Everything from stretchy choker necklaces to brown lipstick has risen from the ’90s graveyard to take a place in our wardrobes. But if you endured that decade the first time you can probably think of one relic that will probably never return — your poor, over-plucked eyebrows.
The brow pendulum has since swung back to ‘full’ and ‘natural’, but that’s not necessarily happy news for anyone who got a little too tweezer-happy back in the day or whose brows are naturally sparse.
If you’ve found yourself spending a fortune on gels, pencils and tints to give the impression of fullness, do we have a Cinderella story for you.
A “virtually browless” Imgur user called Zeldaf recently tested a Korean tinting gel, and it wouldn’t be an overstatement to say the results were such stuff as brow dreams are made on.
Watch: A makeup artists explains why you should apply your brow makeup before anything else. (Post continues after video.)
She described the consistency as tar-like, and was understandably perturbed by how dark it looked when first applied — “Jesus H. Tapdancing Christ WHAT HAVE I DONE” were her exact words.
Zeldaf left the product on overnight — the package recommended a minimum of two hours — and noted that it dried to a rubbery consistency and not “one iota” ended up on her pillow.
That said, the painted-on brows were a source of amusement for Zelda’s husband. “[He] kept turning to me in bed to tell me something and he kept bursting into fits of giggles,” she recalls.
Yeah, it's a little unsettling. (Image courtesy of Imgur)
Come morning, the only step left was to peel the eyebrow gel off. Like a bandaid. Anyone else's eyes watering over here?
"I was worried it would hurt or pull out a few of my precious few hairs," Zeldaf notes.
Yep, understandable. But that didn't happen; instead, the formula came off "cleanly and easily and painlessly."
As previously mentioned, Zeldaf's new eyebrows looked ace. Her usual brow-filling routine subsequently went from 12 minutes to 60 seconds because she had a foundation to work with.
You can see the whole process in the photos below. (Post continues after image gallery.)
Unfortunately, the results aren't permanent, and they didn't even last the three days promised on the packaging. But Zeldaf says for certain occasions, it's the perfect solution.
"We are renting a beach house with two other couples, and I may do it for the trip so when I stumble out of bed for coffee, I'll have at least a little brow action," she writes.
Zeldaf's brows without powder (left) and after being filled with powder (right). Images courtesy of Imgur.
"If you are going swimming or will be camping etc, I think it actually works quite well."
Sure beats having to spend 10 minutes pencilling them in.
What are your go-to brow products?