Tried And Tested: Brow Products That Don’t Budge
The Debrief: Because our brow game must be strong 24/7…
Tinted, micro-bladed or HD, eyebrows have been an essential part of our beauty routines ever since Cara Delevingne persuaded us to retire skinny ‘90s brows. And even if you don’t consider yourself as a ‘makeup person’, it’s likely that you’ve experimented with eyebrow grooming in some shape or form. My brow hairs are naturally sparse and very faint in colour, which is why I choose to fill-in the gaps with a dark brown pencil, powder or gel, to achieve a fuller and fluffier finish. I can sometimes spend up to 15 minutes of my morning makeup routine, carving out the perfect graduated arch, all in the name of brows that wow.
Exhibit A – this is why my barely-there brows need some colour.
If you scroll through Instagram, you’ll notice that celebrities, ‘gram models and normal gals like us, take our brow game very seriously. Semi-permanent brow treatments such as micro-blading are painful (and pricey) and there’s always a chance that – if you’re super fussy like I am - you might hate the result.
So, what other options are there for women who want statement brows that last longer? ‘Long-wearing brows frame your face and keeps make-up looking smart and sharp all day,’ explains Hi Brow Expert Emma Apps. ‘In summer it’s even more important to opt for makeup products that last as we tend to perspire more, so nothing beats a brow look that is smudge-free and water-proof,’ says Emma.
With so many water-proof brow products on the high-street to choose from, it’s hard to tell what works best. So, I set myself a mission to try and test an assortment of long-lasting brow tools that are £25 and under to see if they live up to their beauty claim. And here’s how it went down.
The beauty claim: Water-proof, smudge-proof and transfer-proof brows in one-step that last for days.
How does it work? Made with PermaFix technology, this eyebrow gel promises to lock in colour and create tiny fibres that look like real hairs. The gel come with a trusty thin wand for easy application.
How long will brows actually last? If you don’t touch your brows too much, they stay intact for at least two days.
Is it sweat and waterproof? No! I My eyebrows were smudged after sweating in a spin class at the gym on day two.
How wide is the shade range? It’s available in five tones: Blonde, Auburn, Brunette, Black/Brown and Jet Black.
Will it last overnight: Yes, my WunderBrows survived one night of sleep.
SCORE OUT OF 10: 5
Reason: I was a little disappointed because the brows did smudge when I sweated it out at the gym. However, I did like the brow definition that I got from the product in the Jet-Black shade.
The beauty claim: Hi Brow Powder Compact combined with the Smoothing Wax gives you a water-proof brow that lasts for 24 hours.
How does it work? I used the Hi Brow Powder in Dark Brown using an angled brush to fill-in gaps in my brows and then ran the Smoothing Wax over it to seal the finished look.
Did it pass the smudge test? No! As I ran my fingers through the product it smudged at the eyebrow tail.
How long will brows actually last? If you smudge the product on purpose than it does move but if you don’t touch it, your Hi Brow makeup will last all day.
Is it sweat and waterproof? Yes! The pigmentation was still there after I touched my brows with wet hands.
How wide is the shade range? It’s available in four colours: Light Brown, Dark Brown, Dark Charcoal and Light Grey.
Will it last overnight: No, because the product promises to last for 24 hours only.
SCORE OUT OF 10: 5
Reason: I’m a fan of the combination of these two brow products, and the finished look is stunning, but it does smudge. Plus, using the Hi Brow Smoothing Wax to finish-up is just an extra step in my makeup routine which is what I was trying to avoid.
The beauty claim: A semi- permanent brow-gel that is smudge and waterproof and builds effortless brows that last up to four days.
How does it work? The eyebrow gel comes with a wand that has a thin brush which is great for drawing-on individual hairs. It goes on smoothly but does take a couple minutes to dry.
Did it pass the smudge test? Normal brow makeup melts away when I touch it with my fingertips, but this miracle-worker stayed put.
Is it sweat and waterproof? Yes, these brows didn’t budge after my water-test.
How long do brows actually last? Although I absolutely love the texture of the Booster Brow in Black/Brown, the fibres started to fade away after two days, but that might be because my face cleanser got in the mix.
How wide is the shade range? It’s available in four shades: Blonde, Auburn, Brown and Black/Brown.
Will it last overnight: Yes, for the first two nights.
SCORE OUT OF 10: 8
Reason: I love everything about this product but was hoping for my Bardou brows last up to four days as promised in the claim. I would have been more satisfied with three days.
The beauty claim: A non-greasy, pigmented, water-proof formula with a small precision brush that softly sets hairs for up to 8 hours.
How does it work? Use the mascara wand to brush pigments of colour through eyebrow hairs. Repeat this until you get your desired look.
Did it pass the smudge test? Yes, I used a wet cotton pad to smudge brows at the end of the day, and they didn’t budge at all.
How long will brows actually last? My brows lasted all day long which means it lives up to its beauty claim.
Is it sweat and waterproof? Yes, and yes!
How wide is the shade range? It’s available in 6 versatile shades from light to dark.
Will it last overnight: No, because the product only promises to last for 8 hours.
SCORE OUT OF 10: 8
Reason: I love the fact that these brows are completely smudge- and water-proof. But I would have liked a slightly darker colour payoff for more definition.
AND THE WINNER IS…
The beauty claim: An ideal treatment for dark, glossy, semi-permanent brows that last up to 6 weeks.
How does it work? Mix brow formula instructions together and apply according to the instructions included.
Did it pass the smudge test? Yes, smudges are a thing of the past thanks to Eylure Dybrow in Dark Brown.
How long will brows actually last? It’s been a week and the colour payoff is still going strong, I have a feeling that this may be the winner.
Is it sweat and waterproof? Yes, because it’s essentially a temporary tint that darkens brow hairs.
How wide is the shade range? It’s available in two hues: Black and Dark Brown.
Will it last overnight: Of course, this is the real deal.
SCORE OUT OF 10: 10
Reason: Using a semi-permanent tint on my eyebrows means that I don’t have to fuss with makeup products anymore to achieve my desired look. And I only have to wait for the colour to fade, which means I won’t completely miss out on any hot new brow trends.
Although the Eylure DyBrow Semi Permanent Tint in Dark Brown stood out for me as the best choice for brows that last longer, I would still highly recommend Bardou’s Booster Brow and MAC’s Pro Longwear Brow Set. Because let’s face it, nobody’s got time for brows that smudge or move around your face.
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