Brow set is a staple in my makeup bag, Girls if you don’t own or know about brow set then get to know! MAC Brow Set in the shade Show Off is well noted in my blog as one of my favourite products so when I heard L’Oreal were bringing their own version out I was super excited to get my hands on it. For the Brow Set novices out there, Brow set is a great alternative for those of you like myself that aren’t too handy with a brow pencil or it can be used in conjunction with a brow pencil to tame unruly brows or plump sparse brows. I would recommend if you are going to use a Brow Gel alone that your brows are neatly plucked and not too overgrown!
MAC Brow Set £13.50
This Brow Set comes in 3 shades, I use the darkest shade which is Show Off. As much as I love this product it has to be said the shades are a little strange, Show Off the shade that I use is a dark brown but has a mahogany/reddish undertone, the next shade is Beguile which I would recommend for slightly lighter brows has a gold undertone and there’s also a clear shade.I am surprised that there is not a bigger shade range or more neutral shades however once applied the undertones are not as prominent and you are left with gorgeous results. To apply, firstly I comb my brows with and old (clean) mascara brush to ensure my brows are in place and then I gently comb on the Brow Set making sure there is not too much product on the wand. This fills in any gaps, plumps my brows and sets them into place without them looking stiff or clumpy. If you do happen to make a mistake I find that its quite easy to wipe away without looking smudged or having to start again.
L’Oreal Brow Artist Plumper £5.99
It has taken me quite some time to get my hands on this but finally after several trips to Boots I now have this in the shade Medium/Dark. A great starting point is that its half the price of the MAC Brow Set priced at £5.99, and this also comes in 3 shades, Blonde, Medium/Dark and Clear. The first difference is the size of the wand which is much smaller, I do find that this makes it much easier to control the product and comb the hairs into place. Both the consistency and the colour are vastly different to the MAC Brow Set,the shade Medium/Dark definitely bears more ashy tones and is not a deep as Show Off so if you were to have dark brown or black hair you may find that this is not quite dark enough for you. I have also found that The Brow Artist Plumper dries much faster and some what stiffer which makes it quite hard to correct if you do happen to make a mistake.
I’m really torn as I like both products and they both have some great features, I love the smaller brush on the L’Oreal Brow Plumper but I also love the colour and depth that the MAC Brow Set provides. If I had to choose it would have to be the MAC Brow Set as the consistency just slightly trumps the Brow Plumper, However if you do have slightly lighter brows or don’t want to spend £13.50 I would definatley recommend the L’Oreal Brow Plumper!