Yesterday I went on a little shopping trip to Exeter, and decided to treat myself (and my EBs)- I had a wax & tint at the Benefit Brow Bar. I was so excited, as I heard about the Bold is Beautiful deal that Benefit have got on at the moment – if you have your EBs done in the month of May you get a free gimme brow! On top of this, all the proceeds from Benefit brow treatments in May are being donated to charity, which I think is absolutely fantastic. I have been a big fan of Benefit for a good few years now, I think as a brand they have got their advertising, packaging and their general attitude spot on. So it would be fair to say I had high hopes. I know being Benefit it would be more on the pricey side, but because I’d heard about the ‘Bold is Beautiful’ deal I thought it would be 100% worth it.
Now, I just want to point out – so far on my blog the majority of my reviews/posts have been very positive. I am all about being honest, and not just following popular opinion. So sadly I have say I was quite underwhelmed and disappointed with the whole experience (if you don’t like moany/negative posts you should probably stop reading!). I hate to write in such a negative way about a brand I do actually really love, but I wouldn’t want people to have an experience like mine.
When arriving at the Brow Bar, it almost felt like a bit of a production line, the staff weren’t as peppy and friendly as other Benefit employees I have encountered previously. The lady who did my brows almost came across quite clinical. After a short wait she sat me in the chair and went through the paperwork – which was all fine. I decided to have my brows tinted, and honestly don’t know if I would go for this again. I do have dark brown hair, and sparse brows – so I was under the impression that a tint may help make my brows look slightly thicker by darkening the shorter/lighter hairs. I honestly can’t say I’ve noticed much of a difference, and also the tint really stained my skin.
For the rest of the day I had to walk around feeling very self conscious, especially as Benefit applied the wrong colour concealer around my brows.. which just looked completely orange on my skin. I felt quite let down as only half way through the treatment the Benefit lady decided to tell me that they didn’t have any brow products left in stock! So not only did I have dark concealer all around my EBs, my brows were also bare and I didn’t bring any product with me to top them up. This also meant I wouldn’t be getting the free Gimme Brow I was expecting! I really felt like I should have been told this before the treatment was started, but I am not the most confident person so didn’t really feel as though I could complain about it at the time.
The waxing/shaping part of the treatment was really good, I don’t have any complaints about that. I was shown how to map my brows and I was pleased with the finished shape. The treatment cost £19.50 in total. I feel if I decide to give the brow bar another go, I will probably just have a wax/reshape next time as I’m not sure that the tint is really worth the extra £7. I think the fact I wasn’t informed about the deal, and also the whole concealer fiasco really tainted the experience for me. I’m hoping that I may just be one of the unlucky ones – but I would love to know if you have ever had your EBs done at a Benefit Brow Bar?
I’ve decided I am going to persevere with my brows and try to encourage them to grow more / thicken up. I would love to hear what products you guys use to get the perfect bold brow? I’ve included some photos (above) so you can see the result, let me know your thoughts in the comments box below.