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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Review & Browfest: Billion Dollar Brows Brow Buddy, Universal Brow Pencil, and Brow Duo Pencil

Billion Dollar Brows Buddy Kit
As a relatively full-browed individual, I spent the longest time thinking I didn't need a brow product other than a setting gel, yet I couldn't figure out why my brows didn't look like Kim Kardashian's. Turn's out even full, dark brows need a little taming and shaping, and although Kim's might be worth millions (okay, maybe thousands), mine are Billion Dollar Brows.

The Brow Buddy Kit contains a shaping tool and a white eyeliner. The tool looks like a compass and is used not only to establish symmetry between the brow, but help you determine where they start, where they should arch, and where they end. The eyeliner is used to mark where each of the three previously mentioned points are, but easily wipes away, or is covered, when you have filled your brows in. Unlike a stencil, this tool relies on your proportions and facial features, so there is no more shoving your brow into a "universal" brow shape and coloring in the stencil. While it might not remain a permanent fixture in your brow routine once you've used it over the course of a few weeks or months, I think it's an awesome tool to have for those who have no idea where to start with their brow shape, or are going through a brow crisis like me. Mine certainly changed - my arch shifted slightly outward and I affirmed my urge to extend them ever-so-slightly on the sides of my face. Upgrade!

Once I've established where, exactly, my brows should be, it's time to lay the foundation (or highlight, as the case may be). The Brow Duo Pencil contains both a creamy highlighter and concealer you can use to outline the shape of your brow. I've seen this done a multitude of times in videos and wrote the process off as unnecessary. Boy was I wrong! The reason I never had the crisp, clean brows of a Kardahsian was because I wasn't bothering to draw the boundaries before hand. Both products in Billion Dollar Brows' Duo Pencil have a creamy consistency, blend seamlessly into my skin, and stay crease free all day, but I wouldn't use the concealer as my every day undereye cover up - it's definitely more of a spot treatment or a great way to clean up eyeshadow edges. I also love the tapered tip that provides a precise edge against the brow. I'm sure there are other products that can serve the same purpose, but it might be harder to get both a concealer and highlighter for the same price ($18). The only problem some may find with this is that it only comes in one shade that caters to lighter skin tones.

To blend the highlight out, I used the Smudge Brush. It might look like something you would use on a canvas before your face, but the bristles are so soft and the edge so straight, that it's perfect for applying a precise line of concealer or maintaining that which you just drew on with the Duo Pencil. The brush feels sturdy and I didn't notice any shedding bristles, so I would say that the $15 it costs puts it on par with the quality of other brushes in its price bracket, but with a very unique shape and purpose.

What many might consider the only step in brow care is actually my last: filling them in. The Universal Brow Pencil might look like other brow pencils you've used before, but the consistency is ultra smooth and creamy - like a pencil and wax in one (which is new to me). It also includes a spooly that is necessary for blending your pencil strokes out, making them appear more natural. With this pencil, I didn't need to use a gel to get my brows to stay in place all day. Figures - the only product I ever thought I needed is now long gone from my routine. At $15, it comes in as slightly less expensive than the like of MAC (which doesn't include a spooly) or Kevyn Aucoin (which doesn't have the unique texture). Needless to say, it's a necessary step to good, groomed brows.

Overall, I'm impressed with the Billion Dollar Brow collection. The products are reasonably price, effective, and more importantly actually helped me shape my brows! Not everyone will need as many products in their routine, while some may need more, and others may find they have products that will dupe some that I've shown. Regardless, this is my new brow routine and, even though I might not be a pro yet, I'm on the fast track to Kardashian brows.

What's your brow routine?

Billion Dollar Brows Buddy Kit

Billion Dollar Brows Buddy Kit

Billion Dollar Brows Brow Buddy

Billion Dollar Brows 


Billion Dollar Brows

Billion Dollar Brows Universal Brow Pencil

Billion Dollar Brows Universal Brow Pencil

Billion Dollar Brows Universal Brow Pencil

Billion Dollar Brows Universal Brow Pencil

Billion Dollar Brows Universal Brow Pencil


Billion Dollar Brows Universal Brow Pencil

Billion Dollar Brows Brow Duo Pencil

Billion Dollar Brows Brow Duo Pencil

Billion Dollar Brows Brow Duo Pencil

Billion Dollar Brows Brow Duo Pencil

Billion Dollar Brows Brow Duo Pencil - highlight on the left, concealer on the right

Billion Dollar Brows Smudge Brush

Billion Dollar Brows Smudge Brush

Billion Dollar Brows Smudge Brush

Where your brows begin

Where the arch should be

Where your brows should end

Highlighter applied

Highlighter Applied
Highlighter Blended

Billion Dollar Brow!

2 Dolla Brow on the left, Billion Dollar Brow on the right
Two Billion Dollar Brows!

FTC: Products mentioned are press sample provided without obligation to mention or review. All thoughts and opinions are honest and original. This is not a sponsored post.

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