Apologies for the delay in reviewing the final Korean beauty product sent to me by one of my favorite Korean beauty online shops, Tester Korea: winter’s coming and the kids and I all got hit with a middlingly-bad bug, causing runny noses and phlegm-y throats. Ugh! We’re finally on the mend, now, and I’m personally thrilled because it means I can smell my perfume again!
So… I have reviewed my experience with Tester Korea in the past; they have a different selection of brands from a few others that I use, and their prices are very competitive. My favorite thing about them is you can request brands and products and they’ll try to get them in stock!
Today’s review is for Too Cool for School Glam Rock Double Proof Brow in Ash Brown (02).
My eyebrows are black, but also on the sparse side. To be quite honest, I tend to sort of leave them be; I’m not really keen on the very “done” brows that are in style these days, and kind of prefer the more natural look. This may mostly be due to my own laziness, though. Hehehe.
Only on occasion do I bother with filling them in with some grey brow powder… When I first started dating my now-husband in college—over twenty years ago, eep!—I literally never did anything with my brows. I mean, I wouldn’t even get strays, since I guess I kept pulling them out during high school, and eventually they never grew back. Anyway, he actually thought I plucked my eyebrows to within an inch of their lives, Marlene Dietrich-style (or did those stars actually pluck all the hairs and redraw the entire brow?). Nope! I just have pathetically sparse brows!
These days, I normally use Clinique Brow Shaper in Charcoaled. I have usually found that if I use any kind of brown, it usually has too much red in it and ends up looking very odd against my skintone.
I was a little bit leery looking at the Too Cool for School’s Ash Brown shade, but eventually I figured that all those Korean ladies can’t be wrong! Luckily, I chose well and the Ash Brown works really nicely for my coloring, despite looking a bit too brown in the tube.
The official swatches are a bit weird. I’m not sure how the version using both the Brow Ink and the Brow “Cara” (I think it’s so cute the way Korean brands shorten mascara to “cara”!) seems a bit lighter than just using the Ink. Maybe the Cara is meant to brush some of the excess Ink away.
Here’s the Ink and the Cara swatched on my hand:
The Ink end has a soft, flat, squared brush that feels like a floppier doefoot applicator (often used for lipglosses and liquid concealers). It paints on the brow color as lightly or as deeply as you like; I appreciated being able to use the skinny side vs the square side for different parts of the brow. This worked nicely and I quite liked it.
The Cara end has a mascara spoolie, and it’s handy for brushing brows into place (I have some stubborn ones, for sure) and adds a little color, as well. I find the spoolie can deposit a bit too much color, but it’s not too hard to manage. However, I didn’t really see the point of the product on the spoolie; it didn’t seem to help hold my brows in place at all. On the positive side, brows feel “normal” and soft, not as though there’s product in them.
Overall, I think this is a really good product for filling in my brows, and I’m more than happy to use it that way. I like the doefoot end (Ink) better than the spoolie end (Cara); the Cara doesn’t do a heckuva lot.
Oh, and I did do a waterproof test on my hand. Both the Ink and the Cara swatches held up very nicely to water and to a little rubbing. Excellent! The product wears nicely all day on the brows, as well.
There were no ingredient lists that I could see on the packaging or online.
Too Cool for School Glam Rock Double Proof Brow in Ash Brown (02) retails for about US$12.40 (₩13,600) at Tester Korea, and contains 0.14 oz / 42 g. The product is made in South Korea, where animal testing was banned starting in 2018.
Too Cool for School (US site), despite being known as a Korean beauty brand, was originally conceived in New York, NY, USA, where their creative office continues to be based. The company headquarters are in Seoul, South Korea, where it was founded in 2009. Too Cool for School enjoys collaborating with various artists—”designers, painters, musicians, and dancers”— to create its product lines.