CHANEL Le Sourcil de Chanel (Perfect Brows) Review and Swatch
June 6, 2011 12 Comments
I have naturally black eyebrows and dark blond hair. I’ve been plucking eyebrows ever since I was 8. Since I was much smarter when I was little, I never over plucked, I just removed a stray hair here and there and during that period I’ve had the best-looking eyebrows ever.
When I was 12, I wasn’t so smart anymore, as I’ve decided that I’d look really great with almost completely plucked eyebrows. I was sporting Mona Lisa look until I was 14, when I have finally come to my senses and started to grow the eyebrows back. The eyebrows did grow back, but they were no longer symmetrical. What I mean is that hair grows in different direction. My left brow looks perfectly shaped and I almost do not need to pluck it at all. On the other hand, my right eyebrow is a total mess. It looks considerably thinner than the left (but it isn’t, because I measured it) and the arch is not defined at all. Basically, I was looking like an idiot with each brow different, and let me tell you that the asymmetric look isn’t flattering.
I despise brow pencils, as I find them too sharp and too obvious. I have oily skin and I do not trust them to stay on, without smearing during summer, when my skin is super oily.
I was filling the brows with matte brown eyeshadow, but the eyeshadow tended to have a weak staying power and it would usually disappear until the noon.
One year ago I’ve decided to get a special kit, intended for eyebrows only. I was considering Clarins, Benefit and Chanel.
Clarins didn’t seem bad, but the packaging felt really flimsy, so I’ve decided to pass it.
Benefit was just basically matte eyeshadow, so I’ve avoided it.
Chanel Le Sourcil de Chanel (or Perfect Brows) looked really good, but the price scared me a bit.
One month ago, I’ve decided to bit the bullet and finally got it. I’m in love ever since.
Le Sourcil de Chanel retails for $65 (53 euros). The compact comes in a black velvet box and it includes 5 grams of brow powder in three shades, eyebrow comb, eyebrow powder applicator, mini tweezers, maginfying mirror and instructions.
The tools are amazing, if a bit too small and difficult to handle.
The eyebrow powder applicator is very stiff, but it is necessary because of the texture of the brow powder.
The mini tweezers are excellent – they can pluck even the tiniest hair, but they are difficult to manoeuvre, because, well, they are tiny.
The brow powder comes in three shades: medium dark brown, taupe brown and black. I find the first two shades the same in the terms of darkness, but the first shade is much warmer.
The shades seem universal and the kit would work for a wide variety of people. The only people who should avoid it are redheads and very light blondes (one thing I really like about this kit is that neither shade is too orange).
Even though the shades look dark and intense, when they apply, they are very sheer. You can see that the black colour, when swatched, looks more like a dark brown. The swatch is made with medium heavy application.
The texture of the powder is unlike any I have ever seen before. Usually, the brow powder can double up as the matte eyeshadow. Well, it is impossible with Chanel. The powder is extremely hard. If you swipe the fingertip lightly, you won’t pick up any colour. This is the reason why the applicator is very stiff. You need to scrape the powder with the applicator and then press (or swipe) it lightly over the eyebrow. The applicator may scratch, so don’t press it too hard. I have tried to apply it with softer brush, but it was impossible to pick any colour. The only other solution I can think of is to scrape a bit of powder with the stiffer brush and then pick the loose powder with a softer brush.
The effect of the powder is amazing. I feel as if it is impossible to overdo it. The eyebrows look really natural, I’m amazed. I can pull off even the darkest shade (which is no wonder as my eyebrows are black) without making too big a contrast between my hair and eyebrow colour.
Another great thing is that because of the powder’s texture, the eyebrow powder stays on for the whole day. It doesn’t matter whether my skin is super oily or I sweat a lot, the powder won’t budge, smear or disappear.
If you are looking for perfect brows, Chanel’s got it. While this might be a very pricey investment, this powder will last you for a lifetime.
Le Sourcil de Chanel ingredients (click on the picture to enlarge it):
The instructions that came with Le Sourcil de Chanel
Tools – from left to right: brow powder applicator, brow comb, mini tweezers:
Le Sourcil de Chanel:
Le Sourcil de Chanel swatch:
What do you use to groom your brows?