It's taken me a very long time to appreciate the good a well-defined eyebrow can do - particularly for a retro makeup look with strong lipstick. I've really only starting using product on mine for about the last six months or so (see my little picture on the right there - that's au natural). For years, while I kept them tidy I hadn't been very concerned with doing much more than that with them. They're quite thick and somewhat dark and I got it into my head that adding products to them = slugs on my face. Of course, now I realise that perfect, neat brows + red lips = makeup perfection!
I just hadn't got a handle on the fact that just because you use an eyebrow pencil, doesn't mean you have to look like you've stencilled them on... Nor that you have to choose between pencils, powders, gels etc, but can in fact use a combination of products to get the right look for you. Lesson learned!
And that's why I like brow kits like this one so much, for the range of product they offer in one handy container! But when there's kits on offer from highbrow brands (sorry), are the cheaper ones any good? Benefit's Brow Zings and Urban Decay's Brow Box are two well-known 'kit' products that offer various things - both containing mini tweezers, setting wax and powder - and at £20+ each, you'd expect them to! Benefit's offering is supposedly the bestselling eyebrow product in the UK - I've not tried it, but I did notice the reviews for today's product referenced it a lot, saying it was just as good as it's expensive competitor and in fact had more to offer in some respects... I do, however, own an Urban Decay Brow Box that I've nearly depleted, so can offer some comparison points on that one here.
And here it is, Boots own-brand Seventeen's Brow's That Brow Kit (sorry, global readers!).
What's good about Brow's That
- Coming in at £5.99, it's less than a quarter of the price of its Benefit rival! While I haven't tried the Benefit kit, the makeup quality seems pretty much as good as the Urban Decay one...
- I am particularly impressed with the pencil and the powder - the two main products that offer the colour and definition to your brows. The pencil goes on smoothly and is very pigmented and the powder does the same. I actually find the Urban Decay powder a bit faint in comparison, so I end up using more of it meaning faster replacement
- It offers an awful lot for one cheap product, as it contains: a pencil, powder in one shade, setting wax, highlighter powder and a brush, along with a nice big mirror and a little instruction leaflet I haven't pictured here that suggests how to apply the products - great for beginners
- The fact that it has both a pencil and powder is somewhat of a novelty - the Benefit and Urban Decay kits only have powder in comparison. I (now!) find eyebrow pencils really useful for getting precise edges and filling in any patches in my brows better than powder can, so I love having two products that are meant to be used together like this in one kit, perfectly suited to each other
- The brush is surprisingly good quality and I find it a lot more precise and easier to use than the Urban Decay one, which is quite 'stubby' and hard to get a thin line with for the outside edges of your brows
- The products stay in place all day - I was a bit worried the powder would smudge as it's a cheap brand, but it doesn't
All in all, it does what it's supposed to - it helps you create well-defined brows. But of course, for this price it's not going to be perfect...
What's not so good
- The highlighter powder is almost invisible on me - it doesn't have particularly strong pigment, unlike the brow powder, and is so subtle it's barely worth using really
- I can't really tell if the wax is doing much good. I've often felt like this with Urban Decay's wax too though - I think generally, waxes aren't as effective for keeping stray hairs in place as a little bit of hairspray smoothed over a brow is!
- There's no mini tweezers like in the high-end kits... but I'm ok to use my regular tweezers for the price. I do find myself often using the Urban Decay ones though - there's something to be said for the convenience of having everything in one place (one of pet hates is trying to remember where I've put my tweezers)
- The pencil is obviously quite small and is running down much faster than the powder is - it'll definitely run out long before, unfortunately
- The biggest drawback of all: it only comes in one colour! Fortunately for me, as this is aimed at the UK market that colour is basically summarised as: mid brown. It's not too dark, it's not too light... it works just fine for my colouring, particularly if I go easy on the pencil and just use it for gaps. I've found that changing my ratio of pencil-powder results in a lighter or darker brow
So there you go - I'm not sure how readily available this is outside of the UK, as with a lot of Boots-own products, but if you can get your hands on one and you're a brunette, I'd recommend giving it a go. For the price, it really is good value for money!
Any other brow product recommendations out there that don't break the bank? I might experiment with more pencils now I've come to like the one in this kit so much!
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