I first bought myself a Vital Radiance Brow Fill In Powder kit about 8 years ago (… that long? Whoa) . Back in those days of bargain hunting and having important beers to spend my student loan on rather than expensive makeup, the Vital Radiance products were a brilliant bargain find.
Vital Radiance is an American brand, it’s a Revlon diffusion line for mature skin. It has cheaper price points, more specifically targeted products, nothing wild or bright, just gentle natural colours and soft feeling formulas. I don’t know if it is still in production or current, but they must have way, waaaay overstocked these things a few years ago because every Poundland and Savers and local discount store stocked the line for ages at £1 – £2 an item. I gave the products a try because I reasoned, well… if these things make a lady in her seventies look vitally radiant they’re going to give me a youthful glow to rival the sun itself!
Of all the products I tried, it was the brow make up that was the stand out winner for me. The little brush, though softer than the much missed legendary original Body Shop brow kit folding brush, is much better than the brush in the new Body Shop brow kit and it effectively applies the powder around and between brow bits to give an illusion of gap-free fullness. The powder comes in two shades per kit,and six colourways based on your hair colour. The colours are reasonably pigmented and go on easily, blend easily, and don’t look excessively bright or dark when applied due to the soft blending quality and the soft brush.
The kit snaps shut reliably and holds the brush in the centre section, it also includes a mirror for on-the-go brow fixups. The packaging is a bit dated/grannyish but really it’s functionality that is more important especially when you can pick this little beauty up for £1.
I noticed a few months ago that Vital Radiance products were back in the bargain stores, and I decided to look out for this brow kit again. I didn’t find it anywhere in Cornwall but I was very pleased to spot it in Poundland on my recent trip to Oxford (which will be my new home town, and based on this I can see we’re going to get on famously). I picked it up in this shade Brunette and in another darker colourway for when I dye my hair winter shades. At £1 each I could afford a spare
Here are a couple of pictures of the product in action (from the same set as yesterday’s Face of the Day).
It’s a softer, more natural look than my other brow kits. Better with lighter hair colours and summer make up than the Crazy Brow Town look from my older posts.
I can see why this is a good product for mature skin and eyebrows, but there’s nothing to stop it also being a good product for young skin and brows too. Recommended!
If you already have enough brow powder in your life (is there such a thing?) Vital Radiance also make a line of brushes, one of which is a full size version of the soft eyebrow brush in this kit. I haven’t seen them in stores again yet but I know you can order them for about £1 each plus p&p from Amazon and eBay at the moment. All the Vital Radiance brushes I’ve had are pretty good, I still have one that is nearly 10 years old.
If you see this line in stores or online at a bargain price, I definitely recommend giving it a go. It’s not hip but it works and it’s good quality. Great stuff!