Too Faced Universal Brunette Bulletproof Brows Review, Photos, Swatches

Too Faced Universal Brunette Bulletproof Brows
Too Faced Universal Brunette Bulletproof Brows

Too Faced Bulletproof Brows ($30.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a cream-to-powder clay formula (it’s really supposed to be “a powder, gel, pencil, and setting wax all in one”) that’s “sweat-proof” and “water-resistant.” It’s available in two shades, Universal Taupe and Universal Brunette, and the latter is the shade featured in this post (I don’t have the other one, so I’m not sure how much lighter it is in comparison). It claims “24-hour Bulletproof Brows,” after you give the product a minute to set. Each shade comes with a dual-ended brush–an angled brush on one end, a spoolie on the other.

Universal Brunette is a medium-dark, neutral-to-warm brown with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage; it doesn’t really build to more than that, even if I waited a few minutes between layers. The consistency is lightly creamy, somewhat waxy, and medium-thick. I found application more challenging than I expected. The thicker, waxier consistency made it so the product got trapped and clumped in the angled brow brush (I used the included brush as well as two other angled brushes of varying thickness). I felt like a lot more product was caught in the bristles than was getting on my brows. Because it’s waxy, it has a tendency to cling to the brow hairs more than the skin beneath. If you have sparser brows, I think it’s easier and applies better, but if you have fuller brows, a lot of stuck to the brow hairs and left little behind on the skin. It doesn’t look even, smooth, or generally, defined or well-groomed. Β There wasn’t much information or particulars regarding intensity of the color in the press release, so if this was designed to give really soft, natural looking color, then it is closer. Β If you want more defined brows, it’s not buildable/pigmented enough.

It sets within thirty to forty seconds, and it is budge- and water-resistant after that. I would almost say water-proof, as it’s really not going anywhere when water hits it. You really have to rub quite vigorously (I did that against the back of my hand, not my brow bone!), and you’ll get a couple of flakes, but it doesn’t smear, bleed, or the like. My brows felt soft, not crunchy, but I could feel that there was some waxiness to them, which helped to keep them in place. It lasted through a shower and blow drying my hair, so of all the claims, I would definitely concur that it’s long-wearing, “bulletproof,” and should hold up to sweat and water.

As another note, if you have darker brown or black-brown (or black!) brows, this is too light. It seems fine up-close, but in the full face photo, you can see how it’s not a match (the color not being a match didn’t impact the rating).

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Too Faced Universal Brunette Bulletproof Brows
Too Faced Universal Brunette Bulletproof Brows

Too Faced Universal Brunette Bulletproof Brows
Too Faced Universal Brunette Bulletproof Brows

Too Faced Universal Brunette Bulletproof Brows
Too Faced Universal Brunette Bulletproof Brows

Too Faced Universal Brunette Bulletproof Brows
Too Faced Universal Brunette Bulletproof Brows

Too Faced Universal Brunette Bulletproof Brows
Too Faced Universal Brunette Bulletproof Brows

Too Faced Universal Brunette Bulletproof Brows
Too Faced Universal Brunette Bulletproof Brows

Too Faced Universal Brunette Bulletproof Brows
Too Faced Universal Brunette Bulletproof Brows

Too Faced Universal Brunette Bulletproof Brows

Too Faced Universal Brunette Bulletproof Brows
(wearing Jelly Bean on lips, The Chocolate Bar Eye Palette on eyes)

Too Faced Universal Brunette Bulletproof Brows
Too Faced Universal Brunette Bulletproof Brows

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Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Wonderful, a brow product review! Your brows always look so amazing, but unfortunately, not with this product on IMO and I know part of that is just the colour is not a good match for you. It wouldn’t be a good match for me either with my dark ashy coloured brows. It’s not just the colour however, I’m not fond of the finish either. It looks like dried wax (which it probably is..lol)

LOL, yup, it is very waxy. I feel like it doesn’t blend/smooth out quite enough, and it seems to get caught in the brow hairs themselves, so if you have short, fine hairs, it might be fine, but thicker brow hairs… it almost makes them appear darker and thicker? in a way.

Hey Christine, thanks so much for the review! I was eyeing this one, but your review is a good sign that I should let go of my brow complex and stop wanting to try different stuff πŸ™‚ It doesn’t sound better than the brow pencils I have (Hourglass and Cle de Peau)! Too bad it’s so tricky to use, because the formula looks great on paper!

Exactly my thoughts! So sad this isn’t even at par with MAC’s Brow Gelcremes! I am getting so tempted to go through Gone but Not Forgotten to build a little stash of it, even when I haven’t even gone halfway! Is that a crime?! lol!

Will you be looking into/reviewing Anastasia’s DipBrow Pomades? =)

The staying power sounds great, but the colour is disappointing πŸ™ My hair and brows are almost black, and I find it so hard to find the right colour brow product. Browns are often too red, and true blacks are way too harsh… Can anyone recommend a product with no red tones in it and that really lasts?

I’ve been using a brow compact by Shiseido forever (my mom used it first – and still does), and it’s the best I’ve ever found. It’s a black, oval shaped plastic compact with a split pan containing a black and a dark brown. It also has a nice little application brush. There is not a hint of red in it.

You can mix the black and brown or wear it as is. If you use it dry, the black is very soft – perfect for my very dark eyebrows. Sometimes I tap the brush into the brown, then the black. You can also use it wet (for extra staying power, and color depth), and use it as a liner.

Though I don’t believe it’s listed as waterproof, it stays until you take it off.

Like you, my hair is almost black and my eyebrows are dark. Most browns look way too light, and most have some red in them. A true soft black (or near black) looks the best on me. HTH (hope this helps!).

I’m Asian & have almost black hair & brows. I use the Shu Uemura Hard Formula pencil in Stone Gray. It’s my hg brow product. But I also use Clinique Brow Shaper in Charcoaling & because my Shu pencil doesn’t fit in my makeup bag I use the Shiseido brow pencil in Natural Black. All 3 are gray/charcoal in color & look pretty natural on. Hope this helps.

Ooo, I saw this on Sephora’s website a few weeks ago…then they took it off. Yeah, I’m not really digging how it looks. It does seem waxy, which doesn’t work well for me personally. It looks like it’s similar to Laura Mercier’s Brow Definer, which is very waxy so it doesn’t give me precise lines. My favorite brow products are Tarte’s Brow Mousse and MUFE’s Aqua Brows, which are both more like highly pigmented cream products and neither are waxy, imo. Thanks for the in-depth review!

I have some wonderful Stila dual ended brushes that I use daily (#’s 15, 28, 30) and a couple of dual ended brow brushes that I keep in a small Stila brush case. You can also lay them flat in a drawer, divider, box or basket.

Every once in a while, I try a new brow product and usually dislike it. My brows are light and thin. Glad you saved me from that one. I always go back to Laura Mercier’s brow pencil in ash blonde. If necessary, I have a wax pencil (can’t remember brand) to use on top to avoid the thin Andy Rooney look!

In theory, this seems like a great product! I love the idea of it… a cream product that is super waterproof for the brows. Too bad it isn’t so lovely! Thanks for your review… I was wondering if this was a nice product. I’ll pass!

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