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I Always Had A Thing For Benefit Brow Products
When it has come to eyebrows I have always had a thing for Benefit. May it be for getting my actual eyebrows waxed and shaped or when it comes to any type of either eyebrow wax or brow powder. For the most of times I have been using their Brow Zings in alternating shades, based on my hair colour at the time.
Benefit Brow Range Revamp & Disappointment
After Benefit revamped their range I tried out their new KaBrow eyebrow cream-gel colour. It turned out I loved the product, but was not really a fan of the packaging/brush. The “magic” brush that it comes with and that is supposed to convert into a full size bush sounds like a great idea. Especially as the relatively tiny brushes Brow Zings used to come with, were my least favorite thing about it. However this “magic” feature is not quite so magical, unfortunately.
The lid, which transforms into the brush appears to be made out of a cheap plastic. This, together with some extra thin weak spots and it’s length, it appears to break the first time you are not not pushing it 100% perfectly back into its holder, before you throw it in your makeup bag. Something that easily happens. The result is a broken apart and now extra short brush.
I am still going to use KaBrow at home (using a separate brush), as it is a great product. However I tend to put my makeup on on-the-go half the time. So being that delicate is definitely a makeup-bag-kit disqualifier for me.
Beauty Brawl – Giving The Brow Revamp Another Chance
Due to that I was on the search for an alternative, that I would be able to carry in my makeup bag from now on, without breaking while being simple to use but obviously still doing a good job. So when day 2 of Beauty Brawl came around I ultimately decided to give another one of Benefits revamped brow products a try: Benefit Goof Proof Brows
In this case it will be somewhat difficult to 100% distinguish between packaging and price. Why? Ultimately this is nothing else but an ordinary brow pencil. What is special about it, is the shape the mine comes in, as you can see below.
Instead of a round mine, the Goof Proof Brow Pencil comes with a diamond shaped mine. This allows you to use the pencil as a fine liner but also as a wide pen to evenly and quickly fill out your brow. Overall I do love the idea. However, it has a (very) little flaw. This only works perfectly if the mine would remain close to perfectly flat, however in practice that does not quite work out as with use the tip gets somewhat rounded. So you have to either accept not to get 100% benefit from the shape or you will have to once in a while flatten the tip, which would then cause you to lose some product. All in all this is a minor issue though.
The second practical feature is the built in brow comb (looking similar to a mascara applicator) which will help you to tame unruly eyebrow hairs and to blend/even out some of the product, making it look more natural.
Otherwise the packaging is perfectly fine, overlooking the fact that the silver colour might rub off a little if you, like me, constantly carry it around with you in your makeup bag.
The product itself is a long lasting high quality brow pencil. There isn’t really anything bad to say about this. However, also not much that would be to write home about either. All in all a very solid product, easy to apply, durable and natural looking.
What I have to praise Benefit for though, is that they finally have increased the number of shades the product is available in. Increasing the choice from 3 (light/medium/dark) to 6 different shades, giving you also some more choice not only by darkness but also between warm and cold tones.
Well that is a bit of the downside of this product. I think at £20 the price for this product is a little higher than it should be. To give you a bit of an illustration the comparable MAC product, the MAC Brow Sculpt Pencil, comes at £16.50, not to forget that there some ordinary brow pencils that you will be able to get from £8 onwards. So you will have to evaluate for yourself if the added convenience of the shape and the added brush is giving you the added value, or if you prefer to put in a bit more work and/or want to get yourself a separate brush with it.
Although if you look around there is also pretty much always somewhere a sale on. At the moment for example (July 2017) LookFantastic is offering a discount, reducing the price to £16.
The Final Verdict
Overall I am happy with it and do in no way regret testing out the Goof Proof Brow Pencil. Although, to be honest when the time comes around when I will need to review it, I am not sure if I will re-buying it. This time I might actually look into testing out a new brand.
Any Tips Or Advice?
Do you have any favourite eyebrow brands or products? Are there any brands you would definitely recommend when it comes to Eyebrow grooming or is there any brand I should steer clear from? I would love to hear what your best and/or worst experience with an eyebrow product was!
Lots of love!