Stila Waterproof Brow Colour review, swatches, & dupe (Marcelle Eyebrow Pen)

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Best waterproof brow pens review

I’ve made a lot of big changes this year, but the most important of them all has been getting my brows in order. (Yes. Definitely.) For the longest time, I had to mix shades and layer powder and pencil products to get my brows just right, and for all of my efforts, the silicone content in the products would still leave me with awkward brow breakouts.

No longer.

At the start of the year, I found the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Colour in Medium, AKA my Holy Grail of brows… and then I found the Marcelle Eyebrow Pen in Universal Dark, which does everything the Stila does, except faster and for half the price.

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Colour review swatches Medium

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Colour

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Colour in Medium ($21 USD/$27 CAD)

The Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Colour in Medium (which has since been re-packaged) is pretty much perfect. It’s fine-tipped, sheer, and cool-toned, and I can finish my brows in under a minute using this pen.

The formula wears all day long and can be used to either create fine, hair-like lines or a brow “shadow” (my preferred method), and the shade itself is really well-suited to those with dark hair who don’t want warm “Instagram brows” for their everyday life.

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Colour review Medium

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Colour brush tip

My only problem with the Stila brow pen is that it’s pretty expensive at $27 CAD, and while I’m not out of product yet, most reviewers say that it only lasts 1-3 months with regular use. Enter: the Marcelle Eyebrow Pens.

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Colour ingredients:

Water, Acrylates Copolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Alcohol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Honey Extract, Propylene Glycol, Matricaria Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder. +/- Yellow 5, Red 33, Blue 1.

Marcelle Universal Light, Dark, Stila Medium Brow Pen swatches review

Swatched L-R: Marcelle Eyebrow Pen in Universal Light, Universal Dark; Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Colour in Medium

Marcelle Eyebrow Pen review swatches Universal Dark

Marcelle Eyebrow Pen in Universal Dark

Marcelle Eyebrow Pen in Universal Dark ($13.95 CAD)

It’s been a little while since I’ve fallen hard for a Marcelle makeup product, but these brow pens have me swooning. They’re half the price of Stila’s version and double the size, and because I always go for a “shadow” brow rather than drawn-in hairs, I can apply and smudge this one faster and more easily than I can with the Stila.

Marcelle Eyebrow Pen review swatches

Marcelle Eyebrow Pen in Universal Dark felt tip

Universal Dark isn’t quite as perfect as Stila’s Medium, but the cost difference more than makes up for it. With the Marcelle brow pens, you still get easy application, a silicone-free formula, and all-day waterproof wear, but you trade off a small degree of control for a quicker application.

I think the felt tip is a more versatile format (the broad side for quick application & the tip for drawing hairs), but it really does just come down to personal preference!

Marcelle Eyebrow Pen in Universal Dark ingredients: 

Water, Propylene Glycol, Glycerine, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Methylisothiazolinone, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate. +/- Red 40, Green 5, Black 2, Yellow 5 Lake

Stila Waterproof Brow Colour dupe

The verdict?

If you like a natural brow, these are the only brow game in town anymore. They’re essentially North American versions of the Suqqu Liquid Brow Pen that Lisa Eldridge loves so much, and they are perfect for anyone who finds most brow products too warm for them.

When I run out (and can I just mention that I went to an actual store and bought the products pictured here), I will definitely be re-buying the Marcelle. Which isn’t to say that there’s anything wrong with the Stila; it’s just a little pricey to be re-buying every 3 months! (Assuming 0.02 fl oz will last you 3 months, the Stila comes out to $108 CAD/year; the Marcelle, just $27.90 CAD.)

Availability: Stila (0.7 ml) – $21 USD/$27 CAD at Shopper’s Beauty Boutiques and Murale. Marcelle (1.4 ml) – $13.95 CAD at Marcelle.com (US & Can shipping) and drugstores across Canada.

What’s your favourite brow product right now?

Sephora sale, Commodity perfumes, & niche skincare innovations | New 17/04/15

Friday, April 17, 2015

I was browsing the Sephora app from my bed the other day (dangerous, I know) and there were SO MANY cool new things that I absolutely had to put together a fresh New This Week post for you guys.

“Products like what,” you ask? Like the Bite Beauty Watercolor Lip Gloss Library ($49 USD), which features five absolutely beautiful pastel lipglosses and seven pretty (and entirely wearable) shades. Or products like the new Clinique Cheek Pop Blushes ($21 USD) — I want Heather Pop so bad. Or the AERIN and Commodity perfumes that are now available on the Sephora site. (I need AERIN Lilac Path and Waterlily Sun in my life, like, yesterday. They’re amazing.)

But most importantly, I wanted to share these product launches with you guys today because (!!!) Sephora is currently running their Beauty Insider Spring Salewhich is 10% off for BIs until the 20th and 15% off for VIBs and VIB Rouges until the 21st!

» Use codes BILOVE, VIBLOVE, and ROUGELOVE at Sephora for your discount, and don’t forget to use Ebates or Ebates.ca to save a little more.

Black Friday (& Cyber Monday) in the beauty world

Friday, November 28, 2014

First things first: Don’t forget about cash back!

Whether you’re shopping in the US or Canada, make sure to sign up for a cash back program before shopping — they’ll send you x% of the value of your order back to you in the form of a cheque, which is just like getting that much extra off of your sale prices! Sign up for Ebates in the US or Ebates.ca in Canada for…

  • US: 10% cash back at Lancôme, 8% cash back at Ulta, Bloomingdale’s, The Body Shop, and Sephora; 6% cash back at Nordstrom and Bobbi Brown.
  • Canada: A whopping 20% cash back at Shop.ca, 8% cash back at Bobbi Brown, 7.5% cash back at Marcelle, 7% cash back at Clinique, 6% cash back at The Body Shop and Paula’s Choice, 5% cash back at NARS, Lancôme, and Clarins, and 4% cash back at Sephora and Shu Uemura.

shu uemura black friday sale

A quick list of sales you don’t want to miss…

  • Aerie: 40% off + free shipping with code GOBBLEUP
  • Annabelle: 40% off + free shipping over $25
  • Anthropologiesite-wide sale
  • Asos (US): 30% off with the code TGIBF
  • BeautyBar$15 off $75, $35 off $150, and $65 off $250 until Dec 9th with code BBCYBER14
  • BeautyBridge: 20% off site wide
  • Banana Republic (US): 50% off 1 full-priced item with code BRFIFTY, 40% off sitewide with code BRFORTY
  • Banana Republic (CA)50% off 1 full-priced item with code BRCFIFTY; 40% off sitewide with code BRCFORTY

Banana Republic sale black friday

  • Dynamite: 40% off all orders + free shipping until the 30th, plus get a free $25 cash card with every $50 purchase. (Returns are free to any Dynamite store if they don’t fit, which I love!)
  • Gap50% off sitewide with code GAPBFRIDAY
  • Nordstrom: Items at 40% off throughout the site, plus Black Friday beauty deals and Cyber Monday beauty gifts with purchase.
  • Marcelle40% off + free shipping over $25
  • Pretty Indulgent: 15% off with code thanks15 (that includes BPAL!)
  • Urban Outfitters: Extra 25% off sale items.
  • SheVibe: 10% off $75+ with TURKEY10, 15% off $100+ with TURKEY15, and 20% off $125+ with TURKEY2o. Go get yourself a MiMi Soft on sale with free shipping!
  • Shu Uemura20% off and free shipping over $75; 25% off and free shipping over $125.

From Sephora: Fragrance minis and $10 steals

Sephora Black Friday sale

Along with $10 USD/$12 CAD beauty deals from the 28th to 30th (online and in-store), use code SCENTMINI to get a free miniature bottle of one of six scents with orders over $25 USD/$25 CAD. Or, use code PARTYPACK for 11 sample sachets in a free Sephora bag of your choice, SEASONSET for eight sachets and minis in a bag (choose 1 of 3 sets), or TRYOIL to get a free mini size of Fresh’s Seaberry Oil, Boscia’s Cleansing Oil-Gel, or Josie Maran’s Light Argan Oil.

{ Shop Sephora’s Black Friday sale here, their regular sale section here, and see the rest of their deals here. }

From The Body Shop: Deals Galore

The Body Shop black friday deal

No one does holiday sales like The Body Shop, so from the 28th until the 30th, almost everything is 3 for $33, 4 for $44, and 5 for $55 and their special Black Friday Tote Bag is $30 ($125 value) with orders over $30. I will update this post on Monday to let you know about their fantastic Cyber Monday sale, too!

For Cyber Monday, The Body Shop is doing 50% off site-wide, plus free shipping over $40 CAD! Sale starts at 6:30 am ET.

{ Shop the sale here. }

My favourites from the brand: Honestly, I haven’t tried a lot from their current line. I love their Satsuma fragrance, though, (who doesn’t?) and am really curious about their Vitamin E Serum-In-Oil! Along with the serum, their hair butters and new Body Sorbets are notably silicone-free.

Keep reading! »

Shop the Nordstrom Anniversary sale: beauty

Friday, July 11, 2014

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

This year’s Nordstrom Anniversary sale runs from July 10th-17th for Nordstrom card holders, and is open to both card holders and the pubilc from July 18th-August 3rd. Now, I don’t usually cover anniversary sales, but there’s something special about this one (you know, aside from the free US shipping & returns on all orders): it includes a Charlotte Tilbury set.

Charlotte Tilbury 'Filmstar Killer Cheekbones' Set

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Killer Cheekbones Set ($110 USD)includes a Filmstar Bronze & Glow palette and Powder & Sculpt Brush

For beauty addicts who’ve been living under a rock these past few months, Charlotte Tilbury (y’know, that crazy-famous makeup artist who often sits alongside fellow legends Lisa Eldridge and Mary Greenwell) launched her own beauty line last September. And, up until now, it was only available through British retailers like Selfridge — who packages orders worth hundreds of dollars in near-empty boxes with a single piece of tissue for impact control.

So, here are a few picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary sale, including a small, precious piece of Charlotte Tilbury. Here’s to hoping this means the brand will officially land in North America soon. Shop all the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale beauty exclusives here

Chanel Dentelle, Jo Malone, Diptyque Baies, Figuier

Chanel Dentelle Précieuse Illuminating Powder ($80 USD) – finally available in the US! Sara has some great comparison swatches of this one at Color Me Loud.

Jo Malone Cologne Collection ($88) – contains five mini (0.3 oz), layerable fragrances in Nectarine Blossom and Honey, Orange Blossom, Blackberry and Bay, Pomegranate Noir and Grapefruit.

Diptyque Baies & Figuier Candle Set ($120) – set includes two 6.5oz candles in Baies and Figuier, as well as a wick trimmer and candle snuffer. (Diptyque candles are notoriously finicky during burning — you need to make sure to straighten and trim the wick after each burn.)

MAC Look in a Box 2014 Pink, Beige, Coral

MAC Look in a Box in All About Pink ($39.50) – includes Embrace Me Lipstick (Matte), Unlimited Style Lipglass (Frost), Fabulous Three Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow trio, and Photogravure Technakohl Liner.

MAC Look in a Box All About Beige Face Kit ($49.50) – palette contains MAC Eyeshadows in Rocketgirl (Satin), Plum Ember (Satin), Sable Riche (Frost), Cocktail Black (Frost), Honesty (Luster), Light Study (Matte); Powder Blushes in Love and Laughter (Satin) and Liberating (Satin); Lipsticks in Modern Wow! (Amplified) and What’s Haute? (Amplified). (Also available in All About Plum).

vMAC Look in a Box in All About Coral ($39.50) – includes Passion Charge Lipstick (Luster), Stroke the Flame Lipglass (Frost), Collective Chic Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow trio, and Brownborder Technakohl Liner. (Also available in All About Nude).

Bobbi Nude, NARS Dolce Vita, LORAC Skinny Navy palette

Bobbi Brown Nude on Nude Color Set ($85) – set includes Bobbi’s Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner and Smokey Eye Mascara (both in black), as well as a 12-pan eyeshadow palette containing Ivory, Chiffon Sparkle, Golden Pink Metallic, Graphite Sparkle, Gold Sparkle, Naked, Bare Metallic, Birch, Smokey Topaz Metallic, Truffle, Golden Bronze, and Espresso.

NARS Dolce Vita Lip & Nail Set ($52) – includes NARS Dolce Vita Lipstick, Nail Polish (limited edition), and Lip Gloss (also available in Schiap).

Lorac Navy Skinny Eyeshadow Palette ($15) – a cheap, seven-pan pick-me-up (also available in Nude).

Another Canadian sale: Lise Watier Private Sale at up to 60% off

Friday, March 14, 2014

I hadn’t planned for this at all, but it seems we’re having a bit of an accidental “Canadian week” at theNotice! From today until the 16th (that’s Sunday), Lise Watier will have an expanded, online-only sale section with 150 products at up to 60% off. 

There are tons of really great deals in there, but here are my top picks (click to shop).

» Shop the sale here.

Additional photos & swatches »

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