Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Ultimate Brow Product

The road to loving my brows has not been an easy one. There were those awful years when I over-plucked to try and balance out my brows and improve their shape.When I learned the beauty of a fuller brow, there were the days where I had to look like a yetti so that I would give them a chance to fill in before getting them threaded. And then there was that moment of epiphany when I realized that girls with amazing brows aren't just born with them, they cultivate them.

Not in a creepy eyebrow transplant sort of way, but by filling in their brows to define that arch or conceal those troublesome spots that just won't grow in properly no matter how hard you pray. After dabbling in pencil and powder, and my brief foray into pomade, I have found the ultimate brow product for me. 

When I first bought the  Pixi Natural Brow Duo ($16) a few months ago, I didn't expect to love it as much as I do. I was looking for a less expensive alternative to the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil that was slightly less gray hued. I was literally on the brink of shelling out $32 for the Hourglass pencil when I stumbled upon this on Pixi's website and decided to take a chance. I love Pixi and think that they make some amazing products and I'm so glad I decided to try this. 

In terms of shape and design, Pixi's pencil side definitely looks and works like a dupe for the Hourglass pencil. It has that same almost triangular-shaped tip that lets you go bolder or finer just by tilting the pencil. It also has a similar hard consistency which means that you won't apply too much product and end up looking like you just drew your brows on.


As a bonus, you get a tinted brow gel side which has a small brush that lets you get just the right amount of product onto your brows. It's a little hard to tell from the picture but the brush is both thinner and about half the length of a traditional mascara wand. The gel keeps my brows from moving all day long and I never have to worry about flakes or weird dry bits in my brows. And maybe it's just me, but this brow gel seems like a dupe for Benefit's Gimme Brow (minus the fibers), which alone retails for $22.

When applying, I start off by combing through my eyebrow hairs with a spoolie brush (essentially a clean mascara wand) to make sure that the shape looks the way I want it to. I then fill in my brows using the pencil side, beginning on the inner corner of my brow and filling in any spots that are patchy with light, hair-like strokes. To make sure the product looks natural, I brush through my brows again with the spoolie to blend in the color and make sure everything looks even. I top it all with a coat of the brow gel, which I lightly sweep through the brows, making sure the hairs all sit in the shape that I want them. And that's it! My brows end up looking defined and bold but still natural and definitely not "drawn on".

Even with daily use for the past 3 months, this product is still going strong and has a huge chunk of pencil remaining. I expect it to last at least another month, but once this baby does run out I will definitely be repurchasing. If you're looking to up your brow game but still want to look natural, I would definitely say to give Pixi's Natural Brow Duo a try. It comes in 3 different shades (I use Deep Brunette) and is available at Target as well as on Pixi's Website.

What's your usual brow routine? Do you like a more natural look or something a bit bolder?

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