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?