Just when you think you’ve seen every possible product in the brow category, Benefit launches a new one … Benefit Brow Contour Pro (£28.50) is the latest addition from the American beauty brand, and, perhaps surprisingly, it does seem to offer something different to its already sizeable range.
Remember those clicky pens with four different colours of ink that you we all had back in our school days at some point? Well, Benefit Brow Contour Pro is based on the same concept and design: one pen with four different coloured crayons. Each performs a different function: there are two shades of eyebrow colour, a lighter one which is a sort of base, and a darker one for the finished colour of the brows. Then there is a highlighter for emphasising the brow bone, and a definer for making the brow shape neater and more clearly, er, defined.
So, how did I get on with Benefit Brow Contour Pro? Well, as someone who likes her brows to look as if she is wearing them – and not the other way round – I liked it very much. The colours in the lightest of the five colourways was perfect for me, and I like the softness of the crayon and the shades. The crayons may not have a pointed or angled head but they do a good job of bulking up the brow in a subtle manner.
It took me a little longer to get used to using the definer and the highlighter – and I feel I don’t need to use them every day; I’m tending to use them when I’m making more of an effort. The definer, which you draw under and above the brow in order to smooth and neaten the edges, took a while to master but creates the impression of depth to the brow.
The only possible gripe I have about the Benefit Brow Contour Pro is the fact that the colour at the outside edges of my brows – i.e. the bits that are drawn on because there is so little hair there – doesn’t seem to last all day; it disappears. So I might need to use another product to set it.