Saturday, 1 June 2013

W7 Brow Bar

I was late to catch on when it comes to filling in your brows. It was only during my last year of uni when I realised it might be worth trying out and I couldn't believe how much of a difference it made to my face. It's a common saying that your eyebrows frame your face and I think that if you fill in your brows, you're definitely doing just that.

I had already received the HD Brows Palette in my Glossybox and therefore have been a loyal user of that ever since. However, when I attended a Press Launch earlier this year I discovered that W7 were bringing out an Eyebrow Stencil Kit. I wanted to branch out and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to do so.

I managed to get my hands on one and I've been testing it out for a fortnight. I thought that now would be the perfect time to share my thoughts on the product and how I think it compares to the HD Palette.

The W7 Brow Bar* consists of 4 shades. A light skin-toned colour, a light brown, a dark brown, and a grey/black. It also comes with a small brush which fits inside the palette, a bigger angled brush and an eyebrow brush/comb. I personally chucked away the small brush because it looked really bushy and not great quality. I've been using the other two longer brushes and feel that they work a million times better.

The colours look really pigmented when I swatched them. They also looked a little bit on the powdery side and I wasn't sure how well they were going to apply. But having said this, my opinions were virtually turned on their head. The powders seem to not pick up on the brush very well which meant that they didn't seem very pigmented and they didn't seem overly crumbly or powdery at all.

Here you can see that I've filled my brows in using the palette above. I mostly used shades 3 and 4 which helped me get the closest shade I could to my natural hair colour. My brow hair actually looks quite black in person which means that the brown I fill them in with isn't a perfect match. However the black shade (number 4) is too harsh on my face, so I try and mix different colours together to create the perfect look. I do this with my HD Brows Kit as well. That's the beauty of having so many different shades in one pallette.

Unfortunately I haven't been loving this Palette as much as my HD Brows one because I feel that the colours suit me better in the other kit. They are a lot easier to apply from the HD kit too. It's almost impossible to get the brush to pick up the powders from the W7 Brow Bar. I don't know whether it's the brush itself of the powder which is the problem. I would swop the brush up but I don't actually own another angled brush. It just seems to take me a really long time to fill in my brows with the W7 powder, whereas the HD Brows Kit finishes them off in a flash with highly pigmented shades and a wonderful little brush to go with it.

The W7 Brow Bar also came with some eyebrow stencils which I found were a nice shape for my eyebrows and did fit quite well. Therefore I feel that they might be a nice idea for people who are just getting into filling their brows, but I didn't really use them that much.

This Brow Bar is only £5.75 which I feel is a great price for someone who's just starting off. The palette does what it says on the tin, but my personal preference lies with the HD kit. Saying this, the HD Brows Palette is considerably more expensive so I guess you get what you pay for. Either way, I would recommend this Brow Bar for girls who are starting out with makeup and want an easy bunch of colours to work with, which look really light and natural. They can also double up as eyeshadows which makes this a great multi-use product.

What products do you recommend for filling in your brows? Let me know in the comments below.

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