After being a brow pencil loyalist since forever, I finally tried my first brow cream — new Becca Shadow & Light Brow Contour Mousse ($25).
I’ve always avoided brow creams (and mousses, pomades, etc.) because I was afraid they’d be super thick and make me look like Burt’s long lost sister, but I’m a huge fan of Becca products, so I was cautiously optimistic when I tried this one.
Shadow & Light Brow Contour Mousse comes in a little pot with a waxy brow color on one side and a shimmery highlight creme on the other. It’s available in three shades — Cocoa (for light-medium hair), Cafe (for medium hair) and Mocha (for medium-dark hair). Here’s a closer look at Cocoa and Mocha.
First, the brow color side of these feels pretty firm to the touch but easily blends into my brows, while the highlight color is quite creamy and sticky. As you might be able to see from the top picture, the highlight side isn’t firm at all, and when I went to swatch Cocoa (on the left), I left a HUGE dent in it (oops!).
I didn’t have any problems with wear time (both sides last all day long), but I did discover that, for me, using this brow mousse is more involved and a bit messier than brow pencils and brow gels.
Here are swatches of two of the colors (Cocoa and Mocha):
Cocoa is a cool-toned grayish brown pretty close to my skin color but definitely too light for me to use in my brows. Its accompanying “Arch Defining Creme” (highlighter) is the same color as the one that accompanies Mocha, and it looks much peachier in this swatch than it does on my face. In fact, I think it looks subtle on me and helps to define my brows nicely.
As for Mocha, it’s a warm-toned brown. Since my hair is jet black, I wondered at first if it would be too light for me, but it actually worked! I think that being lighter it gives my brows a softer look and helps me avoid the look of super intense brows.
Here’s a step-by-step on how I use Becca Shadow & Light Brow Contour Mousse:
Step 1 — I brush my brows up using a disposable spoolie.
Step 2 — I use an angled brow brush (MAC 266) and a really light hand to trace a thin line of wax under my eyebrows.
I’ve always used this brush for eyeliner, so it felt weird at first to use it in the way it was actually meant to be used!
Step 3 — Then I use the same disposable spoolie to softly brush the wax through my brows, and I do one brow at a time to make sure I blend each brow before the product sets.
Step 4 — Then I use my ring finger to dab a tiny bit of the highlighter cream right under my arches, and I use very little of the cream (about the size of a grain of rice) because I’m not trying to look like a ‘90s R&B star with a super frosty highlighter.
I like the way it looks, but I think on skin tones darker than mine, it may be a little ashy.
Here’s the finished product with a little more makeup (I was heading to work after doing this).
As you can see, the Arch Defining Creme is light, but I think it looks pretty good here. On lighter skin tones, it’ll be more subtle and will probably look gorgeous. It has a bit of sheen to it, but it’s not too frosty or glittery.
I love that my brows stay put all day and don’t smudge at all, which is something I always worry about with brow products.
If you like using brow creams, check it out, because it’s a really nice formula if you can find a color that works for you.
Becca Shadow & Light Brow Contour Mousse is available now for $25.
In case you’re wondering, here’s what I’m wearing on my face in these pics:
Foundation: PUR Cosmetics HydraFluid Water Serum Foundation
Eyes: Edward Bess Illuminating Eyeshadow Base in Suede. I love that this is close to my skin tone so my eyelids never look ashy. It’s available at Neiman Marcus for $32. // H&M Beauty High Impact Eye Colour in Palm Springs (not available online, but you can find lots of other colors at H&M for $6.99). // Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara in Noir. If you like Too Faced Better Than Sex, you’ll love this. It’s available at Sephora for $26.
Cheeks: ColourPop Cosmetics Super Shock Cheek in Butterfly Beach. This is one of my all-time favorite subtle highlighters. Check out more of my picks in my post on How To Get A Subtle Glow. It’s available at ColourPop for $6.
I’d love to hear your brow product suggestions! And have you tried Becca Shadow & Light Brow Contour Mousse? What do you think about it?