In my newest additions haul I mentioned the Etude House Tint My Brows and now that I’ve used it for a while I wanted to write up a full, in depth review on it for those of you who are interested in the world of brow tint. (Sort of – unfortunately this is the only brow tint product I’ve tried so far.)
I don’t believe brow tinting itself is very new, but it is to me. In fact it’s very much a “OMG HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS BEFORE” kind of trend. So before I go off rambling, here are a few things you should know.
Right off the bat, it’s very simple. Simple packaging, simple application. Just pull out the brush and start applying it to your eyebrows. Fair warning: the product itself does have a slight odor (nothing bad, and it does fade) and it’s relatively goop-y. I mean, surprisingly so. It can make application a little messy as the brush is a little on the thicker side – not ideal for eyebrows which is ironic – but not un-salvageable. I do wish it had a thinner brush for more precise application.
Once it’s on, it dries fast. It’s nice in that if you need to do things around the house or whatnot, you don’t have to worry about smearing it since it’s recommended you leave it on for at least two hours (which is a pretty long ass time). It’s not so nice in that if you make a mistake, you have to work quickly.
Now at first I also thought that you could somewhat “control” how dark you want it. My first time using this product, I took the part of the directions where it said “apply liberally” very seriously. So even though I only left it on for two hours, they were nearly black when I finally pulled it off. Lately, I keep it on for the same amount of time, but only put 2-3 layers on and they come out more brown than black. I don’t think it’s how long you have it on or how many “layers” you apply, but how long you’ve had the product. Within the past few weeks or so I’ve noticed that no matter how much I put on and how long I leave it on (even overnight) it didn’t turn out as dark as I had hoped.
The good news is there’s a lot of product to go around. Considering that I’ve gotten multiple uses out of it as I’ve had this since November and I use it relatively frequently, about once a week, maybe skipping some weeks here and there, it’s not a huge investment at $7-8.
What I don’t like most about this tint is that as if it fades, it becomes more of a reddish brownish color. In general, warmer tones on my eyebrows are not my favorite, so it stinks that it fades like that. However, because this doesn’t completely replace my eyebrow routine, it’s not as big a deal. That’s another thing – if you want to completely eradicate putting makeup on your brows, this probably won’t do the trick unless you have medium to fuller eyebrows, or you don’t need to add definition or fix the shape, which is what I generally do.
When it comes to makeup removers, especially if you’re like me and you’ve added makeup on top of the tint, it does depend on what remover you use. I’ve found micellar water to be the best as it’s super gentle and still removes the makeup. In my experience, the only kind of remover you don’t want to use is cleansing balms like the Banila Co Clean It that turns into oil as you massage it onto your face. I haven’t tried just the oil cleanser, so I’m not sure how that would work but I’ve tried the Neutrogena Dual Phase Makeup Remover and that’s totally fine.
What I do love love love is that I don’t have to worry at all about washing my face or going to sleep (as I tend to sleep on my side) about the product “rubbing off” or fading in just one night. For the first few months I was using this, it lasted for about an average of 5 days. I also think it’s a good beginner product in that it’s easily accessible and it’s pretty cheap.
Obviously it’s not the best product and after I finish this tube I’m definitely going to be on the lookout for something new – so if you have any recommendations, please let me know – but it’s not a bad product and it works.
Have you tried tinting your brows?