastic job at picking up sufficient powder and application. I have also used it to blend out the inner ends, and it's fantastic!
3. Formula/Pigmentation. It's really pigmented, and covers up any sparse areas really well. It also matches my brows so well! Similar to the previous point, even though it's pigmented, it blends so surprisingly well if you don't want any harsh lines.

4. Mirror. Ok so maybe this point could have gone into point number 1 but for justification purposes, it shall be its own point because everyone needs a mirror... Although it's nearly half the size of the MUA one, the mirror is big enough for tweezing and primping up your brows, which is what you NEED in a brow kit right?

I just want to clarify that I do not get anything out of trying to sell this UD eyebrow kit to you... I just love it.. A LOT.

Anyway, it's SWATCH TIME!
without flash
with flash

What is/are your favourite eyebrow product(s)? Have you tried any of these eyebrow primping goodness?

18 comments:

  1. I really like the look of the UD one. I was using Benefit Brow Zings but I need a darker powder now. At the moment I've been using Maybelline's new brow pencil.

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    1. The UD one is amaaaazing! I think I have a Benefit Brow Zings somewhere... I need to find it!!

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  2. Nice post!
    I don't have a favourite eyebrow product because I haven't found a way to fill in my brows yet make them look natural.
    And my eyebrow hairs are grey/black so I find dark brown still looks a bit weird on me :/

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    1. Same! Everyone does dark brown but I also have black eyebrow hairs so it looks really weird despite how much I blend. When I had my eyebrows done at MAC, they filled my eyebrows in SO dark and I was so self conscious on the way home...

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    2. I have dark-brown/black brow hairs and I find all three to do amazing covering up sparse areas, whilst looking natural.

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  3. The UD brow set looks lovely. I have the MUA set but for some reason the powder doesn't sit well on my skin. I find that it tends to fade away after a couple of hours :( I think my ultimate favourite so far is the Stila Brow Set! :) x

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    1. Really?! All three products stay on my skin all day... that's weird. Will have to check out the Stila Brow Set next :)

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  4. I use the Essence duo but hate the cheap packaging!

    sarah
    morethanadored.blogspot.com

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    1. Agree on the cheap packaging, but can't really complain since the product itself is cheap :P

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  5. mua looks good for multiuse and versatile for differing eyebrow colors! i shouldve gotten it in my order lol zz
    great post! i like eyebrow mascaras the most :D

    xo; L&M
    www.twoplicates.blogspot.com

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    1. Hahah you can always get some next time! I used to use eyebrow mascaras but I couldn't find a good one to replace a discontinued maybelline one that i loved.

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  6. I really wanna try the MUA's one :)

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    1. Should get it! It's quite affordable :)

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  7. I've only got an Australis eyebrow pencil which I rarely use because I can't get the hang of it. I'm happy to hear good reviews about the MUA kit as I bought one during their 50% off sale!

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  8. I should really get into the habit of doind my eyebrows when I know flash will be used at an event! i sometimes use an eyeshadow from my coastal scents palette. I am tempted to do a mua order and might add this to it!

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