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Origin: Made in China

Urban Decay Brow Box Review

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8.3
Good: Easy to apply and blend to a suitable shade.
Bad: A bit on the pricey side.
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  • Use one, or both of the shades to create the perfect eyebrow look, whether you're aiming to simply tame your brows or create some drama.
  • Brow Powder Ingredients: Talc, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Nylon-12, Octyldodecanol, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Isopropylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract Brow Wax Ingredients: Polybutene, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Beeswax, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Microcrystalline Wax, Diisostearyl Malate, Silica, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract All Shades and Wax May Contain: Mica, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77742 (Manganese Violet), CI 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake).
  • Remove stray hairs using the tweezers. Blend together the two shades to create a colour that closely resembles your natural hair colour and apply to eyebrows using the brow brush. Finish with a small dab of wax to help prolong colour.
  • In the USA, grab your Brow Box from the Urban Decay website or find your local store. In the UK, find your local store. Anywhere else in the world, find your local store.

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Naturally, I have light mouse-brown coloured hair which is mirrored in my eyebrows. I say “naturally” because I haven’t seen the colour of the hair on my head in about twelve years!! As a result, I’ve never done anything to them. I’ve never plucked, waxed or even used an eyebrow pencil on them. For me, make up has always been more about the eyes than the eyebrows, and they just haven’t seemed very important. However, along my make up learning journey, I’ve begun to realise the real importance of eyebrows and their power to frame and even shape the face. If you don’t believe me, check out these images of celebrities without their eyebrows and see how much it changes everything about them, from the softness and beauty in their face to the ability to pull an expression:

Image of celebrities without their eyebrows

Let’s be honest, all three of these beautiful women look kind of “alien” without that simple thing that is their eyebrows.

What I was expecting from Urban Decay Brow Box:

Having never used any kind of eyebrow powder or pencil, I wasn’t really expecting anything from this product. It was quite expensive at £17 / $29, so I think the price alone left me wanting something remarkable. I wanted this to really make an impact on my overall face, otherwise I don’t think that I would have been able to warrant the price tag.

What you get:

Unlike most beauty products, you get quite a lot for your money in this Brow Box. In this small box, you get:

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  • Mini Tweezers
  • Mini Angled Eyebrow Brush
  • Light Brown Powder
  • Dark Brown Powder
  • Setting Wax
  • The Lid also contains a Mini Mirror

All of this in contained in a beautifully decorated box that is compact, easy-to-use and pretty to look at. This little box packs a great deal of punch.

Image of the decoration on top of Urban Decay Brow Box

 The Colour:

I love the fact that you get two shades with the Brow Box. According to the Urban Decay website, you should use “the lighter shade during the day, and the darker shade for a more dramatic night look.” However, I personally think that the Brow Box works best if you blend them both together, because there are more shades of hair colour than most of us can even begin to imagine, so I can imagine that is probably near-on impossible to create enough solo shades to cater for every different shade. I think that anyone who tries may be a little foolhardy.

Image of the two shades in Urban Decay Brow Box in Beige Betty

Therefore, being given the opportunity to blend my own shade is really nice and refreshing even if that isn’t the real intention of having the two shades. Plus the darker shade alone is certainly too dark for me.

Application:

For me, the easiest way to use this product was to start by applying a small amount of the lighter shade of powder, and gradually build it up by blending in the darker shade and toning it up or down as necessary. It’s good to experiment and see what works best. As I’ve never done anything with my eyebrows before, I kept the powder to a minimum and just followed the natural shape of my eyebrow which seem to work well at creating a subtle frame to my face.

Image of Mini Tweezers and Angled Brush

I normally really hate using the brushes and applicators that come with the vast majority of beauty products, because I tend to find that they are generally unsuitable for the product they come with, for a variety of reasons including being poorly made or not very good at actually applying anything. Therefore I tend to use my own brushes. However, whilst I do own an angled brush, I opted to use the mini one supplied in the Brow Box purely because it seemed perfectly suitable for applying to my eyebrows. As a brush I think that it performed as could be expected. I had expected to find the small size to be fiddly to use, and I think that if I was using that sized brush to apply eye liner it would be verging on useless, but for my eyebrows its size didn’t pose too much of a problem.

The Wax:

The idea of the wax, which can be found in the pop-out drawer, is to “set” the powder on your eyebrows. Having never used wax in this way before, I wasn’t really sure how much to use it. Nevertheless, I dabbed a small amount on using my finger and it didn’t appear to alter the texture or colouring of my eyebrows, although I didn’t use a great deal so I’m not sure if that would make a difference.

Image of the compartment containing the setting wax

Is Powder better than using a Pencil?

For the purpose of this experiment I decided to try out a cheap brand eyebrow pencil to compare the two since I had never tried either before, and I have to say that the powder definitely wins that competition.

The thing with an eyebrow pencil is, I’m not sure if I’m just too heavy-handed with them, or if the shade for brunettes was just too dark for me, but I felt that it made my eyebrows look far too “vivid” and bold. I also found it difficult to create a subtle look, and that the pencil I was using was impossible to blend at all.

In comparison, the powder was light and much easier to blend out if I accidentally got a little heavy-handed with it. I also found it easier to build-up the colour whilst creating subtle shape to my eyebrows. The powder was also really nice for filling in colour where my hairs are quite sparse, as you can see in this image:

 

Image of eyebrows

The eyebrow on the left is how my brows look naturally, whilst the eyebrow on the right has been “added to” using a mix of the two powders from the Brow Box.

So ultimately, yes I personally think that eyebrow powder is a great deal better than a pencil, and I would certainly choose to use powder.

Overall:

I liked the Brow Box a great deal and the fact that I could mix it up to get a suitable shade for my eyebrows. The brush made the product easy enough to apply and I thought that the overall effect was pretty good.

On the other hand, I don’t know if it was worth the price. I think that it would be easy to go to a Store and pick up a cheap palette containing various brown shades of eye shadow and blend them together on a trial-and-error basis. The Brow Box is, of course, the more convenient option because at least everything that you need is in one place making it an ideal addition to a travel makeup bag.

I used:

The Beige Betty Brow Box which doesn’t appear to be available any more. Nevertheless, you can still purchase the Brow Box in Brown Sugar (for darker brows) and Honey Pot (for lighter brows).

Image of the underbelly of Urban Decay Brow Box

Recommended to:

Anyone who has trouble getting the perfect shade of colour for their eyebrows, and wants a kit that includes everything that your eyebrows need.

Recommended for:

Personally I found this Brow Box to be more suitable for subtle, lighter looks but then I was only applying small amounts of product. If you wish to apply more product or at least heavier, then I’m certain that this will be ideal for dramatic looks too, especially if you concentrate on using the darker shade.

Kat Musselwhite

Kat Musselwhite

Kat is a freelance writer, who believes that everyone is beautiful, and make up just helps to enhance that natural beauty. She loves playing with make up, watching films, travelling and writing.

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  1. Sue Lin
    Sue Lin
    July 28, 2012, 12:04 pm

    ROFL.You’re so hilarious Kat! Those celebs look hideous without eyebrows. I love this eyebrow kit in honey brown for a natural, barely there but filled-in look. Not crazy about the ‘push’ button just to get the wax out though. Maybe I’m just lazy…

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  2. Kat Musselwhite
    Kat Musselwhite
    July 29, 2012, 1:14 pm

    Thanks Sue, I do try ;) I’m surprised the push button didn’t irritate me, I’m normally lazy about these things too :)

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