Benefit Brow Zings Review

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When I was little my eyebrows were out of control. They were huge, had no shape to them whatsoever, and yes, they met in the middle. I basically looked like Bert from Sesame Street. That didn't really bother me until the nineties came along, and the pencil thin curve was suddenly the hottest eyebrow shape around. Like so many others, I wasted no time in plucking the living daylights out of my monster brows in order to achieve the look. It was probably a step up from channelling Bert, but even so, it wasn't long before it started to look dated and just plain weird.

Over the last six or seven years I've been trying to find a happy medium. My brows are pretty unruly and the individual hairs are long, so training them into a decent shape hasn't been easy. This is why I loved the Eylure shape and shade palette so much. As well as a great powder that matched the colour of my brows perfectly and a wax that kept my long hairs in place, it had stencils. Don't laugh. Some of us need extra help, OK? With the stencils, I was able to play about with the different shapes and, once I found one I liked, I could pencil it in and see where I needed to pluck and where I needed to leave well alone.

However, it would appear that I was the only person digging the whole stencil thing. The Boots website tells me that this palette is no longer available, so I am guessing it has been discontinued. Why does this always happen with products I really like?

Anyway, with the powder in my beloved shape and shade rapidly dwindling, I went on a mission a couple of weeks ago to find a replacement. I'd read some good things about Benefit Brow zings, so I decided to give it a try.


At £24.50 it's pretty expensive. I can't remember how much the Eylure palette was but I'm sure it was nowhere near that. (If I'm wrong please feel free to correct me!) Still, I'm hoping it will prove to be long-lasting, which the higher-end, higher-priced products often are. It comes in three shades - light, medium and dark - and I went for the dark. My natural brow colour is pretty much jet black and I do like a strong brow. Yes, even with my bleached hair. (Don't judge me.)


Benefit's packaging is always pretty cute in my opinion, and the brow zings palette is no exception. It's a sleek compact, perfect for travelling, with everything you need inside. You even get a little leaflet which shows you how to use it.



The darker product is waxy. You use the angled brush to apply it and it neatens and defines the shape. Then you use the lighter powder with the blending brush to fill in any gaps and set the brows in place. There's also a handy little pair of tweezers. I'm sure you know what those are for. ;-)

I'm really impressed with this product. The colour is good and I feel like my brows look strong and defined but still natural. It's definitely as good, if not better, than the Eylure. The only things missing are the stencils, but I guess I have a good shape now, so it's time to take those training wheels off! (Or else just get them threaded, like everybody else?!)












Look at the concentration on my face! Selfies can be so difficult.

How do you maintain your brows?

Kate x
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  1. Kate this is a great review, thanks for sharing!
    xo
    Anastasia
    http://natbeesfashion.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. You're welcome, and thank you! x

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  2. Your brows look radical! I don't do much other than plucking because I have think Persian brows. :] // itsCarmen.com ☼

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    1. Thank you! I would love to have brows that looked good on their own! x

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  3. Your brows look awesome! And love the review.

    I love the Gimme Brow but will definitely check this out at Benefit counter next time as well.

    x

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    1. Thank you Laura! I hear good things about Gimme Brow too... it seems Benefit is quite the brand for brow products! x

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  4. Really want to try this, naturally my brows are so tiny! Yours look so good!

    - ellabellemin

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    1. Thanks Ella! It is a really nice product. x

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  5. I am terrible at keeping my brows in shape! I try to do it myself but I always cave and just go and get them threaded! Your brows look really good here though! I'd been thinking about stencils and how they'd make it easier to shape them, but I guess that isn't the done thing anymore so i'll have to try and learn another way!

    Love Amylou x
    www.amylous.co.uk

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    1. I honestly don't know why more people weren't into the stencils! Maybe there are some out there somewhere, but I can't find them any more. x

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  6. P.S: I need to see a post dedicated to Santorini. Havent been there since 2004 and I so miss the island :) xx

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    1. I am working on it Anastasia! It was my first time there and I found it such a beautiful place. x

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  7. you look amazing, I love your blog, would you like to follow each other?

    www.magadish.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you very much! I will definitely check out your blog. x

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  8. I like keeping my brows looking natural yet defined - I normally use a powder just to fill in any areas for a more defined look!

    You look so pretty too!! :)

    Layla xx

    www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk

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  9. Your eyebrows are amazing! I generally use the sleek eyebrow kit

    jessssicahart.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Jessica! I will have to check out Sleek's kit. x

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  10. Lovely review! Your eyebrows look great! Xx

    Vividlondon.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. I've always wanted to try this on my brows!

    Yours look great :)

    Much love, ANNIEPOP.COM

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    1. Thank you! I really do recommend it. x

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  12. your brows look great!

    www.simplymee89.blogspot.com

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  13. Very nice Inspirations

    FOLLOW MY BLOG / Maybe we can follow each other!!!
    http://rimanerenellamemoria.blogspot.de

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  14. Benefit is muh favorite place to fix my brows. I don't trust anyone else. Their products are AMAZING. Thanks for the suggestion chica :)

    Xo
    Livinlikelarz

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    1. You're welcome! I have to say, I have yet to try anything from Benefit that I haven't loved! x

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  15. Those brows look amazing!
    Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog! xx

    A

    Head Enough

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  16. I get them threaded as well, but it is so painful! Elf do a really similar kit for like 3 pounds so if you want a cheaper alternative then look into those! It's a wax and a powder and is my go to brow product x

    Jasmin Charlotte

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  17. Your brows look amazing! Such a nice shape! I struggle with mine because I have scars and they're so fine, I might have to give this a go!

    Great blog and photos :)

    www.astyleshake.blogspot.co.uk

    xx

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  18. Your brows look amazing and you are beautiful :) I really want this product! Hope you have a great week!

    Camille xo.

    www.cococami.blogspot.co.uk

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  19. Love how it looks on your brows. I'm definitely ordering this!

    TRENDGALORE

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  20. this looks like a fun product! love a brow filler! I will have to try this out!

    kelseybang.com

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  21. looks fab!
    http://saltskinned.blogspot.com.au

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  22. Looking gorgeous, and this product sounds so fantastic! Wish I could get brows like yours; I have the awful addiction of over-plucking mine which is so bad and I must stop! This is probably something I should get my mitts on, asap!

    Sophie | soinspo xo

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