The Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow in #25 “Ash” is my current favorite for eyebrows. In the past, I’ve used eyebrow pencils, powders, and even stencils; and, I avoided trying the Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow because I was afraid it was going to be hard to use.
Some of my previous eyebrow products have been MAC’s pencil in “Lingering,” MAC eyeshadows in “Charcoal Brown,” “Coquette,” or “Brun.” Recently, I’ve tried the Tom Ford Brow Sculptor in Chestnut, and many eons ago, I was obsessed with Anastasia eyebrow products. Although all the products I’ve mentioned are good and I still use them, I wanted to try something different (just because).
For me, it’s important that my eyebrows look natural — meaning, it looks like hair and not drawn on eyebrows. Also, since I’m in the process of slowly (but surely) growing out my eyebrow hairs, it’s important that whatever I apply stays put. Nothing is worse than your eyebrows smudging or wearing away. The Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow caught my attention while I was reading a Korean beauty magazine, and since then, I’ve been a little obsessed with the product and feel totally differently about these kinds of eyebrow products! Let me just say, ladies and gentlemen, don’t be afraid of gel eyebrow products.
Sephora describes this product as a “long-lasting, smudge-proof eyebrow corrector that fills, defines, and lengthens brows.” Even if you don’t have lots of eyebrow hairs — like me — this is perfect because it will still give the illusion of brows. What’s UNNATURAL is when you draw ON the skin to make it seem like you have brows — and this is the look I’ve been trying my hardest to avoid.
“Aqua Brow is a highly pigmented gel that enhances and reshapes natural brows. Its superior waterproof formula creates a strong hold while its high concentration of pigments allows for intense color payoff that will not fade. Aqua Brow’s creamy gel texture gives an even, natural result that will last all day.”
For the price, this is an excellent product. You need the teeniest dot of product for both brows; and really, a little goes a LONG, LONG way. The squeeze tube is easy to use and doesn’t keep squeezing on its own. It is very easy to control the amount you want to release and that’s received bonus points from me: 1.) no wasted product; 2.) no goopy mess in the lid or around the opening of the tube. Winning.
“Ash” #25 is great for anyone with medium to medium-dark hair and the color can be sheered out or layered for a more pigmented, concentrated look. I apply this with the MAC angled liner/brow brush and the gel formulas glides on smoothly whether you’re going over actual brow hairs or not. It’s easy to fill in sparse areas, while trying to make up for areas where you don’t have eyebrow hairs. Because the formula is gel and not waxy, it doesn’t look clumpy on the actual eyebrow hairs. Perfection.
This is water-resistant, sweat-proof, budge-proof, and smear-proof. Basically, once applied, your brows aren’t going anywhere — and this is excellent for hot, sweaty days, days out and about, or even rainy days. It’s an all purpose solution to having reliable brows, and no amount of super powder is going to do that! I remove my brows along with my heavy duty mascara at the end of the day with an oil-based eye makeup remover (like Lancome Bi-Facil or the Neutrogena eye makeup remover), and go over my eyes with a cleansing oil afterwards. In my opinion, with proper removal products, it is not difficult to remove. Another win.
How I apply — I squeeze a teeny, tiny dot onto the back of my hand and use my angled brow brush and swipe through the blob. I dab once onto a blank area on the back of my hand to get the product to evenly distribute along the angled bristles. Then, I gently swipe onto my brows starting at the base of the brows where I have the least amount of brow hair. Then, I swipe more product onto the brow area to fill in and bring my brows back to life. Repeat dabbing into blob when necessary.
Surprisingly, this product is easy to use. I think the product is so manageable because the gel texture is thin but not too thin. It allows you to move the color around, sheering it out for a natural look. It sets well — not too fast (where it’s hard to apply because it dries fast) and not too slow (where it has a chance to smudge because it’s too wet). I highly recommend this product for those who have thin/sparse eyebrows because the effect is extremely natural and long-lasting.
Made in France.
Retails for $20.00 USD.