The plus side of having light colored eyebrows is that I can get away with not waxing/plucking very often. The down side is that I have to color them every day, or I look kind of washed out. And in pictures, it looks like I have no brows.
Over the past couple of years, I’ve tried various things, from a Clinique brow pencil to a Laura Mercier Brow Definer wax/gel to Bare Escentuals’ Essential Brow Powder to, most recently, MAC’s “Omega” eye shadow. All of these products have their advantages, and they’ve all worked for me in the past. However, it always gets to the point where I decide the color doesn’t last all day, the shade is too dark/light, or some other issue. And inevitably, I’m on to the next product.
The latest in my line of experiments is the TouchBack BrowMarker (which, incidentally, was featuring in Lucky Magazine this month). As the name suggests, the product comes in pen form, and looks like a soft-tipped marker.
The website gives the following instructions for use: “Use short, quick upward strokes to fill in sparseness in the direction hair grows. Use the marker to blend away grays, ensuring uniform color. When finished, use an eyebrow brush to blend color for a natural, even finish.”
The marker comes in four shades: Dark Brown, Medium Brown (which is what I’m using), Blonde and Auburn.
The good stuff:
- The color is sheer, so there’s not much danger of looking like your eyebrows are painted on.
- Because of the pointed tip, it’s easy to get the color exactly where you want it.
- It lasts all day.
The not-so-good stuff:
- The color is sheer, so you have to layer it if you want a darker look.
- It’s definitely darker on the first couple of swipes (I guess because it starts drying out a bit?) so I have to make sure it’s even on both sides. However, the tip about using an eyebrow brush to blend does help.
Overall consensus: I’ve been using the BrowMarker for a couple of weeks now, and I’ve been very happy with it. It’s a little bit darker than the shadow I was using before, which really helps to define my face. The “not-so-good” things I mentioned are definitely outweighed by the positives. My biggest lingering questions is about how long the pen will last. As long as it doesn’t run out or dry out too quickly, I’ll be purchasing this product again.