I was actually quite excited about the Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara. I saw press-release pictures for a few weeks now and was waiting patiently until my local Ulta began to carry them. I’ve read mixed reviews about the product, and with my new obsession for brow products, you can see why I’ve been attracted to this product! Recent posts about eyebrow mascaras are here: Tarte Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel and Benefit Gimme Brow (Medium/Deep) + Brow Mascara Comparisons. As you can see, eyebrow mascaras have been an important part of my eyebrow routine.
In all honesty, I don’t really like this product and I’ve definitely used better. Not that my expectations were all that high, but I was still really looking forward to the product. The formula is clumpy and can get gunky on the brow hairs, so it’s actually a bit difficult trying to manipulate the brush and get it to do what you want it to do. Also, the color isn’t deposited well onto the brow hairs, so for that reason, it doesn’t distribute evenly without getting gunky. The shade I chose is “Deep Brown” and it leans on the cool-side. I pair this with an eyebrow pencil to adjust the tone, but either way, this is difficult to work with.
As Maybelline’s first brow mascara, I’m surprised with the poor design of the product. The”first-ever Sculpting Ball Brush” is huge; and, the ball at the end doesn’t help either. If you have tons and tons of brow hairs, this brush may be useful in combing through the hairs and placing them. But, with normal brows that are not too thin but decently “hairy,” the brush is a nightmare to work with. Even with the uneven distribution, the main problem is that the brush is so big you get the gel on your skin and it gets messy. Also, I’ve found that these kinds of products are only really good for when you actually have eyebrow hairs to maintain/control. If not, you may have better luck with eyebrow pencils, clear gels, or eyebrows powders.
For the most part, I just don’t have the patience to slowly and carefully apply this product onto my brows and then clean up after it. I find that previous brow mascaras I’ve tried and reviewed are better since the brush is designed to work with brow hairs. I’ve used this product a few times but it’s been a hassle; and, I don’t find that I want to continue using it since it takes so much work. At least with the Benefit Gimme Brow and the Tarte Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel the brush is easy to work with and it deposits color onto the brow. Even so, at least you can tame and brush your brow hairs too so that’s useful.
Unfortunately, I don’t recommend this product. It’s better to save yourself the $8 and put it towards a product that is both user-friendly and design-friendly. Even in a pinch, any of Maybelline’s Define-A-Brow eyebrow pencils would suffice since it’s a good dupe for the MAC brow pencils. If anything, the Maybelline Great Lash Clear Mascara is great, affordable alternative if you’re really in the need of an eyebrow gel.
Retails for $7.99 USD.
Made in USA.