Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Billion Dollar Brows Kit Face Off

So I'm the type of person who HAS to draw in her brows, because I have SUCH
light natural brows.  I have about half an inch of darker brows, and then light hairs. 
So filling in my brows is pretty important, needless to say. 

I was contacted by the company Billion Dollar Brows 
to be able to test out two available kits, at two price points. 
I figured, hey, let's do a face off and see if either is better than the other 
and do I feel like either is truly worth the money. 

The first kit up is the cheaper of the two:

60 Seconds to Beautiful Brows ($24)
There are two parts to this kit:
1. The Brow Powder in Taupe:
I got the color taupe which is the lightest shade, and when you first open the container, it seems rather dark.  If you have very fair blonde hair this would not be the product for you, I have dark blonde and need to go in with a careful hand. 
I found the powder to go very nicely, with no clumps or changes in tone ,
 that said, I still felt like it needed a wax or a gel to just set the powder. 
I have dry brow area (don't ask how but I do get a few flakes *ew* there), 
so if I'm not careful I find that any brow powder gets worn down faster. 

2. Dual Ended Brow Brush
The brush is slim and stiff enough to stand up to sculpting a brow, and the spoolie.. well really what can you say about a brow spoolie? It worked fine but this comes from the girl who snags them for free at Sephora. I may actually switch out this brush for my other brow brush because it is THAT good. 

That is the biggest fault I find with the kit, the fact that the brow powders do not go lighter. 
Also, I feel like I'd have preferred a brow gel, just to keep the powder in my brows, as my skin is most dry in that area and can wear away easily. 

Similar Products:
When I saw this kit, I first thought of Anastasia brow powders. 
I could have sworn that they had a brush and powder set, but the closest one I can find is in ULTA
at $36 and comes with a gel, powder and brush. 
Otherwise to purchase separately to build a similar kit you would spend $23 on a powder and then $18 on a similar brush. 
Even though Anastasia has more tones, it becomes much more expensive. 

the next kit is:
The Best Sellers Kit ($42)

The kit comes with four products
1. Universal Brow Pencil:
I'm going to give it straight, I don't like using pencils for my brows. I dislike the concept of the "universal" tone even more. The kit claims to work on blondes and brunettes, but you have to be even more careful with blonde hair as you have to press super light.  I'd rather have a specific "blonde" pencil, if I had to. It is creamy, but maybe my skill or comfort level just isn't up there.
2. Brow Duo Pencil
This was kind of the hidden gem of the kit.  At first I had a "psssssh" thought to the pencil, knowing that most concealers in this form are dry or they are the wrong color. 
This may become an issue for girls with different tones as there is only one color of concealer.
This has a creamy highlight on one end and the concealer on the other. 
Neither have shimmer or sparkle, but I hate to say that they are matte as they are not dry!
I did find that they work best when patted into the skin instead of smudged. 
3. Smudge Brush
This was a product that I just felt was an afterthought.  Something that was a "fluff" product.  
It's like those sponge tip applicators or blush brushes and are kinda useless.  At first I thought I could try to use this IN my brows, but the brush is too wide. The packaging says this is supposed to be used to blend the Brow Duo Pencil.  I'd rather had gotten a good pencil brush to blend in the products. This was actually my least favorite product, even beating out the pencil. 
4. Brow Gel
This clear brow gel doesn't leave my brows crispy or the old school super shellac-ed look.  It holds the brows in place.  I used this with the brow powder from the other kit as well, and it held the powder quite nicely.  I just feel that if you have a waxy pencil, your brows can usually stick in the right place, thus not needing a brow gel.  But then again, I don't have difficult brows. 

Anything labeled universal already gets on my nerves, as it just never works 100 percent. 
The "smudge brush" was also a product I just felt that could have been done without and let's be honest, it's probably better known to be a flat liner brush. 
I'd rather a kit of 3 good products, than 3 and 1 mediocre product. 
$42 is a fair amount to spend on brow products, especially when you want to invest in a kit, and I'd want each product to be a star, not "just okay". 

Final Thoughts:
Due to my own preferences in brow products, I'd have to say that I would better recommend the 60 Seconds to Beautiful Brows Kit.  The kit uses a powder, which I find better matches my tone than a "universal" pencil (even though there is a limited color range) plus the brush makes application so much better. 
The brush in the Best Sellers Kit seem to be just an after thought, something I could very easily purchase from ELF at a buck. If I could, I wish the 60 Second Kit came with the brow gel from the Best Sellers Kit.  That would make the 60 Second Kit spot on. 

Both kits are available on the Billion Dollar Brows website. 

Both kits were sent to be reviewed from Billion Dollar Brows, but does
 not affect the honest opinions presented in this post. 

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