Brow wars

I didn’t want to do it, but they made me…

Rimmel discontinued the eyebrow pencil I have been using for a million years so I’ve had to try out some new products to find something that will fill the gap, in my makeup bag and on my face.
Of course I immediately looked to the gang of beauty bloggers I follow for recommendations, there were many.  Luckily for me my budget restrictions soon narrowed down the selection.  So here’s my thoughts on the products I’ve tried.

Brow makeup products

Sleek makeup brow kit – light
I’d seen Yammy over at Mackins Sweetheart on Youtube use this in a video and it looked great.  She made it look very easy to use so I thought I’d give it a go.  So firstly to note, Yammy is a make up artist, I am not, she knows what she’s doing, I do not, bear this in mind.  The kit includes a shaping wax on one side and a setting powder on the other.  I found that I had to load quite a lot of the wax product onto the brush provided to really get it transfer when applying so unfortunately I found this product quite difficult to use.

Sleek eyebrow kit

It was tricky to get the right amount of product to achieve a nice shape using the brush, this may just be because I’m so used to using a pencil.  I do like the colour of the wax, it’s quite a warm brown which works well for me and my light blonde hair colour.  The powder is a little lighter in colour and I found this much easier to control when applying over the wax.  I did try to use the powder alone but it was just a little too light.  This kit comes with a mini angle brush, blending brush and mini tweezers.  The packaging is the standard Sleek matte black which is lovely although tends to look grubby quite easily.
This kit costs £8.49.  If I weren’t so ham fisted and could use this properly and easily then I think this is a good price as I imagine it would last a long time even with everyday use.

Overall, out of the 3 products I tried it was my least favourite.  This is purely due to the fact that I found it difficult to apply and so I didn’t get the result I was looking for.

Soap & Glory Archery – dark choc
I have heard so many beauty bloggers and youtubers rave about this product so I had to try it.  It has a fine tipped pen at one end and a fine twist up crayon at the other.  The instructions state to use the pen / stain to fill in any gaps then to use the crayon to create the shape you like.  I wasn’t that taken with the pen as I had to press down quite hard to get any product to transfer which then left quite harsh lines.  The crayon however is really good.  It’s easy to use and a great colour and I was able to get the affect I wanted without too muchy messing about which is exactly what I need when I’ve got a toddler hanging off my leg and shouting at me.  The one downside of the crayon was that I had to be very gentle with it as it seemed to break off quite easily and so I had used it up relatively quickly compared to my usual pencil.Soap & Glory Archery

Archery is priced at £10.00 and had it not been for the breakage problem I think this is a fair price for a nice product.

Maybelline Brow Satin Eyebrow Pencil – medium brown
Another duo product, crayon one end, powder the other.  I love the crayon, perfect colour, easy to use and minimal breakage even when I’ve not been particularly careful with it.  I was able to get a great shape with this crayon without having to apply loads of product but without it looking scarily dark.  I am less bothered about the powder side if this pencil.  It is dispensed via a little sponge which doesn’t seem to work all the well for me, it was another case of all or nothing and the all left me looking rather more scouse brow than I am comfortable with.

Maybelline Brow Satin

This pencil is priced at just £5.99 which is a great price and I will definitely be putting this one in my basket again.

This is by far my favourite product in terms of performance and price and although I’m still drawn back to pencils I’m glad I’ve tried these out and will be keeping this one in my make up bag.

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