First up, before you dive head first into LOL close-up snaps of my face, I need you to know that I am not allergic to tweezers.
I’m currently on a self-inflicted year-long tweezing ban in the hope of growing my brows into natural bushy babes like my home girl Chloe Grace Moretz.
And when I say home girl, I mean complete stranger than lives about 10,000 miles from me and doesn’t have a cat’s whisker who I am. But y’know, whatevs.
Anyway, I spent an entire afternoon drawing my brows on with different products, most of them high street, and then removing them with a face wipe, blotting them with a tissue, and reapplying concealer around them in a bid to hide the ever-growing rings of red that started forming because STOP WITH THE DAMN FACE WIPES.
I have to say, I could have done with a smidge more eye make-up, but hindsight is a glorious thing. Oh and ALSO, watch out for my straggly last few lash extensions trying to steal my brows’ thunder in every shot. The rascals.
First up, here’s what my brows look like with absolutely nothing on. Beautiful, right? And by beautiful I mean patchy and mousey and straggly. I can’t believe I went most of my adult life without filling them in. What a grade-A moron.
1. ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS DIP BROW POMADE IN ‘MEDIUM BROWN’, £15
I bought this last summer from Cult Beauty after seeing it tagged in so many people’s make-up close up snaps on Insta and it was a *bit* of a shock to the system.
As someone who had only ever used brow pencils, or ahem, eye shadow, I found the creamy texture a bit tricky and it took me a couple of weeks to get used to it.
At the moment it’s my most used brow product as I love how blendable it is when applied with a slanted brush. I usually add clear brow gel to get a sharper shape and make the inner end of my brow feel less harsh.
2. BAREMINERALS FRAME AND DEFINE IN ‘UNIVERSAL LIGHT’, £14
Admittedly, I do love the precision that comes from using a pencil over a slanted brush, especially when it comes to ahem, attempting to get some sort of point to my wildly overgrown baby girls.
I actually used this pencil until it RAN OUT last year (which must mean it’s true love, right?). It’s not so pigmented that it overwhelms your face but it blends well and gives a super smooth, easy application.
3.HD BROW DEFINE PENCIL IN ‘FOXY’, £18
This is the middle shade out of three pencil shades and I’ll be honest, application felt a little like hard work. And lol it must have been hard work because hang on, what’s going on with that left brow? You alright, hun?
In the photos it doesn’t look too dissimilar to the bareMinerals pencil, but it took twice as long to apply and felt like it needed a lot of pressure to show up on my skin all.
4. REVLON FANTASY BROW IN ‘BRUNETTE’, £7.99
This product didn’t stand out to me as omfg yes Hannah you queen whilst I was trialing it, but looking back at the photos I feel like with a couple of attempts it could 100% be a new fave.
Whilst the colour is a little warmer toned than I’d like, I do actually really, really like the combo of pencil and gel. It means you get precision and then a little summin’ summin’ to fill them in and look fuller. An absolute steal for £7.99. Good work you Revlon babes.
5. NYX SCULPT AND HIGHLIGHT BROW CONTOUR IN ‘SOFT BROWN/ROSE’, £8
I snapped up this double-ended wonder from a NYX counter the day before Thailand because I wanted a super quick and easy way to do my brows whilst traveling about.
I found the shade far too warm-toned although hello look it’s not coming up in the photos, whilst the highlight end was way too thick and crumbly and absolutely not the one.
I tried a different NYX brow pencil in New York and found it was also super warm toned. HI ORANGE EYE BROWS. So yeah, use that information however you like.
6. MAYBELLINE BROW DRAMA POMADE PEN IN ‘DARK BROWN, £5.99
Hey there chubby brows, you enjoying your pizza and cake, eh?
First up, this pomade pen glides on like a dream, and with a slanted brush is super easy to blend into the shape you want. On the downside, it IS chunky, which makes it hard if you want to create a fine line.
I also got the impression it wouldn’t cope all day long in the London heat and would probably disappear the minute a teeny tiny bead of sweat appeared.
But it *might* have been the easiest one to apply out of all 10 that I tried.
7. BARRY M IT’S A BROW THING IN ‘LIGHT’, £4.99
What’s amusing is that over the past couple of weeks I’ve been falling more and more in love with this product (I used it in this snap), and yet in this photo it couldn’t look anymore orange. Awkward.
It’s a funny little product, and the light shade is in fact pretty dark. It’s kind of like a powder on a stick, and I just dot it through my brows and then leave my slanted brush to blend it in and give it shape.
It’s probs not one for a brow product first-timer, but despite what this snap says, it’s definitely worth a go.
8. PRIMARK BROW PENCIL
I found this £1 charmer at the bottom of a make-up box last week, and am sure there’s 473856 new Primark brow products by now – this one didn’t even have a shade. It’s just a universal one I guess.
It was an absolute mare to apply. It caught on every lump and bump in my brows and turned out quite patchy, and ahem, the colour is a good shade or two too dark. I look like that monobrow baby from Th Simpsons.
AND HANG ON WHY IS MY RIGHT BROW SO MUCH DARKER. I DIE.
9. RIMMEL BROW THIS WAY IN ‘MEDIUM BROWN’, £3.99
Oh sweet hunning hell, this was a fiddly product.
The little palette comes with a coloured wax which is supposed to go on first and then a coloured powder which is supposed to stick to the wax and a teeny tiny double-ended brush to apply it with.
As you can see, we didn’t get on too well with each other. We look like we’ve had a fight. Oops.
10. TOPSHOP BROW GEL, £8.50
First up, this fella is completely unlike any of the other products I tried. It’s not designed to work for neat ‘Instagram’ brows, it gives much more of a fiesty, natural finish.
And alright, it’s hard to get any real shape when used alone, but that’s kind of the draw with brows like this, right?
Who’s that slug on the right? I think he needs a name.
What’s your fave brow product? I’m excited to grow mine just a teeny tiny bit more and then get them tidied up!