I’m playing catch-up this week with my Project Pan updates since I was delinquent while on vacation! I’ll do 2 products this week and 2 next week to get caught up with the rest of the PP12 crew! If you don’t remember what Project Pan is, here’s a refresher (I’ve nearly forgotten, myself! 😉 ) My first Project Pan item showcased was the Sephora Colorful Jumbo Liner 12 Hr Wear in 07 Brown.
Today, I’m reviewing Anna Sui Eyebrow Color Compact in 03 Ash Brown:
Like all Anna Sui products, the packaging is absolutely adorable! But how’s the product inside?
When I first bought this, I thought it was a limited edition item. I bought it around the time when Anna Sui had a Minnie Mouse collection which featured a couple of eye shadow palettes in the same bow design:
I thought this eyebrow palette was part of that collection, but this is actually a permanent item and retails for C$28 for 3g of product. Besides the distinctive packaging, the eyebrow palette features some unusual colour options. There’s a large section that is simply a dark brown shade, but there are small strips of what appears to be green and yellow brow powder:
So odd, right? But really, the colours don’t appear as strong green or yellow on the skin – the purpose the green shade serves to tone down any red or orange hue from the brown. I’m sure I’m not alone in this, but I’ve had difficulty in the past with brown eyebrow products that are too orange (my hair is a dark brown). Here’s how the powders apply onto the skin:
I’ve added the Shu Uemura brow:sword in Acorn (which was one of my Project Focus products) for comparison.
The Acorn shade is currently a better match for me since my hair is lighter from the summer, but the ashy brown of the Anna Sui will be great for the winter months. Interestingly, when I was wiping off the swatches with micellar water, the Anna Sui brow powders were more difficult to remove.
Why didn’t Anna Sui just combine the 3 shades to make a less ashy brown colour then? I thought about that too, but having the colours separated allows for placements of the colours so the brows don’t look flat and drawn on. How I use the compact is as follows: I use the brown to shape the eyebrows starting at the tail. Then I fill in the center of the eyebrow and add the green shade in the center to soften the brown colour. I use the yellow as kind of a highlight on the top center of the eyebrows to add dimension.
Once it’s blended with a spoolie, the effect looks natural, I promise!
The powders are lower pigmented, and dryer textured, which makes application to the brows really easy (nothing worse than a super pigmented brow product to yield an insta-Groucho Marx brow). There’s also no wax or gel in the palette – I’ve not had issues with the powder adhering to my skin or lasting all day. I have been testing with using a face primer on my brows as discussed by Ingrid – I do find it helps but the key is not to apply too much primer or else the powder clings too much and looks patchy.
The packaging is not only charming, but well made and includes a good size mirror and a dual ended applicator with an angled side, and a blunt smudger brush side. I still prefer my Annabelle brow brush and the Anna Sui spoolie to use with this palette.
There are 3 colours options available in this product which caters a limited range of hair colours:
But, keep in mind that this is a Japanese brand so there isn’t a great variety when it comes to hair colour.
The biggest drawback for me with this product is that it takes time to apply. When I’m rushed in the mornings, the last thing I want to do is bother with 3 different powder colours. But the result does look nice. As I’ve been using this compact daily for Project Pan, I’m getting increasingly proficient with it.
This product, like most of Anna Sui’s line, is made in Japan. In Canada, Anna Sui is available at select Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques, and online at Well.ca (thanks fivezero!) and Beauty Bay.
• Great packaging
• Natural colour
• Long lasting
• Able to create variety of brow shading
• Not as precise compared to pencil
• Requires more effort
• Limited colour range
Stash worthiness: 7/10
So while I do like this product and will continue to use it, it’s not likely I’ll repurchase (or even use it up entirely, for that matter). I do prefer the ease of a brow pencil these days.
I’m not sure if it’s a weighing error initially or I really used up so much of the brow product, but this product has gone down significantly since the last weigh-in:
Here’s where I stand with the other Project Pan items:
Not much change since I only managed to take 4 of the 12 with me while I was on vacation. I have, however, had to re-sharpen the Sephora Jumbo pencil again, already! 😉
What’s your favourite brow product at the moment?