I purchased my DipBrow back in the summer of 2014. The hype surrounding this product was insane. Other companies have now come out with their versions of brow gel pomades (such as Illamasqua and NYX). Although, to be fair, the first brand to come out with a product like this (to my knowledge) was MAC in 2012 with their Fluidline Brow Gelcreme. The problem with MAC's was that it was initially a limited edition release and most of the colors ran warm/red toned. Back to Anastasia... I wanted to review this long ago but I kept forgetting. It has become such a
necessity staple in my routine that using it is simply second nature. I've also included a mini eyebrow routine in case you were curious.
Since I've been using this product for over six months, I have a good grasp on all of it's aspects. I find it very similar to a gel liner in formula so I'll try to be brief:
+ The texture is creamy and it glides on easily across the skin.
+ The product is really pigmented (specially during the first few months) so a light-handed application is advised. You don't need much product.
+ A jar can last you ages. I've been using mine almost every day for 6 months and I still have 75% of product left.
+ It will dry out and change texture overtime. My Dipbrow is definitely more dry than when I first bought it. This is a natural side effect of gel products (specially ones you use frequently because you are opening them often and exposing them to air). I've seen several methods that can "fix" or revive your Dipbrow online but have not tried them myself as I don't feel mine needs it yet. Some might prefer the drier texture because it's easier to work with (not as intensely pigmented from the start, better for more natural brows). I've noticed that I need a bit more product to achieve the same pigmentation/intensity now that it's drier as opposed to when it was brand new. Even so, I don't see myself running out of product anytime soon.
+ You can achieve a natural or dramatic brow depending on the brush and the amount of product you use.
+ One peculiar fact about the Anastasia Dipbrow is that it used to break me out (cause blemishes around my eyebrows) during my first month of use. A friend of mine also had this experience. We kept using it because we loved it so much. It hasn't caused any blemishes since.
Why I like the Anastasia Dipbrow better than filling in with pencils or powders
+ The Dipbrow gives me sharper, cleaner edges (because of its texture and the fact that it must be applied with a brush).
+ The Dipbrow Pomade is really long-lasting. It wears longer than any powder or brow pencil I've used in the past.
+ The shade range is phenomenal! There are many shades in both warm and cool undertones to suit any hair color.
I tested so many brushes until I found my favorite one to use with my Dipbrow and it's the MAC 208 Small Angled Brow Brush. I love it because it's small, precise, and dense. Brush preferences are very personal but I highly recommend the 208. It's expensive but a great investment. It holds up to constant use and abuse like a champ.
Finally, to wrap this up, here is my mini eyebrow routine. I've had the same eyebrow shape since I was in high school. I like it a lot so I try not to let my brows grow too hairy in order not to lose it.
Image 1: My messy hairy brows. I try not to let them grow out this much but didn't have time to get them done sooner. Looks gross but just keepin' it real.
Image 2: My brows after they have been threaded. I used to wax them but converted to threading because my skin was reacting very badly to wax. Plus, I find threading more precise so there's less chance of getting an overly thin brow. In between threading sessions I pluck stray hairs with tweezers.
Image 3: My brows after they have been filled in with the Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown using the MAC 208 brush. I will shape them naturally or dramatically depending on whether it's daytime or nighttime.
I hope you found my babbling useful. I highly recommend this product. Try it out if you haven't! I hope you all had a nice weekend. :)