*After several months of use, I decided to give this post an update on 1/8/14. Also, check out our post on application tips here.
Smartbrow Eyebrow Filler by SmartFX – $29.95
I did it. I actually clicked on a sponsored Facebook post and bought something. The product–Smartbrow Eyebrow Filler. Will this be the product that actually restores my sad, sparse brows back to their pre “plucked to the point of no return as a teenager” glory? I had to find out.
picture sourced from the Dermstore Facebook page
First off, this product is offered by the website DermStore.com, an online sknicare and beauty product shop. DermStore is one of three in a group of health and beauty sites, which also includes Blush.com (makeup), and Hairenvy.com (you guessed it, hair!). All products from the three stores go into one cart for easy checkout. But I digress, back to the product that got me to purchase something from DermStore in the first place.
An quick introduction to my eyebrows. The inner halves of my eyebrows are great! Full, tame (mostly), and don’t give me any grief. The outer halves of my eyebrows are a completely different story. Thin, sparse, and just sad. I achieved this abomination by over plucking in my youth, an underactive thyroid, and by falling during sleepwalking once when I was about 9, which gave me a scar in one of my eyebrows that created a scar that has since refused to grow hair. The full brow odds are stacked against me. So how did Smartbrow work for me?
After months of use, I’ve come to the conclusion that the product isn’t my preferred daily choice for filling in my brows. I don’t know how the heck they were able to achieve the soft, fuzzy look that the model’s brows have in the Facebook photo at the top of the post. Honestly, I think it’s because she actually has full eyebrows to begin with, and doesn’t even necessarily need a filler.
The product can be a bit of a pain to apply. You start with the thin wand tip applicator to create short brushstrokes of color in you barest areas. Sounds easy enough, but I think getting this technique down is one of the keys to making this product look more natural. Next, you apply more filler with a brush throughout your entire eyebrow. This really darkens the entire brow, and if you’re not careful, you easily end up with the gel off your eyebrow and on surrounding skin.
One of the claims of Smartbrow is that these brows will stay on even through swimming or showering. This is true, and this is where the product excels. Of course, if you were to wash your face in the shower, or wipe your eye area off firmly with a towel post shower, you’d loose the brows. But if you don’t wash your face (say it’s a quick shower to just wash your body off), and you pat your face dry, your brows will still be intact. Last summer I went swimming for few hours at a local lake, and afterwards I still had my brows, though they were a bit lighter than when I originally applied them. Still, I was pretty impressed that I still had brows on my face when I looked in the visor mirror once back in my car.
They also stood the test of a hard, sweaty workout, as you can see in this followup review I did.
The product comes with a cleanser, that is easy to apply, and takes the product right off. It’s really nice to have if you either make a mess of things, or just decide that it looks to heavy and it’s not the day to be wearing the product. I’ve also discovered that Yes To Carrots Facial Cream Cleanser takes this product right off as well.
So would I recommend this product? Yes. For all the times you want to guarantee that your brows stay put, it’s a must. But for daily wear, you might find you want to stick to your current routine. If you give it a try, swing on back by and share your thoughts about the product in the comments below.
Check out our latest Smartbrow post on application tips.