But seriously… how did I not know about this stuff sooner? Where’s it been hiding and why has it been hiding from me?
Anyone who knows me knows the battle I have with my eyebrows. This isn’t a love-hate type of relationship, it’s pure hate-hate. They grow like weeds, sprouts would be more accurate. Sprouting every direction, except up (the direction I need them to go in). After a misfortunate over-plucking incident in high school coupled with a brow piercing in college (yes, I was that rebellious student who stuck an earring in just about every part of my body… except there! Dirty minds) left me with sparse areas that won’t grow regardless of how much growth serum and brow massaging I do. And, trust me, I’ve tried it all (including not waxing or threading for 6 months!).
Then I started getting deep into my Google search on brow transplants (kidding, only slightly), and I discovered Wunderbrow ($22). I read some reviews, ordered it from Amazon, then gave it a try.
It promises a smudge-free, waterproof, and sweat-proof formula that last at least two days. TWO DAYS of filled-in brows… how is that possible?
Well, I gave it a try and… this stuff works. In fact, it works so well, someone left this hilarious review on Amazon: ” I began with fine strokes just like the video said. Only instead of strokes it was more like a glob here and a blob there. No problem I’ll smooth it out. I smoothed here and wiped there and brushed and added a little more.
When I was done I looked like Frieda Kahlo. Yeah I think I need more practice and decided to take it off. I took a shower. I scrubbed my face. They did not lie. It does not come off. I scrubbed my face. It does not come off. I took a jack hammer to it. No luck.
My husband noticed my new eyebrows. He asked me if I had been working on the car because I had a smudge on my forehead. He tried to remove it by spitting on his finger and rubbing vigorously across my brows. It did not come off.
So if you use this product. I highly recommend lots of practice. You might want to actually have more than 4 eyebrow hairs or it looks painted on. Use an oil based product to get it off. If you make a mistake and color outside the lines you will look like a freak for at least 2 days. Other than that it does what it says. It gives you eyebrows and it is water proof.” (source)
This review makes me laugh so hard because it is exactly what I wanted, minus the Frieda Kahlo unibrow. So, when I applied, I made sure to have a Q-tip drenched in baby oil at close proximity, just in case I colored outside of the lines (I didn’t do that badly, actually). The shade that I chose – Brunette – seemed light in the bottle, but it definitely blended in with my very, very dark brows, and even dried a bit darker, without any red undertones (which, anyone on the hunt for the perfect dark brown brow pencil can attest to, this is almost impossible to find sans the redish aftermath).
The other application tip that helped me was to use the brow brush (a.k.a. spoolie) that comes with the semi-permanent brow gel to blend the product so that the strokes didn’t seem so angular and harsh. This was super helpful. I’d apply the product, then brush, then clean a bit. Then apply more product, brush, clean that a bit, and so on.
Very important: Apply at night on a dry, cleansed face without any cream on the brow region. This will allow the product to adhere to the skin, thus lasting longer.
I cannot explain my happiness when I woke up and my brows actually looked… dare I say it… full! Now, if only they’d grow in the correct direction. Le sigh.
P.S. The before and after photos of customers is a true testament to how well this product works. Check them out here.