Maybe I’m late on the trend but I feel like Fall 2015 will be a season of brows. As the fall collections start to launch, you can definitely expect quite a few more brow reviews on Writing Whimsy. It started with the Dior Powder Eyebrow Pencil and today I have two awesome, newly launched products, the Urban Decay Brow Beater* and Brow Tamer*.
I first fell in love with Urban Decay for their eyeshadow, and quickly afterwards their lipsticks, but I’ve noticed there are a few interesting gaps in their products, including brows. Luckily that has changed with two brow products that work great either on their own, or together. I’ve been trying out the Urban Decay Brow Beater in Dark as well as the Urban Decay Brow Tamer in Dark and Clear.
I actually really love the matching purple packaging on these brow products, it’s sleek and shiny, and although the products aren’t color-coded they are clearly labelled by shade (I’m also less concerned about color-coding brow products because hopefully all the ones I have are in one shade…my own!)
The Urban Decay Brow Beater is a skinny brow pencil of the variety that seems to be quite popular right now thanks to the Anastasia Brow Wiz and I don’t mind. The super fine point makes it very easy to apply, you can almost mimic brow hairs and get a very natural finish. This is a great option for somebody with limited brow hair, or if you just want to fill in the gaps. There are four shades available (Taupe, Neutral Brown, Warm Brow and my perfect match, Dark).
The Urban Decay Brow Beater has the microfine brow pencil on one end, and a very nice spoolie on the other to help comb out the product naturally and keep your brows in order. You can tell based on my before/after photo that my brows could definitely use a little spoolie help! As always, I love that there’s no sharpener, and because the product is so thin to begin with you don’t have to worry about it getting too blunt. The Urban Decay Brow Beater in Dark is a cool-toned dark brown that is also perfect for people like me with nearly black brows. A lot of brow products are too warm for me, so this is perfect (and I love that there is a warm and neutral option for the brown shade as well).
The Urban Decay Brow Beater has a harder consistency, which I prefer because it doesn’t suddenly deposit an intense amount of product, and it gives a very natural but defined look. It has been insanely hot the last week, but the Brow Beater has held up with no issues–this is definitely a long-lasting formula! The only wish I have is that this came with a little more product, as it contains 0.05 g (that’s the same as the Stila Stay All Day Precision Glide Brow Pencil but in comparison, my Brow Wiz is 0.085 g for a similar price).
The second brow product launched is the Urban Decay Brow Tamer, a brow gel available in Clear, as well as four tinted options that match up with the Brow Beater shades. This product is easy to wear both on its own, or it can be paired up with a brown pencil, especially if you aren’t working with much hair. However I was really impressed by the level of pigment/coverage that the tinted gel gives on its own. Similar to the pencil, I have the Urban Decay Brow Tamer in Dark, but I also had the Clear option to try out.
The Urban Decay Brow Tamer has a small, narrow spoolie that gives you way more control than a mascara brush, but not quite as much as the Benefit Gimme Brow. It works great for the Clear option, but for the Urban Decay Brow Tamer in Dark you do have to be careful since the product is so pigmented and I definitely went overboard the first time I used it.
The Dark shade is once again a dark, cool-toned brown that is a perfect match for my brows and really helps fill them in. If you are just looking to fill in or tint your brows, rather than create them in the first place, the Brow Tamer will definitely do the job.
In terms of holding my brows in place, the Urban Decay Brow Beater has a light, flexible hold that is not at all crunchy but also doesn’t glue my brows in the perfect position all day. However even if the gel component doesn’t last all day, the tinting definitely does, and I love that it’s not too warm-toned unlike the Diorshow Brow Styler Gel I tried recently. I also like that there are twice as many shade options as Gimme Brow, and it gives me a similar result. Plus, if we’re comparing pricing again, the Urban Decay is Urban Decay Brow Tamer is $25 CAN for 0.15 oz, while Gimme Brow is $30 CAN for 0.10 oz.
It’s always exciting to see a brand you love expand the range of products they offer, and the latest brow launches from Urban Decay are both very successful. If you have dark hair and are looking for a brow pencil or gel that isn’t too warm and does a great job filling in your brows, I highly recommend the Urban Decay Brow Beater and Brow Tamer in Dark. If you have lighter brows, definitely check out their other shades including a cool-toned blonde “Taupe” option.
What product do you hope Urban Decay comes out with next?