We’re talking eyebrows today and my experience with a Korean beauty product by Etude House that’s all the rage right now, called Tint My Brow. Much like the Berrisom lip tints, Tint My Brow goes on as a gel that dries thick–once you remove the gel, you’re left with a stain that lasts for days.
I’ve been in my mad scientist laboratory experimenting with this stuff for a whole two weeks. My natural eyebrows are very sparse, thin and light which is the reason for me filling them in to begin with. I used to have nicer looking natural brows but I went through a period of overplucking… I haven’t recovered from it apparently. Ahem.
My hair is dyed bright red, so I was trying avoid the brown shades and go for more of a taupe color. I chose the shade “grey brown”. The packaging was a simple tube and the applicator was similar to that of some eyeliners–it is very easy to get precise lines. The instructions say to lay it on thick, so that it’s easier to take off.
Also according to the instructions, you need to leave the product on for at least two hours but best results overnight. For the first 24 hours, you’re not to use any cleansers or products of any type. The first application I left it on for an hour and a half. I was sweating during that time doing light chores around the house which pretty much sabotaged the whole operation. I also didn’t listen and washed my face a few hours later–don’t do this, follow the instructions exactly but I recommend testing it on your arm first. I was just experimenting to see how much laziness I could get away with, lol.
When I left it on overnight: I washed my face prior to applying the gel and followed (what’s left of) my natural shape, filling in where needed. I went to sleep, touching my brows here and there to make sure that a) the gel was dry, and b) my eyebrows were still there. Removing it wasn’t too tough, but be careful as it can yank out those precious eyebrow hairs that are already few and far between, in my case. I peeled it off starting from the end of my brows, ever so slowly with no casualties. Score.
For the first 24 hours, I avoided makeup and cleansers. I was living in fear of screwing up again, so I didn’t even wash my face that day… just used toner. Apparently I did the right thing because this time it stayed! Waking up with your eyebrows done is the recipe for a happy morning.
However, when I looked in the mirror on the morning of Day 2, my eyebrows were an orange brown shade. Ya know, the shade I was trying to avoid the entire time.
The verdict – while I did love waking up with eyebrows on my face, I was completely turned off by how orange they looked on day 2. If my hair were brown, blonde, or auburn it just might have been okay. This isn’t something I’d expect from a product called grey brown, I was really betting on a taupe shade.
They were still visible on day 3, 4, and 5. I’m sitting here on day 5 and my eyebrows are a little bit darker and orange than they usually are had I not used the product so if done right, it definitely lasts 2-5 days.
Etude House Tint My Brow is a wonderful product and idea, but the color it fades so doesn’t work for me and I found myself completely covering them up when I put my makeup on. Covering them was easy, by the way.
I’m going to look around for some more eye brow tinting products from different brands and conduct some experiments. Tinting your brows is such a great idea, so I’m holding onto hope that I’ll find a shade that matches what I’m looking for. If you’ve got any recommendations, send them my way! 🙂