On my recent trip to the UK, whilst killing time at Heathrow Airport, I headed to the Soap & Glory stand in Boots and picked up a couple of new beauty bits that I knew I couldn’t get back in the States. I actually haven’t used much Soap & Glory make-up previously, just the Supercat Liner, which I didn’t really like that much, but have read countless reviews on their make-up so thought I would try some out!
The Soap & Glory Solar Powder is a bronzer that I have heard so much about recently and is also loved by two of my favorite bloggers, Lily and Anna. They are usually spot on with their recommendations, so into the basket it went! I also picked up the Archery Brow Pencil as I had heard that it was a good dupe for the Anastasia Brow Wiz that I am obsessed with, and even though its just a couple of pounds cheaper than Brow Wiz when I buy it in the US, I thought it would be interesting to see how it compares.
Soap & Glory Solar Powder (£11) is made up of two tones of bronzer as you can see, one darker and one lighter. I guess you could use them as a subtle contour, but I have been using them together with a big fluffy brush to add warmth to my face. The darker shade is matte and the lighter shade has a very subtle shimmer to it, but nothing too obvious. I love the combination of the two shades together, as it provides me with a gorgeous summer glow, which is in no way orange, neither too shimmery, just a perfect balance of bronze and glow. I love it!
The Soap & Glory Archery Brow Pencil (£8), looks identical to the Anastasia Brow Wiz, it has the exact same casing with the wind up fine nib and the handy brow brush. I bought the shade ‘Bombshell’ which is pretty much identical to ‘Taupe’ in the Brow Wiz so everything is perfect up to now. The only difference, which to me is actually the most important is the application! The texture of this seems much firmer than the Brow Wiz, so takes a bit more effort to apply, and when you have very sparse brows like mine, this actually takes quite a long time. The Brow Wiz has a softer texture making it a lot easier to apply, that said, the end result looks the same and it lasts really well too.
I think I still slightly prefer the Anastasia Brow Wiz to this and think the (approximately) £5 price difference is justified. However, I know that in the UK, Brow Wiz is not not as easy to get hold of as Soap & Glory, so this is definitely the next best thing and is probably the closest dupe you are going to get!
It’s a thumbs up from me to S&G make up, I hope it makes its way to the US soon. Although Sephora does stock Soap & Glory, they only have a few items of make up, so fingers crossed it won’t be too long before it comes across the pond!
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