Nad’s Facial Wand Eyebrow Shaper Review
This product is manufactured in Australia, and contains natural, hypoallergenic ingredients to suit sensitive skin.
The facial wand has a thin tip, to help precisely follow the contours of the eyebrow.
The ten cloth strips provided with the wand are reusable and can be cleaned by simply rinsing in warm water after use to remove the gel.
There are 4 pre-treatment wipes also included, for removing any make-up residue or oils from the skin prior to using the gel.
Currently the product retails online for around $12, and gives approximately 8 - 10 eyebrow treatments, and so is a pretty cost effective option for facial hair removal.
Also suitable for use on upper lip and chin hair.
What's in the Box?
- One Facial Wand containing 6g (0.2 oz) hair removal gel
- 10 Cotton Strips
- 4 Cleansing Wipes
- Instruction Leaflet
A Look at the Product
The facial wand, containing 6g of gel product has a slim tip to help get the precision of application required to shape your eyebrows.
That said, it is still a fiddly process and requires some practice. The good thing is that the product can be easily removed with water if you get it wrong, and you can start again.
It measures 115mm in length, with a diameter of 15mm, with the application tip at one end and the twisting base at the other.
Made from natural products it is sweet-smelling, reminiscent of honey, and very sticky.
It is used by twisting the bottom of the wand until the gel comes out at the tip - the first time you use it, you will need a number of twists.
There are 10 fabric pulling strips included in the kit, each measuring 20mm x 85mm.
These are re-usable and can be washed using warm water to remove gel and hair, and then dried thoroughly, ready for next time.
Four sachets, each containing a cleansing wipe are also included, for use prior to treatment.
These are handy but unlikely to be enough to last the life of the product.
You can clean the skin just as well using a non-moisturizing soap and water - you just need to make sure that the area is free of all make-up oils and moisturisers before you start.
The leaflet included with this product is pretty informative and includes some useful illustrations.
Unfortunately however, do be warned that the typeface used is impossibly tiny and you will need x-ray vision or a magnifying glass to read them! Even with my glasses on I needed an extra magnifier to be able to make out the words.
Below is a list of ingredients for both the facial wand and pre-wax cleansing wipes.
You should always carry out a patch test for both the wand and the cleansing wipes 24 hours prior to use.
This should be done by following the instructions for use, on a very small area that you wish to treat.
If you have no adverse effects after waiting for 24 hours, it is safe to proceed.
How to Use the Product
The video below demonstrates how to use the product for eyebrows and between brows correctly:
So, to recap, for eyebrows:
- Clean skin thoroughly with a cleansing wipe (or non-moisturising soap and water) and dry thoroughly
- Do not use immediately after a shower - wait for at least 15 minutes, and until the skin is completely dry and moisture-free
- If it is cold, rub the tube of gel between your hands to gently warm it - DO NOT heat in the microwave
- Remove cap and twist the base of the applicator until gel appears at the tip (this can be up to 20 times for first use)
- Apply a thin, even layer of gel following the contour of the brow, to cover the area from which you wish to remove the hair
- Immediately place a cotton strip over the layer and press firmly in place two or three times following the direction of the hairs' growth
- Hold the skin nice and taut with your spare hand, from the temple
- Remove strip in one quick, firm pull in the opposite direction to hair growth, keeping parallel to the skin and as close as possible to it as per diagram above (do not pull the strip up and away from the skin)
(Diagrams above are taken from the instruction leaflet)
And for between eyebrows:
- Follow the same method, pressing the strip upwards towards the forehead
- Pull skin taut by holding it upwards towards the scalp
- Remove by pulling strip off in a downwards direction, towards the nose
Exactly the same method applies for upper lip and chin - in each case just making sure that the gel and strip are applied in the direction of hair growth and removed against hair growth.
After use, wait 24 hours before using any astringent lotion, deodorant or perfume on the treated area.
Replace cap to store remaining product and keep in a dry place out of direct sunlight.
- Do not use on sunburned, chapped, broken or otherwise compromised skin or if you suffer from any dermatological condition
- Do not use if you have diabetes, varicose veins, are taking retinoids or using topical retin A.
- Not to be used on the perineal or genital areas, or on nipples or scalp.
- Always take time to read all the instructions and precautions provided by the manufacturer. If, like me, you have trouble reading them because of the tiny typeface, they are published on the website: www.nads.com
Is it Effective?
I tested this product and found it to be pretty good, although a bit fiddly at first, to make sure that the gel was in the correct place. I also required my tweezers for the odd stray hair or two.
As it is removable simply with water, a little trial and error was possible without any problems.
Online reviews are a little divided, but there are sufficient favourable comments to suggest that I am not unique in finding the product effective.
Is it Painful?
All waxing is painful and the eye area is quite sensitive, obviously individuals react differently and have varying pain thresholds.
Personally, I think the only other option for brow shaping effectively at home is tweezing, and I don't feel that waxing is any worse.
Both methods pull the hair out at the root, it is just that waxing takes multiple hairs at a time so the pain is more concentrated. On the flip side, it is over so much quicker!
There are ways to minimise pain from waxing as described in a separate article.
It is worth remembering that, if you wax regularly the skin becomes more tolerant over time, and regrowth becomes finer and sparser.
Why Use Wax for Eyebrows? - what are the Advantages?
Everyone knows that the most common and precise way to shape eyebrows is to use tweezers.
So why would you opt to use wax?
Well, tweezing can be a time-consuming process, as each hair is removed individually. Therefore, if you have thick eyebrows, starting with wax makes the whole thing much quicker - you are still likely to need tweezers for the odd stray hair and for a good, clean finish.
Additionally, wax will remove the fine hairs that can be difficult to pick up with tweezers.
Tips for Shaping your Eyebrows
The illustration on the right shows how to work out the ideal shape for your eyebrows.
You will need something with a straight edge (a pencil will do) and a white brow pencil
- Using the straight edge, line it up vertically from the edge of your nose to the inner corner of your eye (1). Using the brow pencil mark the point at which it meets your brow to find where the brow should start.
- Next, line up the straight edge from the same point against your nose with the outer edge of your iris and mark where it meets the brow (2) to find the highest point.
- Finally, repeat the process, lining up with the outer edge of your eye (3) marking where it meets the brow to find the finish point.
Once you have the 3 points marked you can use the brow pencil to join them in a smooth arch to the shape that you wish. Then repeat for the other side, until you are happy that they match.
There are products to help with this process; the Billion Dollar Brow Buddy.
Alternatively you can by eyebrow stencils, which are simply placed over the brow and then filled in with your brow pencil (various shapes are included).
Once you have the desired shape drawn onto the brow, you just need to remove any hair that falls outside of the lines.
Product Q & A's
Is the product easy to use, for first timers?
Yes, it is pretty simple - if you are shaping your brows for the first time it is an idea to go to a salon and let a professional do it for you - then you just need to maintain them by following the contour of the brow already done for you. Alternatively, read this article; Eyebrow Hair Removal
What if I get the gel in the wrong place?
You can just rinse the gel away with water and start again
Where can I get more strips?
There are 10 provided with the kit, and they are washable (just using warm water) for reuse
I have run out of cleansing wipes - what can I use?
Any eye make-up removing wipes or lotion should be fine, or just a non-moisturizing soap and water. Just be sure that the area is thoroughly dry afterwards, or the gel will not stick
Do you need to microwave the product to warm it?
No - it is for use straight from the wand. If it has become too cold and thick, warm it by rubbing gently between your hands. NEVER MICROWAVE this product.
Is it OK to use this product for the hair on my moles?
No, waxing is not suitable for use on moles or warts
I have sensitive skin - will it be OK for me?
This is a natural, hypoallergenic product which is suitable for most sensitive skins, however we recommend a patch test be carried out on a small area, following the instructions. If no adverse reactions occur after 24 hours it is safe to continue using the product.
All in all I liked this product - it worked, it has a pleasant, sweet odour and it is very easy to remove any residue from the skin with just water.
Having washable strips is a bonus, so no extra outlay required.
The facial wand is particularly suitable for eyebrows due to the fine, precision tip and there is sufficient for about 8 - 10 applications for your $12.
If you are looking for a natural product then based on my observations, I would happily recommend it.
Things we Liked
- Cost Effective - Available from around $12 for 8 - 10 treatments
- Natural Ingredients - gentle and hypoallergenic for sensitive skin
- Quick and Easy - no heating required, precision tip for shaping
- Clean with Water - residue easily washed off
- Reusable strips - washable with water
Things we didn't Like
- Hard to Read Instructions - due to tiny type-face
- Practice Needed - can be a bit fiddly until you get used to it, and practice needed to get best results