I thought I’d do an eyebrow mascara review because I think they’re extremely effective, but there’s so many to choose from. I tried to pick three that had positive reviews and were from different price points.
My eyebrows are very light and rather sparse. As a teenager they were still light, but there was a lot of them; in a good way. They needed a tidy but the basics were there. When I was seventeen and on a modelling assignment, the client in charge of the shoot decided it would be a good idea to completely pluck my eyebrows to within an inch of their lives. They looked ridiculous, however you were told never to argue with the client, so I stayed schtum.
As my eyebrows returned, I tried to get them back to their original shape, but I really didn’t know what I was doing; we didn’t have things like ‘Brow Bars’ back then. In the end they became so overplucked that they never fully recovered. Nowadays I don’t touch them; ever. They’re still on the thin side, but I think they’re probably the best they’re ever going to be. I give them some help with a bit of shadow to fill in any gaps and then I use some eyebrow mascara to give the hair’s some colour. I thought I’d compare and review three popular eyebrow mascaras to see how they fared. I’ve applied them on bare eyebrows – no filling in with pencil or powder – I wanted to find out how effective they were on their own.
The beauty of MAC’s eyebrow mascara is its choice of six shades, (including a red, which is rare) plus the fact that it’s waterproof. I took MAC’s Brow Set on holiday with me and after applying it, and some waterproof mascara, I was good to go. It stayed put in the swimming pool, and the sea, and didn’t budge, even in the intense humidity.
This is easy to apply and has a small, neat brush; good for cack-handed people such as myself… It’s also oil-free, doesn’t clump and is ophthalmologist tested, so okay for sensitive eyes; besides which it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin. I’m pretty sure this tube of mine will last for ages, so at £14.50 I reckon it’s good value.
All in all, I can find no fault with this product and I will definitely repurchase.
Available in three colours, Benefit’s Gimme Brow was a little harder to get on with than the MAC. I found that the brilliantly shaped little brush came out loaded with product and it was difficult not to get it all over the skin surrounding my eyebrows. I resorted to wiping off the excess onto a tissue, and although this helped, it just seemed like such a waste. Especially when this is the most expensive at £20.00.
The best thing about Gimme Brow is the fibres contained within the gel, which should should create more fullness to the eyebrow. I did notice a little more thickness to my brows than with the other two I tried, but it doesn’t seem to have translated to the photos below.
This is an award-winning (though I can’t find which award) brow mascara which seems to be very popular and it’s good, don’t get me wrong; I just don’t think it’s great.
Oh Maybelline Brow Drama, with your bizarrely shaped scratchy brush head thing: what an enigma you are.
I don’t fully understand the design of this brow mascara. The big, bobbly bit on the end is the only part of the brush you can actually use on your eyebrows, so the rest of the wand is surplus to requirement. You have to be gentle with the little ball on the end of that wand though, it’s a wee bit perilous to use and can cause some skin chafing.
This turned out to be a bit of a surprise actually. It’s not spectacular in terms of performance, however, I do think it gave the most natural effect, was easy to use, and coming in at £4.99, is the cheapest of the bunch. There are three colours to choose from along with a transparent option. It definitely does the job and doesn’t cost a fortune.
I like eyebrow mascara; it’s a quick and relatively easy way of grooming your brows. Of the three, I’d probably go for Maybelline Brow Drama for an everyday natural look; MAC Brow Set for bolder eye makeup looks and holidays; and Benefit for…well, I’m not sure. I’ll keep practicing with it.