I despise brow pencils, as I find them too sharp and too obvious. I have oily skin and I do not trust them to stay on, without smearing during summer, when my skin is super oily.
I was filling the brows with matte brown eyeshadow, but the eyeshadow tended to have a weak staying power and it would usually disappear until the noon. One year ago Iâ€™ve decided to get a special kit, intended for eyebrows only. I was considering Clarins, Benefit and Chanel. Clarins didnâ€™t seem bad, but the packaging felt really flimsy, so Iâ€™ve decided to pass it. Benefit was just basically matte eyeshadow, so I avoided it. Chanel Le Sourcil de Chanel (or Perfect Brows) looked really good, but the price scared me a bit.
One month ago, Iâ€™ve decided to bit the bullet and finally got it. Iâ€™m in love ever since.
Le Sourcil de Chanel retails for $65 (53 euros). The compact comes in a black velvet box and it includes 5 grams of brow powder in three shades, eyebrow comb, eyebrow powder applicator, mini tweezers, maginfying mirror and instructions.
The tools are amazing, if a bit too small and difficult to handle.
The eyebrow powder applicator is very stiff, but it is necessary because of the texture of the brow powder.
The mini tweezers are excellent â€“ they can pluck even the tiniest hair, but they are difficult to manoeuvre, because, well, they are tiny.
The brow powder comes in three shades: medium dark brown, taupe brown and black. I find the first two shades the same in the terms of darkness, but the first shade is much warmer.
The shades seem universal and the kit would work for a wide variety of people. The only people who should avoid it are redheads and very light blondes (one thing I really like about this kit is that neither shade is too orange).
Even though the shades look dark and intense, when they apply, they are very sheer. You can see that the black colour, when swatched, looks more like a dark brown. The swatch is made with medium heavy application.
The texture of the powder is unlike any I have ever seen before. Usually, the brow powder can double up as the matte eyeshadow. Well, it is impossible with Chanel. The powder is extremely hard. If you swipe the fingertip lightly, you wonâ€™t pick up any colour. This is the reason why the applicator is very stiff. You need to scrape the powder with the applicator and then press (or swipe) it lightly over the eyebrow. The applicator may scratch, so donâ€™t press it too hard. I have tried to apply it with softer brush, but it was impossible to pick any colour. The only other solution I can think of is to scrape a bit of powder with the stiffer brush and then pick the loose powder with a softer brush.
The effect of the powder is amazing. I feel as if it is impossible to overdo it. The eyebrows look really natural, Iâ€™m amazed. I can pull off even the darkest shade (which is no wonder as my eyebrows are black) without making too big a contrast between my hair and eyebrow colour.
Another great thing is that because of the powderâ€™s texture, the eyebrow powder stays on for the whole day. It doesnâ€™t matter whether my skin is super oily or I sweat a lot, the powder wonâ€™t budge, smear or disappear.