Review | The New Brow Routine with L'orealFriday, March 20, 2015
The eyebrows are without a doubt one of the most important parts of any beauty routine, they frame your face, help to open up your eyes and add definition to the contours of your head. A good set of brows can make all the difference but it's not as easy as one might think. It took me years to figure out how to find the right shade for my incredibly light blonde hairs and how to shape and fill a set of brows that were practically invisible. I have been using the same products for the last few years and while I loved them, the high end price tag was doing no favours for my wallet. I recently discovered two new products from L'oreal Paris for Spring 2015 that have made my eyebrows and my wallet very happy.
On the outside, the L'oreal Brow Artist Designer Pencil* looks like your classic pencil with a great dense spoolie on one end and a sharpened point on the other. The pencil is colour coordinated to match the shade inside and the gold accents add a touch of glam that you don't normally get with more affordable products. The inside is where the magic truly lies, the pencil itself has a gorgeous formula. It is just creamy enough that it glides over the skin with ease so you don't have any skipping when you try to draw the outlines of your eyebrow but it is also slightly waxy so it adheres itself to your skin and covers each individual hair in a sweep of colour to achieve an even finish. I have always had issues with my brow powder or pencil colouring my skin but not the hairs so I was left with blonde hair against a brown background - not with this pencil! The colour payoff is fantastic and it is easily built up for a more intense effect without ever looking too unnatural. The best bit is once set, it stays in place all day long without smudging or migrating across my forehead. The shade 302 Golden Brown is a gorgeous medium brown with warm undertones that matches my natural red hair perfectly.
To set my brows in place I have been loving L'oreal's new Brow Stylist Plumper Brow Gel Mascara*. Similar to the infamous Benefit Gimme Brow, the Brow Stylist Plumper is a sculpting gel with tiny fibres to help plump and build the eyebrows to make them appear fuller. It comes in a chic tube that is about the size of a mascara and has the perfect sized conical wand, it is just a tiny bit bigger than the Benefit version but is in no way too big so that you get gel all over the skin around your eyebrows. The formula of the gel itself is really quite nice, it is a thinner gel unlike Benefit's more mousse-like texture so it glides through the hair easily without depositing too much product in one place. It has a little bit of wiggle room before it sets and once it does, it locks your hairs in place but doesn't feel crispy or stiff. It is incredibly lightweight so that you barely feel it on your skin and it lasts all day until you have to physically scrub it off at the end of the day.
Combined, these two new products from L'oreal Paris for Spring 2015 have really surprised me and have become staples in my eyebrow routine. The pencil seems to come under another name - the Colour Riche Le Brow ($9.29) - and comes in two shades. The gel ($12.99) comes in transparent as well as a light/medium shade and a medium/dark shade.
What do you use to do your eyebrows? Are you a pencil, pomade or powder lover?
*products gifted by L'oreal - opinions are honest and my own*