EDIT 3/27/13 - after 2 years, I'm still not even halfway through the tube, and the product is still as good as the day I bought it, if not better as my technique has improved. LOVE this stuff - bumping up to five stars.
This was definitely a good discovery - w the help of MUA, of course. It's tricky to get the hang of it, but not as bad as I was imagining after reading the reviews. I use a small, stiff, slanted brush (Stila #18 - got it ridiculously cheap on Amazon) and use it very sparingly. It really will last a loooong time.
I've been using Shu Uemura's hard pencil in Seal Brown for the past few years (best thing I've found for my sparse brows), so here's my comparison of the two:
1. application - the pencil wins, of course. So easy, and I've used a regular sharpener w/Shu's pencil with no problems.
2. color - Shu inches ahead. I'm of East Asian descent, with dark hair (though not nearly black - I was born with light brown hair). Seal brown is great - no red tones, not too dark - the praise regarding its color on MUA rings true for me. As for the MUFE product, I tested #3 and #4, thinking #3 would be the way to go, but I was totally wrong. #3 is waaay too red - I mean serious red undertones. #4, though not perfect, works well enough - it's darker and more ruddy than I would like, but thankfully lacks the bright red overtones.
3. lasting power - MUFE wins, though I haven't found it to be "waterproof" per se. It definitely fades by the end of the day, but stays on better than any other brow product I've tried - better than the Shu pencil with TF Shadow Insurance underneath. This is the reason why I got it, as I was annoyed with my brows being half gone by the end of the day.
Having my brows mostly intact after a long day makes it worth it for me. Just wish they'd come out with more colors, perhaps some without a red/purple base.
I also just received this product and I'm so pleased that I decided to order it! You really do need some kind of slanted brush for it, and the tiniest dab is all you need. It does dry pretty quickly and I suggest that you take the time to practice with it a little before just trying to apply it and run out the door the first time. I think I'll now save my brow pencil for times when I need a quick fix.
I just got this last night, and I'm obsessed. Having this product is like putting on a pair of glasses for the first time--you don't realize how much you've been missing until you use it. It does take practice, and I use the slanted sephora brush. But it looks natural and stays put all day. Like the other reviewers said, it's extremely economical, as well, since you only need the very tiniest amount.
a sephora makeup artist applied this to my eyebrows and i was hooked! i was a die hard mac eyebrow pencil girl but the pencils run out SO fast and they have wax in them so they can get a little oily as my skin gets oily during the day. this is a waterbased product and great!! as others have said you can apply a powder on top to set if you like. finding the right amount out of the tube is key. i could easily see this last a year. i'll phase out my mac pencils and then use this only. i bought it in #4 and it's a little dark not bad but i was in the store again yesterday and i applied a little of the #3 with it and it was perfect! of course they were out, maybe #3 is the more popular color. at any rate. i plan to get the #3 and mix the two depending on what look i'm going for. i suspect once i get the hang of it, it'll be super quick and i'll have beautiful, oil free brows.
*** update *** took a lippie off. i'll leave my earlier review because it still stands as far as how i feel about the product but i will be returning this product. i never use it. it was great when done by the artist but i have 2 issues. the dark is too dark so that means mixing. it's sort of a two step process because you can't really use it out of the tube. you have to put it on the back of your hand or in another container and in my case mix. secondly, it takes too long for me to blend and get it right. my mac pencils are more precise and quicker since you use the product right out of the pencil. i love the idea of a waterproof pencil and i think i'm make some tweaks to how i use it but i'm going back to my mac eyebrow pencils.
Bought this on a whim. Thanks to the high reviews here, I decided to buy this in 04 (the darkest). I use an angled eyeliner brush (MAC's 266) and dab the tiniest bit on my hand as the previous reviewers instructed. Then I set my face with powder and apply brow powder to set it as well. The result is just fab!!
I work as nurse with long shifts and usually when I only wear ONLY brow powder (Anastasia's), by the end of the day half my eyebrows are gone (if I dont check the mirror)... but with this miracle product, my eyebrows are still intact and I've received a lot of compliments about them whenever I use this.
Will definitely repurchase, its now something I cant live without. :)
Only complaint is the huge price difference between Canada and the US (esp with the exchange rate nowadays). Its so damned expensive here in Canada 26 cdn as compared to 19 usd. Yeah so I just drive south of the border whenever I run out (which will take at least a year with the scant amt I use for my eyebrows daily).. I lost mine a couple of days ago and am freaking out. Although will drive down to Bellevue tom to get this miracle prod among other things stat!
HG. My old standby was Smashbox's Brow Tech, but I find that this product lasts much longer (through my 14hr days and beyond). As other reviewers have said, you need apply only the tiniest amount (think the size of a pinhead), else you'll wind up with sharpie brows. I use an angled eye liner brush to apply, and haven't had much difficulty getting natural looking brows. Given the amount of product used per use, one tube will last forever. Love this stuff and will repurchase again and again.
I have these in every color for my freelance kit and I use number 4 for myself. These take practice to get right. You can easily look like Groucho Marx if you're not careful.
I apply these with an angled art brush. Not a stiff angled brow brush, you want something a little floppy. I get the teensiest, tiniest amount and then dab it on the back of my hand. I then paint in soft, short strokes over my extremely sparse brows to simulate the look of hairs.
I really like these, but I find that they can sometimes struggle to dry down. I suspect this happens when I've applied too much. I still set these with a little eyeshadow or brow powder, but it really helps to do extremely bold brows, editorial looks, or completely re-create areas were you or your client may be missing hair.
I have medium brown hair and brows and use this in 0 and 4. I have problems with hair loss in my eyebrows, and this works well to camouflage any sparse areas or downright holes.
When my brows are thick and healthy I use 0 alone. When I have holes I use small strokes of 4, allow the product to dry and fill in with a blend of 0 and 4. I always go over with a face powder to give a natural look.
For someone at home using this themselves the packaging is a bit wasteful, I use an old sanitized glass gel eyeliner container and squeeze the needed color in, mixing as required. I'm still able to clean the jar in between refills every few weeks.
My Sephora sample lasted over 2 months, so I can imagine the full size would last well over a year.
Mixed with powder would be a great product for someone missing almost all brows, better than Benefit Brow Zings. continued >>
So this product may be user dependent. I am horrible at applying my brows with powder so I should've known I would have issues with this. I try not to make my brows look too heavily applied so I start off with the lightest application I can manage but eventually wind up with dark patches since I can never manage to apply evenly. I find I have to shape my brow lightly with a pencil to provide a guide and fill with this product. I tried this product on a trip to Laughlin to wear to the lake in a 106 degree weather. My brows were still present at the end of the day but my patchiness was present. I purchased this product in Dark Ash Brown No 3 and it is a little too dark and the No 2 I believe would be too red and light. Perhaps if they improve the colors then even someone like me may be able to apply with a more natural look.
I love this product because it is completely waterproof! I use this when I go diving and it stays put all day long! amazing quality!
the only thing I would complain about is how it looks really unnatural on me. It looks like my eyebrows are painted onto my face!
I bought the eyebrow kit in sephora (really expensive! S$60-something) because apparently they do not sell the product only. I got shade 3 (which I find is too light for my dark brown/black hair!). If you have black/dark brown hair get shade 4!
The brushes that came along with the product in the kit is really good. I use the slanted brush for my brows and the other one for my eyeliner gel.
I would recommend it for people who have extremely sparse brows (or no brows at all) and for those who would still like to look good in pictures underwater :)