This post was initially drafted with the title ‘My First Impressions Of The New Benefit Brow Products’. However, it’s been a long time since these were launched and I’ve almost finished them. Oops! Although I’m pretty late with this review, I wanted to share my thoughts.
Intrigued by the new range, I picked up the Goof Proof eyebrow pencil and 3D BROWtones eyebrow enhancer. I wait until I’m going through Duty Free to buy Benefit products as pretty much all have a Benefit counter. Both products cost £20. Although I made a small saving buying them there.
My beloved Brow Wiz pencil from Anastasia Beverly Hills costs just £15.50 and works perfectly. The decision to purchase these was accelerated by the fact I had gone on holiday and mistakenly not backed a brow pencil. My eyebrows are very sparse, thanks to years of over-plucking back in the early 2000s when it was cool. Even on an almost literal no makeup day, I’ll usually do something to my brows.
The packaging of everything in the Benefit brow range is pretty distinctive. Mirrored silver casing which is really angular. On first inspection I thought this was just aesthetic but it does actually really help you get a good grip.
Benefit Brow Goof Proof Pencil
The Goof Proof Pencil comes in 6 shades. I opted for a 5 which is described as being for those with warm dark brown to warm black hair. It’s similar to the shade Chocolate from Anastasia Beverly Hills. The pencil is angled and like Brow Whiz, good for filling brows and drawing hair strokes on. This pencil is definitely less precise than Brow Whiz. I find it’s better for quickly filling brows or traveling with. For a sharper brow I prefer a more angled pencil.
Goof Proof having a slightly blunter edge does make it better for filling the sparse bits in my brow. This product lasts well throughout the day and doesn’t shift.
I do notice that this pencil doesn’t apply if there’s any product still wet on your face. Residual primer or moisturiser will result in a separated application. Whilst this is quite understandable, I have noticed other brow pencils are less affected by this.
On the whole I liked this product and found it worked well in conjunction with my go-to brow products. For me it’s better suited to creating a quick brow look (with a brow gel) which has made it ideal for traveling with.
3D BROWtones Eyebrow Enhancer
The 3D BROWtones eyebrow enhancer is essentially a highlighter for your eyebrow. This brow gel is intended to add subtle highlights to some of the hairs in your brow, giving them a more natural appearance. As I mostly draw my brows on, they do look a little flat. This product only comes in a couple of shades. The Benefit brow product shades are numbered (1 to 6). I wasn’t sure initially if you should pick the number which corresponds to your brow shade for this product, or go a few shades lighter as it’s a highlighter.
Whilst it would have made sense to me for them to match the appropriate highlight with the shade number, it seems as though you need to colour match separately for this product. I opted for one of the lighter shades. Whilst the applicator is great and does just pick up a few hairs rather than all, this gel for me doesn’t highlight. It’s not noticeable in the slightest.
With that said, I love the applicator! So this has become my go-to brow gel. It’s similar to Gimmie Brow but has a slightly thinner consistency which helps application. It doesn’t dry crispy and I think the applicator helps give a more natural look. This applicator is also great for using at the start of your brow on blonde hairs which normally are too small to catch with a normal brow gel.
In conclusion I liked both of these products, especially the 3D BROWtones gel which I would repurchase (albeit not for it’s intended use). Have you tried any of Benefit’s not-so-new brow products?