Sunday, August 07, 2016

Benefit Cosmetics EyeBrow Collection Review*

Benefit Cosmetics had come back strong in the Brow Game by releasing nine new and old products dedicated to just the brows - with new and improved packaging. They were one of the first companies that I had introduced the importance of brows and now I don't step out of the house without them on. Benefit Cosmetics is well-known for their specialty in brow-related matters - whether it'd be grooming, tinting, colouring... they are the experts to go to.

They had released this whole collection on the 22nd of July, 2016 in high hopes to educate, inspire and provide the average woman the essentials to perfect brows. You, obviously, don't need all nine products to create the perfect brows, but Benefit Cosmetics gave it their all and thought of every possible item needed - from primer, setting gel, highlight... they got it down to the tee. In this blog post, I will be discussing all nine products and help you decide which would suit you the most, while giving you my tips and tricks and my personal opinions.

Colour and Tint 

A great thing that Benefit Cosmetics has incorporated a numbering shade system that helps you to pick out your appropriate shade for all products. There is a range of 6 shades and each shade is numbered from 1 to 6 throughout the collection. For example, if you are a 3 in one product, you would also be a 3 in another in their range. The shades start from 01 which is a light, blonde to 06 which is a deep, dark cool brown. (Refer to bottom image) As reference, I use number 5 with my black-brown asian hair. [Note: All the products shown will be in number 5]

Left to Right: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Benefit Cosmetics Brow Zings Eyebrow Shaping Kit - $55 AUD

Benefit Cosmetics had previously created the Brow Zing in a black, square compact. It is a compact that contains one pan of brow wax to layer on colour and one pan of powder to set your brows. It also provides a set of mini, cute tweezers and a brush, similarly to the old compact. You can easily use the products on its own. It is designed to be a convenient compact for perfect brows - whether on the go or you just want one product to do your brows.

This product has now been repackaged and remade. The silver packaging is definitely an eyecatcher, but I honestly dislike the closure on this compact as it doesn't completely seal shut. It leaves a small opening for air to get through, which I would assume would dry out the product much faster over time. Even though, the old packaging wasn't very appealing, I would much prefered something more secure - as the button located at the front just doesn't do the trick.

[Update: After months of using the wax, it has not dried out at all! Despite of the insecure closure, the integrity of the formula still remains the same.]

The wax is very opaque and easy to use and a little goes a long way! The powder is very pigmented and sets the brows very well, but there is a little kick up when you pick up product, which is an issue when placed next to a wax. But as long as you are gentle and don't bully the powder, you should be fine. I personally believe the Brow Zing is the perfect item for brow beginners starting out. Everything you need in one convenient place. The overall use of the product is very long-lasting and claims to have a staying power of 12 hours. For this particular product, there is actually 6 available shades you can choose from, which includes a deeper and cooler shade than number 5.

Now, what I love most about this new and improved compact is actually the brush! It is the best idea that they have made! It folds very neatly into the compact and it extends so you have a better handle on application. They have also changed the density and bristles of the brushes. The angled brush is now gives you a sharper and precise application, best used with the wax and the small detailed paddle-like brush is now thinner and more compact, which is great for the wax and the powder.

[Update: Be careful with the foldable duo-ended brush, the joint is very fragile due to the thin and weak plastic holding the two pieces together and may break if you are hard-handed.]

Ka-BROW! Eyebrow Cream-Gel Colour with Brush - $42 AUD

This Brow Colour-Gel is new to the collection. It is a brow pot that also contains a brush (similar that in the Brow Zing) that you flip over, snap on the cap and is ready to be used.

I was incredibly happy to have seen this included in the collection. Brow pots are one of the best items to use on the brows. You have so much control over the colour and intensity of our brows. For a light and natural application, you just use the littlest product to brush over your brows. But for a dramatic and intense brow, you load up your brush on each side and it will give you the pigmentation needed for drama.

Referring to shade 5, it looks quite red (almost a earthy red-brown) at first glance, but as you apply it to your brows, it doesn't look that way. It is the perfect shade to use. In comparison to the ABH Brow Pomade, it is not as creamy but it is still smooth enough to glide onto your brows. It does not dry up easily and it applies very nicely on the brows. It is very pigmented, opaque and long-lasting! Great product that'll last a long time.

Gimme Brow Volumizing Eyebrow Gel - $39 AUD

We all know what this brow miracle tube is all about! It is the award-winning tinted brow gel that gives any set of brows life! It is not a new product but still deserves high recognition for the great performance it has in transforming eyebrows.

The purpose of this product is to tame, volumize, groom, tint and set your brows in place - all this from one tube! It can be used on its own or be used in conjunction to other items. It contains tiny micro-fibres that help to make your brows look fuller and thicker, especially great for people with sparse hairs. It gives such a natural and easy way to give your brows the colour it needs. I have had and used this product for a year and a half and it is still one of my favourite products by Benefit Cosmetics. The downside to this product is that it only contains three shades - 01, 03 and 05.

Precisely My Brow Pencil & Goof Proof Brow Pencil - $42 AUD each

My favourite items from the new collection! I am obsessed with these pencils. The shape, the formula, the packaging - everything about these brow pencils is just awesome! To be quite honest though, I'm not quite sure what the packaging is meant to represent. Is it a needle? a syringe? a screw driver? It has got me questioning whether or not I have been living under a rock all this time if I can't figure it out.

Anyways, the Goof Proof brow pencil is just a great addition to the collection, especially how it caters to people with thicker hairs that want to fill in their brows quicker. I genuinely am a big fan of this product, due to the unique shape of the pencil. It's not the common triangular shape that you see in most bigger brow pencils, but it has a diamond shape. This shape is just perfect to maneuver, especially has you get towards draw the curve of your arch. You are able to get a precise line and structure without the weird head tilt to get the curve of your brow right. It is just that easy! This formula of this pencil is creamier and pigmented than most eyebrow pencils on the market, even when comparing to the infamous ABH Brow Definer. It does have quite a bit of slip BUT not as much as the Colourpop Brow Pencils. Those pencils need the lightest hand for natural brows. 

The Precisely My Brow Pencil is also another great addition. It is a smaller pencil used to mimic the fine hairs on your brows. It is very comparable to the ABH Brow Wiz but better! The Brow Wiz is personally a little harder (but not a lot) to apply and the Precisely My Brow pencil just glides on a little smoother and nicer. The pencil itself is at first very dry and hard to use, but after you get rid of the surface layer, you get this perfect formula that allows you to draw on your brow hairs with total ease. It, however, is very pricey. It holds only 0.08g of product, whereas its sister Goof Proof holds 0.34g. That's more than 4 times less, yet it remains to be the same price. I honestly thought it would be at least $5 to 10 AUD cheaper. 

Both pencils are of the same length and possess the same type of spoolie at the other end of the tip. Each of the pencils have the same shade range and formula as well.

High Brow - $38 AUD

As part of creating the perfect brows, you would also highlight to the brow bone to add a lifted effect. You can also add it to the top of your brow, where your arch is located. This brow highlight pencil is the item used to accentuate the arch of your brows and add a brighter appearance to your overall eye look. The pigment on this pencil is ideal on all skin tones and is able to help create natural-looking highlight. It is definitely a creamy and blendable, matte formula that is very easy to use. Swipe some product under the brow and you can easily just blend with the tip of your fingers. Just that easy!

This product contains a subtle pink-tone highlight that is meant to emphasise the colour of your skin tone. I honestly think you don't need this product. You can easily use a sheer, subtle sheen eyeshadow of your choice to pop under the brow. You don't need to fork out $38 AUD for a pencil just to do that. Though it is a great formulated product, it is not worth the money.

Swatches of all the products mentioned above!

Left to Right: Brow Zing (No.# 5), Ka-Brow Cream Eyebrow Gel (No.# 5), High Brow, Goof Proof (No.# 5), Precisely My Brow (No.# 5).  

Brow Condition, Prep & Set Products

Benefit Cosmetics has done one step further than any other company has accomplished. They have made the brow game a lot more serious and have created products that help your brows to stay on for longer, looking better and maintain easier! Benefit Cosmetics seriously have your back. 

3D Browtones Eyebrow Enhancer - $42

This product is a very interesting product that not many people understand, even with the subtle hint given in the name. It contains 6ml of product There are two shades - 02 light/medium and 04 medium/deep. This is used to give a subtle highlight to your brows by brushing through a gel through the hairs to give that natural gleam. This product adds dimensions to your brows for that fuller and thicker look. Depending on the colour of your brows, it would also soften darker hairs with the highlight gel or enhance lighter hairs by giving depth. One of the benefit advisors had mentioned that you could wear it alone, but personally I don't see a huge difference on its own - only when in conjunction to another product, such as the Goof Proof or the Ka-Brow. Another great thing about this product is that it also adds water-resistant qualities to other products as well, making it also act as a setting gel.

The brush on this product is especially great to easily comb through the hairs, while grooming and setting hairs in place. The specially-structured bristles on the applicator is said to be mess proof and won't mess with the underlying application you may have from other products. A great tool for the subtle, yet natural brow highlight.

Browvo! Conditioning Primer - $49 AUD

The Browvo! Conditioning primer is a must have! Just like your foundation, you need a primer to increase the longevity of the product, especially if you plan on going out for a long time, your brows need the same type of attention. This clear, serum product can be worn alone to condition and smooth out your brows or it can be worn with other products and act as a primer to enhance and extend the wear of the underlying products that you may have used. It contains keratin and soy proteins that claim to make brows look thicker, healthier and fuller. I haven't noticed a difference in terms of making my brows look fuller and thicker, but I have noticed that my brows stayed on for longer, especially with powders and pencils.

It has a soft-touch rubbery applicator that have little grooves or bumps that help you groom through the hairs, giving an even distribution of product. I wish the rubber on the applicator was slightly a little longer so it would groom the hairs on my brows more evenly. I can see this being a problem with people with thicker hair. But none the less, the formula in this pen is amazing!

Ready, Set, BROW! - $42 AUD

Last but not least, introducing the long awaited item that Benefit Cosmetics needed desperately in their brow game - the Ready, Set, BROW! I was highly surprised to find that Benefit Cosmetics didn't have a brow setting gel in their collection. This clear, brow gel shapes and tames the brows like no-one's business. It grooms the hairs and sets it in place when the product dries. It claims to last 24 hours and to have a strong, flexible hold on the hairs.

The gel in this product is slightly runnier than the ABH setting gel, but still very easy to comb through the hairs. The unique, custom-molded, dual-sided wand is perfect for that root-to-tip application, with total ease and control. This product also increases the longevity of the makeup you may have used under the setting gel, hence they will stay on for longer! I have actually worn a full set of brows, and used this setting gel and my brows didn't fade away! The makeup remained in place, though the hairs were slightly untamed. Nonetheless, a great product that you also must have! Another one of my favourites from the collection!

Well that's all nine products explained and conquered! I hope you guys enjoyed this post and stay tuned for more!

Disclaimer: These products were gifted to me at an event. I, however, was not sponsored nor compensated for making this post. All words and opinions are based on my personal experience and are 100% honest and genuine. I was not obliged to make this post. This post was made for the benefit of my readers. 

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