Benefit Brow Bar – Putting the WOW into your BROWS!

25 Apr

Let me start by saying I’m a past victim of overplucking (sadly at my own hands), and had to endure the unsightly “grow back” stage where I had to restrain from touching my brows for nearly a whole year to let them grow out. So now that I  have my brows back to where I want them – I am very dubious to let anyone touch them.

Thursday saw the opening of the first Benefit Brow Bar in Brisbane at the Brisbane City Myer Centre. So after work, I headed into the city to check it out.

If you haven’t already, you should really check out Benefit – everything is so adorable – from their counters to their products through to their staff!

Benefit Brisbane's main counter

the cute display of products

The new Brow Bar at Brisbane Myer Centre is actually separate from the main counter. It’s around the corner opposite the Kit Cosmetics and next to the shoe department. This counter is set up especially for the Brow Bar service.

Benefit Brow Bar

where you sit to get your brows done

I was looked after by Hannah, who happens to be the Brow & Services Trainer for Benefit Cosmetics Australia and she explained to me the Brow Bar experience and that she would be doing a wax, shape and tint for me.

I was a bit stand off-ish, but Hannah is the bombdotcom at what she does. Hannah is a qualified beauty therapist, as are all the Benefit brow bar girls and each and every one of them go through ‘Brow Bar University’ where they are all trained in the Benefit way of waxing, shaping and tinting. So you can rest easy knowing that when you go to Benefit Brow Bar – you will be in good hands.

First they get you to sign an agreement that you haven’t had any microdermabrasion, taking any medication, haven’t applied fake tan etc. before they begin. This is actually quite important – as Hannah explained to me that applying tint to the skin when fake tan has previously been applied will actually cause the hair to go green as the tint reacts with the DHA in the tan – and we don’t want Grinch eyebrows now do we girls?! So make sure you explain to the Benefit technician any beauty treatments you have done recently to your face, as it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Secondly, Hannah illustrated to me the brow shaping process and how they actually go about perfecting the perfect brow shape. I have demonstrated below the three points of the brow, the start, the arch and the end, and how they go about finding those points to shape the perfect brow.

1. The start of your brow is found by placing a line straight up from the edge of your nose in line with the inner corner of your eye.

2. The arch of your brow (highest point) is found by placing a line from the same edge of your nose and lining that up with the outer edge of your iris.

3. The end of the brow is found by placing a line from the same edge of you nose, in line with the outer corner of your eye and extended in a straight line.

Your brows should be around the thickness of a pen, and the Benefit brow technician will advise you if you are to grow out any areas of your brows.

Hannah only had to tidy up the start of my brows, take a little bit off the top to smooth out my naturally high arch points and then tidied up underneath etc. When finished she applied powder to hide redness using Hello Flawless and perfectly defined my brows using the new Brows-a-go-go set.



What: Benefit Brow Bar Services


Brow arch wax            $25

Brow arch tweeze        $30

Brow & lip wax            $35

Lip wax                          $15

Chin wax                       $15

Lip & chin wax             $25


Brow tint                        $15

Brow tint w arch          $35


Naturally LUSH lashes  $30

Individual half lashes     $25

Individual full lashes      $35


Pretty Me Please Make Up  $50 (redeemable against product purchase)

Where: Myer Brisbane City 07 3232 0121

When: NOW! Drop in…no appointment necessary

Why: Because a professional brow arch lights up your face making you gorgeous and it’s never been easier and more convenient than at Benefit!!

[Image source: Benefit Cosmetics and my own. Please do not use without permission ]

I was asked to be a guest of the Benefit Brow Bar opening. Thank you to Justin and Hannah.

9 Responses to “Benefit Brow Bar – Putting the WOW into your BROWS!”

  1. Haute Style April 26, 2011 at 7:32 pm #

    HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! Not the most flattering pic of me but MEH!

    You look amazing

    • hip&haute April 28, 2011 at 2:35 pm #

      Whatever trevor! We BOTH look amazing now with our perfectly shaped brows 🙂

  2. Stacey April 29, 2011 at 11:26 pm #

    You look super smokin’… REET REOW.

    • hip&haute May 2, 2011 at 10:49 pm #

      Baha thanks babe. You wouldn’t have thought that if you saw me with the brow tint plastered all over my eyebrows… I looked like Groucho marx with the huge eyebrows. haha

  3. jdbaby84 April 3, 2012 at 10:29 am #

    Thanks for the review! I always walk past it going to M.A.C and never look twice. Might have to hit it up soon 🙂

  4. jdbaby84 April 3, 2012 at 10:32 am #

    Thanks! I’ve always seen this while walking over to M.A.C but never paid it any mind. Will check it out! 🙂

  5. Nicole Smith-Stanley March 20, 2013 at 9:11 pm #

    Your lipstick in the before pic is great! What is it? I have stumbled across this page in 2013 – deffs need to hit up the brow bar!

    • hip&haute June 20, 2013 at 6:36 pm #

      Thanks Nicole. From memory, I think it’s a Inglot Slim Gel Lipstick in a coral colour (they are usually numbers, I think this one was like 49?)

  6. Fiona October 5, 2015 at 9:29 am #

    I went for an eyebrow wax and tint at the the Benefit Brow Bar after reading this blog review. Worst decision ever!!! I knew something was wrong when very early in the treatment I started to feel a painful burning sensation on my skin. I informed the lady of this but she just told me that it was ‘normal’ and to ‘stop flinching’. At the end of the treatment, I was horrified to see huge raw, thick red marks on both sides of my eyebrows. I asked her if it was normal for it to still be burning so much as I had never felt this much pain or had such red marks after an eyebrow wax. She dismissed my concerns. 5 hours later I was in tears from the pain. I went to the Body Shop to get a second opinion and the lady said she could feel heat coming off my eyebrows, suggesting that it was a burn from the wax being too hot. I went back to the Benefit Brow Bar to show them my eyebrows and demand my money back. After some persistence, they did give me my money back (and offered me a complimentary eyebrow wax… as if I would ever go back there!!). However they were very unapologetic, refusing to admit that it was their fault and basically claiming that it was probably the result of ‘dry skin’. However, I have since been to a pharmacist who says it was definitely not caused by dry skin and that it looks like they have pulled layers of skin away. He has given me a special cream because he is worried that it might leave permanent scars on my face. It has been two days since the treatment and the skin around my eyebrows is still extremely red and raw, and the pain is only just starting to ease. I do not take any medication, or use any facial products that could possibly have caused this reaction. Please do not go here, it is definitely not worth it!

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