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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

My thoughts on the Makeup Forever Aqua Brow

Okay friends, let's talk brows. I'm pretty sure I've used every type of brow product there is from pencils you sharpen, retractable pencils, powders, waxes, pens and now liquid/gel/cream?

The Makeup Forever Aqua Brow is a "waterproof eyebrow corrector" that defines and lengthens your natural brow. The back of the box says, "formulated with volatile oils and carnauba wax, its creamy gel texture gives natural result with lasting hold."

I had heard Jamie Barton on YouTube talk about this product so many times in her tutorials so when my mama asked me what I wanted for Christmas last year, this is one thing I said! It retails for $20, which isn't too bad but it's more than I would typically spend on something for my brows. I got Shade 25 Ash, which is second to darkest. Even though I have pretty dark hair I was a bit scared to go for the darkest color since I hadn't seen these in person before. The 25 works well for me based on my skin tone and hair color, although if I were ever going to repurchase this, I would want to go and swatch them and make sure the Shade 30 isn't my actual shade. A great thing about the color is that there are no red undertones! I really can't stand when brow products have red undertones because when I apply them, it looks very wrong, and doesn't match at all.

This was a product I definitely had to "figure out" because it is unique to anything else I had ever tried. The way I use it now is I take a little plastic palette (you could use any type of powder or blush compact) and squirt out a small drop- a little goes a long way! My favorite brush to use with this product is the thin black liner brush I have pictured that came with a Maybelline Gel Eyeliner. I have a Real Techniques Brow Brush, but I find that it's too thick to apply this and achieve the look I want.

As far as the "the look I want," I have found that this product can make your brows look bushy and messy if you don't apply it carefully. That's why I prefer to use such a small, thin brush. The RT brow brush gets my brows done faster because it's bigger, but I'd rather take a little extra time and make sure the lines are precise so that it looks neat and natural. Because of this, this product is definitely not my brow product of choice on days when I'm in a hurry because it does require more effort than other products.

Another thing to note is that if you don't already have decent sized brows to work with, I don't see this working well for you. This product really needs hair to stick to because of its texture, so keep that in mind.

As long as you don't over-do it, this product does give you a defined, but natural looking brow that I've really enjoyed. I don't feel like I really have much of an arch to my brows, but I'm able to easily fake it with this product. I imagine it will be great in the summer time when I start to get oily and makeup tends to melt away because it does have great lasting power.

Overall, I would probably repurchase this down the road, but for now, there are other products I'd like to try beforehand!

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  1. I've actually never used brow make-up before but I like the idea of using it to thicken my brows a bit (they are thin on the ends). I really like how yours came out!

    1. Really?? I wish I didn't have to! Thanks!

  2. This looks amazing on you! I've seen someone else post about it, and also really like it, but I don't think I would have the patience to work with it and it would end up looking messy like you mentioned!

    1. Yeah, most of the time they come out okay and not messy, but a small percentage of the time I end up not happy with how they look. The small brush definitely helps!

  3. It makes your brows look really great! I would try this, but I don't really have the patience to work with it every day as I'm more of a messy brow powder user!
    Modern Beauty Girl

    1. Thank you! It does take a little more time than other products I've used. I'm probably going to go back to a pencil next time, or maybe a tinted wax- I've actually never tried one of those :)

  4. haven't tried this! i usually don't fill mine in! loved seeing your review

    1. I don't blame you! Yours are already so nice and full! Thanks, Elle! :)


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