Among the things I wish I had known when I was younger, it’s how much of a difference well groomed brows make. The reality, however, is that the first time I plucked them I was a ripe seventeen. By eighteen I already managed to hideously overpluck them. Fortunately I quickly grew out of that phase (get it?). But the first time I actually thought of filling them in I was 26!
And I wasn’t good at it either. Heck, I haven’t consistently mastered filling in my brows until today! All the while, I’ve accumulated a couple of different brow products over time: Brow pencils, notably the slanted and retractable Etude House Drawing Eye Brow pencil (love it for its convenience) and the Benefit Instant Brow Pencil (too soft and waxy, so I always burnt through these within weeks). Then brow powder, such as the Essence Eyebrow Stylist Set (really not bad!), and gel, like the Bobbi Brown Natural Brow Shaper & Hair Touch Up or the MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set. But this year Douglas (= kind of the less cool German equivalent to Sephora) began stocking Anastasia Beverly Hills, and I had to try it!
The Anastasia Beverly Hills DIPBROW Pomade in Ash Brown, an ashy dark brown, matches my natural hair color pretty well. Yet it’s Granite (pictured ↑), a very deep, cool black brown, that I truly adore. It gives me these fierce, bold brows that could easily look like censor bars but miraculously do not. However, the pomade itself is one of the most inconvenient products I know.
Is it me, or is it close to impossible to ever pick up the right amount of pomade, regardless of which brush you use? Personally, I tried several, including the Anastasia Beverly Hills Duo Brush #12, but I always either take too much or too little. And working around that problem takes forever. It just makes it difficult to get evenly colored brows. And the pomade may be waterproof, but it isn’t smudgeproof, so I hardly find it a lot more long lasting than, say, my regular eyebrow pencil.
And yet, I love using the pomade just because I enjoy the whole process of applying and blending it out. It’s like watching Bob Ross, only you are Bob Ross, and you’re not painting landscapes, but your own face! And besides, I usually love the results. The pomade is the first product that enables me to achieve that gradation effect towards the inner brows that so far eluded me with any other.
However, to prepare for “emergencies,” I eventually also purchased the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz pencil in Granite just to be safe. The pencil is not waterproof, but it is smudgeproof, and thanks to its fine, retractable tip and the spooley wand on the other side, this one’s a lot more convenient for when you’re in a hurry. Only downside, I guess, is that it works better for more naturally drawn in brows. Because if you’re going for that whole strong brow you’ll burn through one stick pretty fast.
In conclusion, I love the Anastasia Beverly Hills brow products! But my absolutely and definitively favorite brow product probably stays the Etude House Drawing Eye Brow pencil as that one’s just so easy and convenient to use! You can flexibly control color payoff for either light, feathery strokes, or bold, really strong ones. The long, slanted tip also saves you tons of time while administering these strokes, and one pencil will last you ages while costing you just some spare change.
So would I repurchase or recommend the Anastasia Beverly Hills products? Yes, yes, I’d still do. But only with the mention of their many caveats!