I don’t know what I did to lose their support, but at some point over the past few weeks, my brows decided to stage a coup. A chunk of my left brow just didn’t come to work one day, like it decided, “That’s it! Game over.” Now I have a brow bald spot, and I’m really not sure how it happened.
Then a group of longish witch hairs rode into town one night, probably detecting an opportunity to seize power. I call them “Kool and the Gang.” There may be someone, somewhere out there who finds insubordinate, mutinous brows alluring, but I’m not crazy about the look.
I would have reached for my Benefit Instant Brow pencil to restore balance to my brows, but I used the last of it a few weeks ago.
Perfect excuse to visit Sephora to look for something new.
But where do I start? I wondered, as I browsed for brow solutions in the store, and that’s when I saw the gal with the bangin’ brows…
They were perfectly filled in and sculpted, the hairs all lying nice and neat, so I asked her for her secret. She said she filled them in first with eyeshadow using an angled brush, and then set them with Smashbox Brow Tech Wax ($20).
I’d heard of it before, Brow Tech — a colorless brow wax that comes in a pot. It’s part of Smashbox’s permanent line.
I already had MAC Concrete and the MAC 266 Angled Brush at home, so I grabbed a pot of Brow Tech and hoped for the best.
There’s really not much to it. It’s a soft, colorless wax that dries to a matte finish. To apply, you brush it directly onto your brows with an angled brush. You can wear it alone or on top of a powder or pencil; I tried it both ways.
Being matte, I think it looks natural on my brows, and I like that it doesn’t leave them looking or feeling plastered and stiff, but the 0.049-oz. pot sure seems small for $20, especially when the first three ingredients are petrolatum, wax and mineral oil (not exactly rare ingredients).
Smashbox also sells some slightly larger Brow Tech trios, each with a lighter and a darker powder seated next to a small amount of wax, for $24.
I might be wrong, but I have a feeling that the Brow Tech wax causes the color of my brow powder to fade. It also loses a little steam about half way through the day, which is when I start to see some of those longish hairs jump out of line and get unruly again.
Kool and the Gang and I think that Brow Tech’s just okay. Many women swear by it, though, and your results may vary. In my case, I just think that maybe my misbehaving brows need a little more hold than Brow Tech provides.
PRICE: $20 for a 0.049-oz. pot
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Sephora stores and online at smashbox.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
The honeymoon’s over…
The lovey dovey kitty who welcomed me home a few days ago has already been replaced by his fussier feline doppelganger. Yup, diva Tabs is back to ignoring me and giving me dirty looks.
No biggie. I knew the honeymoon wouldn’t last.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. This isn’t Smashbox related, but if you’re a New Yorker and an Urban Decay fan, you might want to pop by the Sephora in Times Square next Saturday, August 20 if you can. The store will be hosting a six-hour sneak peek and early sale of the new UD palette, codenamed Book of Shadows, Volume IV, from 1-7 p.m.
The $64 palette doesn’t officially arrive until the holidays, so this would be a good chance to grab it before anyone else.