Review

We put the 30-minute blink brow bar Brow Shape & Tint to the test

February 11th 2018 / Anna Hunter / 0 comment

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Speedy grooming and thicker looking brows for a month or more? Get thee to Blink Brow bar. We’ve teamed up with the cult brow experts to offer you 20% off brow shape and tint treatments

Where are we?

blink brow bar at Topshop Oxford Circus, London.

I’ve formerly hidden my eyebrows under a thick and lofty fringe canopy, but as soon as I grew said fringe out, I headed straight to blink for my very first threading experience. There’s nothing like a naked forehead to cajole you into a bit of brow sprucing, but being a relative newbie to eyebrow maintenance full stop, I was nervy. I needn’t have been. Blink founder Vanita Parti MBE pioneered the very first UK walk-in brow bar back in 2004, and both she and her expert staff know their stuff, from putting first-time threaders at ease to creating a magnificent arch and keeping it that way. There are now over 25 blink brow bars across the UK, and I’ve visited almost all of the London locations, and am pleased to report that every single one offers the same impeccable service. This week I trialled the Topshop outpost for the very first time, aiming to add some definition and oomph to my otherwise mousy brows of a Monday evening.

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What are we having?

The classic blink offering- a Brow Shape & Tint, £33 for 30 minutes.

The treatment is centred around the ancient art of threading- an Indian brow shaping technique that, when performed by a practised pro, creates precisely honed to perfection eyebrows for your face shape. Your therapist will tailor a shape to your liking before a cotton thread is whisked across skin, removing strays from the root and sculpting brows in the process, with a neat, instant result and minimal redness.

Pre-thread, a tint is blended to harmonise with your hair shade and colouring. Blink mix up a bespoke hue just for you, whether you’re a dark brunette, light blonde, bold redhead or rocking refined grey. The tint is smoothed on, develops over the course of a few minutes and is removed to reveal thicker-looking, more pronounced brows. Basically, as if you were wearing makeup, but you’re not. You won’t have to faff with brow pencils and the like if you don’t want to for at least a month. More lie in time = my kinda treatment.

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What’s it like?

Tinting feels cool and comfortable- you’ll need to pop in for a patch test beforehand if you’re a new customer. Threading wise, it’s not exactly relaxing, but it’s not painful either- a mild “ripping” sensation, but it’s over so fast that it barely registers. I’m prone to sneezing and a bit of eye watering during treatment, but that’s about it.

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Once you’ve been tinted and threaded, you’ll be treated to either an aloe vera or rosewater based soothing gel application plus a scalp and shoulder massage, which is the most blissful add-on to an otherwise practical grooming exercise. Any treatment that combines tangible take home results (awesome eyebrows) with zen-like calm gets an A* from moi.

The results

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As above, eyebrows à la carte and shoulders that hover at least a metre lower thanks to a tension-melting massage. You can choose to add brow makeup to up the ante too- for once I opted for this, and while they were a little more dramatic than I’d normally wear on your average Monday evening, playing Brooke Shields for a night was pretty fun. The tint and thread alone is transformative enough for me- others can’t quite put their finger on what’s changed, but post-treatment comments generally reflect that I look well-rested, as if I may have had a facial or generally that my eye makeup looks sharp. Which is rewarding, seeing as I’m normally wearing my usual mascara and am sporting a supremely low maintenance brow tint. Did I mention the lie-ins?

Our treat to you

Get The Gloss readers can receive 20% off a blink brow bar Brow Shape & Tint treatment (full price £33) before 25/02/2018.

To claim your voucher, please present this article when booking your treatment.

For locations and blink brow bar contact details, visit the blink brow bar website.

Offer is redeemable from Sunday 11th February and ends Sunday 25th February inclusive. Offer is available in Blinkbrowbar locations nationwide. Redeemable against a brow thread with brow tint only and does not include any other single treatment or product. Voucher is for one-time use only and cannot be used in conjunction with any other sales discounts or promotional offer. Vouchers have no cash redemption value. We reserve the right to discontinue the voucher at any time.

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