Saturday, 12 November 2016

Smashbox Brow Tech Shaping Powder

If this brow product were a football team it would be LFC. If it was a musician it would be a tattooed guitarist. And if it were a food group, it would be carbs. White carbs. With butter. And salt.

I spend more time doing my brows than my eyes. I very rarely wear eyeshadow these days, and when I do, it's expertly applied by someone far, far better at it than me (although I do love a shiny-glittery ensemble across the lid on occasion). I prefer natural brows, not Instagram brows, i.e. my brows are sisters, not twins, but each to their own.

But brows: firstly, a shout-out to Mum who forbade over-plucking, based on her experience from the 60s, when women were basically bald above the eye. So I do have something to work with, although I did go a little far in the 90s and have spent the time since growing them in a painstaking fashion as if I had two bloody orchids sitting up there. 

I have a multitude of brow products that I like, but very few that I love. This is my current favourite. The Smashbox Brow Tech Shaping Powder is a really fine, loose pigmented powder with a liner applicator. I am obsessed.
It literally allows you to fill in any patches or draw a fine line, effortlessly. I'm onto my second bottle and this time I bought two to better colour match. Be warned, these come up dark. I used Taupe at first, and this time went for Taupe and Blonde, as my hair went lighter and the Taupe was making my brows look too uniformed and a tad too dark. If in doubt, always go lighter. Brows that are too dark are more ageing than most things.
One of these lasted me about 6 weeks or so, using it maybe 4/5 times a week.
I cannot recommend this highly enough. If you have really fine brows and need a lot of filling in, you may prefer pencils for that, followed up with this to make them look more natural, but if you have brows that just need some support, and the odd bald patch hiding *looks to camera*, this is spectacular.

Smashbox Brow Tech Shaping Powder is £16.50 from and $25.00 from

*I will be posting about more of my makeup, so if you have any requests give me a shout, but I cannot believe that this is the first time I have typed the 'brows' label on this blog.

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  1. Thanks Caroline !
    I saw this on your insta and thought I should check this up ! I never did my brow... (I know...) m une it's time to start with this product !
    Maybe soon a brow demo challenge with your wife Ruth will appear on YouTube ? ;) who knows...

  2. My brows are more like kissing cousins than twins or sisters. Luckily I didn't over pluck them when younger so they are still relatively full. It's the gray hairs that are coming in fast and furious that make them look patchy. Will have to look for these. Do the colors run warm or cool?
    Looking forward to seeing more posts on your makeup.

  3. Evening Caroline,
    Could you please do some sort of review or recomendation for covering melasma, the best way of covering it on the top lip mine is literally driving me mad! Its bad enough having to deal with a moustache and a sweaty lip now this its driving me bonkers!
    Many thanks and i hope you and the family are well
    Megan x

  4. My brows are very light and due to hypothyroidism, very sparse. I've been using the Benefit vavoom (?) Is this any better?

  5. Caroline it will be amazing if you can please write about your everyday go to make up routine! Thank you ;)

  6. Something on covering up the dreaded dark under eye circles please. Also, I was interested when you said too dark brows can be ageing. More on anti ageing make up tips?

  7. I use pencil on my brows on an everyday basis, but this sounds nice as well. One of my brows starts way lower than the other one, so I need to balance that out. I swear I never plucked there, but maybe I am in denial...

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  8. "two bloody orchids" that's brilliant! As one who has never had brows to speak of (just found my grade school grad photo) I can completely relate to that statement and the inordinate amount of time I spend on my brows. Right now I use Benefit but will check this out, you can be sure. I'd be interested in your lip product choices as you can rock a pink like no other, and I find that shade range very intimidating.
    Cheers 😘

  9. Hi Caroline I was wondering if you have tried the smashbox mascara curator? Dying for a review that straightforward say whether or not it's a gimmick or worth it.

  10. I've been giving my brows more TLC recently and I love the powdered ones as apposed to the liquid so this might be a good shout for me to try out!

  11. I saw this and thought it was an eyeliner first! Such a different brush for brows. Might try it out x

  12. ..."Sisters not twins", I'm stealing that line, every time I have my brows done I have to reinforce they are not the same so don't try to make them alike then I end up with thin brows. I thread now, and I find that keeps them clean without removing too much. I've been told that castor oil makes helps with growth.

  13. Hi Caroline,
    A request from me on make up: a long-lasting, non-transfer eye liner for people with hooded eyes please!

    Despite only being 28, the upper part of my eyelid sags (your video about your eye surgery was so interesting... I'm glad you're happier after having it done. I'm a long way off but suspect I might end up in that situation one day).
    Anyway, I'm struggling to find an eyeliner that doesn't end up somewhere under my eyebrow. I used to swear by Bobbi Brown's gel eyeliner, but my lids have got worse in the past year or two and now I find that it transfers even if I use a primer.
    I used to love wearing an eyeliner flick, that was kind of my go-to look. Although this has encouraged me to experiment a bit with other looks, I don't quite feel like 'me' without it, so would love to find an eyeliner that is easy to apply and more importantly, stays put (I know.... the holy grail..).
    Any help would be greatly appreciated

    Lucy x