Make your brows fierce for Fall
By Lauren Kelly, Editor-in-Chief
It has been awhile since I’ve covered any brow products in my column, and I was ready to dabble in the broader spectrum of what’s available in the drugstore market. After research, the L’Oreal Brow Stylist Definer seemed like a winner, and I decided to try Essence’s Make Me Brow after I was recommended it by the beauty consultant at Shoppers Drug Mart, who called it a great dupe for Benefit’s Gimme Brow.
Make Me Brow is a tinted eyebrow gel that’s described as a 3-in-1, because it colours, fills, and shapes. The product comes in a small tube with a tiny, mascara-like brush. It comes in three colours: Blondy Brow, Browny Brow, and Soft Browny Brow. Because I have very dark eyebrows, I purchased their darkest shade, Browny Brow. When using it as a gel to shape my eyebrows, it made a large impact. They looked much neater and more structured after I was done. It did build them up a bit to result in a fuller brow, but I didn’t notice any tinting on my own eyebrows.
However, I tested Browny Brown on someone with much lighter eyebrows, and the tinting made a dramatic difference. The eyebrow it was used on looked significantly darker. For those with lighter eyebrows who want to keep them more polished without filling them in with another product, Make Me Brow is quick and easy. If you want to use it to set your brows after filling them in like I do, it also works very well.
The second product I used was L’Oreal Brow Stylist Definer. It is in a long, thin pencil type tube, and features a very fine point, perfect for accurately and naturally filling in your brows. You twist the tube to reach more product, so there is no worry about it dulling or needing to sharpen it. The other end of tube has a cap with a small brush under it to comb the product through your brows after and soften it. I purchased it in Dark Brunette, and it matched my eyebrows well. As directed, I outlined my eyebrows and then used small strokes to fill in any gaps. I ended up with dramatic but natural-looking eyebrows, and the process was fairly quick.
I really liked both products I tried this week, and they work great together. However, if I had to pick one, I would say Make Me Brow for sure. At $3.99 at Shopper’s Drug Mart, it is a bargain. L’Oreal’s Brow Stylist Definer was definitely a winner as well, though, and you can buy it for $9.96 at Wal-Mart.