Friday, December 9, 2011

Cosmetics á La Carte Brow Ink

Last week when I received the Carmine beauty box, one product immediately stood out to me; the Brow Ink pen from Cosmetics á La Carte.  I saw Lisa Eldridge or Tanya Burr use something similar in a video a while back and filed it in my little brain.

I've been using pencils and powders for ages now on my brows and they do the job but I still wasn't 100% happy with them.  I think half my issue with the pencil is that I keep forgetting to buy a sharpener, but anyway, onto the Brow Ink.  It comes in three shades, Blonde, Taupe and Sable.  In my Carmine box, I received Taupe and it is the perfect colour for me.

It's a water based ink that is long lasting, smudge proof and has a long felt tip applicator that's flexible, allowing you to apply the most light and delicate strokes onto your skin, making it look like you're drawing individual hairs.  It says it's semi-permanent but comes off with a cleanser and can be used as an eyeliner or to create semi-permanent body art.  I think I'll stick to using it as a brow ink...


Application is a doddle.  I start at the inner part of my brows, using light, feathery strokes and plotting out the shape I want.  The pen allows for even application and you can make the strokes as thick or as thin as you'd like.  What I like the most about this pen is that it still leaves me with a natural looking brow.  It doesn't look like I've stencilled my brow on.  The ink itself dries quickly and you can go over it to make it as dark as you'd like.  Over the years, I've plucked like a lunatic which has left me with one brow that's thicker than the other.  I know eyebrows are supposed to be sisters and not twins, but come on, mine looked like sisters from another mister. 

Have a look at a before and after shot.   And no, I haven't drawn those little hairs on my upper eyelid, no, I just haven't plucked in yonks and they are really bloody obvious when doing close up shots like this one.

This is my new favourite brow product hands down.  The colour is perfect, the finish is natural and I don't feel really self conscious that I look like I've two massive dark brows on my visage!  I have neat, natural looking brows that frame the windows to my soul, or my eyeballs, whichever you prefer.  The fine tip means I can fill in gaps easily without laying down a lot of colour by mistake.  It lasts all day and comes off with a cleanser.  

Here's another before and after shot of my brows:


I like a lot, a really lot.  I would purchase this again happily.  It retails at £22 on Cosmetics á La Carte.  Or if you move fast, order Carmine's November beauty box and get the brow ink and four other products for about €15.00.  Bargain if ever I saw one!  This is what the beauty boxes are all about.  I never would have never even heard of Cosmetics á La Carte if it wasn't for Carmine.  

Whadaya think ladies?  Do you like the look of this?  I think I'll totally need to change the picture up the top of the blog and put up a nice one with my brows in all their newly inked glory!
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6 comments

  1. My eyebrows are completely mismatched too, I hate them! I really liked this, I got on with it much better than pencils which I think always look too harsh on me.

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  2. Looks great! I haven't used a brow pen like this one before. It looks great! Thanks for the review.

    Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings

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  3. you can totally tell the difference!

    Im new to brow products these days they have been a recent addition to my collection

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  4. You can really see the difference after you've used the brow ink but it's still completely natural looking which is perfect.

    I'm new to brow products and have been using a Catrice eyeshadow in Starlight Espresso on them (a tip I got from Sara).

    I'm about to try the Sleek Brow Kit in Light so we'll see how that goes.

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  5. Fabulous makeup !
    You can really see the difference with the brown ink, I need to get one myself as my eyebrows are driving me crazy at least six days a week

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  6. Very interesting! I got this in taupe in my Carmine box but I can't make up my mind whether to use it or pass it on - my problem is I have really fair eyebrows and anytime I fill them in a bit I end up looking odd :-/ maybe I'll give this one away!

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