When I started (erm, mildly) obsessiing over my eyebrows, I loved using pencils. Then I loved powders, because I feel they give me face a softer look. Then I loved pens because they offer so much more precision with the same natural effect. But now, my absolute favorite formula when it comes to eyebrow makeup is cream. Nothing beats a cream formula when it comes to shading eyebrows - it is precise yet natural, creamy and soft-looking at the same time. The clincher is the color though. I find that they are more complex and more flattering on my skin.
I've only tried two gel/cream formulas so far, but I'm definitely interested to get more! I've already reviewed the MAC Fluidline Brow Gelcreme. This time, I have the Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Brow Mousse (P1,400 from Stuff In Style). I actually discovered this by accident only, while browsing through Instagram. Stuff In Style posted this and I was like, wow! This could be the dupe of the MAC Fluidline for brows, which is limited edition and already out of stock.
So is it? A dupe? This brow mousse has the same wonderful color payoff and super smooth, natural finish. It also stays on pretty much all day - I wore it to my yoga class yesterday and it didn't budge. But that's where the similarity ends. The texture is harder, closer to waxy eyebrow makeup. It feels more like creamy powder when I work it in my eyebrows.
Swatch of Taupe
Don't get me wrong - I like the hard texture too. It's easier to control and blend since it doesn't instantly set like the MAC Brow Fluidline. You can go in with a heavy hand and it won't look dark at all!
The shade I have, Taupe, is an ashy brown-blonde to me. It matches my hair nicely. It's not too dark, but not light either. I prefer to use a brow mascara to set my other eyebrow makeup but this one looks good enough without it.
The bamboo-handled brush is ace. It's something I would even buy separately, if it were for sale. The gold ferrule with the embossed Tarte logo looks so classy! The brush is stiff and made of animal hair - just what I prefer - and the spoolie is not scratchy. It's such a great addition with the product! The Tarte Brow Mousse isn't cheap, but the inclusion of the brush makes it sulit for me.
Overall, I highly recommend the Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Brow Mousse. It's for anyone who wants soft yet solid brows, and an amazing brush that can be used with different formulas. You can make it look good even if you're just a makeup newbie, promise. Oh, this product would also work well with oily skin, since it has an amazing staying power.
The formula is also ideal for those who have scars or big gaps on their brows. It covers those bald spots without looking too obvious, versus using pencil or powder. (You can also try eyebrow pens).
What do you think - does gel eyebrow makeup appeal to you?
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