Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Review: By Terry Eyebrow Mascara in Sheer Auburn

I'm always complaining that there aren't enough eyebrow products for redheads.  I recently complained within earshot of the lovely lady who does the PR for By Terry, and she immediately offered to send me their Sheer Auburn Eyebrow Mascara, which, she promised, would be red enough to suit my hair.

When I swatched it, I scoffed a little.  It's brown, thought I.  Brown with a little bit of red.  Not red enough for me.

By Terry Eyebrow Mascara on left eye
But actually, it's got a fairly strong red undertone, and whilst it's not quite as close a match for my bright red hair as the Illamasqua eyebrow powder I usually use (shown below), it's not bad at all.  It's a more natural, neutral, less shouty red brow, and I can see it working for those with darker or more auburn toned reds really well.

Illamasqua Eyebrow Cake in Stark
Illamasqua Eyebrow Cake in Stark + By Terry Eyebrow Mascara in Sheer Auburn
However... the two products layered together gives me my perfect brow.  The Illamasqua Eyebrow Cake adds the brightness, and the By Terry Eyebrow Mascara tones it down and fixes the brows firmly in place.

All in all, then, I'm somewhat split on this one.  The format is lovely, although I do wish the brush were a little smaller, as even on my thick brows I have sometimes accidentally transferred it to my browbone.  The texture of the gel is excellent - it dries quickly, fixing the brows in place, but doesn't feel crispy or stiff.  The pigmentation is great - sheer but buildable.  But for me, it's not something I'll use alone, which doesn't make it an essential.  Oh, and it also costs a whopping £26 - far too much for a tiny tube of eyebrow gel.

If you're a big By Terry fan, or you have auburn hair and struggle to find a good red brown brow product which fixes your brows in place, it's worth a try - but at that price, I'd definitely recommend trying in-store at Space NK before you part with your cash.

Disclosure: PR sample

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