Product: Milani Brow Shaping Clear Wax. Keep your unruly eyebrow hairs tame in any kind of weather with this affordable pencil that is an exact dupe for a much more expensive product.
Overall Rating = 4 Stars – Excellent.
Cost Best: $3.97 (.09 oz.) ($44.11 per ounce) Price Category: Inexpensive
Container: Chubby wooden pencil with outer plastic cap
Description: Milani Brow Shaping Clear Wax is a clear wax pencil that you use either by itself or with tinted brow powder to control eyebrow hairs and keep them neat and in place.
Formula: Milani Brow Shaping Clear Wax is waterproof, completely clear and is somewhat thick. It is slightly tacky feeling until it dries. I usually set this with tinted powder on female clients. I use it by itself or with translucent powder on male clients. This is great for taming thick wiry eyebrow hairs on men.
Sensitivity: Milani Brow Shaping Clear Wax is fragrance and paraben free and is suitable for those with sensitive eyes or contacts.
“For naturally beautiful brows, tame and sculpt with one sweep of the easy-to-use Brow Shaping Clear Wax Pencil. The transparent shade works well on all hair colors and the non-sticky medium to strong hold formula blends well with other brow beautifiers. This pencil dries to a weightless, matte finish and when it’s time to sharpen your brow-shaping skills, the Duo Sharpener does the trick.”
Discussion: I have been a fan of clear brow waxes for decades. The best one I ever found was a retractable pencil by Femme Couture that was discontinued. I then had to begin my search for an alternative. The next best thing I found was Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Primer at $21 each.
Product Dupe: Milani Brow Shaping Clear Wax is a dupe for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Primer and performs exactly the same. I’ve even included the ingredients list for the Anastasia Brow Primer below so you can see just how similar they are. The key difference in the ingredients occurs near the end. The Milani product does not contain any parabens and the Anastasia product does. They look, smell, and feel identical when you use them. The cap stays on better on the more expensive Anastasia pencil. Since the Milani pencil costs $17 less, I can live with the cap issue.
Colors: Milani Brow Shaping Clear Wax only comes in one color, 01 Clear.
Morning Review: Before applying tinted brow powder, I stroke the Milani Brow Shaping Clear Wax in the direction of the hair growth of the eyebrow hairs. The wax glides on easily and has no odor. The wax not only keeps the brow hairs in place, but it also serves as a primer and gives the powder something to cling to. If you are using an eyebrow pencil without powder, then I would put the wax on after the pencil. The wax can be applied prior to or following other products and it is just as effective either way.
Evening Review: After many hours, my eyebrows are still neat, in place and there has not been any flaking or fading.
Overall Review: Milani Brow Shaping Clear Wax is fast, easy, and helps to keep eyebrows looking their best.
- Applies quickly and easily
- Stays on for many hours
- Removes easily with eye makeup remover
- Hypoallergenic formula does not cause any irritation
- It is not retractable and needs to be sharpened.
- The pencil does not fit in regular or oversized sharpeners. You need to use the Milani Duo Sharpener.
- The outer plastic cap keeps falling off.
Suitability: Milani Brow Shaping Clear Wax is suitable for the following users:
- All users. (This is a very good product for men to use as well as women.)
Morning Rating = 4 Stars;
Evening Rating = 4 Stars;
Average from Other Testers = 4 Stars;
Value Rating = 4 Stars;
Overall Rating = 4 Stars = Excellent.
Would Buy Again? Yes.
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Ingredients Milani Brow Shaping Clear Wax: Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax), Polyisubutene, Cetyl Palmitate, Talc, VP/Hexadecene, Copolymer, Myristyl Lactate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Euphorbia Cerifera Cera (Candelilla) Wax, Octyldodecanol, Myristyl Alcohol, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Propylene Carbonate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract.
Ingredients Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Primer: Microcrystalline Wax / Cera Microcristallina, Polyisobutene, Cetyl Palmitate, Talc, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Myristyl Lactate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax / Candelilla Cera, Octyldodecanol, Myristyl Alcohol, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Propylene Carbonate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract.
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