I have already done some reviews of Delilah products in the past and must say, so far, I have been nothing but very pleasantly surprised with their high quality. From their bronzer and blush, to mascara and lipstick, they are all very much worth the price and are an absolute pleasure to use. Check out my previous posts if you want to read about these items, as well as a brief info on how this new brand called Delilah came about.
Now it’s time to talk about the last two of their products I picked up to try: The Primer and Brow pencil.I know primers are in general loved by some and hated by others, each to their own on this one, I guess. When it comes to brows though, it’s probably easier to find a needle in a hay stack than a person who doesn’t use some form of a brow product these days. By the way, if it is you, consider yourself very very lucky… and no.. I’m not jealous… at all…moving on…
So, let’s start with the Brow Line Eyebrow Pencil. For a long time I have only been using and repurchasing one brow pencil and honestly, you don’t really look for anything else once you’ve found something that really works, right? For the most part, I don’t like reviewing a product by comparing it to another, but in this case, it’s hard not to. Mainly because I feel that the Delilah Brow Line pencil could have been somewhat inspired by the oh so famous Anastasia Brow Wiz. The packaging is similar, although Delilah has kept its classy and sophisticated touch with the gunmetal and rose gold shades. I love this colour combination on all their packaging. So simple and sophisticated. The brush is on one end, the pencil on the other, as usual.
When I first used it, I immediately noticed that it’s significantly harder than the Brow Wiz. What it means, is that you actually need to put a bit more pressure when using it. Having said that, it is still very easy to control and choose where you want the colour to be a bit softer, which for me is always at the front of my brow, and then make it darker as you go along to the end. The pencil is as thin as the Brow Wiz, so very easy to use and draw a thin hair. I wasn’t too sure about it being different density at first, but I got used to it very quickly and I actually think it makes it just as easy, if not a bit easier to use and it can look a bit more natural. Definitely one to try if you’re heavy handed or a beginner, as it makes it practically fool proof. I matched myself to shade Sable 1002, which is similar to Dark Brown in Brow Wiz. Other than that, there is one more shade, Ash, for the lighter hair, and that’s it. Very limited shade selection here.
Don’t be misled by the swatch here, it’s thick and heavy to show the colour, the thin line it normally gives at first wasn’t too visible on photo.
Another negative is that it’s more expensive that the, already not the cheapest, Anastasia Brow Wiz (£15). Delilah Brow Pencil will set you back £20 and if you’re using it daily, like I am, you are probably going through them like nobody’s business. Although admittedly, the packaging looks nicer than the Brow Wiz, I don’t think the outside appearance of a brow pencil is of a high importance, even for a makeup enthusiast. It’s very easy to control how light or dark you want the colour to be, so ‘Sable’ could be easily used by someone with much lighter brow than the one matching Anastasia’s Brow Wiz in Dark Brown. If you can splurge a bit and are in need of a new brow pencil, this is definitely one to check out. It is as high quality as other Delilah products I’ve tried and it’s seriously so easy to use. Overall, I love the performance, not so much the price and shade selection.
Now onto the last, but certainly not least beauty product from the brand, the Under Wear Future Resist Skin Primer. As a not so proud owner of an oily/combo skin, I must admit, I do use primers more often than not. I know for some people it’s just an additional, unnecessary step, and that’s ok. If you don’t have to use it, don’t. If it does nothing to help, then it sure is unnecessary, but I feel like for me, a good primer extends the wear of my foundation, masks pores to some extent and makes me just that bit less shiny. This one is in a form of a gel, but upon application it feels very silky and almost like a cream texture. Very nice and pleasant to use.
It is said to be optically reducing the appearance of imperfections on the skin. I’ve been using it for a while now, and was able to test it on my better and worse skin day. I could not really see any visible changes in my imperfections, so not really sure about this claim, but what I did notice, is that whatever foundation I used, it held up extremely well and for much longer that usual. This is typically what I am looking for in a good primer. To prolong the wear of my makeup, which includes foundation, blush, bronzer, the whole face, really. If I can make my foundation to wear longer without caking, or getting too shiny too fast, then the rest of my makeup looks fresh for longer as well. What I also noticed, is that is seems to make the skin much smoother and foundation almost glides with such ease over the face, that it takes me half the usual time to blend it. Pretty impressive.
The packaging is of a…substantial size (ie. huge tube for a primer, as long as tube of toothpaste, only much thinner) and it comes with a pump, so that’s quite nice. There is a ‘But’ here too I’m afraid and again, it’s not to do with the performance of the product as such, but the price. I can totally understand that it’s large and we’re getting a whopping 48ml of product (I know !!!), however, it’s £34, which is way more that I’ve ever wanted to pay for a primer. Considering that most of my foundations, including the high end ones, are cheaper. This is almost 50ml, as opposed to standard 30ml, but it’s a lot of pennies to part with at one go. Perhaps Delilah could consider making a standard 30ml packaging and still keep 48ml offering a value for money as well as price option for those who can’t afford a one-off £34 expense. Just saying…
Once again, Delilah has done a great job with their products. Both are excellent quality and I feel like, after testing quite a number of items from the brand, I can perhaps look into trying some more and recommend the ones I’ve tried to others with complete confidence that money will be well spent here. I was almost waiting for this one failure of a product, but so far, I cannot fault any. Admittedly, the price in some cases (mainly these two) is more than I would’ve liked to spend, but I’m using them, enjoying them and will probably repurchase when they run out, so I cannot really complain. Well done Delilah, for beautiful packaging, excellent quality and a ‘breath of fresh air’ products. I’m already a faithful fan.
Once Again, The Brow Line Pencil retails at £20 and the Under Wear Primer retails at £34