L'Oreal Paris

Brow Stylist Sculptor

for $ 8.99
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This three-in-one brow groomer is designed to fill, shape, and set brows all with one tool. One end is fitted with a tapered brow-colored pencil to define and add density to the brows. The pencil's texture is creamy enough to go on softly, but not so mushy that it will smudge right off. It wears well throughout the day and comes in convincing shades of Blonde, Brunette, and Dark Brunette.

On the opposite end, Brow Stylist Sculptor has a transparent wax pencil that is applied over the brows to help set hairs in place and hold the intended shape. The wax is on the soft side, which leaves hairs looking and feeling pliable and soft rather than coated or matted down. It doesn't have super-strong hold to lock brow hairs in place like some of the others we've tested, but it does at least help in the short term. Both the wax and the brow pencil are fragrance-free.

Brow Stylist Sculptor also comes with an attached brush to shape and tame brow hairs before you set them with the wax. It isn't the highest quality brush, but it gets the job done in a pinch.

The inconvenient part is that both ends of the pencil require manual sharpening and it doesn't come with a sharpener. If that isn't a deterrent for you, Brow Stylist Sculptor does an excellent job of defining, filling, and grooming brows all in one product. Even if you only used it for the brow color, it would be worth it at this bargain price.

  • Comes in believable brow shades for blondes and brunettes.
  • Both the color and the transparent wax pencil are easy to apply.
  • Includes a brush to further shape and tame brows.
  • Enhances density, definition, and shape all in one.
  • Inconvenience of needing to sharpen manually.
  • Setting wax doesn't have long-lasting hold.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

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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