I'm sure most of you have heard of Anastasia Soare, the women behind most celebrities well groomed brows including, Jennifer Lopez, Heidi Klum and Reese Witherspoon. She's now branched out and created her own line of cosmetics, including the Anastasia of Beverley Hills Beauty Express For Brows and Eyes that I recently received to review.
Inside the set there's a travel sized angled brush, five eyebrow stencils, two brow shades, a wax, a highlight, a contour shade and a how-to list of instructions. I received the kit for brunettes, so the two brow powders were a medium ash brown and a dark, neutral brown - similar to mac 'espresso'.
On first impressions I was a bit dubious as to how the stencils would work, I assumed if you simply drew on an eyebrow it would look unnatural and fake. The five stencils are all different and vary from petite brows, high arches to thick, modelesque brows so there's a style for everyone. Simply pop out the plastic, position over your eyebrow and lightly feather on the brow powder, remove the stencil and join in any gaps. Following steps can include applying the wax, highlighting your brow bone, contouring the eye, using the highlight as an all over eyeshadow and the deeper brow shade as an eyeliner - the possibilities are endless.
How I use it:
Choose a stencil depending on the brow shape you'd like.
Place over your eyebrow and feather on the lightest shade of brow powder.
Remove the stencil and fill in any gaps.
Brush eyebrows upwards to make them appear fuller.
Apply highlight shade to entire lid and inner corner.
Use the darkest shade with the angled brush to draw on a winged liner.
The two brow shades are well pigmented and creamy, which makes them easy to apply and achieve a strong brow with minimal product. The highlighter is a golden, champagne shade that has subtle shimmer in and looks very flattering on the skin and the angled brush is the perfect size and great quality. Personally, I don't bother with the wax as I think it's a bit too hard and difficult to pick up the product.
Overall, I love the kit and how everything is so compact, everything I could need for my eyebrows and eyes are in one place. The only thing missing for me is a travel sized mascara wand to brush through your eyebrows to finish the look and some tweezers, but obviously - they'd bulk up the price.
Moving on to the price, this kit will set you back $39.95, which is just about £25. What do you ladies think, worth the money? or too pricey?
The finished result using the 'Full Arch' stencil.