Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Review: Tweezerman Brow Kit & ProCurl Curler

I was given an opportunity to be a part of the Tweezerman Ambassador program about a month ago, which is fabulous because I'm a big fan of Tweezerman products. Tweezerman sent me their brow kit along with the ProCurl Curler for review. These are my thoughts...

Tweezerman Brown Kit

This kit comes in a roll that makes it super easy to store. This is also great if you plan to take it out with you for clients. For some reason my camera was incapable of getting a clear shot because of all of the metal reflecting in every direction--lame! But you get the idea. This kit is pretty extensive!

This Tweezerman Brow kit came with the following:
  • Slanted Tweezer - retail $22
  • Pointed Slant Tweezer - retail $25
  • Slanted Tweezer (with city skyline enamel) - retail $22
  • Satin Etched Zebra Slant Tweezer - retail $25
  • Point Tweezer - retail $22
  • Special Edition Pop of Op Mini Slant Tweezer (pink with purple pattern) - retail $15
  • Folding ILashcomb - retail $9.50
  • Mini Eyebrush Comb - retail?
  • Brown Shaping Scissors - retail $18
  • Eyenhance Brow Definer and Highlighter Duo - retail $20
  • BrowMousse - retail $10
  • Brow Define Sharpener - retail?

Where to Buy
All of these items are available on the Tweezerman site I believe. 

Final Thoughts 
First of all, I am blown away by the total retail value of this kit--thanks Tweezerman! I really do like the majority of the things here and I've tried out everything since receiving this kit. 

My favorite thing is the Eyenhance Brow Definer and Highlighter Duo. Oh my gosh this is amazing! Not only did it blend flawlessly into my black brows (no easy feat) but the handy highlighter is so great. I can't say enough. Get it! I also really liked the Pop mini slant tweezers. These are so convenient for carrying in your little makeup bag in your purse--just the right size. All of the tweezers work great and the tips meet evenly. The folding ILashcomb is another convenient addition and unlike others I've used that couldn't make it through my lashes, these passed through perfectly and gave me nicely defined lashes. The mini eyebrush comb is fine, but not something I personally needed because I have a bunch of them. 

I would say that the only thing I wasn't over the moon for was the BrowMousse, but that's mostly because I hate brow gels or products of any kind besides pencils. For some reason I don't like the way it looks or feels. Again, this is my personal preference and it has nothing to do with its performance, so if you're looking for a great brow mousse, this one may work well for you.

Tweezerman ProCurl Curler

 The moment I saw these in my package from Tweezerman I thought, "Uh-oh, does Tweezerman know what a lash curler connoisseur I am?" While I'm not a professional eyelash curler inspector/reviewer (my gosh does such a thin exist and can I please sign up???), I have been using an eyelash curler daily since I was about 12. If you follow my blog you know I love my eyelash curler and that I use it daily on my pathetic lashes. I literally could not apply makeup to my face without curling my lashes. I might die! Not really but ... maybe ;)

Anyway, I have tried a million different lash curlers and aside from the typical issues people have with them, I find that since my face is slightly flatter (thank you Asian genes) that lash curlers are often a bit too rounded so they don't sit nicely against my lashes unless I want to pinch my lids on either side. I have a favorite pair that I replace every now and again and that I've stuck with for YEARS because it's the only one that doesn't seem to make me do something awkward to use.

So, how did this one stack up for me? Let's talk about the good points first:
  • Sturdy frame
  • Very thick, durable band (several replacements came with it which is always great)
  • Compact
  • Gave a decent curl
Now let's talk about things I'd improve:
  • A bit too rounded for my eye (same issue I usually have with most brands, they're too curved). While I could use this, it takes a little finagling to make sure I don't pinch my lid, also making it a bit more difficult to get the middle of my lashes near the base.
  • No spring for tension. I personally prefer curlers that have something that causes some tension. For a newbie this prevents you from pinching the heck out of your lashes and for someone like me, I just prefer the way it feels when I use it on myself or someone else. Again, this is personal preference and these did give me a decent curl, but I'd be concerned that someone with less experience would create quite the crease in their lashes.
These retail for $20.

Where to Buy
You can purchase these on Tweezerman's website HERE.    

Final Thoughts
I'm a bit torn on what I think of these. While the construction is great (they're pretty sturdy) and they can give you a decent curl, there were 2 things that would prevent me from replacing my favorite pair with this one. For someone with rounder eyes these might be great and for someone that isn't ridiculous about there being tension (I know I'm nuts) these might be a first choice, but I think these will remain as back-ups for me. I'd love to try Tweezerman's Super Curl lash curler, though the fact that it's extra-wide makes me wonder if it would work for me since my eyes are a little on the small side, but it looks a tad flatter and it doesn't have the frame on the side, so who knows? 

*These products were provided by Tweezerman for review. All opinions are my own. 

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