May 27, 2015

Brows brows brows - favourite brow products

A few years ago if you'd asked me what's the one beauty product I can't live without, I probably would have said mascara. Now it would have to be eyebrow pencil. Why? Because nicely done brows will really frame the face, giving it definition, making eyes look bigger and even slim down the cheeks. And well, because I have really yucky and patchy brows from years of over plucking, so a good brow product is absolutely essential for me.

Here is what I have on rotation. All of them purchased with my own hard earned cash, and repurchased over and over and over again.

The classic pencil
For years and years this is all I used, it's the Rimmel eyebrow pencil in black/brown. I'm sure you can tell this has been getting a lot of use based on its current size. The formula is quite hard, but that's what I love in a brow pencil - anything creamy and you risk smudging it everywhere. Plus the hardness makes it easier to control your lines. It also has a mini brush at the end of the lid, so it's handy to brush pesky brow hairs into place. It's costs less than $10 but I usually stock up on them when Priceline or Chemist Warehouse are having a sale.

The automatic pencil
I bought this on a whim when I was buying the ABH Dipbrow Pomade, and I have not regretted it. It's the famed Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Medium Brown. If you hate sharpening pencils, then this automatic one is perfect as it's a wind up one. The pencil itself is really skinny, so it's very easy to do fine lines with. And I love that it has a spooley on one end. The only downside? Price. The first time I bought it direct from the ABH website (US$18) and the postage just killed me (US$18.95), but since the Aussie dollar is so low at the moment, I bit the bullet this time around and bought it from Hairhouse Warehouse for $38.

The pomade
The famous Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown - yep, it's totally worth the hype. As you can tell, this is getting a lot of love from me. It's a creamy gel formula that stays put all day long. Application does take some getting used to, you need a steady hand and a good brush! But once you get the hang of it, you won't want to use anything else. Its downside? Just like the auto-pencil, it would have to be price. You can get direct from ABH but the low Aussie dollar and high postage will mean you're not getting a bargain. I did however see them sold at Hairhouse Warehouse, and I think they were $39.

The powder
This one is actually an eyeshadow, it's #363 by Inglot, but the ashy/brown colour is perfect for my brows. I don't use it all the time, I mainly use it with the Rimmel pencil - after defining my brows with the pencil I fill in any gaps with this powder. HERE is a tutorial where you can see how I use the 2 together.
As you can see they all get a lot of love from me!

The tools
To pluck my stray brow hairs I use a the Manicure slant tweezers. They're a cheapie, but they do the job well! When it comes to brushes, I mainly use the ABH Duo Brush #12 as it's lovely and small so makes it easy to control my lines. And...ahem... if that brush is dirty then I use the Eco Tools Angled liner brush which is slightly bigger than the ABH ones, which means I end up with bigger brows that day! The other brush I use is actually meant to be for lips! It's the Royal Langnickel lip brush in GL12 which I use to apply powder shadow to my brows.
L/R: ABH Duo Brow Brush, Ecotools Angled Liner Brush, Royal Langnickel Lip Brush (used on brows), Manicure slant tweezers

And I'll leave you with some pics of my ideal brow shape, all from Instagram (L/R: @makeupbysol; @karrenjadexx@art_by_nez@nurmakeup; @kimkluva

What are some of your favourite brow products? And while we're talking brows, have you ever had temporary brow tattoo done? I'm very tempted as I think it'll save time in the mornings, but not sure I'm game enough to try them yet.


  1. I really want to try some products by Anastasia Beverly Hills, I have heard so many good reviews on them! I like to use the Rimmel Pencil everyday, it's really handy how it comes with a brush! Great review xx

    Beauty Girl

    1. The ABH products are fantastic! Quite pricey but definitely worth it. As for that Rimmel one, glad you like it too and yep I too love the brush that comes with it. xx

  2. I'm not really a fan of Instagram brows. I like perfectly imperfect brows if you know what I mean. Those that match perfectly, with very cleanly drawn on brows look really fake. That said, I don't have much brow hairs, so I have to draw them on anyway. Such irony. Hahahaha!

    1. Haha I know what you mean about the IG brows, some of them are just soon perfect that you're like "is any part of that real?". But that said, some brows do look lovely and as much as I draw inspiration from them I can't get my brows to look like theirs.

  3. The ABH brow products are my absolute favourite! For a cheaper alternative to the Brow Wiz I like the MAC automatic pencil, believe it or not it's actually a bit thinner that the Brow Wiz(!) but requires less layering. It's slightly cheaper and works really well. I completely agree that now I just couldn't live without my brow products! Love your reviews x

    1. Oh really, the MAC one is cheaper than the Brow Wiz? I need to look into it, especially since it's thinker than Brow Wiz so I imagine it would be easy to use and easy to draw brow lines. Thanks for the heads up! xx



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