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?

Brows a Go Go vs Brow Zings

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Brows a Go Go £26.50 includes: two shades of Brow Zings powder, 1 Brow Zings wax, smock in’ eye liner, eye bright cream,brow highlighter powder, mini tweezers, Hard angled/Talent brush and step by step lesson.

Brow Zings £22.50 includes: One shade of Brow Zings powder, 1 Brow Zings wax, mini tweezers, Hard angled/Talent brush and step by step lesson.

My trusty old brow kit “Brows a Go Go” changed my brows/life when Brow Expert Jenna Treat introduced me to how to groom, shape at home back in 2006 and I haven’t looked back. This nifty little kit from Benefit with everything you need has lasted me 7 years! only recently it’s the dark brow shadow that’s run out, the rest is still good to go! Having travelled with me wherever I go and been dropped on the floor umpteen times it’s a little messy and dog eared but still functional.20130224-134154.jpg

My 7 year old kit has seen better days!20130224-134914.jpg Brows a Go Go Includes everything you need for your desired look, and the wax keeps me sparse brows in check, ok I know it’s seen better days, time for a replacement, this time I’m down sizing to Brow Zings

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20130224-140406.jpgA smaller version with the brow wax and one shade including the same 2 brow brushes, one angled for precision on soft for blending oh and the same cute emergency tweezers. I went for the medium shade powder but wish I’d stuck with the dark shade I’d gotten used too. I love the cardboard packaging of Brows a Go Go with it’s statement retro look, however I think I much prefer the sleek hard case of Brow Zings, it’s compact and looks neat in my makeup bag. Go buy either one of these kits, they are a little pricey but well worth every penny!