I started plucking my eyebrows in the late 90’s/ early 00’s when teenie tiny little eyebrows were all the rage. Now that fuller, thicker and beautifully shaped and groomed brows are all the rage my poor little brows have re-grown, but they are a little bit patchy. This eyebrow Ink form the Limited Edition Look Fantastic Beauty Egg seems like the perfect product – it claims to not only fill brows but encourage regrowth.
This is a full size eyebrow pen containing 0.8ml product. This pen can be bought online from talika.com for €24.50, which based on today’s conversion rate makes it £20.78. I have the shade “brown”, but it’s also available in “chestnut” which seems a little lighter.
The pen comes packaged in a box which is a lovely shade of sky blue. The front of the box had the Talika branding in silver writing, and the product name and benefits in black writing, it says that it’s the 1st eyebrow regrowth and makeup pen. The back of the box is also sky blue with black and white text. The same message is repeated in various languages, as it is on the side of the box, the message says:
“Eyebrow Lipocils Ink stimulates the growth of eyebrows, while enhancing them with makeup. After 14 days from a test of 39 participants, 100% experienced satisfaction, 95% had better defined eyebrows, 92% had thickets eyebrows. Patented.”
The sides are black and blue text on a white background, and the botttom of the box contains the company contact I for,action and place of manufacture (France). I mentioned above that one of the sides has the benefits message repeated, the other side has the ingredients.
Ingredients: aqua (water/eat), styrene/acrylates/ammonium methacrylate copolymer, glycerin, butylene glycol, benzyl alcohol, alcohol denat., potassium sorbate, lecithin, phenoxyethanol, sodium laureth-12 sulfate, caprylyl glycol, sodium dehydroacetate, dehydroacetic acid, C11-15 Pareth-7, citric acid, hydrolyzed sericin, maltodextrin, carbomer, tetrasodium edta, aesculus hippocastnum (horse chestnut) bark extract, hamamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) leaf extract, polysorbate 20, hypericum perforatum leaf extract, pyrus malus (Apple) fruit extract, urticaria dioica (nettle) leaf extract, coleus forskohlii root extract, ethylhexylglycerin, palmitoyl, tripeptide-1, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, acetyl hexapeptide-1, dextran, CI 61570 (green 5), CI 16035 (red 40), CI 19140 (yellow 5).
Inside the box is a folded leaflet with alternating white and sky blue background. It looks like an enormous leaflet but there are only 4 columns of information, the rest is translations into various other languages. The leaflet says:
“The birth of a unique, universal brand. Talika saw the day in 1948. Danielle Roches, a young ophthalmologist, elaborate a cream made with healing plants to treat Eyes damaged during the war. To her great surprise, the cream happened to have secondary effects that promote eyelash growth… and Lipocils was born. Since this founding incident, Talika has continued to breathe life into unique beauty treatments thanks to revelations made by the living world, scientific discoveries or ancient rituals. These treatments allow women to reach their maximum beauty potential. After 20 years of research and listening to women’s needs, Eyebrows Lipocils Ink is the most comprehensive eyebrow treatment. It combines immediate results with a care that works from deep within:
A few seconds to redefine or recolour the browline,
A 4-week treatment to increase fullness and naturally repigment eyebrows.”
The pen looks very sleek – it’s shiny white plastic with a silver lid and silver writing. I remove the lid of the pen, and look the nib. It’s beautifully angled for brows, shaped like a calligraphy pen it looks like it will be easy to creat precise strokes.
Directions: Apply every morning using the end of the felt tip pen on perfectly clean and dry eyebrows free from lotions and any other creamy solutions. Reapply a second time if necessary, especially in areas that are more sparse.
Following the instructions I use the pen to define my brows. My brows are looking a little sorry – I had a bad experience at a Benefit Counter the day before I flew and with no time left to get them sorted somewhere else I had to try and fix them myself. They aren’t terrible but they are a little thin, and the shape could be better so they are crying out for some definition. I start by drawing the top and bottom lines of where I want my brows to sit, and fill in using the pen. I find the pen really easy to use, and being liquid it gets right down into the brow far better than a pencil.
This isn’t my finished face, but I’ve done the eyebrow on the left of the picture to show the difference from my natural eyebrow. The shade works really well for me, and I’m really happy with the result. It’s a bit early yet to say whether it’s made a difference to the thickness of my brows, but I’m going to keep using the pen and I’ll update this article in a few weeks to let you know if I’ve noticed a difference. Overall, I’m delighted with this pen, and I also want to check out the eyelash Lipocils product from the range to see if I can encourage thicker lashes too.
Update: 21.06.17 – I’ve been using this product every day (and sometimes twice a day!) since writing this review, and here is how I am getting on:
I haven’t got makeup on, and I have just dyed my eyebrows but I haven’t filled them at all. Not even the Talika pen! I’ve regained lots of eyebrow since the photo I posted above, with the head of my brow finishing in a more sensible position for my face, and my entire brow being thicker and fuller, with fewer patches.
Is this solely due to the pen or has leaving my brows alone been the reason for the transformation? Or, is it a bit of both? I don’t know for sure. But I do know that I’m much happier with my brows now and although I’m not done growing them yet I am going to keep using the pen to keep thickening them out, and encouraging growth where I want it. Faye 💕