Concluding my reviews on the items I purchased from the YSL Fall 2015 makeup collection, we round things up with a look at the YSL Couture Brow Tinted Eyebrow Gel. I’m starting to develop a bit of a brow gel fixation and when I saw this product being promoted as part of the collection, I had to have it, even though it’s quite pricey.
As far as I can tell, the Yves Saint Laurent Couture Brow is the first brow gel type product offered by the brand. It promises to structure, intensify and enhance with a buildable texture and a precise brush that instantly transforms the brows. It is formulated with “gelifying fixators” that hold the brows all day long and pigments that deliver a hint of colour. The Couture Brow is offered in two shades: No.1 Glazed Brown and No.2 Ash Blonde. Being a dark haired gal, I went with No. 1 Glazed Brown, obviously.
Packaging-wise, this product is much larger than most other brow gel products I’ve encountered. It’s about the size of a traditional mascara tube. The spoolie, however, is smaller and similar in shape, though slightly larger, than the spoolie on the Benefit Gimme Brow, allowing for ease of application.
I think Glazed Brown would be suitable for anyone with dark brown to black hair. You may be able to tell from the swatch, but there is a pearlescence to the formula which I believe is meant to help the brows appear more voluminous.
This isn’t a product that is going to add a ton of volume or pigment. It’s more of a traditional brow gel and doesn’t contain fibers like the Benefit Gimme Brow or Lashfood Brow Gel (demonstrations of those products featured here and here, respectively). On my thin and sparse brows, one coat of the YSL Brow Couture adds a bit of definition and structure. To achieve a more defined look, however, I apply an additional coat as well as fill in the “head” and “tail” of my brows, so to speak, with my Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade.
Included in the product description on some sites (Harvey Nichols) are references to the products incredible staying power, claiming to set the brows for up to 24 hours. And I have to say that this is so true. I don’t think I’ve ever used a product that stays put as well as this one does – almost to a fault. Once you use this to set your brows, they ain’t going no where. Through a long, humid day not one hair budges and there are no signs of pigment loss or fading. I think I could sleep with this stuff on and wake up the next day with everything perfectly in place. Plain water won’t remove it, but a good makeup remover should be sufficient (the cleansing oils and waters I currently have in my collection seem to do the trick).
The one downside to this incredible staying power, is that there is potential for the brow to look painted on. This won’t be an issue for those with thicker brows just looking for something to keep them in place while adding a bit of definition, but if you’re wanting to use the product to “fill in” the brows, be aware. If you’re in the thinner brow crowd like me, I think the best way to use the YSL Brow Couture is like a traditional brow gel, i.e. after you’ve groomed and shaped your brows using pencil/powder/gel then use this to set while adding a little more colour. You could add colour afterwards, as I did in the photos above, but you run the risk of the product becoming cakey.
Despite these considerations, I’m still quite happy with the Couture Brow. It’s a welcome option for these hot and humid Summer days. And I think if you plan to run a marathon, participate in an iron man race, or swim the English Channel and you want your brows to remain perfectly groomed – then this product is for you. If the price isn’t too much, that is. 🙂
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