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 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?

  • waymire

    I use Revlon brow fantasy. It has a different texture of pencil than I have ever found elsewhere.. it’s dry not waxy, and soft in texture, glides on very smooth.. but not terribly pigmented so you can gradually build the color without dark streaks or patches. It does not wear down quickly, so I only have to sharpen every couple of weeks or so..It also sharpens well and does not break off or leave sharp points on the wood case. The gel defines the hairs and holds them in place without being crunchy or stiff and the colors coordinate very well with the pencil. I have on occasion used the gel alone for a casual look. It lasts all day, I have never had a problem with fading or smudging. The best thing is the color selection, I have auburn hair and my brows are very light and have the worst time finding brow colors that look natural.. not too light/dark, cool/warm.. I have not only one color I like in this product but three, depending on how dark my hair is (I color it and have a lot of grey -really more like white, it’s hereditary- so it fades gradually over time and also gets lighter as it grows out) and what look I’m going for.

    I cannot tell you how many brow products I have gone through trying to find one that works well for me.. and I am very happy with this one. I have read many reviews stating that the cap covering the pencil would not stay on.. but I have three of them and use one everyday, been using it for over six months, and never had a problem. Perhaps they fixed it.

    • You have totally sold me on this pencil – I think I’m going to pick one up the next time I see Revlon on sale!

      • waymire

        Everyone has different tastes, kind of like with mascara.. but for sure grab one when they are on sale and if you don’t like it take it back. One of the things I love about drugstore makeup.. no risk. I find “light brown” to be very cool toned.. and “brunette” is much more warm. I have not tried anything darker than that.. there are two more shades darker, and one lighter.

  • Sandy

    If I may make a suggestion, please. Emi, when you do cosmetics posts, as this one for instance, I think it would be more helpful for the reader (me) to be able to view your entire face, or for eyebrow/mascara/eyeshadow products, perhaps both of your eyes. It would give me, at least, a better idea of how the product appears on your face (even if the rest of your face isn’t done).

    The same goes for lipstick. If you could could get less of a close-up, just to see how the shade compares to your complexion. I would get much more of an idea of the whole picture, pardon the pun!

    • Hi – thank you for the suggestion! I do agree that a full face photo (in addition or instead) of a close up photo makes for a better post. The main reason I don’t do them regularly is that I have a really hard time taking photos of my whole faces where I look okay, plus the photo itself is good. It’s very frequent that I take FOTD photos and none of them turn out to my satisfaction.

      So, when I do multiple swatches in a post, the idea of taking 4+ full-face photos is just really overwhelming to me! Not that I couldn’t do it, but it be a huge undertaking.

      I do appreciate the feedback, and I’ll think about and experiment with photos that are less of a close up – for lip swatches in particular, I think I should be able to manage half face photos. It’s my not-at-all-symmetrical eyes that I have the most trouble photographing!

  • Ooh, I swatched the Hourglass Arch pencils in store once, they’re really nice.

  • Ooh the Anastasia brow powder looks so nice and natural on you! I love their brow powder. I have the Express Brow set (I think that’s what it’s called) but only use the powder, so I really should’ve gotten the duo instead 😛 Still, I love it! I used to have their Brow Whiz pencil too and while I liked it, I wasn’t very comfortable using a pencil product at the time and eventually gave it away. I think that’s one I will have to revisit though. At the moment, I am currently using Hourglass’ Brow Sculpting Pencil. It’s the first pencil I’ve ever really liked using and the color is really nice too–very natural and perfectly ashy!

  • Icequeen81

    I like the anastasia look more, it gives a more natural +neutral look,

  • so far i’ve only tried brow pencil! i don’t pay much attention to my brows though, and I’m thinking of getting some stuff from anastasia! Their brow growth serum seems interesting, and their brow wiz pencil seems good!