Saturday, July 9, 2016

L'Oreal: Brow Stylist Prep & Shape Pro Kit REVIEW

For this week's Saturday post, I'm going to be reviewing the Brow Stylist Prep & Shape Pro Kit by L'Oreal. For review and swatch of the Brow Stylist in Medium to Dark, then read this article. 

For this week's Saturday post, I'm going to be reviewing the Brow Stylist Prep & Shape Pro Kit by L'Oreal. I wasn't the one that bought it, my mother did. She wanted to start doing her eyebrows and since we have the same hair color, she tossed it to me to test out.

The Brow Stylist is a brow kit that comes with a wax to shape and a powder to set. It comes with a double-ended tool that has an angled brush on one end and a spoolie on the other, but what I really like is that it comes with a tiny set of tweezers for those little stubborn hairs. Aside from the brow pencil, I would recommend this type of brow product to someone that is a beginner because it doesn't set until you apply the powder, so you can take your time shaping it with the wax. I own a professional brow palette where I use the wax to sketch my eyebrow shape before going back in with eyebrow gel. However, I did have some difficulty picking up the wax with the angled brush provided and ended up just using one of my own brushes, but the powder is quite pigmented so don't overload your brush.

The Brow Stylist is sort of like one of those universal type brow products where one thing can be used for all different brow shades or a certain selection. The one I have is in shade Medium to Dark, so it's supposed to work for people that have medium to dark hair. My issue with these types of products is that they often only seem to work if you're somewhere in the spectrum between two colors and not if you're at one end of the spectrum. The reason I'm saying this is because I have near (if not) black eyebrows, so going darker than black is not possible and anything above dark brown looks weird.

The way this product works is if you need it to be darker, you add more powder. I don't really like that because there's a point where the brow can start to look dirty and caked with powder, but I haven't experienced that issue with this. When I tried it out, I wanted to see what the darkest shade was that I could achieve with this brow kit, which you can see in the picture below.

Left side is natural brow. Right side is brow filled in.

As you can see, it can be darkened to a pretty decent shade, but I did have to go in with another layer of wax to get the extra powder to stick. It seems a tad warm when you look towards the inner brow, but I did try to go more light-handed to make it easier on the eyes. I know when I tried it out the first time with just one layer, my mother said that it looked kind of orangey, especially against brows as dark as mine. I'm not the best at doing eyebrows because they're always hidden behind my bangs and I have a heavy hand, so I'll normally just fill it in messily and clean up around it with a makeup wipe and concealer.

The Brow Stylist is a decent product, especially if you're a beginner. But the product seems to lean more towards being warm, which may not be the most flattering for those with more cool-tone hair unless you're going really dark on the brows.