Wouldn’t it be nice to have a brow product that literally guided you through everything so that achieving flawless, natural looking eyebrows could be easy and also idiot-proof? Benefit Foolproof Brow Powder ($24.00 // Sephora) is the latest product launch from Benefit Cosmetics that promises to do just that.
what is it
Benefit Foolproof Brow Powder is a product meant to give you natural-looking fullness to your eyebrows. Three shades are available that boast a “velvety-smooth, 12 hour formula that adheres to hair and skin”. Each compact comes with two lighter-to-darker shade duos to mimic the gradual look of natural eyebrows in a shape that gives a visual guided application.
01 – light platinum to light blonde (cool)
03 – medium golden blonde to medium brown (warm)
05 – deep dark brown to black (cool)
The packaging is a silver metal-looking (but made of plastic) case that reminds me of a small jewelry box in the way it’s designed. It snaps closed securely making it excellent for travel. Each powder also comes with a small “tips & tricks” booklet.
I was impressed with how pigmented the Benefit Foolproof Brow Powder applied. Upon swatching I was nervous that my usual shade (which is 03) would be too light. Once I put it on I found that it was perfect, even the lightest side. When using a more “Brooke-friendly applicator” (see more on that below) I applied them easily and evenly, without any skipping. Make sure to use the other end of the applicator, I didn’t notice right away but you can pull off the cap for a small spoolie brush. YAY! On me the product lasted all day without fading or smudging.
These duos are awesome because they’ll help you to create a natural gradient to your eyebrows. When I fill them in, because I have more hair at the inner part (even after microblading it’s still not even) if I fill them in with a pencil it can look uneven in color, so I have to work at it. With a dual-color powder product like this it makes it a lot easier to get a more uniform brow color. For my quick days, this will be my first choice.
I’m not a fan of the included applicator because it’s simply too big for my sad brows. Even though I have had microblading done my brows are medium sized (at best)… so even if I use the tip of the included applicator it still seems like I’m getting product everywhere. When I applied the second time I used a MAC 230SE brush (it was LE but it’s basically a detail brush that you might use to smudge shadow under your lower lash line) to get a more concentrated and precise application. I do think the applicator would be good for on the go if you just need to quickly touch up an area, but if you don’t have thick brows you’ll want to be very careful.
The swatches below are done using the applicator on bare skin (no primer):