MAKEUP WARS | Ka Brow VS Dipbrow

Two of the most talked about and popular brow pomades/ gels that are out there at the moment ; The Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow & the Benefit KaBrow. 

I would think that Benefit based their version perhaps on the ABH Dipbrow as this has been probably the most famous one launched to-date. I have and have used both extensively so I wanted to share with you a comparison which maybe will help you dcide which one to opt for if you are on the market for new brow makeup. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow VS Benefit Ka Brow.

 

First
up ; what is a brow gel? Do you need one?

Back
in my teenage makeup days, even bursting into my mispent 20’s ; there really
wasn’t much choice of brow makeup. It was, for the most-part 2-3 shades of brow
pencil from a brand, occasionly a brow powder or something slightly fancier (hello
Benefit Brow Zings)
….and brows weren’t really a makeup focus. Nowadays we
are  met with the luxury of a huge selection of brow products, from gels,
to pencils, inks, powders, stencils and everything in between. It can be a task
in itself to decide what brow makeup you need but let me tell you why you may
need a gel/pomade.

Brow
pomades are basically a mix of waxes and pigment.
It is a really good all-rounder in
terms of brow makeup, as you can use it to both fill in sparse patches on your
brow for just natural enhancement, and also with the correct brush, you can use
a pomade to create small brow hairs, texture,  fades and a perfect
instabrow….if that is your thing. 
Another huge selling point for me is
that for the most part, brow pomades tend to be long-wearing, often waterproof,
so are very good for an oilier skin, warmer climates or simply if you just want
your brows to stay put all day long.





 Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow. 

  I
purchased the ABH Dipbrow in my huge Sephora
haul
well over a year ago. I purchased it out of intrigue and the hype
surrounding it and had never really used a gel on my brows as I have always
been happy with a pencil over the last few years (namely the Kevyn Aucoin
Brow pencil)
.  

The
ABH comes in a small, flat, glas spot with a plastic lid.
It is quite bulky, but it holds a big
dollop of product within.  The ABH pomade texture is creamy enough to
allow easy and smooth application, but it still has a certain stiffness to is
so it won’t slip around on the skin.
The best brush I find to apply it is this
one
from Space NK. One thing you must remember with any of these gel
product that comes in pots like this, you need to be really sure you screw the
lid back on TIGHT. Otherwise it will dry up. I think the reason why the ABH is
dominating the pomade game right now (beside their 11 million follower
instagram/ instabrow domination)
is simply the amazing selection of
shades
. A whopping 11 shades see’s not just ‘brown, blonde, black’
etc….but ACTUAL real hair tones ; There is quite literally a perfect shade
for everyone in this arsenal.

* 11 shades

* Waterproof

* 4g / £15

Benefit
Ka Brow.

 This
pomade/cream-gel from Benefit is part of their huge new brow collection that
launched just a few months ago.

I purchased this in the pre-sale that Benefit had online, along with a few
other bits, and in all honesty I was kind of expecting this to be a weak
version of the ABH. It looked slightly gimmicky with it’s garish packaging
and more often that not I despise the brush applicators/mini brushes that come
within palettes/makeup as they are often downright sh*te. However, I was
pleasantly suprised by the Ka Brow ; I love this brow pomade and I am
pretty much using this (plus brush!!) on a daily basis @ the
moment. 

It
is slightly sheerer in pigment that the ABH Dipbrow
but I personally like this formula as
I don’t like a crazy-heavy brow. It feels slightly more translucent than the
Dipbrow. The brush…..it’s actually not bad. It is a teeny angle liner brush
and I find it easier to twist this off and use it, than fumbling around 
for 2 seperate products. It’s a good idea and it works. If, like me, you
are using this product often, I advise you to give the brush a good clean once
a week to prevent a build up of dry product.

* Waterproof

* 6 shades

* 3.0g £18.50

* Comes with applicator (which is
actually pretty good!)

Which one is best?!

So
gram for gram, the ABH Dipbrow is obviously a much better price
as it has more product AND it’s £3.50
cheaper than the Kabrow. However, the Kabrow comes with an applicator so you
don’t need anything else. You MUST use a brush with these products, so after
you have purchased some form of applicator for the ABH Dipbrow……it will
pretty much work out the same price for these products.

I
honestly believe this are pretty similar in quality, wear and application.
I can only imagine that Benefit based
their product & formula on the best-selling pomade from ABH. I think the ABH
Dipbrow is slightly more pigmened
in the product, which can be a positive
OR negative dpending on the finish that you want. It also wins hands down in
the shade selection stakes, with nearly twice the amount.
I think if you
are relatively easy-going with your brow makeup, want something quick to apply
and all-in-one, then the Ka Brow is the way you should go. However, if you
are more serious about makeup, a makeup artist and want a proper intricate
insta-brow, then perhaps the ABH Dipbrow is for you.
Makeup artists will
definitely prefer the packaging of the ABH as it’s a lot more compact and
‘packable’ in bulk in your kit, plus the addition of the mini brush within the
Ka Brow will be irrelevant for a professional makeup artist ; we would always
opt for a full-length artist brush anyway when applying on someone else’s face (it’s
hella lot easier!)
.  

It’s
pretty much a dead heat for me with these 2 brow products. I am using the
Benefit Kabrow for myself personally, and the Dipbrow has gone into my pro kit,
which I think basically sums up everything about these 2 products.

 Have you used both/ either? What are you preferences and thoughts?