Everyone loves a good brow, amirite? For me, discovering how good eyebrows can really make a difference to your overall look was pretty much a beauty game-changer. But for those of us that (like me) spent silly teenage years plucking the caterpillars to infinity, a bit of filling and preening is needed to get some good eyebrow game going on. Up until it got smashed in my bag (sob, wahh) I was using the HD Brows palette, and then after that a random shade in an M&S shadow palette that just about fit my colouring. So when I went for a little Superdrug haulin' session last week, a new eyebrow palette was definitely on the 'must have' list.
I was initially torn between this and the Sleek brow palette - but this won over as it was a little bit cheaper, and also anything advertised as NEW has me sniffing around it like an overexcited puppy. The set is great for carrying around, and includes a wax, shadow and highlighter, as well as a double ended application brush and some tweezers (I actually immediately replaced the tweezers for my favourite mini Nouveau Lashes pair - the original ones are good enough for doing the job, but it was simply personal preference on that one). The packaging is pretty snazzy, I like the 'etched' gold feel. I'm an idiot and forgot to take a picture of the back, but it actually has illustrated 3 step instructions on how to use the kit, which is pretty handy for those just starting out with eyebrow 'maintenance'. I was worried about it coming open in my makeup bag - but it locks closed with magnets and as of yet, I haven't had an in-bag disaster.
This is actually the first time I've used wax on my brows, and after an initial bit of confusion it works really well to hold the hairs down and makes the shadow much easier to apply neatly. Although, the wax isn't majorly long-lasting as I did have the odd hair slip out of place during the day. Initially, I thought the powder a bit dark for me, but actually stepping back they pretty much achieved the look I wanted to, as I do have quite dark hair. I'd advise starting off with a very small amount of it, and building up for the desired effect. After doing my brows with the kit, I didn't feel that they looked at all unnaturally 'overdone', and the shape I achieved with them looked really clean and suited my face well. The powder end of the brush isn't a bad shape for application, and the pointed wax brush is great for either thin or thick brows.
Finally - the highlighter. I've never really highlighted under my brows before, but it definitely adds to the effect and is a great finisher, drawing attention to the arches of my eyes. For a simple eyebrow kit, I think this is definitely worth £5.99 - and the fact that it's easy to use and comes with illustrated instructions means it's great for beauty beginners. The only letdown is the shade - I'd probably prefer it a fraction lighter, but in the end it still works out fine! With affordable and decent products like this, I definitely think Barry M might be becoming my go-to high street makeup brand!
What do you use to keep your brows in check? (or do you just leave them be?)
Full product ingredients list here.