I have pretty pathetic natural eyebrows. I fell victim to overplucking as a pre-teen, as the trend in the 90’s/early 00’s was thin, groomed brows. My mom would not take me to get mine waxed, so I started plucking them. What started as innocent culling of random hairs way out of line turned into an obsession with creating the perfect teeny tiny brows. And I even plucked hairs in the body of the brow that I thought were too dark. *shudder*
So basically, I fill my brows in every day. I don’t need them to look like instagram brows, but I like to fill in the arches and tails and just give them more shape and definition. I think this just makes me look more put together and polished.
I own SEVERAL brow products, and today I’m going to be comparing two popular WATERPROOF brow products. Yes, waterproof, because what’s the point of filling in brows on a rainy day if they might wash off? Ew.
So a while ago I bought the Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow to wear in the summer and more recently I picked up the Anastasia Dip Brow. Not because I thought the MUFE was inadequate or anything, but more because I’m a lemming and I needed it because everyone said it was cool.
Anyway, today I wore both of these products, one on each brow. And do not worry; although they swatch slightly differently, they basically look the same on the skin. (Although this is a phenomenon that I refuse to believe applies to my blushes and highlighters. They’re all DIFFERENT I SWEAR.)
Here is a quick comparison photo of how both products wore over the course of the day:
So clearly both of them had a little wear, and it looks like the Anastasia Dip Brow faded a bit more. To be fair to the DipBrow, that one was on the “bad” brow. You know how they say eyebrows are sisters, not twins? Well, the eyebrow on the left is the overacheiving perfect sister with the good grades and the pretty hair and the right eyebrow is the “rebel” sister who shops at hot topic to piss off her parents. “Why can’t you be more like your sister?” But anyway, the bad brow had more skin to cover and less hair to cling to.
In terms of fading less, the Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow is the winner here.
Now, I wanted to test the waterproof claims of these products. If it is waterproof, then I should be able to get the product wet without it smearing all over my face. Otherwise, what’s the point? Here is my test:
This is just both of them swatched, completely dry. The colors are Light Blonde and Taupe, respectively. This is a good match for my light brown/dark blonde hair. The MUFE has more of a gray undertone and the ABH has more of a green undertone, but they look virtually the same on the brows.
So far, so good! This is probably a realistic portrayal of wearing these out in the rain or something. Wetting them and lightly rubbing seemed to have no effect.
Uh-oh, MUFE. Aqua Brow seems to stand up to a bit of water and rubbing, but once you start to really mess with it, it fades away super easily. The Anastasia DipBrow stays on like superglue.
So it looks like the waterproof test goes to Anastasia.
So, which one is better???
Hmm, well… hmmm. To be honest, they are both a hassle to put on. It involves getting out a brush and having to clean that brush right after using it, so I really only use these when I need to. They are both similarly priced, and both have that “little goes a long way” thing going for them. I will say that the Anastasia has a much larger shade selection; so you may not even be able to find a shade in the MUFE.
In terms of wearing throughout the day, the MUFE is the better choice to me. And assuming that you’re not going to be rubbing your face a lot, the waterproof factor is definitely tough enough.
If you’re one of those people that touches your face a lot, or if you want to go swimming with fleeky brows, then the Anastasia DipBrow is probably a better choice.
I think they are both very excellent products and I don’t regret buying either. If you have any questions or feedback, please let me know in the comments below!