Saturday, January 18, 2014

Review: Anastasia Beverly Hills Hypercolor Brow and Hair Color in Ultra-Violet

Ombre hair may come and go. (Alternatively, ombre hair may stay permanently in the summers of 2011 and 2012.)

Purple eyebrows, though? Purple eyebrows never go out of style. 


The Anastasia Beverly Hills Hypercolor Brow and Hair Colors are essentially hair chalk in fancy, rainbow packages. A quick peek through other reviews shows that most people are pretty much using these suckers for hair chalk and hair chalk only.

Personally, I'm pretty firmly in the "I have too much fucking hair to bother with hair chalk" court... but this brow powder has been a permanent resident on my eyebrows on days when I feel like looking too wacky to go outside.


The product contains only slightly more than an Urban Decay eyeshadow single (0.05 ounces vs. 0.07 ounces), but it is packaged in a wide and flat container, presumably to make it look like there is a little more product then there actually is. This means that if you are using it for hair chalk, even if you have a lot less hair than I do, you're probably going to use it up pretty darn fast.


The powder itself is super pigmented and it pretty easily covers eyebrow hair when applied with an angled brush. No fancy tricks needed.

I've used a lot of hair chalks on my eyebrows (don't pretend you are surprised!), and this is definitely the most effective, least powdery product that I have tried.


Here's how it looks on my face:

My hair was inspired by Claudia from the Babysitter's Club, because I am an adult.

At $12.50 for 0.07 ounces of product, this brow color isn't exactly cheap at $178.57 per ounce. As a result, I really wouldn't recommend it for hair chalk. But, if you are planning on coloring your eyebrows more than, say, a single time, I think that the quality of this product for brows is higher than the competition. It's much easier to use than eyeshadow and you don't end up with a quarter cup of powdered waste, like you do with other hair chalks.

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    1. I accidentally submitted this post when it was just pictures! At least you and the other people poking around got a good view of my process?

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    2. I am cracking up at my mental image of this post with just the pictures. "Packaging photo. Purple hair chalk in container... open... swatched... on eye... Robyn smiling wearing purple hair chalk!!!!!!!" Pretty much says it all :-)

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    3. It would have been the WALL-E of makeup reviews.

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    4. I figured something like that. I just had to tease you about your placeholders. Bs! Bs everywhere!

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  2. I love the reference to Claudia and The Babysitter's Club.

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    1. I read this Buzzfeed article on that day, and decided I needed a side ponytail: http://www.buzzfeed.com/summeranne/the-definitive-ranking-of-baby-sitters-club-cover-outfits

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    2. Omg I read that entire epic article.
      Then I found this: http://www.buzzfeed.com/expresident/facts-about-the-baby-sitters-club-that-will-blow?s=mobile
      Most of them are not that interesting, but the first fact DID blow my mind, so.
      And this, which pretends to tell us what each of the babysitters are doing now:
      http://thehairpin.com/2011/01/the-baby-sitters-club-where-are-they-now/

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  3. Hooray for purple!! I would totally wear this look out...if brightly coloured eyebrows didn't remind me of Batman villains from the '60s Adam West television version (my favourite version, I should add) ;-)


    My favourite babysitter was Stacey, my sister's was Claudia ;-)

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    1. I loved Claudia, but I remember being bummed about her undervaluing her intelligence.

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  4. I'm curious, is there anything about hair chalk that makes it better for coloring in brows than normal eyeshadow?

    (also, Claudia was totally my favorite babysitter)

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    1. It clings to the hair more nicely, for whatever reason.

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  5. I love this so much! Erm, how do you apply this? Over some sort of clear brow gel? Sorry.

    I actually didn't read The Babysitter's Club, which is weird because me and my friends were a lot like the protagonists. Hmm.

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    1. I really did mean it when I said "no fancy tricks"! I didn't do anything but use an angled brush.

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  6. I love your reference to Claudia Kishi-- with the side pony and purple eyebrows, you've embodied her perfectly!

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    1. Claudia would totally rock purple brows with me.

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  7. This looks great on you! The whole look at the end looks gorgeous. You should go out like this.

    http://mattekat.blogspot.ca/

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    1. I do on occasion! I'm just really lazy on weekends.

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  8. Wow, I love how this looks on you. I actually just bought this product in pink because it was on clearance at Nordstrom Rack -- $3, I think, might be worth checking out if there's one near you. I have REALLY dark brows, though -- do you think it'd show up? (I bought it with the intention of giving it as a gift, but hey, I could use a gift too!)

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    1. I have NOTHING near me, sadly. I think it would still show up on dark brows, though, maybe just not quite as vibrantly.

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    2. I ended up trying it out last night with a Kevin Murphy hair chalk I already had open. I just looked slightly under the weather. Probably not worth the risk for me, too bad!

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  9. Colored eyebrows are great. I have an Anna Sui pink brow gel and it's extremely subtle but just makes me look so awesome. You should try it! And I should try this.

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    1. Do they still sell it? I haven't seen it before.

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  10. This is super handy because I'd been wondering how those looked on brows. Awesome!

    Also, I thought those colored versions of Maybelline Great Lash actually worked better on brows than they did on eyelashes. Disclaimer: they were completely abysmal on my lashes, so I had low expectations. But I wore it that way to a party and still had blue eyebrows at the end of it, so there's that. If anything's a fix for feeling too much like an adult, it's weird-colored eyebrows! And gummi bears.

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    1. I definitely have those, so I'll give it a try!

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  11. Will no one stand up for the Mary Annes?!

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