Believe it or not this post was originally started back in September last year! I've been away from the blog for months and I'm finally going back through the drafts I started last year and getting them finished and uploaded. So although the Maybelline Tattoo Brow isn't a new product anymore as it's been out for a few months, I still wanted to share my own thoughts with you, as I've seen a lot of different opinions on this gel.
First of all, lets talk about the price. This small 4.6ml bottle will set you back £12.99. Even most drugstore mascara's aren't that much and have more in them! I almost tried talking myself out of buying it, knowing I can get my brows waxed and tinted for £14 at a salon. At least I know that way, they'll last at around 2 weeks. But, for the purpose of a post, I bought it.
The packaging helps to make the product look it's price if that makes sense? Nice sleek, black tubing with a copper twist lid. As always, if it's copper I
need want it! The applicator is a small brush that replicates those bristle brush wands in lip glosses, which worried me at first, because even applying gloss can be a bit messy with one of those. Unless that's just me?
So let's move on to the testing... Applying the gel is pretty straight forward, although as imagined, the brush wasn't the smoothest to work with. I personally would have preferred something a bit more sturdy. It doesn't tell you on the pack how thick you have to apply the product and so the first time using, I only applied a thin layer, not wanting to OD on the brow and left it on for the recommended time of 20 minutes. When you're done it's easy to remove as it just peels off. Peeling off the dry gel is a bit like peeling off a face mask. Anyone else find it satisfying?
It worked, they looked good, but had faded by the next morning. That was a mistake I thought I had made but only using a thin layer and the second time testing, I made sure I put a nice thick layer on and left it on for an hour and a half. Again, they looked okay, (could have been darker), but faded after 2 washes.
Third time lucky perhaps? This time I applied even more and ended up leaving it on for around 4 hours! After removing the gel, they looked the part, I was happy and it was just a case of seeing how long they lasted. Did they last 3 days? Nope. On the second day, while it hadn't come off completely, I did find that I had to fill in parts of my brows. Not as much as I usually would, but I did have to do some work on them.
It's safe to say that overall I was disappointed in the product and wouldn't recommend, unless you're only after a 1-2 day fix. You don't get much in the tube and what with the amount I had to apply and how often I had to redo them, it's not worth the money. My advice? Save your money. Go spend it treating yourself by getting your brows done at a salon, or buy a gel pot where you'll get tones of applications from it.
I'd be interested to hear if you've tried this product before? Did it work for you? Leave me a comment and let me know :)
Love Hannah xx
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