Being a big lover of filled in eyebrows and the 'strong eyebrows look', it's natural to want to try every eyebrow product out on the market. When a good friend of mine bought the Too Faced Brow Envy kit for me for my birthday I could not contain my excitement. This Kit, along with Benefit's Brow Zings, has been lusted over for more than a year now and I'm so happy to have received it!
Brow Envy claims to provide 'the perfect brows and instant attitude' to all users. 'Too Faced's fool-proof kit that will have you arched, defined and framed like a star'. The kit contains a setting wax, cream highlighter, two brow powders -blonde and brunette-, tweezers, spoolie, angled brow brush, brow pencil, stencils and a guide to using the kit.
As you can see the kit does come with a lot of different components in one some-what travel friendly size (especially if you compare this to something like Sigma's Brow Designs Kit, it's massive!). The only thing that I think this kit needs is a mirror!
The packaging of this kit is made of sturdy cardboard which makes it quite light and also another plus for travelling. The packaging is also quite girly and feminine, but also very eye-catching and sophisticated. It is a tad bulky but when you consider all the different elements this kit contains, it's quite compact.
In all honesty, I did not follow the guide of the kit at all. I took a look at the stencils provided and knew none of them would suit me at all. In addition to that they looked hard to work with and totally not suitable to my eyebrow shape. I did have a go at using the stencils after using this kit a couple of times and my hypothesis was correct. All the shapes were way too wide and/or arched too high for my forehead. It made my typical asian eyes look awkward and out of place.
The brow pencil provided was actually quite useful. The colour of the pencil was in between the blonde and brunette brow powders and made creating sharp lines a dream. It was easy to blend and just a overall a great brow pencil.
The cream highlighter in this kit was a little on the disappointing side. First off, I would have liked to have a powder highlighter instead as it's less harsh and less prone to wearing off during the day. Another reason it was a little disheartening was that it was way, way, way too light for my MAC NC30 skin tone. Although I tried to blend away as much as possible I still had a very visible 'white' line on my brow bone and trust me, it did not look attractive at all.
The setting wax on the other hand is a definitely a big hit. Usually when I don't use a brow setting wax, my crisp angled brows are slightly smudged by the end of the day. However, when setting it with this wax they stay perfect all day long!
I also love using the angled brush that comes in the kit as it helps to create that perfect fine tail and arch as it's so small and precise. The spoolie also comes in handy to comb through the brows and blend the powder and hairs together to make it look more natural.
However regular washing of these tools is necessary as it can make the inside of your kit look quite dirty and messy. I can definitely speak from experience of this.
And lastly - the brow powders. Alhough I do have quite dark hair, I tend use the lighter blonde shade of a regular day to day. The Blonde brow powder compliments my existing eyebrow hair quite well and doesn't make it look too artificial. I do however use the brunette shade if I want my brows to be a little darker and frame my face a tad more, especially when I'm actually wearing a full face of make-up, eyeshadow included.
What makes these brow powders different to the Stila Brow Set I've been loving is that I find these Too Faced ones to be a little more long wearing and slightly more colour matched to my normal brows. I do love both equally, but I seem to have been reaching for this kit over the Stila Brow Set - probably due to the fact that I like to play with new and shiny products!
(eyebrow pencil, setting wax, highlighter, blonde & brunette)
Overall, this is a great kit to have in your collection. If you're just starting out with experimenting with your brows, I definitely recommend that you try out this kit - it pretty much has everything that you would need plus more. For me though, I wish they hadn't had put in the brow stencils and made that extra tiny compartment for them. If they took out the stencils and made the packaging small it would be my new favourite brow product!
You can pretty much pick this bad boy up from anywhere. I suggest picking it up from either ASOS or Beautybay as they both have free international shipping! Oh and it retails for appox $45 AUD.
Have you tried Brow Envy before? What's your favourite eyebrow product?