5-Element Brow Kit

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$65 
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Category:
Makeup > Sensitive Skin Products > Eyebrow
Last Updated:
2/22/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

This kit combines Anastasia’s basic brow-grooming products in a convenient "starter case." The kit is sold in five shades, among them are blonde, brown, and auburn options. Regardless of which shade you choose, each kit includes Brow Powder Duo to fill in brows for a natural look and a double-ended Mini Duo Brush for applying the powder and combing through brows. You also get their Clear Brow Gel for taming and setting brows in place, plus Anastasia's signature tweezers and a Brow Stencil set to guide your brow shaping. Considering that all of the products perform well and would cost $109 if purchased separately (plus with this kit you get a convenient case to keep everything together), this is a good option to kick-start your brow grooming!

The Anastasia Beverly Hills product line was developed by "definitive eyebrow expert" Anastasia Soare, a woman who owns a chic Beverly Hills salon. Her namesake product line is built around specialty brow products and shaping tools based on her criteria. Although she has expanded the line to include skin-care and other makeup items, the brow products remain the heart of the line; the skin care seems to be little more than an afterthought.

What sets the Anastasia line apart is the wide selection of brow-grooming products and their impressive shade range for natural-looking brows. Overall, the line is a mixture of both good and bad products, at a relatively high price point. We were expecting to find great brow pencils from a line devoted to perfecting the eyebrow, but Anastasia failed miserably with their extremely hard-textured Perfect Brow Pencil.

Their skin-care products also rank low in terms of efficacy and high in terms of misleading claims, and the mascara misses the mark completely. There are a few so-so makeup products you can ignore, and some of the brow kits have a frustrating mix of good products and awful products.

On the flip side, what's great about Anastasia Beverly Hills are their fabulous brow powders, good brushes, brow-taming products, and some helpful products such as Brow Fix, Brow Pen, and Tinted Brow Gel. They also have a beautiful Blush Quad and a couple of good highlighter pencils. Many of the products cater to those who are new to brow shaping (including a brow stencil set), and, depending on your local department store, you may even be able to schedule an appointment with an Anastasia brow specialist who can show you the way, following the namesake company founder's famous Golden Ratio. For more information about Anastasia Beverly Hills, call (800) 310-3773 or visit www.anastasia.net.

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