**BEWARE: This post contains images of me without makeup on. Read at your own risk! :p**
Something you need to know about me – I’m blonde. Yep, under the dark hair colours, I am actually a blonde bombshell…like, Cersei Lannister blonde.
So, as I do dye my hair darker colours, it makes sense that my eyebrows match this (or at least come close to) because, without a full box fringe to hide them, I would just look downright weird!
But there was one snag – I was spending soooo much on eyebrow pencils, and it made my makeup routine longer in the mornings – not good when you’re late and running around like a blue-arsed fly trying to do 20 things at once!
And hence my quest for a more long-lasting eyebrow solution was born…
I’ve heard of the usual suspects – eyebrow tints, semi-permanent tattooing, now even microblading, but I was scared to shell out all that money not knowing if it will work for me, or even if people would do such a drastic change of eyebrow colour, especially with tattooing and microblading. How on earth would I be able to test something out that was not too permanent?!
That is, until I watched an ad on the gogglebox that Maybelline was releasing a new product – the latest product in their eyebrow range – the three-day peel-off eyebrow tint.
My prayers have been answered.
So, after searching for ages, 1 Boots and 2 Superdrug store visits later, and some good looking around by Jay, I finally got my mitts on the shade I was looking for (they do three shades – light brown, medium brown, dark brown – I needed the darkest shade they did!)
So, after using it, here I will show you my results and the longevity of the product! On with the review…
On first sight, you get the box, and then inside you get one tube of the brow tint. There’s no instruction manual, as all the instructions etc you need are all on the packaging.
IMHO, I think that’s a bit too much packaging – a box that can fit a mini Kylie Lip Kit in it for one small tube, but hey ho I guess they needed it this size for the instructions and other information.
The product comes with its own applicator, which is a small round brush. This can be manipulated to a chisel tip for the outer brows, so not all hope lost there!
The instructions that come with it is to:
- Apply a thick layer of the tint to your brows
- Leave to set for at least 20 minutes
- Peel off
Three simple instructions, although there is also the potential to leave the tint on for much longer, from 20 mins to overnight, depending on how long you want the tint to last, and how dark you want the tint to develop.
As this was my first time using this, and I did not know how this would react to my skin or eyebrow hair, I left this on for around 30 minutes – 1 hour (guilty of not timing here! Bad Tiffy!)
The tint is a very thick and gloopy in consistency, so it’s very stubborn to spread across my eyebrows, and I did end up dipping a lot into the tube, so I can see this being something that runs out very quickly and/or something that will run out halfway through tinting, which isn’t great. However, knowing that it is thick and gloopy does mean that you’re not going to find it dripping halfway down your face as you’re making a cup of tea, which ensures that you get nice crisp lines when you peel it off – how sharp those lines are, are down to how you put it on.
I also do admit, it was a little hard trying to manipulate the brush, especially when I was getting to the outer corners of my brows, but with a little trial and error, all was well and I managed to achieve the chisel tip that I needed!
Peeling off the tint was pretty easy, but there were a few little straggly bits left clinging onto my hairs, so I had to scrape my nail across my brows to get those off, but apart from that the majority of it came off in one go, so no biggie for me!
When looking at the final result, I was quite pleased with how it turned out. I wish it had been a little darker, but I didn’t mind as this was only the first time I was using this, so a lot of fine-tuning will have to go into mastering what I want! As it was not as dark as I was anticipating, I knew that I was going to have to use my trusty eyebrow pencil to fill it in and make them the right shade of dark brown, but it would speed up my makeup routine big time as I won’t need to sit there and carefully draw them on – all I would need to do is follow the shape!
So, I’m a happy bunny so far with the results, now it was a case to see how long they would last…
The Lasting Effect
Activities of the day:
- Makeup Removal routine (coconut oil to remove eye makeup, then micellar water to clear away the coconut oil residue and remove foundation)
- Shower, including weekly skincare routine (face scrub, spot treatment, moisturiser)
So after a pretty full-on day, the tint is still there, albeit significantly lighter than the previous night, after I removed the tint. Overall, I’m pretty impressed it managed to withstand a lot of things, such as my weekly skincare routine and a heavy gym session.
Activities of the day:
- Rugby training
- Makeup removal routine, and moisturiser application
This time round, the tint has definitely gone from the surrounding area of my eyebrows, so they are looking a bit on the patchy and thin side. However, the tint is still on my eyebrow hairs at this point, even if it has gone ginger!
Activities of the day:
- Darts game
- Makeup removal routing and moisturiser application
- 20-minute High-Intensity Kettlebell session
So today they are starting to fade from the outer corners of my eyebrows, which means that I am now starting to rely more and more on my pencil and artistry skills to make sure that they look presentable to society.
At the end of the week, some of the tint was still in my eyebrows and is slowly fading from the outside in, so I would have given it another week for my eyebrows to go back to blonde. However, I have reapplied the tint, and I plan to leave it on overnight to get my facial caterpillars as dark as I can, and to last as long as possible.
Overall, considering that I only left it on for under an hour, I can safely say that, for me, it does exactly what it says on the tube – for me, the tint is still present after a week of initially applying the tint.
The gloopy texture of the tint when applying it can take a bit of patience to get the right amount of tint on your eyebrows and applicator manipulation, but once you get these to behave how you want them to, I think that this is a great addition to my makeup bag, but it won’t ever replace my trusty pencil – the only way that’s happening is if I pursue a more permanent solution!
Have you tried this yet? What are your views? Drop me a comment and let me know!
Until next time lovelies,