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, 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?
Hmm, my brow definitely does not look like that picture from Facebook. On my first try using this product, I don’t think I got it right. The line created was a little too harsh for me. I didn’t achieve the soft, almost fuzzy look that many of the before and after photos on the DermStore site suggested it would look like.Was this due to user error? Probably. The product applied thickly, which can sometimes be a shock if you’re not use to applying a ton of makeup, or product, to a certain area of your face. But I think with a little finessing, I could get the application of this product down right.
To apply, you first use a small, 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. I’ve not yet mastered it. 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, which I have yet to test, is that these brows will stay on even through swimming or showering. It has polymers in it that bind to your existing brow hairs and like to stay put.
It was too much the first time (and so far the only time) I used it. It was just overall a little too goopy and harsh. But, I’m not giving up on it. Well, I paid 30 bucks for it, so I better not give up on it! Next application I will wipe some of the extra filler off the application wand tip and brush, and see if I can’t achieve a softer look that is more to my liking.
The product comes with a cleanser, that is easy to apply, and took the brows right off. I was so glad of this, as I applied this in the morning and just wasn’t feeling it enough to wear it all day. I spread some of the cleanser on my brows, and was easily able to wipe the product away without wrecking the rest of my eye makeup.
I can’t yet definitively say what I think about this product. I’m going to put it through a few more applications and tests, see if I can’t get better at applying it, and I’ll test the waterproof claim. For now, it’s back to a little brown eyeshadow and clear brow gel.