Wednesday, 4 February 2015

All about those brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil and Gel ...

Let’s all take a moment and appreciate these beautiful products from Anastasia Beverly Hills. Okay, so I caved. I’ve had my eye on the Anastasia brow line for a while now purely because of the hype surrounding them and my own obsession with creating the perfect brow. Of the five items in my basket I had to whittle it down to just two and after much umming and ahhing I plumped for the Anastasia Perfect Brow Pencil in Dark Brown and the Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in Brunette.


Ouch. For someone that has probably never paid over £6 for an eyebrow pencil before, the price was – and in all honesty still is – a bit too steep for me. There’s no denying that it is an excellent product with a very impressive range of shades to suit everyone, however I’m not sure it warrants a nearly £20 price tag. Let’s all hope together that one day it’s lowered to a more reasonable £15 at least. Right, moaning out of the way on to the positives!
Anastasia Beverly Hills description of its pencil reads:  ‘Best of both worlds. Applies like a pencil, sets like a powder for perfectly natural brows’.  This appealed to me because I haven’t ever used any brow products apart from pencils and wasn’t sure I wanted to experiment with powders just yet so this pencil ended up being a perfect compromise. The pencil is long, looks beautiful and comes with a spoolie (brow groomer) attached; a really nice and very useful touch. Also, not shown in the photo both ends have lids which is perfect for keeping the nib and spoolie clean and free from dirt!
Colour wise, I opted for 'Dark Brown' as that is the shade I usually go for in both The Body Shop brow pencils and the Beauty Without Cruelty eye pencils. The Anastasia 'Dark Brown' is I would say marginally darker than both these pencils although enough to be obvious to me. Next time I think I'll try the shade lighter as I prefer a warmer tone and this one is quite a cool brunette. 
 Nonetheless I really love the performance of this pencil. It has had to grow on me however, for at first I was a little bit annoyed as I couldn't really tell the difference between this (very expensive) pencil and my normal products. After playing around with it however I am quite pleased and the difference performance wise is significant. It creates a very natural looking brow as it's a lot easier to create light feathery and hair like strokes with this than it is with the more waxy pencils I usually use. I think this might be due to the powdery consistency. The spoolie is an excellent tool and allows you to drag the colour through the brow coating each hair as you go whilst the bristles ensure all the hairs are separated avoiding that solid painted-on look that can happen with some pencils. Unfortunately one downside to this pencil would be that I don't feel it's wear is very good, I've noticed that it smudges even when paired with the brow gel so unfortunately it has to be re-applied once or twice throughout the day. (This may be because I have run out of my Urban Decay make up setting spray however so once I stock up again I will report back and see how it performs with the spray)
One more thing to note would be that Anastasia Beverly Hills is a US company and so sadly you can't buy directly from their site. On the plus side however both Beauty Bay and Cult Beauty have a fantastic range of the Anastasia products and if you sign up to the Cult Beauty newsletter you get free shipping on your first order! All in all, I am a big fan of this pencil and it's definitely the favourite brow pencil I have ever used. The only downsides for me are the price and also the difficulty in working out which shade to buy online, I am a little disappointed in the colour of this one but with the right shade I think I would have no complaints!


Forget your clear brow gels, Anastasia Soare has changed the game with this tinted variety. It comes in seven natural shades: Auburn, Blonde, Brunette, Caramel, Chocolate, Espresso and Granite and is priced at £15.50. Again, quite pricey but once again I am a fan of this product. It keeps your brow hairs tamed and in place all day and the formula is not sticky at all. It does dry hard so if you put a little too much on your brows might feel a little stiff but at least they're not going anywhere!
On to the coloured aspect of the gel, this brow gel claims to be able to change the colour of your brows. So theoretically if you're blonde and wanted a darker look to your brows you could use the Brunette or Chocolate shades and hey presto, tinted brows. Having naturally dark brows I'm not able to test this out but I did plump for a shade lighter than my own, choosing Brunette a warmer brown than my own brows which are probably more suited to the Chocolate or Espresso shades. I wanted to experiment with the 'ombre' brow trend. I already sort of do this with my brows as I prefer having a darker tail and arch and a lighter inner corner, however the tinted gel allowed me to experiment with a gradient of colour, too. 
Below is a photo of the outcome of using both products together. So I'm wearing the brow pencil in 'Dark Brown' and have applied the tinted brow gel in 'Brunette' over the top! (Sorry for the poor quality it was evening, I will try and take a better one in natural daylight soon.) The mascara I'm wearing in the photo is the Perversion and Subversion Mascara/Primer duo by Urban Decay and I will be posting a review of this soon!

Overall, I really do love these brow products and they're of an undeniably good quality. However, I do find them a little pricey and I am somewhat disappointed with the lasting performance of the pencil. As the products themselves apply so nicely however, I think I will be tempted to buy again. Next time I think I'll experiment with their famous 'Dip Brow' - as that looks like it might provide a longer lasting finish! 


As always thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed the post! If you have any questions or would like to share your experiences with cruelty free brow products please comment below I love to hear from everyone :)!

1 comment:

  1. thank you for reviewing this!! loving your blog xx


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