Saturday, May 31, 2014

Makeup MAYhem Day 31 - Review of Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade in Dark Brown


Claims: A smudge-free, waterproof pomade formula that performs as an all in one brow product. This creamy, multitasking product glides on skin and hair smoothly to create clean, defined brows. The standout formula works as a brow primer and provides color, sculpture, and shading. It is ideal for oily skin and in humid climates.
Price: $18
Size: .14 oz
Shades: Blonde, Auburn, Dark Brown, Chocolate, Ebony
Where Can It Be Purchased: Anastasia Beverly Hills, Sephora, Ulta

Hey guys! So today I will be doing a review of the Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade in Dark Brown. This product has been well raved on youtube and the blogging world, and as a result I knew I had to give this a try eventually! I had such a difficult time getting a hold of this product    it was consistently sold out at my Sephora and Ulta for the longest time. Just recently, I was able to get a hold of it during my latest Sephora Haul. After wearing this product consistently for two weeks and doing a first impression video, I am now ready to do a review on the product.

Packaging:
I have always been a fan of Anastasia packaging, but this product is slightly disappointing. The top is a chic black plastic cap, and the bottom portion is made of a sturdy acrylic material. The pomade is also lightweight and as such, won't weigh down your makeup bag. Upon closer inspection, I noticed that about of the packaging is empty. As seen by the picture above, all of the .14 oz of brow product is held in the area where the cap is screwed on. While I do not necessarily mind this, I would've rather had the space being used to its capacity, and making the product a little bit slimmer for my makeup bag. That is not to say that its not a small packaging, as I am eye balling the dimensions I can safely say that it is no more than 3 inches in height and length. Personal preference wise, I would've wished that it was a bit smaller but besides that, I do like the packaging. 

Swatch of Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade in Dark Brown

Shade Selection and Pigmentation: 
With five shades in the range, it offers some variety, but not a whole lot. In comparison to other Anastasia Brow Products, such as the Brow Wiz (review) where there is currently nine shades in the selection, the Dip Brow Pomade has five shades. If you live around near a Sephora and Ulta, definitely swatch the colors to make sure that it will match your eyebrows. I personally feel like if the demand for more colors is high enough, they will expand the selection! This time last year Brow Wiz had six shades, now there is currently have nine shades to choose from!

I had to decide between Chocolate and Dark Brown and after swatching them in store, I picked Dark Brown because it had a cool undertone whereas Chocolate had a warm undertone. Pigmentation is the last thing you need to be worried about. In the swatch below, the left swatch was just me lightly touching the pomade and dragging it across my hand (live swatch here during my first impression) while the right swatch is blended out. A little product goes a long way, as seen by my first impression video. During my first application of the product onto my eyebrows, I accidentally used too much product. If that occurs, your product can still be blended out, it will take some time (and patience) to do so.

Application:
I have tried three brushes in applying this product each having varying levels of success. First and foremost, the most affordable option is the Elf Studio Small Angled Brush ($3) is a very effective brush to apply the pomade. I find that if I do not pick up excess product when using this and it distributes the pomade very nicely in my brows. Only downside of this brush is does not have a spoolie to blend out the product. The next affordable option is the Real Techniques Brow Brush from the Starter Set Collection. Using this brush is my least favorite application method. It picks up too much product, as seen here in my Sweet as Candy Tutorial, making it a bit wasteful. Again, this brush does not have a spoolie to help blend out the product. Lastly, I have used the Anastasia Beverly Hills #12  Brush here in my daytime smokey eyes tutorial. This is the most expensive brush I have used this product with, and its also a very effective. It picks doesn't pick up excess product, distributes the product nicely, and has a spoolie to help blend out the product. If you are looking for an affordable brush to use this product with, I recommend the Elf Studio Small Angled Brush and picking up mascara spoolies from places such as Sally's Beauty Supply or a brush like Elf Essential Eyelash and Brow Wand. If I could go back in time, that's what I would've done instead of picking up the #12 Brush from Anastasia, its a great brush and all... but I would rather spend $18 on a multitude of other things. Regardless of what brush you decide to use, it is essential to have a spoolie when using this product, it will be difficult to use a brow brush alone on to blend out the pomade.

The key thing about this product is using a light hand when you dab the brush into the pomade. For me, I start off with light one dab on the pomade, and start off by distributing the product in the middle of my brows, working my way to the tip before working my way back to the front. Remember, you can always add more product back in, but if you add too much from the start you will spend more time on blending your eyebrows. Luckily, the product doesn't set immediately and you have some time to clean up any mess ups! The Dip Brow Pomade is also very blendable, which is a huge plus for a product that is so pigmented. Biggest downside of the application process, it takes me slightly longer to use this product than any of my other brow products. For those days where I am rushing, this product is not something I will be reaching for.

How Does It Look On Me?
I fine with the Dip Brow Pomade I can create both a dramatic eyebrow as well as a natural eyebrow. The key to how dramatic the eyebrows are is how much of the pomade you are using and how much you blend. Below, I have two pictures demonstrating two different days where I wore the eyebrow product!




Staying Power:
This product has lasted on my eyebrows for at least 10 hours without the use of a brow gel to help it. By the end of 10 hours, it still looks like when I initially applied the product! This has lasted through the Florida humidity and my oily skin! While this claims to be waterproof, I find that the more accurate term is water resistant. I did test this product out in the swimming pool, and this product faded about 50% of what my initial application was. Not too bad (considering I spent an hour in the pool swimming about 20 laps), but something to keep in mind if you are going to be entering the waters.

Final Verdict:
I can safely say that this product is worth the hype! It lasts all day and I am very pleased with the results! I do recommend you give this product an extended period to learn how to use it, for me it took a small learning curve to figure it out! I won't necessarily recommend this product for beginners, I feel like this product is probably best suited for those who are already used to using some sort of eyebrow product, whether it be a brow powder or brow pencil. If you are constantly in a rush, I would not recommend this product for you. However, if you have can spare a couple of more minutes in your makeup routine, I would definitely suggest you to check this out! While this is an $18 dollars, I do feel like this will last me a long time and the results are spectacular!

What is your current favorite eyebrow product? Let me know in the comment section below! Since it is the last day of Makeup MAYhem, I decided to upload another video today! Check it out here! Hope you guys enjoyed me posting everyday in May, not sure how my posting will be for June yet... but will definitely keep you updated!

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29 comments:

  1. Wow, the pigment is so strong, and makes your brows look stunning! I wish I knew how to do my eyebrows, lol ^^

    Cristielle |Fairytale Princess ☾•*

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  2. Practice hun! The more your practice, the more you will get a hang of it! I had a hard time getting my eyebrows looking good the first time around, I actually used black eyeshadow (the HORROR), but now I think I have it decently down. Just give it a shot and don't give up on it!

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  3. Thank you very much for the encouragement! Hopefully with enough practice, mine can look as awesome as yours!!

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  4. I really like this product! I tend to like Brow Wiz a bit better but I wear this one quite a bit. Totally agree with your dab method - a little goes a long way lol! :D

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  5. Definitely looks like a long lasting pigmented eyebrow product worth trying. I think this would be great if I'm out and about or need to be looking good the whole day! I've never tried an eyebrow cake/cream before and for now I prefer pencils and powder. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. The Brow Wiz is also a great product! I haven't gotten around to repurchase the Brow Wiz just because I have so many brow products right now! But yes, a little goes a long way with the DipBrow Pomade!

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  7. Definitely get it a try if you get a chance! This was my second go in brow gel products, this is definitely amazing. This might surpass other brow products that I have!

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  8. I've been hearing a lot about lately, I really want to try it! x

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  9. Anything that keeps my eyebrows in place is great and this looks like it will do just that!
    www.thegirlsnextdooruk.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. Mia- MakeMeUpMiaJune 1, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    I've not tried this but heard great things, Anastasia products are the best!

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  11. I haven't tried any brow pomades, but this one looks amazing on you!

    http://youarebeaut.blogspot.com/

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  12. Definitely give it a try when you get a chance! It is fabulous!

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  13. It's a fantastic product! It looks great and they also last all day, which makes it a huge plus!

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  14. I've never been disappointed with Anastasia brow products! They are fantastic!

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  15. I'm pretty sure this is a pretty unique product on the market! Definitely give it a try if you get a chance!

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  16. Ah, glad you're liking this! My Anastasia Brow Powder duo has been my holy grail for years. This sounds promising too! xo

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  17. Love the Anastasia Brow Powder duo! This however, has replaced my love for the brow powder! Definitely give this product a try when you get the chance!

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  18. Your eyebrows look beautiful! I have seen few reviews on this, and after reading this I am convinced! I need to try this! I've only ever used pencils so I wonder if it would be hard to switch to this.

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  19. Looks great on you! I have been using the MUFE Aqua Gel and it has been working well for me!

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  20. Oh wow I so need this!!!!! This looks like the most perfect match for my brows xx

    Gemma // Miss Makeup Magpie

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  21. Definitely give this a shot if you can! I think it wouldn't be too hard to get used to this, I find that I am really aggressive when I am using pencils, so I know how to blend out my eyebrows. That technique really helped me with the patience to blend here (when I placed too much product on my brows).

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  22. Oooh, I've heard so many great things about the MUFE Aqua Gel...definitely need to give that one a try!

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  23. Definitely get this Gemma! I'm sure you will love it!

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  24. So, a first impressions video AND a post devoted to this product? ;)
    I FINALLY saw these in Canadian Sephoras and was excited...but then I'm thinking the Brow Whiz might be less scary to start off with, judging from how you've applied this product in your Makeup MAYhem videos.

    BROW GAME 2 STRONG.

    Vanessa | Citron and Guavaberry

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  25. Wanted to make sure the hype wasn't wrong ;) And of course, the hype didn't lead me astray! The Brow Wiz would definitely be less scary to start off with, but as long as you don't have an aggressive hand (like I do) everything is a lot scary to start off with :D

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  26. Anastasia is the go-tp brow product for so many bloggers, good to see you also found it was worth the hype :) I have yet to try it but it's on my "to buy" list!

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  27. The brand is so consistent with their brow products, its no wonder why their the go-to brow products! Definitely give it a try, it's SO worth it!

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  28. Love this colour on you! I recently picked this up too (I bought chocolate ages ago)
    but I'm yet to use it. Totally agree about the elf brush, love the size shape and how well it picks up an adequate amount of product!
    Your brows look amazing!!
    I much prefer this to using powders now, its a great all in one^_^

    Iqra |The Blushing Giraffe | Bloglovin

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  29. The more you practice with it, the more you will get used to it :D I think I'm not 100% there either...I'm still picking up way too much product and end up spending a lot of time blending! YES, I definitely prefer this to powder now :D This just lasts and lasts like nobody's business.

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