First let me ask you: what do you think of your brows? Is there room for improvement? Could they be better, thicker, thinner, darker, lighter, will you ever be happy with them? Should you care? The eyebrow serves to shape your face. They really can make or break a look. Let me elaborate.
The rise and rise of some of our favourite social media and reality TV celebs (the Kardashians, et al) has dragged into the limelight the unlikeliest of stars: the eyebrow. That humble line of hair strands that frame your countenance, serving no obvious purpose. Brows, which have now taken on such an importance that they must come before bros, have become the source of so much attention, and with that attention, so many products (and some gimmicks) to enhance those facial follicles.
I have to say that I am dreading the arrival of that day sometime soon that I peruse the makeup stands of Debenhams, or thumb through the latest issue of Vogue only to discover that the full circle of brows has taken us back to what I like to call the 90's brow. A brow that looks like a very thin bridge that is somehow in a semi-circle shape above our eye.
Making your way through the thicket of options (excuse the pun) isn’t made any easier by the changing face (sorry again) of brow trends. First, a word on growth. Growth is what it is really about. The 2 years and substantial amount of money that I have spent on Revitabrow and similar products has taken me a reasonable way along that road to brow utopia (see my blog, Not To Be Sniffed At). It is a product that I can recommend – I have actually seen real growth from using it. But in the meantime, while growth takes hold, there is no excuse for falling into brow purgatory. There are a selection of other brow products that I use to enhance my natural brow line. They help create a shape that suits my face shape and is also on trend. When Matt was in the UK last week he got me the latest brow duo from Chanel. I often drop subtle hints to guide him when he’s considering these sort of purchases. Thankfully Matt's default motto is: if in doubt buy Chanel, which works just fine for me ;-) . So, here are my thoughts and views on the 4 products that I have used recently, including that latest brow duo from Chanel.
Eye & Brow Maestro (Giorgio Armani - http://www.armanibeauty.com/make-up/eyes/brows/eye-brow-maestro.aspx). This product is outstanding. I have had it for more than 6 months and it is still more than half full, so well worth the £29 price tag. With this particular product you will need an applicator, I chose one from the same collection (see pic). It has a handy brow brush on one end and the applicator on the other. This product doesn't have the convenience factor as it is not an all-in-one, but that extra effort is more than offset by the length of time it lasts and the quality when it goes on. I would definitely recommend it. 5/5
Brow Lift (Charlotte Tilbury - http://www.charlottetilbury.com/uk/brow-lift-cara-d.html) This product is a three way shape lift and shade tool. It consists of the brow product, a highlighter and a brow brush all in one, so very convenient. The brow product itself is easy to use, and looks natural on the brow. The product didn’t last as well which is probably reflected in the £22.50 price point but even then I would expect it to last longer than the 6 weeks it did. Still it is great for the handbag to resolve those brow dilemmas. 3/5
Brow Sculptor (Tom Ford - http://www.tomford.com/brow-sculptor/T0W9.html) This product is amazing. It has the brow product at one end and a handy brow brush on the other. It is very easy to use and looks super natural on the brow. The product lasts extremely well and can stay on for up to 2 days (and, yes, I do sometimes break the "remove makeup each day" rule. So does Kate Moss, apparently, so I am in esteemed company). It is compact and not trying to be anything other than a brow product. It is an excellent product to have in your handbag but you will find that brow emergencies are not as frequent with this gem. It is quite pricey at £35 but well worth it. 4/5
Brow Powder Duo (Chanel - http://www.chanel.com/en_GB/fragrance-beauty/makeup/p/eyes/brows/la-palette-sourcils-de-chanel-brow-powder-duo-p182540.html) This product is excellent. It has two colour options which is great for adding depth at the start of the brow and lightening the brow at the ends. It comes with a miniature tweezer, brow brush and applicator. The applicator is very small and quite tricky to use especially when you have false nails! I have been using this product with a different applicator just to make it easier. This product can also be used on the go as it is all in one compact pallett, (see pic). I would recommend this product even with the punchy £37 price tag. 4/5
So there you go. My personal favourite is the Eye and Brow Maestro by Giorgio Armani. It lasts so well on the brow, it's not too pricey and the product lasts forever... Well, for a long time.
Check out my video on Instagram at PIPERRYAN and watch me apply my favourite one!
Brow for now.