Big brows seem to be favoured in the beauty and fashion world if the catwalks and magazine editorials are anything to go by. Long gone are over plucked sparse brows and now big and perfectly groomed brows are literally in Vogue! I never plucked my eyebrows as a teenager so I don't have to draw them on but I do need a little help with shaping them. Brows frame your eyes and can add definition and polish to a natural make up look. Brows are underestimated - they can completely change your expression (not recommended) as well as your overall facial features.
Before I understood the importance of brows I had just used Rimmel eyebrow pencil (which is a great product) to quickly darken my thick brows. It was on a whim that I decided to purchase this Pixi eye duo from ASOS when I was ordering a few clothing basics.
--The Product and First Impressions--
The brow duo has two main components - a tinted brow gel and retractable pencil nib. The brow pencil comes in one standard colour - a sandy taupe (Pixi calls the shade "medium brown") which would be suitable for fair to mid brown hair colours. I have dirty blonde hair but my eyebrows are a shade lighter and I often find that brow definers are too dark for my fair brows. However, this shade seems to suit me perfectly.
--Application and Results--
As I have quite thick brows I normally just do a couple of feathery strokes at the arch of my brows where they are a bit sparse. You can get a very precise line as the nib is angled - one edge is sharp for precision whilst the other is broader for shading in. As it is a retractable pencil you also don't have to worry about sharpening it - which is also a bonus.
I had never used a brow gel before using this product and I have to say that it is a revelation! I love how it can instantly tame my brows whilst adding definition. Also I have found that if I have been a bit too heavy handed with the pencil by using the brow gel afterwards it really softens and makes the brows look natural again. Sometimes if I am in a rush and don't have time to focus on shaping my brows I just brush them through with the gel and they look polished and defined.
I have already repurchased this product as I think it is fantastic! It takes a total of around 20 seconds to get to grip with my brows and its crazy how such a simple thing can make a vast difference to the face. This product retails at £12.50 and is available at ASOS. Even though this may be considered an expensive price for a brow pencil I have found that on average the brow duo lasts 5 months before having to be replaced. I think this product is great for those who are new to brow pencils as this product is so easy to use and you will not get that drawn on eyebrow effect!