I apologise for the odd title but I wanted to address both issues at the same time =P
You might already know that a couple of us, Sophia, Amy, Chantana, Diana, Clara, Wirda, Joyce (and SarahC for like 2 mins) met up yesterday in town to chill-out and swarm the shops (beauty counters in particular!) - the reports are out in full glory (with all the zany pics) at their respective blogs. I have no pics to show, cos I've got no digital camera (sad right?). Anyways, I also wanted to pass Sophia something and like I wrote in a little note to her, here's to a long-lasting friendship with all you girls. Like what everyone noted in their posts, we all felt like we're BFFs who've been hanging out for years while this is only the 3rd or 4th time I'm meeting them all. I think beyond the common ground we all share (i.e the love for MU), there is also a little something I can't put my finger on, that gels us together. Thanks for making me feel so welcome (since I'm perhaps the newest?) and here's to many more fun times together!
Let's toast to our friendship! (Now, if only I was as svelte as that ....)
DODO BROW MASCARA
Now, if you've read Sophia's blog entry about our chill-out session yesterday, you'd have noticed that I had a "failed brow experiment". So here's the low-down: we trooped to Sephora at about 930pm and it was pretty much sedate. We all ended up at the Make Up Forever counter and were busy swatching stuff when Amy discovered a range of small tubes of brown coloured creams - I thought they were concealers since the packaging was very similar to MAC Select Cover Up concealer; they turned out to be Brow Correctors instead.
MUFE BROW CORRECTOR
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So we tried a medium shade, which turned out to be way to light for me. I then chose a darker chocolate cream shade and applied it to my right eyebrow with the disposable mascara wand. OH.MY.GOSH. It was terribly terribly dark and made my eyebrow look really broad and thick - it was the fiercest eyebrow ever and while you might think I'm exagerrating, my right eyebrow looked like it had morphed into a monster eyebrow a la Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, while my left one looked normal.
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My eyebrows are relatively thick but the MUFE Brow Corrector was just wrong for me. This is despite using the tiniest amount with the disposable mascara wand and then trying to tissue it off. Not a good look at all. However, on the bright side, the MUFE Brow Corrector appears to be good value-for-money given how pigmented the product is; you also need to use very little product to achieve the desired effect (or in my case, 500 times the desired effect). The MUFE Brow Corrector retails in 2 forms: as a refill (i.e just the tube) for SGD$39 (pictured above) or in a set that includes 2 teeny brushes (which we all thought would be ridiculously difficult to achieve any kind of decent looking eyebrows with, for SGD$68 as seen below.
MUFE BROW CORRECTOR Set
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So this failed experiment prompted me to post this review instead. Why? Cos I'm actually testing out a new brow product and I wasn't too sure about how suitable the colour was. The very fact that my left eyebrow looked normal (both before and after the failed experiment), I decided that the new brow product works fine. I currently use MAC Browset in MINK - a deep brown that is perfect for me but is unfortunately LIMITED EDITION (GRRR!!! WHY MAC, WHY??!!!!! Its just a regular deep brown!!!) but have been on the lookout for alternatives since the MAC one is LE. And I think I might have found what I was looking for.
Dodo Brow Mascara. I apologise for the teeny-tiny pic
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Dodo Brow Mascara is available in 2 shades, 01 Natural Beige and 02 Dark Brown. When swatched, 01 looked more like a caramel, deep toffee shade on me while 02 looked like a deep brown tinged with a smidgen of deep copper-red. The copper-red tinge that is almost shimmery, was only noticeable when wet; once dry and on the brow, the tinge is not noticeable at all and I'm left with a deep brown shade which I thought suited me. I picked up 02 in the end. I tried to capture an eyebrow swatch but the flash kept bouncing off my forehead, marring the whole shot so I decided to swatch it on a piece of tissue instead
Again, not the best shot but I hope you can see the shade
Texture-wise, I would think that its similar to the MAC browset - neither runny nor pasty and it applies evenly. The few days I've been testing it out were long days (a good 8-9 hours) and despite perspiration and the oilies, there was no smudging, streaking of the brow mascara. There is no funky scent - it smells like how normal mascara smells.
The colour appears to be a little bright but it dries to a natural-looking dark brown finish for me.
Another good point is that the brow mascara wand is slim - it allows me to control the amount I'm combing through my eyebrows and I would think that the slim wand may also work for people with thinner eyebrows. And the other plus point? The packaging! Ok, packaging does not greatly influence my decision to buy a product but I found this rather pretty - the tube is a glossy black and has pink, coral, violet flowers and leaves printed on it.
Overall, I am rather satisfied with the Dodo Brow Mascara. It appears to be a Japanese brand (since it says DODO Japan on the tube) but the product itself is made in Korea. At SGD$15.90 a pop (I bought it at John Little Stardust (Plaza Singapura) at 20% off), I'll most, most, most likely re-purchase it but I'm not letting go of my MAC Browset in MINK either - I'll probably alternate between the 2, 'saving' the MAC one.
If you're like me and don't appreciate the precision needed to fill in your brows with a pencil or brow powder, you might want to check this out at John Little Plaza Singapura soon, since the 20% discount is applicable till the end of January (or so I heard). =)
DISCLAIMER: The product featured in this entry was purchased with my own money. I am neither (unfortunately! LOL!!!) affiliated to, nor is this a paid advertisement by, MUFE and DODO.