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Eyebrow Review: Tarte EmphasEYES Waterproof Amazonian Clay Brow Mousse


When it comes to eye makeup, I'm all about the brows. As a natural blonde who has gone nearly black, it's imperative that I shade my brows each day or I end up looking like an alien. My natural brows just don't show up, particularly when you consider the high contrast between my hair and skin color. So I'm always on the lookout for new eyebrow products, which have proven remarkably hard to find. Pencils tend to be too hard or too soft, too thick or too thin. The gel that is applied like mascara doesn't do anything to shape the brow. Powders can be nice, but they can also be a pain to apply. And creams, although they look great, often like to migrate, or worse, smear if you inadvertently swipe at your brow during the day. And then there's the color. Although it's hard for me to find a brown that's too dark for me, it's often that I end up with colors too light or too red. With all of those issues to deal with, I've actually considered going back to blonde on occasion, just to avoid the whole conundrum. 

However, I have found a couple of good standby's. Tarte's pencil is a great choice, as is Chanel's Perfect Brows powder. Unfortunately, they both also have their drawbacks; Tarte's pencil is so thin it tends to break if you twist too much up at a time, and Chanel's powders can take time to use. So when I saw Tarte's EmphasEYES Brow Mousse, I jumped at the chance to try it. 

Tarte EmphasEYES Waterproof Amazonian Clay Brow Mousse has a lot going for it. First is the color. Medium Brown is perfect for brunettes, with a totally neutral base leaning neither ashy or red. The texture of the mousse (I really consider it more of a cream) is easy to load onto a brush and applies without effort. It's waterproof, which means that once it sets, it stays where it's supposed to and doesn't fade throughout the day. And because of that creamy texture, it coats the actual brow hairs--which is imperative for someone like me who is going a lot darker than nature intended. 


The packaging is nice...an angled brow brush with a spoolie on one end is included in the package. Unfortunately, the spoolie fell off my brush when it came out of the package. Luckily, I have other spoolies, so I soldiered on undeterred. 

Here's a closeup swatch to give you an idea of the color and the texture of the mousse: 

As you can see, it's smooth and creamy and achieved opacity with one swipe. On the brow, it fills in bare spots and colors and shapes the brow with ease. It takes only seconds to finish each brow, and once set it lasts all day. 

Here's a shot of me wearing the Tarte mousse: 

For those of you who are curious, I'm also wearing Laura Mercier's Buttercream Eye Shadow from lid to brow, LM Topaz in the crease, LM Black Ebony Tightliner on the top, and Urban Decay's Zero liner on the bottom. Mascara is courtesy of Chanel's Inimitable Intense. 

Bottom Line: Tarte's EmphasEYES Waterproof Amazonian Clay Brow Mousse in Medium Brown is my current favorite brow product. It gives me the color density and shaping I need with minimal effort, and it stays put until I take it off. While I'm always looking for bigger and better products, I may have hit Holy Grail status with this one. 

Tarte's Brow Mousse can be found at QVC.

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