Like a lot of people who grew up in the ‘90s, I have super-sparse eyebrows. In pursuit of that perfect "Pamela Anderson arch," I tweezed like crazy—leaving me with little more than a few thin, stray hairs. Even after growing them out for almost a year now, they’re still in a pretty sad state.
Recently, I met makeup artist Jennifer Fleming at a New York City press event for P&G, and she introduced me to something that's helped: CoverGirl's new Bombshell Pow-der Brow + Liner.
Though it kind of looks like a pencil, the soft, spongy tip is coated in powder, which clings to brow hairs—creating much softer coverage than a pencil.
I know what you’re thinking. Not another brow enhancer!
In the last few years we’ve seen tons of products hit the market, including tinted brow mascaras, gels, palettes and an endless array of pencils. For me, brow mascaras and gels don’t offer enough coverage, because I have so little to work with in the first place. I suck at using a brush, so palettes are pretty much out of the question, unless I have a lot of extra time to fuss with getting it right.
So what I like about CoverGirl's powder liner is that it gives my brows the coverage of a powder, but it’s as easy as a pencil to apply.
Here’s what my brows look like without any product:
You can see the shape I’m going for, but the hair is patchy and sparse.
Here they are with the Bombshell Pow-der Brow + Liner:
You can see that my brows look much fuller with the CoverGirl powder, and have a defined shape. But there isn’t that same harsh line that you get when you use a regular pencil.
Here are three of the four on skin:
As you can see, the Blonde is quite dark. But it's the shade Jennifer chose for me at the NYC event, despite the fact that my hair is medium to dark brown. So just keep this in mind when you’re picking a shade. If your brows are actually blonde, you might find all four shades in the collection will be too dark for you to use.
Besides working on your brows, this product can also be used to create a soft, smoky eye. I tried out the Black shade as an eyeliner:
It gives you a nice, softly smudgy line along the lash line, but notice how the powder has fallen onto my cheeks. Even when I was extra careful, this still happened, leaving me with quite a mess to clean up afterwards, which was kind of annoying.
For whatever reason, I don’t have the fallout problem when I apply this to my brows. If you're going to use it as an eyeliner, I would recommend doing so before you put on any other makeup, or placing a tissue under your eyes to collect the mess.
Overall, I'm really happy with the results I get on my brows. I am always looking for ways to make them look a little fuller, and for now this is my favourite new tool.
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Have you tried this product? Do you prefer it as a brow filler or an eyeliner? Got any other brow product recommendations?