I use this mostly on my brow tail ... I'm impressed with the staying power and undertone.
I found that applying it before bed gives the most natural appearance. I use an angled Stila liner brush and carefully blend into the tail area. It tends to look a bit overdone so if I sleep in it, I wake with brows looking naturally full and the color oxidizes enough to pass as real.
This is by far the best product for eyebrows! I'm Asian with very sparse eyebrows (I naturally have thin hair) and I've tried powders, pencils, wax fillers, etc but this WORKS. Using an angled brush and various pressure strokes, it can look super natural or dramatic (entirely up to your hand).
I have oily skin so I tend to apply MAC Blot Powder first so it stays on all day during my FT job. I also have a PT job as a groupex instructor at the gym where I teach 60 min intense cardio classes. As in super sweaty. As long as I don't wipe my towel on them, it stays. Just blot/dab at the brows and they're still there! Not super fresh as during the day but I can leave the gym not feeling self-concious (I cannot leave the house without my brows!).
You get a lot of product as you only need the tiniest dab. I would highly recommend this to dark-haired ladies as I think there are only 4 colours available. I'm an NC 30 (MAC) / Med Beige (bareMinerals) and use #3. The 2 lighter colours don't seem light enough for fair-hair ladies but that's just a guess :)
I love this stuff. First off let me just say, yes it is expensive but for what you get it is very inexpensive. I had the BA tell me it would last me about a year. Amazed, I bought it. It has been 2 and a half years and I am still on my first one. So 19 dollars for a product that will last you 2 and a half years is amazing.
Now on to the actual product. I dye my hair dark brown but my eyebrows are super light. It really tricks people into thinking that this is your true eyebrow color. Recently, I had a hair appointment with a hair colorist because I am thinking of going back to blonde (my natural hair color). The lady looked at my roots and said did you dye this? and I said no this is my natural color. Then she said "oh that cant be your natural color your eyebrows are naturally dark" and then I told her that I used this product to color them darker. She was couldn't believe that a product could color them in and look so naturally.
Using a pencil you color in the skin but using this product you color in the hairs without touching the skin underneath. Just make sure before you buy this product if you do not know how to apply it properly just on the hairs of your eyebrow a BA can show you. You just use an angled eyeliner brush use the littlest amount and brushing it on the hairs (not the skin)
It looks so natural I love it. I even tricked a professional hair colorist :)
UPdate 12/10/2012: I still use this everyday and I love it HG
Update 3/14/2013: Still an HG product for me!
It stays on all day. It's a good product, but I got the lightest color and it is far too orangey brown/blond. The color looks fake. Also, the squeeze tube spits our inconsistent doses, so there is a good bit of waste.
I agree with what the majority has said about this product. I don't have very long brows, and the "tail" part is prone to fade quickly. This is the first product that doesn't run into this problem. It is truly long-lasting, and at least water-resistant (I haven't been able to test the waterproof claim yet). Best of all, it really is worth the $19. You need a very very tiny amount to fill both brows. I'm still trying to get the hang of knowing the exact amount I need!
I do think that the color range is quite limited. I'm Asian with black-brown hair and sparse brows. I've read several reviews that this runs dark, so I debated between 3 and 4. I really think it comes down to personal preference. Yes, I break the rule of going 1 or 2 shades lighter than my hair :). I like my brows to not be obviously brown (too red) and not be obviously black (too cool). 3 is described as a dark ash brown, but I'd call it a dark chocolate brown. It has a little bit of a red undertone, but I would not exactly call it warm toned. 4 ended up being perfect for me as it's essentially a soft black with a hint of brown. I do hope that MUFE comes out with new colors in the future, but I am glad there is a color for me!
UPDATE (July 2012): MUFE has updated their formula and the product is now going to be called "Aqua Brow." Basically, it's still going to be in the same gel formula, but it will have more hold. So, no need for an extra brow gel ... EFF YES. There also will be a palette of 7 shades, which is more reason for me to rave about this. WOO HOO. I'm not sure when it will be available in the US, but here's a link if you want to get an idea. (not affiliated)
I have this in #0, which is supposedly the lightest, so I'd be scared to see #1. It's not really very light, and it has a lot of red to it. I'm a strawberry blonde, so that's okay with me, but I still use a taupe pencil to go over the tails of my brows and take away some of the redness. It's a very thin consistency, which is great because it doesn't get thick and cakey like powders can. It lasts really well, but if I'm particularly oily that day, it does smudge a bit. It's the best thing for now until something else comes along. I'd like it better if the color weren't so red.
My eyebrows are naturally very light blonde. I used to have them dyed but the color would only last 1 1/2 - 2 wks. I hated going to the salon so often or having someone come out to my home to do this. I tried pencils/gels/ hair mascaras but they all looked overdone and did not last.I found this wonderful product at Sephora a few years ago. The tube lasts forever if close it is closed properly. Only a tiny bit of product is needed and must be applied before any other products (sunscreen,foundation,... etc). I apply it w/ an angled eye liner brush, let it set, and brush it lightly upward for a natural look. I am careful not to put anything on top of this as to not dilute the color/length of wear ( I use "0" - lt. taupe/. blondish color). This has lasted through 18 hrs. of work, running a 10K, and swimming a couple of miles-- I forgot to remove it. The little tube is approx. 19.00 USD but lasts a long time-- have had mine for 2 yrs.
Because I'm active outdoors, staying power is just as important as a color match. Because I'm fair and have dark hair, my bare spots are noticable so they must be filled in if I want to perfect the existing shape of my brows for a polished look. This is how I rate this product in the order of what is of highest priority to me:
Staying power - 4: I have oily skin and I always work my eyeshadow primer down into my skin under my brows before I apply brow products. On me, this product will stay in place using this method. I do some heavy cardio and my brows will stay on if I don't rub them repeatedly.
Color - 4: I am a dark brunette with partial carmel highlights. I use the #2 color mixed with a tiny bit of #3. Perfect. Remember, it is better for most brunettes to go a little lighter than their natural color to avoid a harsh Mommy Dearest look. If I use only #3, it's a perfect match, but looks too harsh.
Realistic appearance - 5: If applied as below described, it is fabulous. I get compliments every week.
Application ease - 5: There is no tugging on skin or precious existing hairs. I apply with a super-fine-edged sable angled brush. I place one dot of #2 and a super tiny dot (pin head) of #3 and mix together on a saucer. Dip brush in mixture, blot brush side-to- side on saucer to maintain flat edge on brush and remove excess product. This fine edge will lay down the product so that it mimics the shape of fine hairs. Apply quickly as the product does dry fairly fast. I brush my brow hairs down before applying to reveal my natural shape AND to allow product to reach my primed skin beneath. This allows maximum contact with primer and increased longevity. I live in TX and if the weather is going to be over 100, I will also apply a brow powder (Estee Lauder) on top to help "set" my brows and fortify the longevity against heat and humidity. If I use just the brow powder, brows are gone by 3pm! When I apply as above, I get a long lasting (thru workouts) application that looks natural. If you go too dark in color, this application will be too harsh. I have used brow products for 25+ yrs and have found that this product will outlast (while looking natural) all the other pencils and powders that I've tried. A super light touch with a good quality brush is essential so that it can be applied skillfully. This technique will both fill in bare spots as well as actually create a brow for those of you that are missing sections of it such as the tail. As we get older or have medical treatments, our brows do tend to thin out considerably. Other decent products to try are MAC's Crayon (fine tipped,) Dior's Powder Pencil, Lancome's Pouder Pencil, and Givency's Eyebrow Show.
Although this is now my go-to eyebrow filling product, it does have one main flaw for me. It lasts great all day during a normal work day but it will not last through a sweaty workout. Other than that, I really like it! It's very pigmented and a little goes a LONG way. Depending on how heavy handed I am that morning, I can make my eyebrows light and a little more natural looking, or I can make them dark and really defined. I use #03- I'm Asian, dark brown hair, light-medium/medium skin, very sparse brows. My brows are so sparse that I have to fill them in every day or I feel self-conscious. I use this with my Bobbi Brown angled brow brush. A lot of people say to use a pinhead amount, even that is too much. I waste a lot of product because I squeeze a little too much out and I just wipe it away. But for $19, it's not that big of a deal. I don't foresee me running out of this any time soon. Definitely recommend this!