Thursday, February 25, 2016

Review | Maybelline Fashion Brow in Dark Brown

Well-groomed and shaped brows frames our face, enhance our features and completes our look, no? If you really don't think so, just look at someone who can't leave the house without 'coloring' their brows. Ask Lindemere! LOL. She's not reading my blog so it's okay to mention her here. I don't even think she'll mind though. Hahah!

Anyway, I don't really groom my brows often, don't shape my brows either because I'm afraid I fail to achieve the perfect looking brows for my round face. Believe me, I am new to this. This Maybelline Fashion Brow palette is actually the very first eyebrow palette I own my entire life. So...I don't have much experience about it, so I tell you Lindemere's story instead.

Lindemere is my friend and she does not leave the house without her eyebrows looking on fleek. Why? Because she feels naked. How could an unshaped brows make us look and feel so naked? I don't get it. Do you? Well, some people can leave the house without, say, foundation or lipstick, but not with unshaped brows. How did that happen!? Anyway, just read further if you want to know why my perspectives on eyebrows on fleek changed abruptly!

Maybelline Fashion Brow in Dark Brown 3.0g
Bought for: P250 (on sale)
Bought from: Beautymnl

You can see that it's housed in a very travel-friendly palette with three pans inside, colors are from the darkest to the lightest shade. The first one on the left side is the color that you can use in shaping and framing your eyebrows, the middle is for filling in and contouring your nose area and lastly, the first on on the right is for highlighting and sculpting. Basically, it's a palette all for your eyebrows and nose needs. You can also use the two pans as eye shadows, this is just my opinion though. That's how I look at it. Very handy and useful, indeed.

So...for your information, here's the list of ingredients. I thought I should list them down here for those makeup enthusiasts who are very particular with what they are putting on their face (like me)! Okay, I'm guilty.

Ingredients (for eyebrows): Ricinus Communis Oil/ Castor Seed Oil, Candelilla Cera/ Candelilla Wax, Talc, Octyldodecanol, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Cera Alba/ Beeswax, Nylon-12, Stearyl Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Paraffin, BHT, Stearic Acid, Behenic Acid, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Synthetic Flourphlogopite

Ingredients (for nose): Talc, Zea Mays Starch/ Corn Starch, Zinc Stearate, Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Isopropyl Isostearate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Zeolite, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Tocophery Acetate, Hexylene Glycol, Panthenol

The product comes with a duo brush, the one side is like an angled brush with a triangular tip while the other one is like...I don't it a blending brush? It's a good thing there's this built-in brush at least I don't need to rummage through my sets for shaping and contouring, plus I get to save time and space in my make up pouch, right? Though the brush constitutes to the product being 'serviceable', I find them too small for my small hands. So...I really find them not so functional so I'd still opt for bigger brushes. Also, I think I wanted them to be stiffer because they are too soft for my liking, I could not get all the pigments that I want in just a few swipes on the pans.

The formula in the first pan is a thousand folds different from the other two. While the fill and sculpting powder is dry, the eyebrow shade is waxy, therefore, it glides well on the eyebrows without too much effort. The fill powder (middle) can also be use as a setting powder to the eyebrows to make it last longer and to fill in bald spots without the oiliness.

For your own expectations, I cannot say it really last long on the eyebrows and is smudge-proof. But since I have very oily skin, the product would typically last me up to 5 hours only without retouching. And it's smudge-proof given that you don't smear it on purpose and on dry skin.

Anyway, here's a quick selfie of me wearing Maybelline Fashion Brow in Dark Brown. What I did is frame my eyebrows using the wax powder (first), fill the gap in with the fill powder (middle), and highlight my brow bone with the sculpting powder (last). I actually use Natura Organics Wink Brow Dressing for added color before I set it with the fill powder. Then for my nose, I applied the fill powder (middle) by creating a line on each side, blend it using the blur/blending brush and apply the sculpting powder on the middle then blend, blend, blend.

I know it looks still a bit sharp and imperfections are everywhere, but I am working on it! :)))

Overall, this is a good product for its price. I recommend it to those girl on a beauty budget who's looking for affordable yet high quality makeup that won't surely break their bank.

Tried it? Love it? Abhor it? Share it here with me! Happy blogging!


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