I promised on Instagram that I would do a post on all of my brow products and give my favorites, so here it is!
My favorite type of product to use on my brows is the eyebrow pencil because it’s the most versatile. With the right pencil formula, I can quickly get both natural and structured brows. My next favorite type of product to use is a powder because it tends to look natural even if you build it up and it’s a very easy product formula to get right. Next, I also like using eyebrow pens or liners. They’re the most uncommon to find but with the right shade and formula, they can look the best and last the longest. My least favorite type of product to use is a pomade as it is the least blendable and takes a lot more work to look natural.
So let’s start then with the swatches. These are the swatches of my eyebrow liners and pencils:
My all-time favorite eyebrow pencil is The Face Shop Designing Eyebrow Pencil (~P200-249). They have very, very, natural-looking shades and their formula has the perfect texture and pigmentation. It applies like a powder hence it’s easily blendable. It’s a triangular pencil too so you can fill in your brows with a few swipes, blend with a spoolie, and there will be no harsh lines. The shades 02 and 04 are my favorites, and you can’t go wrong with either of them.
But for more bolder and structured brows, I also like using micro pencils or eyebrow pens/liners so I can draw in fake hairs on the head and tail of my brows to extend them. The liquid end of the K-Palette Lasting 2-Way Eyebrow (P795) is great for anyone with really sparse eyebrows, and they have really great shades too, but I find the powder end useless for my own brows. I also don’t find it noticeably long-lasting or water-resistant either, at least not more than the pencils I use. The Flormar Eyebrow Liner (P299) is a good dupe for the liquid end if you can find your shade. The shade I have in Brown (03) oxidizes to both orange and green on my eyebrow skin so it’s a no-go for me, BUT if you can find a shade that works on you, you can create a nice crisp line with practice. I recommend trying out a tester directly on your brows first, check your results in natural light, then go back and get a different shade if it doesn’t work for you before dismissing it as it’s a really great product.
For the micro pencils, my favorite formula is the NYX Micro Brow pencil (P650) which is essentially the exact same thing as the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz. The shade that I have is Espresso but it’s not quite right as it still leans slightly red on my skin tone as you can see from my swatch. Some good cheap alternatives are traditional sharpener type eyebrow pencils as you can sharpen them to very fine points and achieve the exact same thing like the Face Shop Style My Eyebrow pencil or the Rimmel Professional Brow Pencil. If you can find the right shade, you can achieve the exact same look as using a micro brow pencil or brow wiz. A hybrid of a micro brow pencil and a triangular brow pencil is the Daiso Auto Eyebrow pencil (P88) as it has a fine tip but its formula is more waxy with less pigmentation. This makes it easier to control but also makes you work harder to fill in your brows. The end result looks very natural.
I have two (2) powders or kits: the L’oreal Brow Artist Genius Kit (P400) and the Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Kit (P399).
I like them both very much, but they each apply differently. The WnW is more pigmented hence bolder, while the L’oreal Brow Artist Genius Kit is less pigmented hence more forgiving.
The WnW ultimate brow kit only comes in 1 variant with 2 shades and 1 clear wax inside while the Brow Artist has 4 shades with 1 tinted wax and 1 powder each kit. I suggest the WnW if you like bolder brows and the Brow Artist if you want more natural brows. That’s not to say you can’t achieve either with each kit, because you can, but with the WnW you will have to sheer down while with the L’oreal you will have to build up.
Another brow product I absolutely cannot do without is a brow gel. There are three (3) types of gels: clear setting gels, tinted setting gels, and tinted fiber gels. I tend to only use clear and fiber types as a matter of personal preference.
I have 4 clear setting gels and here they are, in order of thickness and hold (1 being the thickest with most hold):
- Daiso Eyebrow Gel (P88)
- Rimmel Brow This Way Gel (P300, with pencil)
- Nichido Brow Gel (P89)
- Essence Lash & Brow Mascara (~P200)
My current favorite to use is the Rimmel Brow This Way clear gel as it has a good enough hold to brush up or hold down brows with not too much “crunchiness” but the Daiso clear gel has the strongest hold and will work best for brushing up or holding down really thick brows although it can make them really crunchy. Also it is a lot cheaper, so going forward it will probably be the one I will repurchase. The Essence gel gives the softest end result but I find it barely holds my brows in place. If you hate crunchy brows and just need a moderate amount of hold, the Nichido clear brow gel works better at less than half the price.
For the fiber gels, I only have the essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Mascara and the Maybelline Brow Precise Fiber Volumizer.
I find that both products fill in brows just as well as each other but the essence Make Me Brow is easier to use. However, the Maybelline Brow Precise Volumizer has a much better hold. On the other hand, essence has the better shade range. I personally prefer using the Maybelline on myself, but the shade turns yellow and glossy on me and it’s hard to use on clients. So I think the safer choice is the essence Make Me Brow. But if you can work the wand of the Maybelline and find your right shade, it works better.
Last is the brow pomade. As my preference for brows is on the more feathery, bushy spectrum, I find pomades hard to work with and simply ineffective for the result I want to achieve. But for bold sculpted brows, pomades tend to work the best. I only have the Colourette Browfessional Pomade (P499) on hand and you can find my detailed review of this product here.
I don’t really like this as it applies too strong and is not blendable at all. But if you love the Anastasia Beverly Hills dipbrow pomade, this is a much more affordable alternative and it comes in a good shade.
And that’s all of it! Whew. In conclusion, if you like my brow aesthetic, my top recommendations are the Face Shop Designing brow pencils or the wax-and-powder brow kits, with the Daiso clear brow gel. (If you want to see photos of how I like to do my brows, check out my Instagram and if you like it, check out my video tutorial as well.) If you don’t like my brow aesthetic, you will probably like the brow pomade the most or the NYX micro brow pencil.
These are some products that I used to have but have since decluttered:
- Maybelline Fashion Brow Duo Shaper – I liked the pencil end but not the powder end, it’s an okay product if you find the right shade.
- Clio Kill Brow – I loved the marker end, didn’t like the gel end, after a few months it oxidized green on my skin so had to throw it out. Too expensive to repurchase every few months.
- EB Advance Eyebrow Pencil (white version) – Too red, too creamy, too dark.
That’s all! I really hope this helped. Until next time!