Awhile ago, I hauled and reviewed the Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set in the shade Red Chestnut (hauled – here) hoping it would be similar to my beloved and sadly discontinued Define-A-Brow Eyebrow Pencil in the shade Medium Brown by the brand Maybelline (reviewed – here) which it is, but I didn’t take my dark hair into consideration. Now that I’m no longer a blonde (pics before and after – here) I feel that lighter brows look quite odd in comparison with my darker hair. If my hair was highlighted, than I feel I might be able to pull off Red Chestnut but since I’m slowly getting rid of all my dyed hair (getting the ends trimmed) because I want it to be uniform (only my natural color), I had to switch to a darker Brow Set shade to match.
After seeing them in person at MAC I decided to purchase Quiet Brunette because it seemed closer to my other more recent favorites from MAC which are Veluxe Brow Liner in the shade Brunette and Brow Pencil in the shade Lingering (reviewed – here) which are both gorgeous taupe-y browns both of which I find to be quite flattering on myself (with and without a tan, as a blonde and as a brunette). Brunette is described as a muted mid-tone grey and Lingering is described as a soft taupe brown. MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set in the shade Quiet Brunette (5g/0.17 fl oz) cost exactly KD8/000
As you can see Quite Brunette (left) is a cool-toned taupe-y brown whereas Red Chestnut (right) is a warm-toned reddish brown. For reference, Quiet Brunette is described as a muted mid-tone grey brown whereas Red Chestnut is described as a gold brown with gold shimmer.
With that being said, I don’t apply Brow Set daily because it’s not an easy-breezy product. Mistakes can and will be made (“Mistakes were made”, Call of Duty reference lawl). As such, I prefer to apply the Brow Set before doing my eye makeup (sometimes, after) but never before my face makeup (bronzer, contour, highlight, etc…) because when I mess up my brows, I can always go back and fix them without disturbing the face makeup (which I haven’t yet applied). Hope that made sense. Also, if you make any boo-boos with the Brow Set, I find that it’s best to wait for it to, er, set, before going in with a q-tip to fix the mistakes, as opposed to smearing the Brow Set all over the place because it still hadn’t, er, set. That said, if it’s a tiny mistake, then I feel like you can get away with sweeping it away, er, right away. Obviously you can “clean up” your brows with concealer but personally, I have no patience for that. Remember, I usually just apply a powder eyeshadow to my brows and call it a day. All this other stuff is just “extra”. For me, makeup is meant to be fun! If it becomes too high-maintenance, it ceases to be fun and becomes almost a chore. I never want to fall out of love with makeup so I like to keep it simple (on the days that I do actually wear any makeup).