REVIEW: jane iredale Eyebrow Kit + Smooth Affair Primer

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I was lucky enough to be gifted two jane iredale products to review by Those products being,  the GreatShape Eyebrow Kit and the Smooth Affair Facial Primer and Brightener for Oily Skin. Not only do I want my eyebrows to be in ‘great shape,’ I’d love my whole body to be to! But alas, the chocolate, chocolate-chip ice-cream monster won’t move out of my freezer, so I’m stuck in a little bit of an unhealthy state 😛 (#totesnotmyfault). Anyways, I was very excited to try anything from jane iredale since I’ve seen them stocked at some of my favourite beauty salons, but the price($$$) has always put me off (uni-student life, am I right?). Enjoy this review where I’ll share whether I think it is worth my measly Centrelink (yep, your taxes fund my education) dollars.


jane iredale GreatShape Eyebrow Kit 2.5g in Brunette – $47.56

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First Impression: What? Nice shade. But, how to apply wax? There is only one brush? Much confuse?

After consulting jane iredale website: Oh, so you’re meant to use brush to apply wax first then use same brush to apply powder, and if cleaned afterwards, won’t contaminate translucent wax.

There are no photos of swatches of the (translucent!) wax, because it would be like trying to show you my HD academic record (YET TO BE SEEN). Also, I’m a fan of natural brows (Instagram brows please die, like for real) and try to only fill in the ends of my brows since otherwise I end up looking like poo.

jane iredale brow powder

Yep, this is a photo of my ‘good brow’ because I don’t like being real #sorrynotsorry (anyone else keep their bad brow in hiding?).

After use: 

  • Wax: Doesn’t hold strong enough for my liking. For my super thick and long brow hairs, I prefer using something like the L’Oreal Brow Plumper.
  • Applicator: This brush and spoolie is of high quality! I like that the spoolie is nice and small so you don’t end up with product everywhere. I think the brush also multitasks and can even be used for applying eyeliner and lipstick (clean the brush before and after).
  • Brow powder: I really enjoy the shade of this powder. I know this is something that really comes down to personal preference and hair colour, but I like it! It’s not too pigmented so you don’t accidentally give yourself sharpie brows, not much fallout and reasonably long lasting. It is also easy to remove any excess brow powder you’ve accidentally put on the skin around your brows (had a Cara moment?) with a simple sweep of your finger.
  • Packaging: This packaging is simply stunning, especially considering how everyone is losing their oatmeal over rose gold right now. Surprisingly compact considering how much space seems wasted inside the packaging. The mirror and compact itself seems to be of high quality. As pretty as it is, this packaging is the type that get dirty easily and is so difficult to photograph (yep, this kind of thing matters to an avid ‘grammer like myself).


jane iredale Smooth Affair Facial Primer and Brightener for Oily Skin 50mL – $63.97

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  • smells good and citrusy
  • felt weirdly like a little gritty for the first couple uses (might have already had the grit on my face and not actually the product, case is still open)
  • stunning packaging but a little hard to read and photograph
  • cruelty-free which warms my bunny loving heart
  • Made in the USA

Claims and Reality:

  • minimise pores: not heaps
  • reduce shine: a bit 
  • minimise imperfections: pending
  • (“new mineral technology”) colour-adjusts to your skin: LOL this product is translucent, so I guess yes? ROFL
  • makeup goes on easier: YAS
  • makeup stays longer: maybe?

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And yes, taking the photo of this ‘swatch’ felt as weird as you probably feel viewing it.

Worth that $64? NO, NO, NO. It’s not a bad product, but I highly doubt I’ll be reaching for this product in future. I much prefer Rimmel London’s InstaFlawless in Medium/Dark. Pty Ltd
Please note that both these products were provided for review and there are affiliate links in this post. If you wish to support my blog please use the links, but otherwise, you’re more than welcome to just search the products on Google :).

Tried any jane iredale products? Would love the recommendations since I really like the quality of the brow powder!



  1. 15/06/2016 / 9:31 am

    I’d love to explore her product line, but it’s very hard to find shops here in the US that carry her products. Most places that have her stuff are spas and I don’t want the high pressure sales push .. so avoid those places.

    I did order one of her blush brushes and they are good quality.


    • MEL
      15/06/2016 / 6:20 pm

      Ooo I’ll have to try her brushes.

  2. 15/06/2016 / 11:53 am

    This post made me LOL, I love your review of these products! I agree fully on your stance on Instagram brows and will sign any petition you want.

    • MEL
      16/06/2016 / 1:17 pm

      Haha, thanks Beth. Perhaps I should start a petition, or maybe a hashtag! #dieinstagrambrows LOL

  3. 15/06/2016 / 9:11 pm

    Haha, love your honest review and the photo of your ‘good brow’! Yes it is a little exxy, thanks for pointing out the good and the bad!

    • MEL
      16/06/2016 / 1:23 pm

      thanks for reading Di!

  4. 17/06/2016 / 10:06 am

    My fave beauty salon stocks Jane Iredale, so I’ve used a couple of their products – lip crayon and makeup remover mitt. Quite like them, but as you say, quite pricey. And love your sense of humour!!!

    • MEL
      17/06/2016 / 9:47 pm

      Ooo, I’ll have to try them both. I do love a good lip crayon. Thanks for readying Janet!

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