Anastasia Dipbrow Pomades: Photos, Swatches and Reviews

I don’t typically jump right on the new product bandwagon but when I saw that Anastasia was releasing gel based brow products, I got really excited! My first thought was that the Dipbrow Pomades would be similar to MAC’s Fluidline Brow Gelcreme formula, which they are but in my opinion, the Anastasia ones perform even better! The texture is smooth, they’re very highly pigmented and they apply easily, even for beginners.

I purchased all five of the Dipbrow Pomades and will be reviewing the formula as a whole, as well as each color individually… Enjoy!

Dipbrow Pomades 1

The queen of brows has done it again! I’ve always been a fan of Anastasia Beverly Hills brow products, starting with Brow Wiz pencils, so I was pretty stoked to try these out. Needless to say, I had really high expectations with these and I was not the least bit disappointed! Anastasia’s website describes these as a “Waterproof brow color ideal for sculpting, defining, and carving perfectly precise brows that won’t fade. Smudge-free, creamy formula glides on skin and adheres to hair. Must-have for oily skin and humid climates. Tighten cap to prevent drying.” That’s a pretty good summary but allow me to go into a bit more detail…

First of all, they really are waterproof. Not only did I swatch these on my hands and wear them around all day, they did not come off until I used quite a bit of soap or remover. I got my hands wet with plain water and they actually stayed in place! I even wore one on my brows in the shower to see if it ran and it didn’t at all. My skin is dry to combination but I do tend to get oily after a while and while some pencils smudge on me, these stayed on. Even when I was getting hot and my brow was sweating in this weird, 80-something in January LA weather, my Dipbrow Pomade didn’t budge. I didn’t even bother to set it with a powder product or brow gel either… I’ve been getting over 12 hours of wear time with these, if not longer, so obviously I’m giving the quality of these two thumbs up!

Secondly, these are super creamy and VERY highly pigmented so application is simple, even with very little product. The texture and opacity/coverage was consistent with all five colors so no matter which you use, it will be very easy to apply! They glide on, then blend out easily before they set. You have enough time to play around with them before they set too, so that’s nice. It’s pretty much foolproof with the right brush. My favorite brush for this is a MAC 266… It’s a smooth, decent sized angle brush that’s also fantastic for winged eye liner. The tip is tapered enough to get a thin line of product, while the brush itself is just stiff enough to blend out the Dipbrow Pomade evenly.

For application, I like to start by making a line under the brow, then what’s left on the brush, I take above the brow but not all the way on… I only outline the top about 2/3 of the way in from the “tail” of the brow. This way your arch is defined and it gradually fades inward. Once the initial outline is done, I simply brush the product upward from the bottom line and down into the “tail” from the top line. Whatever is left on the brush, I then use to brush through the rest of the brow to fill in any sparse areas. After that, you can take a clean mascara spoolie to soften the look. You can also go around the brow with concealer to further sculpt the shape and highlight (if you like… This step is optional, especially for day to day makeup).

Alright… That said, here you are… More pictures and individual reviews!

TIPS:   Tighten lid well and store upside down to prevent product from drying out. Also, these work really well as eye liners too!

Dipbrow Pomade Labels

Dipbrow Pomades with Labels

Dipbrows are shown applied heavily. They will not be so dark once blended out.
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Dipbrow Pomades swatched on NC15 skin.

Anastasia’s Dipbrow Pomades are available now online at www.anastasia.net, as well as at Sephora. Each one contains 4.0 g / 0.14 oz and cost $18.

Blonde Dipbrow

Blonde:   This is a light to medium, cool toned blonde.  The color payoff is true to the color it is in the pot but tends to warm up or cool down depending on your natural brow and hair color. That makes this easy to use for anyone from light to dark blonde, ashy blonde or blonde with some grey, and even light, cool brunettes.

If you also like to use a powder product of course you can pick up one of Anastasia’s that’s made for blondes, or you can try MAC eye shadows like Omega, Cork, Charcoal Brown (to darken), or even Soba or Era (these have a bit of sheen but it disappears once it’s applied).

You can also use a pencil with this to fill in a bit… I suggest one of the Anastasia pencils in a blonde color, or you can try Fling or Lingering Eye Brows pencils or Strawberry Blonde Veluxe Brow Liner (for warmer blondes)… All of which are from MAC.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Auburn Dipbrow

Auburn:   Auburn is a medium to medium-dark (depending on how it’s applied), warm reddish brown. Color payoff is a little cooler toned once it’s applied, but it also seems to change depending on the natural color of the hair and brow. Auburn will work with many different colors anywhere from strawberry blonde (applied lightly), true red (even bright, bold reds), coppery red, and any shade of auburn from light to deep.

If you’d also like to fill in with a powder product, try one of the Anastasia products also in an auburn shade, or you can use eye shadows from MAC like Cork, Espresso, Brown Down, Corduroy, Swiss Chocolate, Folie, or Saddle.

For pencils that will go with this, any Anastasia pencil also in Auburn will work, or you can try MAC’s Eye Brows pencil in Strut or their Veluxe Brow Liner in Redhead.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Dark Brown Dipbrow

Dark Brown:   Dark brown is a dark, cooler toned type of brown. It can be applied more lightly for a more medium-dark look. The lighter it’s applied, the more neutral and less cool toned it looks… I suggest this color for anyone with medium to deep, cooler toned brown hair. It really depends on personal preference and the color of your brows.

A few good powder products to help fill in with if you use Dark Brown are, of course, any of the Anastasia powders meant for cooler toned brunettes, or you can use these MAC eye shadows: Charcoal Brown, Coquette, Espresso (to warm it up a bit), Mystery, Concrete, or even Brun.

Some pencils that would work well with this are Anastasia’s Brunette Brow Wiz Pencil as well as MAC’s Lingering, Spiked or Stud Eye Brows Pencils. MAC’s Veluxe Brow Liner in Brunette also looks nice with this Dipbrow Pomade.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Chocolate Dipbrow Pomade

Chocolate: This Dipbrow Pomade is a dark, rich, warmer toned brown with some reddish undertones. This is best for people who are a very deep auburn, or any neutral to warm toned medium to deep brunette. The more lightly it’s applied, the warmer it looks.

Anastasia makes a few warmer toned brow powders that you can use with this. You can also try MAC eye shadows in Charcoal Brown (to lighten/cool down this color), Espresso (slightly warm but a near perfect match), Brown Down, Corduroy, Folie, or Embark (these will add more reddish tones), or Brun (to darken and cool down this color).

The Anastasia pencils in brunette or auburn colors will work well with Chocolate. If you don’t have those, you can also try MAC’s Eye Brows Pencils in Strut (to redden this Dipbrow) or Spiked. MAC’s Veluxe Brow Liners in Deep Brunette or Deep Dark Brunette will also work.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Ebony Dipbrow

Ebony:   Ebony is dark, but it’s not a true black as the name implies… It’s a deep, neutral to slightly cool toned brown. This is best for people with dark to deep, neutral to cooler toned brown hair, black hair, or those who are deep brunettes with some gray. Even if you have black hair, it’s best to use something like this because it will soften the look of the brow. Black brows can be too overpowering for the face!

For a powder to help fill in, you can use one of the darker brown powders from Anastasia. MAC eye shadows will also work… I suggest Espresso (if you want to warm this up), Charcoal Brown (if you feel like you want to lighten part of the brow), Brun, or Mystery or Concrete (if you have some gray in your hair or brows).

Anastasia makes several pencils that are deep brown or ebony that work well with this. You can also use MAC’s Eye Brows Pencil in Spiked or Stud.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

14 comments
  1. Bets said:

    Thank you SO much for this comprehensive review. I have been having a hard time picking a color because a lot of the stores have not had testers out. This helped me make my decision. 🙂

  2. Banana said:

    Yessss… Exactly what I’ve been looking for. The most perfect review. Thank you!

  3. Anis said:

    I have black hair and got ebony but its way too dark for my liking. Im thinking of returning the product for an exchange so would chocolate or dark brown be better? Pls help xx

    • I would recommend Dark Brown if your hair has cooler tones and Chocolate if you have warmer tones in your hair.

  4. Belle said:

    Have you tried this on when swimming? Been using aquabrows when going for swims, it keeps my “catepillars” on. Haha. 😉 But I’ve been hearing tons of great reviews about this product and was wondering if I should swittch to this. 🙂

    • I haven’t actually been in the water with these on… They seem to hold up through a sweaty workout, though, so I imagine they would wear well around water too! MAC is releasing a Waterproof Brow collection on May 22nd that’s comparable to the Anastasia products and I HAVE tested those products around water and they do indeed hold up, so you might wanna wait to check that out too!

  5. Christina said:

    Can’t decide between dark Brown and ebony. What would you suggest? I have natural black hair (cool undertone) and a olive Kind of yellow undertoned medium Skin. I tend to dark browm but worry that it’s not dark enough. Otherwise I’m afraid ebony is way too dark, and gonna look unnatural :/

    • It’s very difficult to judge what color would be best by a vague description… If you’re concerned with Ebony being too dark, you can definitely go with Dark Brown and just apply it heavily if you need darker color payoff.

  6. Aline said:

    Thank for this review !!! Perfect

  7. Emily said:

    Thank you so much! I have searched and searched for someone to tell me what colour i would be in the dip brow pomade compared to my MAC eyebrow pencil! You are an angel 🙂

  8. Thank you for this fantastically detailed review! My local Macy’s does not stock ABH products and trying to figure out the best shade via swatches was proving to be quite challenging. From your review, it looks like the dark brown DipBrow will be my best match. Great reviews!!!

  9. Jennifer said:

    hey im having a hard time looking for a color . i have dark colored eyebrows but my hair is like redish brown

    • I would go into a Sephora or Ulta and take a look at them in person if I were you, they can look different on everyone! Or perhaps email ABH via their website and ask for their advice. There are also more colors available now that I haven’t tried out.

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