September 16, 2014

Too Faced Bullet Proof Brows in Universal Brunette - pics, before & after, swatches, review

Hello, Beautiful!

I'm obsessed with brow products; it seems like I'm always on the hunt for that perfect product. The Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Ash has been my holy grail so far but of course as a beauty blogger I really enjoy trying new products. Over the past 3 or 4 months I purchased several new brow products, one of them being the Too Faced Bullet Proof Brows -- which is what I have to share with you in this post. It comes in two shades: Universal Taupe and Universal Brunette. I have the Universal Brunette and I love the color - it's a great match for me! Not too warm toned and with a good amount of ashy base. But I have a love/hate relationship with the Too Faced Bullet Proof Brows, and I'll explain why in my review below after all the pics.

Also, I will be doing posts on each of the brow products - including Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade, Anastasia Brow Powder Duo, Sephora Waterproof Retractable Brow Pencil, and the NYX Eyebrow Gel in Brunette.

Too Faced Bullet Proof Brows
Shade: Universal Brunette


Too Faced Bullet Proof Brows Info & Review:
Cost/Availability: $30.00 (0.07 oz full size). Available on the Too faced website, at Sephora, at Ulta,  and everywhere else Too Faced is sold. I purchased my from HSN in a special set that included a full sized Better Than Sex Mascara; for both it was $40 with free shipping. HERE is the link to that page (in case you are interested and it's still available). They also have a set that includes their Brow Bone Highlighting Pencil basically free with the Bullet Proof Brows; HERE is the link to that page.
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Kisses

Product Info...

This groundbreaking brow definer is a powder, gel, pencil and setting wax all-in-one cashmere clay formula. It's the only brow product you'll ever need. Bulletproof Brow includes a mirror and their dual-sided angled and spooley brush for precise application. In just 60 seconds, color locks down for 24-hour, waterproof, smudge-proof, budge-proof Bulletproof Brows!

Available in two shades: Universal Taupe and Universal Brunette.

For 24-Hour Bulletproof Brows, follow these simple steps:
  1. Dip brush in product, hold vertically at beginning of brow and swipe in a side motion toward the arch to shape the brow.
  2. Hold the brush at a 45 degree angle, and fill in the brows to the arch using light, feathery strokes.
  3. Hold brush horizontally and in longer strokes, shape and extend brow tail to a fine point.
  4. Finish by brushing the spooley through the hairs again to soften and blend the product.

My Review...

This is a pricey brow product with a lot of claims, so I had very high expectations going into my testing phase of this product. First, let's talk about the packaging. It's a round compact that has an inner lid to help it from drying out. The inner lid is a nice touch but I don't feel like it really closes over the product as tightly as it could - but with that being said, without that inner lid I'm sure this product would dry out quickly (as that's just how gel/cream waterproof products tend to act). There is also a mirror in the compact, which isn't necessary (since I'm usually doing my brows in a magnifying mirror) but I really do appreciate whenever a mirror is included.

Too Faced also gives you a duo-ended brush; one side has an angled synthetic brush while the other side has a spooley. I like that they included a spooley because that's a must-have for me when I'm doing my brows. However, I think the brush end is kind of terrible. Sure, you could use it but I personally prefer a thinner angled brush to apply this product. I get better results with other brushes than the one included - but depending on your brow size you may find the brush really great for your preferences. For my thinner, sparse brows, this brush just wasn't my cup of tea.

The shade, Universal Brunette, is a great match for me. It's not too warm so that's a huge plus for me. I need and want an ashy shade.

The application is where it gets a bit tricky. It goes on creamy and smooth, but if you attempt to go back over areas you will likely remove the product you just put down. I find this especially true when I'm filling in a sparse area. The only way to go back over it is to allow the product to fully dry and then add more where you need it - but that can take up a lot of time, and that's time I don't always have.

If you use too much this will cling to your brow hairs in an unflattering way. It's also easy to get little tiny balls of product in your brow hairs or even clumped up on your skin. A lot of that depends on the brush and how much product you're applying. A little goes a long way with this one, and allowing it to dry down in between building it up will give you the best results.

As tricky as it may be to get the just-right application, I will say that once I do have my brows finished with this product I don't have to worry about them going anywhere. I LOVE the staying power of this brow product!!! They truly do last all day for me. They will even last through a shower. Of course if you are scrubbing your face with face wash they will come off (although you may find you also need to use an eye makeup remover), but if you were to go swimming, the beach or a waterpark, you'd have little to worry about. The regular 9 to 5 jobs have absolutely nothing to worry about - your brows won't budge. At least they refuse to budge for me - and I really tested this in heat, sweat, etc.

So as you can see, I have a love/hate relationship with this product. Maybe I just need to work with it more - or maybe I haven't found the miracle brush to apply it with - but for now, I absolutely will continue to use it but not on days I'm in a rush.

I still prefer to use this product in combination with another product - such as using the Anastasia Brow Wiz. Or the Too Faced Bullet Proof Brows followed by a brow powder - such as the Anastasia Brow Powder or the Tat2U Brow Pow.

I also think this is a very expensive brow product; at $30 it's one of the most expensive I've tried. Compare that to other brow gel/creams and it's still high up there. I also recently purchased the Anastasia Dip Brow - which is only $18 - and in the past I've used the Tarte Amazonian Clay Brow Mousse, which is just a couple dollars cheaper than the Too Faced Bullet Proof Brows (but I find the Tarte one to be way easier to apply). And come to think of it, I've had that same jar of the Tarte Amazonian Clay Brow Mousse since July 2011 - that's been 3 years and the jar still hasn't dried out and the product still applies and performs perfectly. I know they've recently updated their packaging to the tarte brow mousse after the Anastasia Dip Brow came out, but I don't know if they also updated the formula.

Do I think this is a brow product you have to run out and get? No - certainly not. There are way  more affordable brow products out there that you could try first that are also long lasting. The Anastasia Dipbrow would be my next go-to suggestion for a similar product. However, if you're looking for a waterproof brow product that won't budge, this is one you should most definitely consider. There are just two shades at the moment - Universal Taupe and Universal Brunette - so if you need more color options then I'd recommend going to the Anastasia Dip Brow (it's also $11 cheaper). I love the shade and the staying power, but I think application is where I get frustrated and where I think the formula of the product could improve for smoother application; it needs more glide. Would I re-purchase this? Hmm... at this very moment, no I would not. I don't think I could justify paying the $30 price tag again when I have such a love/hate relationship with this product. But I also don't think I'd need to re-purchase this for years. I am happy I purchased this, happy to own it, and will continue to use it and form an opinion.

Now let me know what you think...
What do you think of this brow product? Have you tried this or is this on your beauty wish list? Discuss in the comments below.

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1 comment:

  1. Es un set maravilloso! Sin duda lo compraría! besos


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