(If you’re NOT a longtime reader, meanwhile, then this post is going to be a real treat for you, seriously, because when I start talking about dem brows, there’s just NO stopping me. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.)
So! To recap! I’m the unfortunate owner of eyebrows which manage to be both bushy/straggly AND with giant bald spots: so, the worst of both worlds, then. The bushiness is natural (When I was a kid, I used to beg my mum to let me tweeze my monobrow: I was seriously worried that I’d go to bed one night and wake up looking like a chimp or something…), the baldness is the unfortunate result of me repeatedly tying to tame said bushiness, by basically tweezing my eyebrows into oblivion throughout my teens and early twenties. I always secretly hoped that if I just kept on tweezing them, one day they wouldn’t grow back: and that, my friends, is where the saying, “Be careful what you wish for” comes from, because sections of my eyebrows DIDN’T ever grow back, and trust me when I tell you that is NOT a cute look.
The sections that are left, meanwhile, are just as bushy and straggly as ever, which leaves me in a bit of a bind, really. Add in the fact that, as a redhead, my brows are a tricky shade to colour match (they’re naturally darker than the hair on my head, but still not even close to the colours most brow products come in), so when Eyelure asked if I’d like to try some of their new brow products, I was all over that like a rash. Here’s what I was sent…
“A two-in-one colour & highlighter…”
This double-ended pencil offers a brow colour on one end, and a highlighter on the other. It was the product I was most interested in trying, because pencil is my favourite way to fill in my brows: I find it easier to get a precise line with it, and it’s usually a bit more subtle than powders or gels, too. This pencil comes in either Blonde, Mid-Brown or Dark Brown. As a redhead, I don’t really fall into any of those categories, but it’s OK, I’m used to it: there are only a handful of cosmetics companies out there who make products designed especially for redheads, but actually, I find the “blonde” option normally works just fine for me: in fact, when I have used redhead-specific products, I’ve often found them a little too orange. This one, in ‘Blonde’ is pretty much perfect for filling in my brows, and I’ve also been using it to outline them too, to create a smoother shape.
The other end of the pencil is a highlighter, which you use to line the area right under the arch of the eyebrow. I’ve been doing this for years now, using Benefit’s ‘High Brow’, and I find it really makes a difference to my brows, helping to create the illusion of an arch, even where there is none. This particular shade is a slightly too yellow/dark for my skintone, but I did like the convenience of having it on the other end of the brow pencil – and, of course, if it IS the right colour for your skin, it’s cheaper than High Brow, too!
“A long-stay gel that builds, colours and tames the brows.”
Now, I definitely don’t need to have my brows “amplified” (other than in the bald spots, obviously), but I DO want to “tame” them, and this gel is really good at doing that. One of my biggest brow-related issues is that the hairs all seem to grow in different directions (some of them actually stick out at right angles from my head. WTF?), so the fact that this gel keeps them firmly in their place is the main selling point for me. Unfortunately, I found the colour a bit too dark, so I have to use a very light hand with it, but on the plus side, you will literally (LITERALLY, people) not have a hair out of place with this, so again, if the colour works for you, it’s a good ‘un.
“A creamy, long-lasting brow colour that provides colour, sculpting and shading for the brows.”
I gotta admit, I was most interested in the packaging of this one, which has that vaguely retro, “I will look awesome on your dressing table” look about it. And it DOES look good on my dressing table, it has to be said. On my brows, meanwhile, the colour is, again, just a touch darker than I’d like, and I was vaguely alarmed when I uncapped it and saw just how dark it looked. Surprisingly, though, it works better on my brows than I expected it to, and the accompanying brush makes it really easy to shape the brows, so although I didn’t expect to like this, and would definitely prefer it to be a shade lighter, I have still been using it, and like the way it holds those stray hairs in place.
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Finally, I feel like no review post is really complete without a photo of the products “in action”, so to speak, but then again, I also feel like I don’t really want to post close-ups of my eyebrows on the internet, y’know? I mean, these products are good, sure, but they’re not made of magic, and it’s going to take more than a pencil and a bit of pomade to make these brows look groomed. Just for colour reference, though, here’s a not-so-close up of my eyebrows, just in case any fellow redheads are thinking of trying these out…
[This post contains PR samples]