I have very light eyebrows and eyelashes. In my mental image of myself, both are actually invisible. This is because for most of my life they’ve come in extremely blonde. I have a specific memory of walking through a store at the mall when I was in middle school and catching a glimpse of myself in a mirror, and I was startled that under the store lighting it appeared that I had no eyebrows at all. As mundane as it is, it’s a moment that has always stuck around in my mind. These days my brows come in as more of an ash blonde so they’re more visible than they used to be, but a product that can subtly enhance my pale brows while still looking natural is very valuable to me.
Something I’ve noticed is that a lot of brow fillers seem to cater to brunettes, and oftentimes the lightest or blondest option in the shade range will have too much of a red or brown tone for me. The biggest factor that initially led me to Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Brow was that they not only offer a “blonde” shade but a “LIGHT blonde” shade as well, and it’s a nice taupe color. It’s still more orange than my natural brows, but it works well for me as long as I don’t pack too much product onto my face (which, as you might guess, would be problematic on a few different levels).
The other thing that I really like about this little guy is that it’s a fantastic one-step product. The idea of layering shadow and wax or pencil and gel onto brows is just a little too much for me, since I have no need for flawlessly tamed brows/I’m lazy. I just want a little extra color to help me look more healthy and awake. Aqua Brow adds some color AND holds hairs in place while still keeping things nice and soft. Though, it can be used to create a bolder and more defined look, too, if that’s your thing!
It also does not budge once applied. I’ve been wearing it almost daily for the past 6 months and I have never ever had an issue with fading or smudging or running. Yet, it comes off easily with makeup remover. I used to squirt it onto the back of my hand when I was preparing to apply it, but I got so sick of having to use makeup remover to get it off my hand that I started using a square of toilet paper as a disposable palette instead. Because once it’s on your skin, it won’t just come off with a little hand soap.
A little goes a long way with this product, and I only need to squirt out a little bead of it each time I use it. I use either a cheap Sephora angled brow brush (I bought mine on clearance a while back) or a thinner angled liner brush from Crown (you can see it and the set it came in here). I start with little hair-like strokes towards the top of my brow and then blend it downward, as the top area of my brows is the most faint. I finish by combing a spoolie through my brows, which both blends the Aqua Brow nicely and tidies the hairs.
A few more points that I think help this brow filler stand above other competitors: the little squeeze tube is both hygenic and good for keeping the product fresh. One competing product is the Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Brow Mousse, which also has a nice taupe shade, and while this is also a nice option, it bugs me that it comes in a jar. Every time you open it the product is getting exposed to a lot of air, which will dry it out over time. The little Aqua Brow tube is also really small, which I love. No wasted space on packaging here. This is a product that not only fulfills all of my big requirements, but all of my little preferences, too.
Here’s a photo of my naked brows so you can see what I’m starting from:
And here I am wearing Aqua Brow in 10 – light blonde:
In case you’re curious, I’m also wearing: a blend of L’Oreal True Match foundation in N2 and Revlon Colorstay foundation in 180 Sand Beige, Jane Iredale PureLash conditioner and Longest Lash mascara (review of both of ’em here), Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer, Nyx powder blush in Pinched, and Maybelline Baby Lips in Cherry Me.
As you can guess, I highly recommend checking out Aqua Brow. I think it’s great for blondes, but I’m betting the darker Blonde and Ash shades will also work well for non-blondes. It’s available at Sephora for $20, and I’d estimate that it the tube lasts for 8-9 months with daily use. Thankfully, I now have much better experiences catching my reflection in poorly lit stores.
Have you tried it? Let me know what you think!