Category Archives: Eyebrow Products

Tinted Brow Gel Review & Comparison: Glossier Boy Brow vs. Essence Make Me Brow vs. Benefit Gimme Brow

Tinted Brow Gel Comparison

I’ve been meaning to put together a post comparing Glossier Boy Brow, Essence Make Me Brow, and Benefit Gimme Brow for a while now, and with the news of a Benefit Gimme Brow recall, now seems like a good time to make it happen.

First, my brows: I have relatively full brows, so I am generally looking to fill in the tails a touch, groom, and add polish. I don’t need to create a brow anywhere that I don’t already have brow hairs or fill in any truly sparse areas. Most days I use a pencil in the tails then go through the whole brow with a tinted gel.  All three of these products work well as that tinted gel – for that reason, I consider them to be functional dupes, though there are some noticeable differences in formula and color options.

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Maybelline Master Shape Brow Pencil Review, Swatches, Comparison

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Maybelline Master Shape pencil

I realized recently that I’ve almost used up the Maybelline Master Shape brow pencil that I bought a few months ago, but haven’t reviewed it yet. The Master Shape pencils come in four colors (Blonde, Auburn, Soft Brown, and Deep Brown) and retail for around $8 at drugstores. They are available online at drugstore.com & ulta.com.

As you can tell by the amount used, I like the pencil. However, I don’t have time to write out a full review today. So, here’s quick pros & cons list.

Pro:

  • Moderate pigmentation makes it easy to use
  • Slightly waxy to hold [relatively tame] brows in place
  • I like the shape of the included spoolie
  • The spoolie end comes with a cap as well, so it doesn’t get damaged in your bag
  • Good color for me – not too warm

Cons:

  • Impossible to draw a fine line  – better for shading an area. I don’t think it would work as well on sparse brows.
  • Soft enough that it has to be frequently sharpened – I doubt it would last me two months of daily use.

I find brow pencils are often difficult to swatch on skin, so I have paper swatches for you today.  I’ve swatched several pencils plus all of the brow pens I own. The top row is the Maybelline Master Shape in Deep Brown; the Shu Uemura hard forumula pencil in Seal Brown (which I don’t like very much), and the pencil side of the Browlash Ex Water Strong Brow Pencil in Greyish Brown (which I love – reviewed here). The bottom row is Milani’s brow pen in Dark Brown (reviewed), a K-Palette Real Lasting Eyebrow pen in Grayish Brown (I like it), and the pen side of the same Browlash. The color is a little off in the photo, but you can see that the Milani is very warm, the Maybelline is a cool brown, and the other four are even cooler/ ashier grey-browns.

eyebrow pencil swatches

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Here’s a before / after of the Maybelline applied:

Maybelline Master Shape brow pencil: before & after

Maybelline Master Shape brow pencil: before & after

Given that my brows are fairly full, I generally don’t try to draw in individual hairs – I just shade the whole brow area to add definition. The Maybelline Master Shape pencil works well for this, and I have been using it regularly when I want to do my brows quickly and end up with a soft, natural look. And, the biggest endorsement of all – I am planning to repurchase!

What’s your go-to brow product?

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Eyebrow Product Comparison

brow productsThis is a quick post to compare how the three main eyebrow products I use look applied:

  • Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Brunette, reviewed/swatched here
  • Browlash Water Strong W Eyebrow Pen, reviewed/swatched here
  • Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow, reviewed/swatched here

And the comparisons:

no eyebrow product

No eyebrow product

I have relatively full brows, but prefer a more defined look than I have naturally.

anastasia brow powder duo - applied

Anastasia powder

The powder is quickest and easiest to apply. It gives the softest look.

browlash

Browlash pen (pen side only)

I love everything about the Browlast pen – the color is perfect (a very cool grey-brown), and I love the defined, but natural, look it gives. It’s also the longest-lasting of the products.

aqua brow applied

MUFE Aqua Brow

Aqua Brow is a really nice product, but since I chose a dark shade it’s a bit tricky to apply (a lighter shade would have been more user-friendly).  I’m getting more comfortable with it, though!

What type of product do you use on your brows – pen, pencil, powder, cream, or another type?

Anastasia Brow Powder Duo Swatches & Review

anastasia brow powder duo swatches

One of my favorite eyebrow products is Anastasia’s Brow Powder Duo, which retails for $22 and comes in six shades.  I bought mine over a year ago, have been using it regularly (several times a week), and still haven’t hit pan!  I have a couple different eyebrow products that I regularly use – I think that this Browlash pen is my favorite in terms of the final look – but I still use the Anastasia most frequently, because it’s the quickest and easiest to apply.

When I was initially deciding what color to purchase, I had a hard time deciding on the shade, and I couldn’t find good quality swatches online. So, I recently went to Sephora to swatch and photograph all the shades available.  I took these swatches in natural light, outside the store.

anastasia brow powder duo swatches - all shades

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anastasia brow powder duo swatches - golden blonde, ash blonde

Golden Blonde duo, Ash Blonde duo

Golden Blonde is described as a warm gold.  Ash Blonde, also known as Taupe, is described as a cool taupe.

anastasia brow powder duo swatches - medium ash, brunette

Medium Ash duo, Brunette duo

Medium Ash, also known as Medium Brown, is a taupe-based brown (a cool brown).  Brunette, also known as Dark Brown, is a dark warm brown.

anastasia brow powder duo swatches - Ebony, Strawburn

Ebony Duo, Strawburn Duo

Ebony is a deep neutral brown, and Strawburn is a reddish blonde.

If you’re looking for a brow powder, I highly recommend this one – the quality is great.  The powder is pigmented and smooth, and I only need a tiny bit to do my brows.  It lasts all day on me.  Brunette is the perfect depth for me – I use mostly the lighter shade with a touch of the darker shade – though I do wish it was a touch cooler. I could probably also use the darker shade in Medium Ash, but I don’t think the lighter shade would work on me.

Later today I’ll be posting comparison pictures of my eyebrows with the various different products I use.

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mufe aqua brow swatches

MUFE 35 Taupe Aqua Brow Review & Swatches

mufe aqua brow 35 taupe

I recently (-ish) purchased Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Brow in the shade 35 Taupe, and after a lot of experimentation, I finally feel comfortable writing a review of it.  For me at least, this wasn’t an easy to use product – it took a while for me to figure out how best to use it, and specifically how to keep from applying too much product.

Make Up For Ever boutiques, and makeup supply stores that carry the whole line, sell seven shades of Aqua Brow (which is also known as the waterproof eyebrow corrector) 10 Light Blond, 15 Blond, 20 Light Brown, 25 Ash, 30 Dark Brown, 35 Taupe, and 40 Brown Black.  Sephora sells three shades – 10, 15, and 25.

I purchased mine from a beauty supply store, and while I was there, I swatched all the shades they had available (they were missing testers for 10 and 25). Please note that this swatch is a cell phone picture in store lighting, so it’s not completely color accurate, but hopefully it’s helpful for comparison purposes. For the other shades, Vampy Varnish has a swatch of #10 here, and Makeup & Beauty Blog has a swatch of #25 here.

mufe aqua brow swatches - 15, 20, 30, 35, 40

15 Blonde, 20 Light Brown, 30 Dark Brown, 35 Taupe, 40 Brown Black

And of course, I have a better swatch of 35 Taupe, since I purchased it – please note how significantly the color differs from the above swatch of all the colors! These swatches were all done with my brow brush.  I did the heavy swatch first, wiped off my brush, then used what what left on the brush to do the medium swatch; then I used what was still on the brush to do the light swatch.

mufe aqua brow 35 taupe swatch

heavy swatch // medium swatch // light swatch

As for how it performs, I like it, but I don’t love it. As I mentioned, it’s a bit hard to use. I’ve settled on squeezing a bit out on to the back of my hand, dipping my brush in that, then wiping my brush off on the back of my hand. Then, with the remnants left on my brush, I do my brows – it’s basically the same method that I used to swatch it.  It’s a bit of a process, and seems to be more trouble than it’s worth. I get good results, but I also get good results with other brow products and less time.  Perhaps it’s because I chose a darker color; 25 Ash might have been a better choice.

Here is a before/after without any product and with the aqua brow (and other makeup, as you can see!):

mufe aqua brow before / after

The good news is that it does, as advertised, last all day (though again, my other brow products do too).

Coming soon: a comparison of all the different eyebrow products I use.

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Browlash Water Strong W Eyebrow Review & Swatches

Browlash Ex Water Strong W Eyebrow

Browlash Ex Water Strong W Eyebrow

I recently discovered two different Japanese import shops near me, each with a huge selection of Japanese makeup and skincare items. I bought a few different items in each shop, so I have several upcoming reviews for you.  My favorite purchased item has to be the Browlash Ex Water Strong W Eyebrow dual ended pen and pencil – I’ve been using the pen end every day since I got it, and entirely abandoned my previous favorite, Anastasia Brow Powder duo in Brunette.

As you can see from the package, the pencil end of the package is intended for the inner eyebrows, and the pen end for the outer eyebrows.  However, I am not used to eyebrow pencils, and I haven’t figured out how to use the pencil end of this product effectively yet, though it seems to be of nice quality.  The pen end is extremely easy to use, so I’ve just been using it on my whole eyebrow.

The color I purchased is called “grey brown” – and is fantastic shade for my almost-black eyebrows.  As you can see below, the pencil end is brown, but the pen end is grey-brown.  The swatch immediately below shows one swipe of each end, plus a layered swatch of each end.  Then, I also have a before/ after of my eyebrows, using only the pen end.

Browlash Ex Water Strong W Eyebrow  - applied

no product // pen end of Browlash

As you can see, I could have done a slightly better job blending the pen into the inner corner of my eyebrow – I prefer that edge to be softer than it is in the photo. Still, I think the pen looks great – it adds definition to my browns, but looks very natural.

The pen end also lasts incredibly well – it lives up to the 24 hours claim on the package! I actually swatched the pen-end only yesterday afternoon, forgot to wash it off, and it was still intact this morning.  It had faded a bit, but did not smudge or flake.  It lasts just as well on my eyebrows – from application until I remove it, often 16 hours later.

Overall, I LOVE this product. It is easy to use, natural looking, and lasts very well – everything I look for in an eyebrow product! I highly recommend it.

If you don’t have a store that sells Japanese makeup near you, you can purchase Browlash Water Strong W Eyebrow on ebay or Sasa.com.  Please note that have never purchased from that seller or from Sasa.com, so I can’t personally recommend either source.