Review: Rimmel london, Brow This Way! (brow sculpting kit)

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I’ve noticed lately that there are lot’s of brow kits available on the high street within budget beauty brands. Having been a loyal fan of Benefit’s brow kits for years and  more recently trying out Barry M’s version, I decided to test Rimmel’s “cheap as chips” offering.

The Promise : Sculpt the perfect photo-ready, high impact brow! Long lasting formula feels lightweight and comfortable all day long, 2 easy steps – apply wax to shape & fix, then layer powder to set.

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I alway’s opt for a dark brown as although my hair is coloured blonde my eyebrows are naturally dark, it is available in a medium brown shade too.

The wax is a good texture and easy to apply (other budget brands have a hard wax making it very difficult to use) The colour of the wax and powder are a perfect match. My brows look defined and it stay’s put for a whole day even through a busy shift at work, I do tend to do a little touch up at lunchtime but that’s just me! I’m really happy with the quality of the wax and powder considering it’s only £3.99

The brush is ok, the slanted end is great for creating a shape and definition with. The longevity of the brush is what I’m not that happy with. Unfortunately it loses it’s shape once you get about half way through the product, it’s bristles start sticking out like an old toothbrush which becomes impossible to create fine natural strokes.

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My Verdict: All in all I’m really happy with this product for the price point, I’m still using it daily so that say’s a lot! I would consider purchasing this again however, I just wish you can buy additional brushes, pretty please Rimmel London??

Have you tried this brow kit from Rimmel? or perhaps another high street brand that you think I’d like, would love to hear from you.

Secondbonde x

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Barry M BROW KIT Shape & Define

As I’ve been using Benefit brows a go go and brow zings for years let’s just say based on price point I was quite skeptical about the performance of BarryM’s brow kit.

IMG_5370.JPGNo disrespect BarryM I love lots of your reasonably priced products, however when it comes to brows I tend to think you have to spend more money to get good results…boy was I wrong!

Packaging is basic and neat, the set includes a handy mirror, mini tweezers, double ended applicator, brow wax, brow shaddow and a high lighter. What more do you need to keep your brows in check?
IMG_5369.JPGThe wax is a good colour and perfect texture for creating a good shape and tame strays.
The shaddow is a great colour match for my brows, you can build it up for a darker shade, the downside is if your brows are fair this will not be the product for you as it only comes in the one shade.
The high lighter is subtle, I’m not crazy about it but if does the job!

IMG_5373.JPGThe tweezers are great emergency on the go kind if tweezers, they work really well but simply to small to have the patients with for regular at home brow grooming.

The double ended applicator brush is brilliant! One slanted, one rounded. I use both to create a nice shape.

The mirror is just the right size, not too small making it easy to see what you are doing.

IMG_5374.JPGA swatch of the wax, shaddow and high lighter. Sorry it’s not the best of lighting in this photo.

IMG_5372-1.JPGIf you read my holiday make-up bag must haves post in July you will remember that this was included, which really put this product to the test in sweltering heat day/night plus chlorine pools and of course the salty sea water exposure while holidaying in Turkey.

IMG_5368.JPGThe verdict…you passed with flying colours, ok I did need a few touch ups in the hot sun but the staying power was impressive, it certainly didn’t slide off my face while I was sweating when sun bathing or come off in the sea or pool.

Now the biggest question is do I switch back to Benefit when this finishes or do I repurchase? At less then half the price at only £5.99 I think it’s a strong possibility.

What do you guys think?

Holiday Make-Up Bag Must Haves!

I’m travelling light this summer trying not to take ALL my make-up/lotions n potions plus the kitchen sink! These three little beauties are defo making my final edit.
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1. Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover – fast clean easy nail polish removal on the go for those emergency chipped nail moments.
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2. Barry M Brow Kit – perfect brow definition with staying power that won’t slide off your skin, even in the hottest sun! (Yet to test in a chlorine pool)
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3. Maybelline Great Lash Mascara – Great for daytime eye definition for a natural makeup look. Pick up the waterproof version to avoid pool panda eyes!
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Three essential products that I’ve tested with great results and the best news is each product is just under £6 so they won’t break the bank…happy days.