Further to my earlier post on the new Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil – I was lucky enough to receive two more of the new Benefit’s brow products free with magazines this month (please see my August 2016 monthly magazine post for full details). I now have had the chance to try these products properly, so wanted to let you know my thoughts.
I received the Benefit Ready Set Brow – 3.5 ml deluxe sample free with August 2016 edition of Marie Claire magazine – full size is £18.50 for 7.0ml.
I love the silver tone packaging, gel has a screw top and the applicator wand has very short ‘bristles’ on one side and slightly longer bristles on the other – however the clear gel has a slight glue type fragrance not too overpowering but you can definitely smell it which was / is off-putting for me personally. The product is described as an invisible shaping & setting gel which holds brow hairs in place & locks on makeup, has 24 hour staying power, is easy to apply and quick to dry. You are advised to brush onto brows and it can be worn alone or to set other brow products.
I applied as advised both over a brow pencil / gel and alone and although I found it definitely held my brows in place both ways, I was aware I had the brow gel on as felt a slight tightening feeling, I have reduced amount I have applied since but I still am aware I have it on which I do not like – also I believe the wand/bristles could be improved slightly to make it easy to shape / define your brows, the ‘bristles’ I think would be better if they were slightly longer on both sides, just my personal opinion. Therefore although I was happy / grateful to have got the chance to try this product for free and I will use it up I will not be rushing out to purchase this product, however I do still recommend trying to get a free sample so that you can test for yourself as the gel definitely did set my brows.
The second product I received free with the August 2016 edition of Glamour magazine was the Gimme Brow – Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel 1.0g sample in 5 – available in three colours 1 light, 3 medium & 5 deep and full size is £18.50.
Again love the packaging. Described as an easy mess proof application that volumizes, tames & tints brows to define shape. I applied as instructed. used the brush tip to define, shape and then brushed through my brows to blend and build colour. Once again a screw top but with a soft brush applicator – love the brush, perfect size for filling in any spaces or uneven brows – I was v happy with results, my brows looked shaped, thicker and still natural looking and colour was perfect for me and although I needed to apply few times to build colour up product glided on v smoothly and so easy to build up colour.
I also found that the product was long wearing, and although it has a slight ‘mascara’ type smell it is not overpowering so happy with that. I have also found I do not need to apply a ‘setting’ gel over the top as my brows stayed / stay in place, but if you want even more hold, you can. I definitely intend to purchase again but as always will look out for the best offers available at the time – have included some online sites below where offers are available at the moment but as always shop around online or in store for best offers before purchasing – hope this helps.
- Debenhams: – http://www.debenhams.com/ – currently 10% of Benefit Products and free gift of Benefit mini tar liner, mini Dew the Hoola and mini Air Patrol with 3 or more Benefit purchases and remember your beauty card points too;
- Boots: – http://www.boots.com/ – online only receive free Benefit Firm it Up eye serum sample when you buy two selected Benefit Products, however if purchasing in store just ask if they have any samples that you can try and remember your advantage card points too;
- Benefit: – https://www.benefitcosmetics.com/uk/en-gb – £18.50 – currently a choice of a number of offers available including a skincare duo with £40 or over spend.
Thank you for looking – any queries / comments please let me know. If you have tried the two products above would love to hear your thoughts.
Best Wishes Liz x