Easy Breezy Brow Shape + Define Brow Mascara
Easy Breezy Brow Shape + Define Brow Mascara has a tinted mousse formula that clings to brow hairs and creates more volume. It's an OK choice for someone who already has reasonably full brows and wants to enhance their shape and color, but there are a couple issues that hold it back.
True to its name, Easy Breezy Brow Shape + Define Brow Mascara's resembles a mascara wand with a slightly curved brush. The downside to this design is that it tends to deposit too much product, leaving brow hairs matted and looking overdone. To help avoid this issue, you can wipe off the excess product prior to applying it, but even then, the design isn't conducive to precision work, so if you have sparse brows you're out of luck.
Applied in moderation, this fragrance-free brow mascara helps groom hairs in place without making them stiff. If you get the application right (which takes some trial and error), this offers a more natural (less rigid) look than what you get with some other brow-filling techniques.
The handful of shades are tricky to judge by the packaging alone. Case in point, the "Soft Blonde" shade is an ultra-pale blonde hue that is so light that it would only work for platinum hair, even though the packaging makes it seem darker. Some of the brown shades have the opposite problem. They appear to be geared to softer brown hair, but are actually on the darker side, best for deep brunette to black hair.
In the end, Easy Breezy Brow Shape + Define Brow Mascara ends up being not so easy to use, and most will find it to be more trouble than the meager results are worth. For better brow products see our list of Best Eyebrow Fillers & Shapers.
- Tinted mousse formula clings to brow hairs to create more volume.
- Fragrance free.
- Can go on too heavy if you're not careful.
- Not the best for someone who wants a precise brow tool.
- Tricky to find the right shade.
Strengths: Inexpensive and widely available; a hugely improved selection of foundations, several with reliable sunscreen; good concealers; enviable pressed powders; some fantastic Lash Blast mascaras; mostly great eyelining options; a vast selection of lip color options, from the long-wearing Outlast to sheer lip glosses to the wholly impressive Lip Perfection lipstick;several great options in the Queen Collection.
Weaknesses: The older foundations are seriously lacking; the newer Advanced Radiance foundation has great texture but disappointing SPF rating; powder blush and eyeshadows; terrible makeup brushes; all of the "Clean" products contain irritating ingredients.
Since 1961, CoverGirl has been slowly building a portfolio of cosmetics that today is about as all-encompassing as a makeup line can be. Originating from the same "medicated" ingredients found in Noxzema Skin Cream (which was never medicated in the least, but seriously irritating for skin), the debut products are still available, albeit with slight modifications. The good news is that for the past several years CoverGirl has consistently updated their line with some very impressive products, especially their foundations, concealers, and vastly improved pressed powders. They also offer some excellent eye and lip pencils, lipsticks and lip gloss, and one of the all-time best long-wearing lip paints, Outlast.
What's puzzling is that although many of CoverGirl's latest products are progressive, they tend to hang on to the lackluster-to-poor options, including abysmal powder blush and eyeshadows and their long-standing, very irritating Clean Makeup.
CoverGirl's Web site is extremely easy to navigate, and presents a wealth of product information, along with practical (if somewhat cutesy) tips and tricks for successful makeup application and for finding the shades that work best for you. CoverGirl's consumer relations department is consistently helpful if you have any questions or concerns. For example, if one of your favorite items was discontinued, you might want to know what replaced it, and they will let you know. Such service and customer concern is yet another powerful reason to believe CoverGirl really has its (class) act together.
For more information about CoverGirl, owned by Coty, call (800) 426-8374 or visit the Web site at www.covergirl.com.
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