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L'Oreal Paris

Brow Stylist Kabuki Blender

0.05 fl. oz. for $ 12.99
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Since eyebrows frame your face, a beautiful set of brows can be the perfect finishing touch to your makeup look—even if you're not wearing much makeup. But L'Oreal's Brow Stylist Kabuki Blender isn't the product to help you achieve that result!

The design of this product is on-point, with a brow crayon on one end and a small "kabuki"-style brush, meaning that it's dome-shaped and features tightly-packed bristles.

The brow color is smooth and easy to apply, depositing robust though not overdone color with just a few swipes. It leaves brows soft, not stiff, and the brush works well to help distribute the product between brow hairs for a more natural look.

Where this product stumbles though, is wear time. Most brow products keep their initial color throughout the day, but this one oxidizes, noticeably changing color a few hours into its wear time—to the point where the color you remove at the end of the day is several shades different than the one you applied in the morning!

Another issue is that this smudges noticeably during wear. While it's true you shouldn't touch your brows (or the rest of your made-up face) to avoid smudging, even minor nudges will result in this product smearing to other parts of your face.

While this gets points for its application, it's just not the product you need to get your best brows. See our list of Best Eyebrow Fillers & Shapers for far better brow enhancers.

Pros:
  • Tightly-packed bristles in the attached brush work well to distribute color.
Cons:
  • Oxidizes and changes color during its wear time.
  • Smudges easily.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes
LOreal Paris presents Brow Stylist Kabuki Blender brow makeup. Soft and creamy crayon glides on smoothly and easily for quick, even application. Kabuki brush blends for full looking brows with a soft, natural finish. Use lightly for a natural look or build intensity for a statement making brow look.
Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Octyldodecanol, Polyethylene, Nylon-12, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Silica, Water, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Citric Acid. May Contain: Iron Oxides, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide.

L'Oreal Paris At-A-Glance

Strengths: Budget-friendly prices; good makeup removers; wide assortment of self-tanning options; one of the best, most comprehensive makeup collections at the drugstore, with superb options in almost every category; the mascaras are a tough act to follow.

Weaknesses: Jar packaging hinders some of the skincare formulas; many of their skincare formulas contain problematic amounts of fragrance and/or other irritants; exaggerated anti-aging claims.

L'Oreal's extensive makeup collection retains its stature as one of the better selections at the drugstore, though they have stiff competition from Revlon and, in some cases, sister company Maybelline New York. In recent years L'Oreal has made significant strides with foundation shades, powder textures, concealers, and, of course, superlative mascaras that rarely fail to impress. Their lipsticks are excellent and you will find many L'Oreal makeup products have a Lancome counterpart, and that the differences are minorif there are any at all.

L'Oreal's displays in many drugstores reflect better-organized products and shade categories (though testers are still scarce). Given the number of lipsticks they sell, it only makes sense to put them in color families so consumers have a better shopping experience. Their True Match products are also sensibly laid out, but the rest of the foundations aren't as organized, likely due to the smaller selection of shades. Speaking of foundations, L'Oreal has made further strides by offering more that provide sufficient UVA protection. Revlon still has the edge for consistently launching impressive foundations with sunscreen, but at least L'Oreal is (finally) catching up.

The bottom line is that every category of L'Oreals makeup has some winning (and in some cases, benchmark-setting) products.

Unfortunately, despite the brands enormous presence in the beauty industry, L'Oreal's moisturizers and treatment products are a nearly all unremarkable and repetitive. When it comes to moisturizers or serums, just about anything from Dove, Olay, Neutrogena, or Aveeno is preferred. L'Oreal does well with most of their cleansers, along with scrubs and self-tanning products, but given the widespread availability and financial resources of this line, they could be doing so much more. The good news is their makeup has made major strides and now ranks as the best overall color collection at the drugstoreimagine the results if their skin care followed suit.

For more information about L'Oreal, call (800) 322-2036 or visit www.loreal.com or www.lorealparisusa.com.

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