A first impression of a person to someone of sound mind would consist of monitoring the other person’s body language, mannerisms, tone of voice and even outfit choice. Unfortunately, that’s not me. When I meet someone new, I’m looking directly at their brows. My husband finds it completely odd that I comment on the brows of other women. He can’t seem to wrap his head around the fact that a person’s persona can be easily judged by the shape and fullness of their brows. If you’re reading this, I will assume that being a beauty enthusiast yourself, you can relate to my prejudgment.
The truth of the matter is, us ladies are obsessed with brows. Gone are the days when eyebrows were a mere side act, nowadays they are the leading ladies in the act of getting glam. What’s not to love anyway? Brows frame your face, making you appear more polished, youthful and put together without having to slap on tons of makeup. I know a fair number of women who don’t believe in filling in their brows (a few others who are in dire need of a good threading session) and while I can understand their reservations, they have no idea what they are missing out on.
Filling in my brows has been my savior since since the awful day that I decided to hack away at my once full set of brows. At the tender age of 14 I asked my mother for a pair of Tweezerman Automatic Tweezers. Now I’ll admit I was far too young, but I’m not to blame. My mother is to blame for exposing me to the QVC Home Shopping Network at a very gullible age (sorry Mum). Despite my mother’s refusal I begged and begged and promised her that they would not be touched until I turned 16. How she bought into that bull I have no idea, but low and behold, I got my tweezers a few days later. I went straight to work when her back was turned (only 24 months before the age that I initially promised) and practically took my entire eyebrows off. With a good bollocking from my Mum and brows looking like they were gnawed off by a bear, it’s fair to say that I was left looking really stupid.
Nowadays, I treat my brows with more love and care than I do my husband (sorry, not sorry). I baby them, I care for them, I monitor their progress and I have now built a relationship so strong with my threading lady, I considered marrying her instead. My eyebrows are now in the best shape they have ever been, but with the assistance of a few wonderful eyebrow filling products, I now have brows my mother is proud of.
When it comes to brow products, you can’t go wrong with Anastasia Beverly Hills. Anastasia Soare, brow queen and founder of the brand is famous for sculpting the brows of many celebrities including the Kardashian/Jenner clan. Her brow products have been highly recognised in the cosmetics industry as cult beauty products. Two years worth of development brought the Brow Definer, the latest installment to the brow collection. However, with its close resemblance to the existing Brow Wiz, many of their consumers have been left thinking, is it really worth the switch?
So here’s the low down. Appearance wise, they’re both near enough the same, although the Brow Definer is visibly bigger in width. In fact, the Brow Definer now looks much like the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil. To be honest, I prefer the size of the Brow Definer as I feel more in control of the movement when filling in my brows. It also makes economical sense (to a makeup junkie like me). The Brow Definer retails at £16.00 for 0.2g, whilst the Brow Wiz is £15.50 for 0.08g. I go through the Brow Wiz pencils fairly quickly as I use them almost every day; which proves that the Brow Definer is a much better investment.
They both have spoolies on one end; which helps to brush the product through the brows for a natural look. The spoolie on the Brow Definer is larger with thicker bristles than the Wiz. I much prefer the spoolie on the Brow Wiz and quite often keep my empty containers just for the purpose of the spoolie. The Brow Wiz spoolie easily shapes and moulds your eyebrows due to its thin shape ; which I think would be difficult to do with the Definer unless you have naturally thick, course brows.
The consistency of both pencils are almost identical and the same amount of pressure needs to be applied with each product. The colours are identical and do not differ in shade; which is perfect when you’re trying out a new product. The only difference in the crayons are the shapes themselves. The Brow Definer has a slanted edge; which is much larger in size than the precise rounded tip of the Brow Wiz. I find the Definer a lot quicker and easier to use particularly in the front end of the brows where they require the most attention. Although the Brow Wiz is great for adding precision to your brows, the slanted tip of the Definer makes it easy to map out the outline of your brows while filling them in. This saves a lot of time in the mornings and, in my opinion, looks far more natural than the effect I ever got with the Wiz.
If I had to pick a favourite I would probably go with the Brow Definer over the Brow Wiz simply because I find it more user friendly. Not to say that I would throw out all of my Brow Wiz pencils, but I do find myself reaching for the Brow Definer a lot more often. If you have already purchased the Brow Wiz and you’re a complete makeup indulger like me, I suggest using the Definer for creating a shape in your brows and the Wiz for filling in the sparse areas. If you’re deciding between the two pencils and have yet to discover the beauty of an Anastasia Beverly Hills brow product, I suggest going for the Brow Definer here as it has everything you would want in an eyebrow pencil.
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