My first excellent angle brow brush was made by Cargo Cosmetics, back when the line first launched in the late 1990s. The firm Taklon bristles easily pushed wily, thicker brow hair aside to get to the skin underneath if you needed to fill in lightly, and efficiently created hair-like strokes on skin to fake fullness and shape for barely-there brows, too.
That stiff Cargo brow brush changed my game after I'd accidentally over-tweezed that one time. MAC Brun shadow and a few deft strokes of that brush restored shape and structure I'd unwittingly removed forever.
Too bad I haven't a clue where that brush is now. And Cargo doesn't make it anymore. *moue*
The Smashbox Angle Brow Brush #12 ($26 CAD and $20 USD via nordstrom.com) is equally as good, however; I've had one for nearly a decade, and it's safely tucked in my kit.
Most brow-palette mini eyebrow brushes, though, make me want to say bad words as I whip them out of my sight. Most brow-palette mini brow brushes have stupid soft bristles and are thus utterly useless. Trying to fill in and define brows with soft bristles is akin to trying to do the job with the tip of your little finger. Or maybe a toe.
But not this new Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Brow Palette ($52 CAD and $42 USD at sephora.com). This Make Up For Ever mini brow brush is amazing, for more than one reason:
- First, the angle-cut bristles are brilliantly firm synthetic fibres just like my lost-love Cargo and faithful Smashbox versions.
- Second, because the palette is somewhat larger than most brow palettes, the mini brush is slightly longer than many others palette brushes, and thus a bit easier to work with.
- Third, the bristles are brilliantly stiff.
- Fourth, there's a handy spoolie on the other end.
- Fifth, stiff angled bristles.
I need some time to play with this palette because for all my moaning about soft bristles vs firm, I've been using a brow pen for the last couple of years, so I need to re-familiarize myself with powder. As well, aside from three wet/dry powders for colour customization, the Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Brow Palette includes a matte cream-to-powder shade to highlight the brow bone, and a universal wax to help keep brow hair in place.
I expect to like the little kit, of course, but if I don't, it'll be the first time I'll have tossed a brow palette and kept the brush.
In the meantime, however, talk to me. Do you use an angled brow brush? With stiff bristles? Firm bristles? Medium bristles? Soft? Have you encountered any other brow palettes with a good stiff brush?