Perhaps seduced by the name, but undeniably drunk with enthusiasm brought on by the overwhelming success of my first purchase, I bought another one of Anastasia's Dipbrow Pomades. I did make mention while gushing over Chocolate that I was considering buying one more, but in the shade Auburn. However, when I saw the shade Caramel listed on Sephora.com, I got excited. Unable to find any swatches of it beforehand online, I took the gamble and dropped it into my cart... only to discover that the color does not work for me at all. But hopefully my loss will be your gain as I would love to show you, nonetheless, just what Caramel has to offer and possibly help you determine whether or not it may work for you.
Dipbrow Pomade is a waterproof, smudge-proof cream formulated to define and sculpt eyebrows. Looking at it in the jar, Caramel looks to be a light, milk chocolate brown with slightly golden tones, just like its name promotes. However, both its name and appearance belie the actual color once swatched on the skin.
As a reference, I am Walnut in Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, Caramel in Revlon ColorStay Foundation and around an NC50 in MAC skin products. Swatched against my complexion, Caramel Dipbrow turned out to be more of a pale, ashen brown. Used on my brows, it made them look "nude" and washed out... almost as if I were trying to erase them somehow, but couldn't quite make them fully disappear. #NOBUENO
|Caramel Dipbrow (L), Chocolate Dipbrow (R)|
In a side-by-side comparison, Caramel is considerably lighter than Chocolate, which I had already safely determined before buying. I just thought it would be a lot more golden and warmer than it is. Undeterred, I thought that maybe I could mix the two shades together and come to a happy, skin complementing medium. Alas, Caramel pretty much cancels Chocolate out, blanching it to a murky shade of brown that still did not bode well for my brows.
|Chocolate Dipbrow (above), Caramel Dipbrow (below)|
|Chocolate Dipbrow (top), Caramel Dipbrow (middle), Chocolate/Caramel mix (bottom)|
So there you have it. And, needless to say, this little brow grooming baby will be going back. It's an awesome product, but just not suitable color-wise for my skin or hair coloring. I may still get the Auburn, though. We shall see. But until then, I will be merrily filling in my brows with Chocolate. Now that I've added this product to my grooming routine, I can honestly say that my eyebrows have never looked better!
Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Caramel is available at Sephora and Ulta, and retails for $18.