I've had tattooed brows (AKA permanent makeup) for over 6 months, and so far I'm enjoying it! I have "ready" brows when I wake up, after take a bath, and even when I exercise or go for a swim. Hihi! I'd say it's pretty much worth it, but lately I found myself filling it in whenever I do a full-face makeup because it looks a bit light (on the grayish side). This usually happens when a person has oily skin. Even makeup artists can't tell that it's tattoo because it looks natural, but having to fill it in defeats the purpose of me having it done in the first place, so I asked Pretty Looks if I could have it retouched, this session being my third (and hopefully the last in the next 4 years).
My Pretty Looks Timeline:
October 31, 2015 - Pretty Looks S3 Eyebrow Stranding (First Session)
December 19, 2015 - Pretty Looks S3 Eyebrow Stranding (Retouch)
May 6, 2016 - (Supposed) S3 Eyebrow Stranding retouch turned into Cashmere Eyebrows
Usual Procedure for S3 Eyebrow Stranding:
- Apply Anesthetic
- Start Procedure
- Make Base
- S3 Stranding Technique
For Cashmere Eyebrows, Step 5 is omitted, making it S3 Stranding all throughout. This is their latest technique in permanent brow makeup.
I booked a 2:00 PM appointment with them, but as usual, we started late. They let the topical anesthetic sit on my skin, and I started my session at 3:15PM. (All my 3 sessions started late, which is something they can improve on.) I only found out about the 6-point procedure mentioned above as I was writing the review and I realized it wasn't followed when I had my brows done. What I got was the following:
Clean -> Apply Anesthetic -> Start Procedure -> S3 Stranding Technique
The Drawing part was skipped, and you'll see later why it is important and why you should insist on it when you're going to have your brows done.
The procedure was done in an hour. I expected the pain; it was tolerable.
Before & After:
- Before - This is the actual result of my S3 Eyebrow Stranding almost 5 months after my retouch. I had it done using dark brown ink. It has lightened, but I still don't have to fill it in on normal days. However, there is no visible stranding effect; it's just solid gray.
- Right after the procedure - MY BROWS LOOKED PERFECT! ♥ Clients in the waiting area were convinced with this procedure, because my tattoo looked just like real hair. The end result of Cashmere Eyebrows was less harsh than the S3 Eyebrow Stranding which looked more solid. Dark brown ink was used, same as my previous procedures. I was advised not to wet my brows for 24 hours, but I didn't wet it for 72 hours to be sure! Antibacterial ointment must be applied twice a day for 7 days.
- 8th day after the procedure - My brows started peeling at the 4th day and by the 7th it was complete done. I see the strands!
The tail of my left brow has faded! It looked perfectly fine right after the procedure. However, after it finished peeling my left eyebrow had a small (permanent) problem - there's an extra strand of tattoo that's out of place near the center. It's not too obvious unless you stare at it. Prior to the procedure, I didn't groom my brows and my therapist didn't draw it on for good measure, which resulted to this mistake. However, compared to its previous state, it looks better now.
After Cashmere Brows
After Peeling: End Result of Cashmere Brows
Based from my previous experience, I know this will still fade, but I'm hoping this will last for 4 years. (Their ads claim that their permanent makeup will last for 3 to 5 years.) Aside from the extra strand on my left brow that's disturbing the OC me, I generally still like the outcome. It looks natural, and now I even get compliments on my brows!
Therapist: Cha of Pretty Looks Il Terrazzo, Tomas Morato
Price: P3,000 for 3rd retouch
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