Frame The Face: MAC The Stylish Brow Collection Reviews, Photos, Swatches

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A selection of products from MAC The Stylish Brow Collection

When I heard about MAC The Stylish Brow Collection, I just needed to try these new brow products. I, like some people, know the importance of Brows. Lashes. Lips. Frame the face. Not familiar with this mantra?

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There are some limited edition products launching in this collection, and each product comes in Blonde, Redhead and Brunette shades. I was sent the products made for brunettes. For reference, here’s how my naked brows look like: sparse and unpolished.

MAC Stylish Brow naked brows
Naked brows

The Brow Duo in Brunette ($33 CDN/$27.50 US) contains two permanent eyeshadows: Coquette (satin) and Brun (satin). I’ve already declared my love for Brun before, and Coquette is the perfect complement to Brun. This duo creates the most natural looking brows for deep brunettes. It fills in the brows softly without them looking drawn on. To use the duo, I like to start with Brun on the outer half of the brows to define the arch and extend the tails, and then I go in with Coquette to softly fill in sparse areas on the inner half of my brows.

MAC Stylish Brow Brow Duo in Brunette
MAC Brow Duo in Brunette

MAC Stylish Brow Brow Duo in Brunette swatch
Wearing MAC Brow Duo in Brunette

This girl loves her Fluidline, so I was most excited about Fluidline Brow Gelcreme in Deep Dark Brunette ($19 CDN/$16 US). It is described as a rich brunette, and it comes in the same glass pot as the Fluidline gel liner. This is essentially the same as a Fluidline gel liner, but maybe just a little waxier. A word of advice: go easy with this one. It is pigmented as heck, so I suggest lightly tapping the brush on the surface of the product, then dab on the back of your hand before applying on the brows. Performance wise, it lasts as long as my holy grail brow product, MUFE Aqua Brow Waterproof Eyebrow Corrector (reviewed here). I’d say this one isn’t for brow newbies. Pro make-up artists will love it; you can create different brow looks with this, from natural to tattoo brows. If you’re heavy handed and looking for a daytime natural brow, skip this one. It is really easy to overdo. But as you can see with my swatches, it is workable.

MAC Stylish Brow Fluidline Brow Gelcreme in Deep Dark Brunette
MAC Fluidline Brow Gelcreme in Deep Dark Brunette

Keep reading to see more MAC The Studio Brow reviews and swatches.

MAC Stylish Brow Fluidline Brow Gelcreme in Deep Dark Brunette swatch
Wearing MAC Fluidline Brow Gelcreme in Deep Dark Brunette

There is also a new brow pencil in town: the Veluxe Brow Liner in Deep Brunette ($23 CDN/$19.50 US), described as a muted blackish-brown. This is sooooo smooth you guys. The shade Deep Brunette is not a good match for me (too warm). The formula is beautiful though. It is pigmented and goes on without any tugging. The included spoolie brushes out any mistakes easily.

MAC Stylish Brow Veluxe Brow Liner in Deep Brunette
MAC Veluxe Brow Liner in Deep Brunette

MAC Stylish Brow Veluxe Brow Liner in Deep Brunette swatch
Wearing MAC Veluxe Brow Liner in Deep Brunette

Looking at the shade differences, the Brow Duo in Brunette is the coolest of the three products I tried. The Fluidline Brow Gelcreme in Deep Dark Brunette also works well to match my dark brown hair. The Veluxe Brow Liner in Deep Brunette, however, looks wrong. Too warm. It might work for those with medium auburn or caramel hair (like my Photoshopped hair colour here), but not for cool dark brunettes. For comparison, I also included my MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Brow in #40 Brown Black, which is darkest and coolest of all the products.

MAC Stylish Brow Swatches
MAC Stylish Brow Swatches (also including MUFE Aqua Brow #40 Brown Black for comparison)

Here’s one more look at the brow swatches:

MAC Stylish Brow Comparison

For ease of use, I recommend the products in the following order:

  1. Brow Duo (most natural finish; great for filling in some sparse areas; not waterproof)
  2. Veluxe Brow Liner (smooth and pigmented; easy to fix with included spoolie; semi-waterproof)
  3. Fluidline Brow Gelcreme (smooth and highly pigmented like Fluidline gel liners; harder to fix mistakes; very long-lasting / waterproof)

The entire MAC Stylish Brow Collection is available now online, and on January 3, 2013 at MAC locations in North America, 1.800.588.0070. The collection launches internationally in January 2013.

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  • Kassie lee

    your brows look perfectly filled in. I do my slightly different but everyone has their own way and thats what works for them

    • Thanks for your comment Kassie! I totally agree. How do you do your eyebrows? I always love swapping tricks with fellow beauty lovers.

      • Kassie lee

        I always fill mine in and then clean them up with concealer for foundation. I love bold, perfect brows 🙂 thanks for replying

      • Yolanda

        Hi Arianne! I have black eyebrows, what number would be correct for my eyebrows? Thanks and regards!!

  • I feel like a lot of MAC face products are always too warm. I will stick to the MUFE Aqua Brow that I have!

    • Hey Larie! You’re so right. With the exception of the powders, these ARE warm and if you have black hair they might not work unless you top with powders. I think the Aqua Brow shades are much better in that regard.

  • I’m really looking forward to this collection because I’m always looking for something new to fix my brows with! You managed to make all of them look very natural!

    • Thanks Sunny! You tried the MUFE right?

  • Brows, schmows. More importantly, your photos are looking fantastic, Arianne! 😉

    • Thank you Rae! 🙂 I got a new light and it is killer.

  • Lily

    I have both Coquette and Brun but I never used them to fill in my brows. After seeing yours, I have to try it one day. Love the photos. They look beautiful!

    • Thanks Lily! You’ll have to try! I use these two so much on wedding parties.

  • I Love the duo. I always find powder to be the most natural, I know brows are so important but they frighten me a bit, on myself. I use MAC Charcoal Brown just on the crease, I love the MAC powder for it. You did a fine job with all options 🙂

    • Thank you so much. Yes, powder is the most natural, but I started to use something more waterproof this summer when I rode my bike to work (and arrived sweating like a pig). 🙂 Nice to have options!

  • dowantmakeup

    This is a great overview 😀 and! the Fluidline looks quite natural! (your naked brows are fab, btw.)
    PS I visited Sephora yesterday to check out Aqua Brow, the SA was nice but waaay too heavy handed with applying it on me :< Should have just asked for a sample.

    • Thanks Angela! You should try the Aqua Brow again. It’s a fabulous product.

  • Toya

    Loving all of these options, Arianne! I had put the Aqua Brow on my wishlist – I SWEAR I’m finally going to buy it (or something) this month :S – but now I’m not sure! And also – confused, because on Sephora’s website they only have 3 Aqua Brow colors, #10, #15, or #25. Do you know if #25 (which looks to be the right shade for me) corresponds to the one you have in #40??

    • #25 is the one Larie has, so that one should work for you as well! 🙂

  • Love your brows as always! I got Brun after reading your review, and it’s so good. Now I just have to wash my angled brow brush so I can actually use it again….thanks for reminding me 😛

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  • an

    That’s a pitty that fluidline is such a warm shade, as the product seems really amazing… It’s definitely not gonna work for a person that looks like Snow White though. I guess, tomorrow I’ll just buy MUFE Aqua Brow. How would you compare pigmentation of MUFE to MAC fluidline?