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Review: Anastasia Beverley Hills Brow Wiz

12 February 2015

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If you’re anything like me, you’d rather go naked than without your eyebrows. Unfortunately letting my jumbalayas loose comes with all sorts of legal issues so eyebrows it is. My main issue with my natural brows is the weird shortness of them in relation to my eyes. Also, my eyebrows are completely different to each other. I know they say that eyebrows are sisters and not twins but mine are more like second cousins twice-removed-in-law. I use eyebrow products to elongate the shape and fill in the sparse areas, be it pencil, shadow or wax.

Unless you’ve been living the life of a hermit you’ll probably have heard about the Anastasia Brow Wiz. It’s got a waxy tiny-nibbed pencil on one side (sorry about the shoddy shadowy photo!) and a spoolie brush on the other. Mine is in the shade ‘Ebony’ which you can see is an ashy dark brown rather than black (I believe Ebony is the darkest shade available which is just as well – I learned the hard way NEVER to use black products on your eyebrows even if they are black!). You can see that the colour match is pretty perfect, which is something that the Topshop Brow Pencil (review here) missed for me.

I’m going to be honest and say that the first time I used this, I was a bit disappointed. My eyebrows needed threading and were a bit messy, and I found that using the Brow Wiz made things even messier looking. Also, my foundation hadn’t set yet and my skin was a little slippery so the pigmentation didn’t come off all that well. I was genuinely baffled by the hype.

But then I got my eyebrows freshly threaded and tried Brow Wiz again on a dry face and everything changed. Because it’s not super pigmented, it means you can really go to town with shaping your brows without ending up looking like Helga from Hey Arnold. The teeny tiny nib makes drawing on hairs much easier and the colour match is the best I’ve ever come across.

Being a pencil, obviously it won’t last as long as Anastasia DipBrow but it still gives it a ruddy good go. I’ve worn this during my gym sessions and it’s held up well and hasn’t needed touching up. It’s also a lot quicker to get a decent result, and getting my eyebrows to look acceptable doesn’t take half as long as it does with other products.

I was going to repurchase my Topshop pencil but having got the hang of Brow Wiz, this is definitely taking its place. It’s just a shame it’s more than double the price!

All in all, I’m recommending Anastasia Brow Wiz with gusto, especially if you’re after a natural look (if you want a more sculpted look and have more time on your hands I’d go for the DipBrow). Just remember to make sure your base has completely dried before attempting to use it, and pluck any stray hairs that might be bringing your polished look down.

Brow products are notoriously hard to colour match online so if you happen to be in London, Blow Ltd in Covent Garden stocks a range of Anastasia products if you want to test them out in the flesh.

Has anyone else tried this? Did you need to give it a second chance too?

Anastasia Brow Wiz is available at Cult Beauty and Blow Ltd for £15.50

Review: Sleek Eyebrow Stylist

9 August 2014

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If I was only able to make up one part of my face, it would be eyebrows every time. Even on my no-makeup days, I have to put my eyebrows on. Otherwise I’m left with short and gappy brows which make me look like a 12-year-old boy. So, every time I see a new brow product, I have to give it a go – this time it’s Sleek Eyebrow Stylist in Dark.

I’ll be honest, the thing that attracted me most about this eye pencil was the spoolie, which are surprisingly hard to come by on their own. I’m also a huge fan of Sleek products so I knew I wanted this as soon as it came out. There’s the spoolie on one end and a waxy wind-up pencil on the other. The pencil itself is slanted so it stays tapered which is a nice touch.
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The pencil isn’t super pigmented but can be built up, which can take a bit of time. This is good news if you’re after a natural look or just want to quickly fill in the sparse bits. Because the nib is never going to be sharp, it can be difficult to draw in tiny hairs, so it works better with the spoolie brushed through afterwards to blend it all out. If you like pointed eyebrow tails, this probably isn’t the best thing to use, but perfect if you’re into a more organic look.

You can probably see that the shade Dark is a tiny bit off for my brows but not horrendously so. In terms of longevity, the Sleek Eyebrow Stylist stays put pretty much all day, even through the sweaty weather we’ve been suffering through recently.

I probably seem a bit indifferent to this eye pencil, and I’m not too sure how I feel about it. I like it for the sheer ease and the spoolie comes in especially handy whether I use the pencil or not. If I’m going to use an eye pencil, I do prefer a sharp nib which is the only sad thing about this. Nonetheless, the Sleek Eyebrow Stylist is definitely worth having in your makeup bag for days when you can’t be bothered spending hours on your brows.

Sleek Eyebrow Stylist is available from Boots and Superdrug and costs £5.99

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