Review: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz and Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown

It took me a long time to review this. By this, I mean the Dipbrow Pomade. I was always curious about this, and also the much raved Brow Wiz, so one day, I picked them up from Cult Beauty, together with her Brush 12. I always use brow pencils, and I’ve been using my trustee Shu Uemura H9 brow pencil for years. I sometimes switch it out for something else, and I’ve tried brands from Sasa, Empro, Shiseido, Dior, Bobbi Brown and many more. I even tried the much acclaimed Suqqu brow pen, but I wasn’t wowed at all for the price.

 

Brow Wiz works as expected from a brow pencil. The pencil itself has a fine retractable tip (instead of the sword shaped slanted tip that you see from the latest Bobbi Brown and Shu Uemura releases) and I have no problem working with it whatsoever. I’m really familiar with my own brow shape, so just throw me a pencil and I’ll be able to work with it – fill in gaps and shape it the way I want. The formula isn’t as hard as the Shu Uemura H9 brow pencil, but it’s not as soft as some that I’ve tried. It is not powdery and has just enough wax for it to stay on the brows the whole day. If I took my time to do it, I could draw some extra hairs on my brows, enough to make them look believable. There’s also a spoolie at the other end of the pencil, so it’s very convenient.

 

 

Dipbrow and brow wiz

Dipbrow and tools

 

 

When it comes to the waterproof dipbrow pomade, I couldn’t type a single word for a few months. It is said to be smudge free, will not fade and great for oily skin / humid climates. It does last quite long, but when you’re all sweaty from a good workout and you wipe your face with a towel, the brow color DOES come off. So I have to be careful to gently pat my face with the towel, if I want my brows to stay. This was done during the trial of this product, because I don’t put on makeup when I workout. What the eff for?

 

Anyway, how do I use Dipbrow Pomade and how does it work on me? I tried many different tools, and find that very thin angled brush works great. Their Brush 12 is not thin enough but it’s good for brow powder or if I want to use eye shadow to fill in my brows. I find that Zoeva 310 Spot Liner Brush to be excellent for drawing on little strands of eye brow hair but I’ll need another 15 minutes JUST for the brows. MAC 208 is thin and sharp enough as well. Why do I want a smaller brush to fill in my brows? That’s because I don’t want Sharpie brows. If you’re not careful with this, brows can look TOO done up, too fake, too drag *shudder*

 

 

brush 12 vs zoeva spot liner

brow wiz vs spot liner spoolie

 

 

I find that it’s not easy to use Dipbrow Pomade. I take shit loads of time to carefully draw more hair on my brows, picking up the littlest amount of pigment and do little strokes and flicks but once I brush it out with a spoolie, all my hardwork is effing gone. As soon as I brushed my brows, no matter how gentle I am, the individual strokes turn into a splat of color. In the end, my brows just look filled in, that’s it. Then, what difference does it make if I just used a bigger brush, DRAW on my brows, then brush it out? I still don’t have an answer to this.

 

I have both in Medium Brown, and Brow Wiz seems cooler toned than Dipbrow Pomade. In the swatches below, I used the Zoeva spot liner brush to draw flicks so you can see the change of color when the pigment fades. As it fades, the color looks much warmer. This is also something I DON’T like. I want my brow products as ashy as possible for my dark brown / black hair. Perhaps this is a shade mismatch? I bought this sight unseen, because it’s not available here, and perhaps other shades are more ashy. I was going to say, Please let me know in comments if you know of an ashier tone, but heck, I find it so difficult to work with, I’m not going to get another one!

 

 

swatch

 

 

Photo below was taken months ago, when I was plagued with eye infection (hence that wonky eye) and I’m afraid my skills with this Dipbrow Pomade has not improved. I filled in my brows painstakingly, then brushed with a spoolie, and as you can see, it’s just… ‘meh’. I prefer the look using a pencil, that’s for sure.

 

 

before after

 

 

Have you tried the Dipbrow Pomade? Do you have any tips for me to use it more effectively? Do I need to draw it on? But I really hate those flawless drawn on drag queen Instagram brows!

 

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

Dipbrow Pomade 4g / 0.14oz ingredients
Cyclopentasiloxane, Isododecane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Silica, Polyethylene, Trimethyl-Siloxysilicate, Ozokerite/Synthetic Wax, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Mica, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexyglycerin, Propylparaben, May Contain (+/-) Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163)

 

Brow Wiz skinny brow pencil 0.085g / 0.003oz

Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Mica, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Zinc Stearate, Stearic Acid, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol. May Contain (+/-) Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499) <8914R1>

 

 

 

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  • I think I’d try Brow Wiz sooner or later. Their color selections seem pretty nice!
    I’ve been using an Ebony drawing pencil for many years, but I’ve just started using L’Oreal Infallible Continuous Cocoa to fill in my brows. The color is a deep brown with no trace of red, so it works wonderfully. Your review reminds me that I also need to find a right type of brush for all this. I got a cheap spoolie from Sonia Kashuk which I find quite good. I do need somthing better for the actual application, though. I have one from RT, but it’s awkwared to use for some reason.

    • Lily

      Oh yes, I think the right brush is the way to go. I got a bunch of disposable spoolie which does the job. They get dirty, and I can throw them out 🙂

  • Yeah, I prefer pencil too. Haven’t tried this gel, so I don’t have any tips I’m afraid.

    • Lily

      Seems like no one has given me any tips. LOL! And yes, I think I’ll stick to pencils from now on. Curiosity killed.

  • I like pencils way better-you’re right too much time! And I like that Clinique brow mascara stuff too. These pot ones are never cool enough in tone for me.

    • Lily

      Hey, that Clinique’s browscara is awesome! I think I’m gonna get another one because I think I’m using up my existing one. Doesn’t tint very well anymore.

  • Liz

    I still love Brow Wiz, although I can get away with swiping on brow mascaras. The skinniness is just perfect.

    • Lily

      I can get away with brow mascaras too! And they’re so easy. Brow Wiz is good too, but I prefer the ashy tone of my Shu Uemura one. Oh, and easier to get locally 🙂

  • Jiamin Tan

    I am using Stila water proof brow pen and quite like it. Just that I need to use it light handed to avoid sinchan’s brows lol. Still practicing!

    • Lily

      Oh I’ve heard good things about this brow pen. Maybe I should try it one day. And yes, you’re right. It’s all about practicing!

  • Hey Lily, I kept hearing good things about ABH brow stuff, so i’m glad to hear your honest feedback! I’m not altogether sure about these brow pomade stuff too…. the intensity of the color baffles me. But I suppose it works to hold the hairs in place as well so you don’t need a separate brow wax? I’m still v much dependent on my H9 too!! And buying brow stuff sight unseen is impossible.

    • Lily

      I guess you don’t need a separate brow wax… I guess this is good for those who want dramatic drawn on brows – Instagram brows – but I prefer something more subtle, with my natural brow hairs will showing. I’d rather fill in using a pencil then brush through with a brow gel. More natural!