I have a new review for you today! I recently have been testing out a new brow product and I thought I would share my thoughts. I recently made an order through Anastasia Beverly Hills website to order a Contour Kit (review coming soon) and I also picked up a Dipbrow Pomade, since they now carry my shade, Soft Brown. I have been using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Whiz for a few months now, so I’ll probably use that for comparison, just as a reference since that is what I’m used to. Onto the review!
I’m going to start off by discussing the packaging. This is a glass jar with a black screw cap. It’s pretty solid packaging, but not bulky. Esthetically, I love the copper accents of the logo, it looks stunning and so fancy. Most importantly, this comes with tons of product for the price. The jar contains 4 grams of product, which is lots considering it takes such a small amount. This product sells for $18USD or $23CAD.
This product’s texture really reminds me of a gel or cream eyeliner. It’s super smooth and glides on like butter. I couldn’t believe how smooth it was the first time I used it, it takes no effort to pick up some on your brush and get it into your brows. The shade I chose was Soft Brown, which is advertised for medium brown hair with warmth. I currently have red in my hair, so this shade makes sense. I will say though, that I wouldn’t say this shade is exactly the same as the brow whiz in Soft Brown. I’m not sure if it’s due to the thicker consistency of the Pomade, but I definitely notice more warmth in this when I first put it in my brows, as opposed to the brow whiz which I find to be a little more ashy. Even when I swatched it it looks the same, but in my brows I swear it’s different at first. It’s almost as if the Pomade adjusts to my brows because once it’s set, it’s a pretty close match and not so warm.
Application and Appearance
The application of this product has a learning curve in my opinion. It’s such a pigmented product that it can easily get out of hand and all of the sudden your brows are intense. Even with just a little bit, this product is built for statement brows. With thick, luscious brows being so in style this isn’t a bad thing, but it can easily get out of control. Even using it very controlled, it still looks too strong for me at first until I finish all of my makeup. This is probably related to using the Brow Whiz, which is a much softer look.
To apply this I initially used an angled eye liner brush, but I was finding it too thick, which wasn’t helping with the initial brow shock. To try and get a more natural appearance, I’m currently using a Sigma Waterliner Brush because it’s super thin and can get into small spots under the arch of my brow or right at the base of my brow. I’m not 100% sold on this brush, as I would like to try something denser to better shape my brows even further, but it is working for now. Another must have that I think this product needs is a spoolie. I use the spoolie on the end of my Brow Whiz and it really helps to brush out some of the product and disperse it to make it look more natural. I would definitely suggest investing in a spoolie if you plan on using this product. In a pinch, a clean old mascara wand works as well.
What I’ve found so far is that when I’m doing a full face of makeup, the Pomade really completes the look and polishes my brows so they go with the rest of my face. If I’m just wearing light makeup, say for work then I find this looks a little heavy and the brow whiz suits that kind of look better. As well, the pomade does take more time to make sure it is all brushed out and looks soft enough, whereas the Brow Whiz is easier for me to just fill in some sparse areas and that’s it. I don’t prefer one of the other, I just think they suit different purposes.
I’m going to include to picture from my latest FOTD so you can see what this product looks like with a full face of makeup.
In terms of staying power, this stuff is pretty much bullet-proof. It sets and it does not budge. Due to it’s texture, it really does hold down brow hairs and the colour stays in place. I do set this with a clear brow gel because I think brushing the gel through helps to make them more natural, but I doubt it would budge if I didn’t. It does have an edge or the Brow Whiz here because I find the Brow Whiz to fade quickly if it’s not set.
I’m going to include a ‘Before and After’ picture, just so you can see how this looks in my brows. I do have pretty full brows naturally, so it’s not a dramatic difference, but more polished I think.
Overall, I really like this product. I think it takes some practice and a clear idea of your eyebrow shape or the shape you’d like to create or it could get really out of hand. I think with practice that this product can look very natural, as it blends well with the natural hairs. That being said, I still wouldn’t recommend this to a beginner because it can get out of hand easily. For a beginner I would recommend the Brow Whiz over the Pomade, just because it’s more difficult to create sharpie brows with. If you’ve been been filling in your brows and are looking for an extra boost, I would highly recommend this product. I’m thrilled that bold brows are in style and I hope this trend is here to stay! Brows really do frame your face and I’m glad to have found so many great products to enhance them!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this review! Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried the Dipbrow or the Brow Whiz and what you thought!
Bye for now!
See my updated 2015 Brow Routine here!