Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Soap & Glory Archery D-I-Y Brow Bar Review

As someone with barely-there blonde brows, it can be incredibly hard to find a suitable eyebrow product. I need one that's not too warm yet not too ashy, easy to use and doesn't look too harsh and scouse brow-esque. That's not too much to ask, right? I bought this latest Soap & Glory addition on a bit of a whim, after being lured into a 3 for 2 offer, but I was left pleasantly surprised by this nifty little brow kit...

At first glance, the Soap & Glory Archery D-I-Y Brow Bar looks like a definite dupe for the iconic Benefit Brow Zings, with it's compact sleek black palette and miniature brow brushes. However the S&G compact contains two shades of brow powder, a highlighter and a wax whereas Benefit's comes with just a wax and a powder. Contrary to popular opinion, I'm not fan of Brow Zings at all as I found that none of the shades - despite having three to choose from - were suitable for my almost invisible eyebrows.
Soap & Glory Archery D-I-Y Brow Bar
The Soap & Glory brow bar has two shades within it: 'Love is Blonde' and 'Hot Chocolate'. I thought I'd definitely be sticking to the blonder offering but I actually ended up mixing the two as I found the blonde shade was a bit too light and required me to use more product to get it to show up properly. The two layered together make a nice brown shade that's the perfect balance between ashy and warm. It's worth noting that the darker brown isn't actually that dark so this may not be suitable for those with black brown/black eyebrows.
Soap & Glory Archery D-I-Y Brow Bar Swatches
Soap & Glory Archery D-I-Y Brow Bar on blonde brows
It also comes with a Clearfix wax, which you apply before the brow powder to help it stick better and a pearly pink highlighter to give a bit of shimmer to the brow bone. I liked the wax as I found it did hold the powder in place but the highlighter isn't the greatest as it's not very pigmented - you have to put on quite a lot for it to actually show but it does make a nice finishing touch.
Brush wise, it comes with a double-ended spooly and precision brush; the precision side is for applying the wax and the spooly for taming any unruly brows. It also comes with a single-sided precision brush which is used to apply the powder. I have to say that I'm quite picky with eyebrow brushes since discovering the amazing Illamasqua Angled Brush last year, which I don't think anything else really compares to as it's just so fine and precise. So, in comparison, the mini Soap and Glory brushes just don't live up to this. But they do still do the job intended and will definitely come in handy when I'm just wanting to fill my brows in on the go.
Soap & Glory Archery D-I-Y Brow Bar
Marketed as a 4-in-1 shaping, perfecting, highlighting and taming kit, this Soap & Glory brow bar definitely does just that. It has all the things you need to get great brows - bar tweezers. But, lets be honest, mini tweezers never really work that well so I can definitely live without those. All kept in a handly little compact, branded with the usual S&G bright, pink design.
At £12, it's not the cheapest budget brow kit on the market but I think it's definitely worth it. Plus, there's nearly always some kind of offer on S&G products at Boots. At the moment, they're on 3 for 2 so snap it up here before the offer ends!

Soap & Glory Archery D-I-Y Brow Bar, £12, Boots

Will you be trying this out? What's your favourite go-to brow product? 

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