Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set
Category:Makeup > Eyebrow Fillers & Shapers > Brow Gels/Tints
Last Updated:03.12.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set defines brows and helps groom them in place with a tinted, quick-dry formula that keeps color from smudging. The easy-to-use, tapered brush applicator is smaller than average which allows for more precise control and intricate detail.

Six shades are offered, covering blonde, brunette and chestnut red, all of which provide naturally fuller looking brows. A shimmer brown shade is also offered. The flake-free, clump-free, fragrance-free formula is a fast and easy approach to defining brows, and true to its name, Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set is indeed waterproof. Bravo, M.A.C.!

  • Fast way to set and color brows at the same time.
  • Six shades covering blondes, brunettes, and chestnut reds.
  • Quick-dry formula doesn't smudge, flake or clump.
  • Leaves brows looking fuller and more defined.
  • Easy-to-use tapered brush allows for precise control.
  • Waterproof as claimed.
  • None.
Brand Overview

M.A.C. At-A-Glance

Strengths: Some impressive moisturizers; excellent Lip Conditioner (lip balm); praiseworthy foundations in a mostly gorgeous range of shades; good concealers; several great powder-based products including blush, bronzer, and eyeshadow in various finishes; noteworthy Fluidline and Technakohl Liner; dizzying array of lipstick shades in mostly sumptuous formulas; impressive Pro Longwear Lipcolour; several very good mascaras (regular and waterproof); top-notch makeup brushes; most of the Prep + Prime products work as claimed.

Weaknesses: A few products with uncomfortably high levels of known or potential skin irritants; some superfluous specialty products; several average pressed and loose powders; the Lustre and Velvet eyeshadows disappoint.

When it comes to skin care you may be tempted to dismiss the small assortment M.A.C. offers and skip right to their makeup with its well-earned positive reputation. But doing so would mean missing a handful of beautifully formulated products that are worth trying. By no means is M.A.C.'s skin-care line one-stop shopping (at least not if you have blemishes, skin discolorations, or require more than a couple options per category), but you'll find more than just the color products impressive here, and the prices aren't unreasonable either!

Note:M.A.C. is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although M.A.C. does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Paula’s Choice Research Team.

For more information about M.A.C., owned by Estee Lauder, call (800) 588-0070 or visit www.maccosmetics.com.

M.A.C. Makeup

What more can one say for this long-standing makeup line whose products have spoken eloquently for themselves for years? In many ways, M.A.C. is a pivotal line not only for makeup artists but also for any in-the-know cosmetics consumer. Although M.A.C. has several singularly outstanding products, they generally excel by virtue of the range of choices offered. The color selection for everything from lipsticks to foundations is exceptional. Also, most of the makeup brushes are beautiful, full, and soft, as well as properly sized to fit the contours of the face and eyes. It is typically a pleasure to shop this line, though we wish the tester units (especially for blush, eyeshadow, and lipstick) were arranged by formula and finish rather than by color.

M.A.C.'s salespeople are sometimes trained as makeup artists, too, though being part of the Estee Lauder corporation means they have pressure to meet sales quotas (and no gifts-with-purchase to serve as an enticement). For this reason, you may prefer shopping at one of M.A.C.'s freestanding or Pro stores. The sales pressure is all but absent, the staff tends to be true makeup artists rather than only salespeople, and the stores routinely offer makeup how-to classes, which are both fun and informative.

M.A.C. has launched several state-of-the-art products in recent years. The prime additions are several improved foundations and concealers, superior loose and pressed powders, a couple of mascaras that compete nicely with those from lash-enhancing leader Lancome, buttery-smooth powder blushes, and the very popular (and deservedly so) Pro Longwear Lipcolour. Couple this with their long-standing products that have always performed well and offered neutral shades (Studio Fix, anyone?) and M.A.C. is a force to be reckoned with in the world of department-store makeup. The only disappointment of note is that several of their liquid foundations with sunscreen still lack sufficient UVA protection. Why is it that Lauder-owned Clinique and Prescriptives continually get this critical step right, while Lauder's namesake line, Bobbi Brown, and M.A.C. tend to falter? It's especially upsetting in M.A.C.'s case because the affected foundations otherwise have exemplary textures and a vast palette of neutral shades for fair to dark skin tones. Other than this important point, you really can't go wrong shopping this line, whether you're new to the world of makeup or a seasoned pro.

Note: M.A.C. sets itself apart from other beauty brands by staying ahead of the curve by launching a seemingly-constant rotation of impressive limited edition products, usually with fashion-forward themes. Though it's impossible to review every limited edition product, many of M.A.C.'s are as impressive as those in their permanent collection.

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Maybe it was the formula (blonde color) or the tube itself but I found it clumpy and hard to work with on my light brows. MAC gets 3 stars for value as they take returns no questions asked.

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Best tinted brow gel I've ever tried

... and I've tried a lot of brow gels. Over-plucking left my dark brows sparse in places, and as I age some brows grow in white. Since I hate the look of "drawn- on" brows, I'm always looking for a way to make mine look fuller and natural. This gel is excellent. The medium- brown shade looks reddish on the brush but dries to a nice neutral brown on my brows. Application is quick and foolproof. Brows hold their shape until the product is removed with a bit of oil- free eye makeup remover. Nice!

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Susan b.
Great for on the go

I got the shade Quiet Brunette. This does a good job of making eyebrows look fuller and groomed while you're on the go. It's not as high maintenance as the Anastasia Dip Brow, which I reserve for when I have more time and want a more "done" look.

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Best brow gel I've tried & it lasts!

I have sparse, graying brows but hate the drawn-on look of pencils. Of all the tinted brush-on products I've tried, this is the most fool-proof and effective. The color (I chose Quiet Brown) looks reddish on the wand, as it does in ads for the product, but when applied its a natural-looking mid-tone brown. Texture is creamy and does a much better job than gels of blending the grays with the rest of my brows. Waterproof formula sets to a slight sheen, and groomed brows hold their shape. Nice!

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Susan b.
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