Erabelle eyebrow embroidery… ahhh. I recently booked myself an appointment to get semi-permanent eyebrow embroidery (aka Erabrow) at the award-winning Erabelle, because not long ago I was very happy and impressed by the eyebrow redesign I got there. I was most impressed by the exceptional service at Erabelle and enjoyed the ambiance of the space, I knew that Erabelle is the right place for me to get my eyebrow embroidery redone. Not to mention that their eyebrow embroidery service is also priced reasonably. Come, let me walk you through my latest experience there.
Updated Oct 2013: CHECK OUT THIS UPDATED POST ON MY EYEBROW EMBROIDERY TOO.
Erabelle can be found in several locations in Singapore; the one I went to is situated at Penang Road (in Orchard). It is a very central location that’s easily accessible by public transportation or private vehicle (there’s a public car park right across the street), yet this particular store itself is nestled in a quiet corner adjoining an open-air garden at the side. I find it perfect to spend a relaxing afternoon here, away from the hustle bustle of downtown Orchard.
The interior space of Erabelle reflects the branding design, integrating feminine elements of Victorian motifs, playful textures and patterns, with calming Japanese aesthetics. These two differing styles actually work together very beautifully and combined they give off a warm, cozy and elegant vibe.
It’s a sensory treat to be at Erabelle and hailing from the land where the standards of customer service are legendary, the timeless icon of a kimono-clad ladies has come to represent Erabelle and customers can expect a service experience characterized by warm hospitality, dedication and commitment.
Kimono-wearing Bernice, master artist at Erabelle, first analyzed my face shape and features before customizing a look that brings out my best features. She scrutinized my features and facial proportions so that she could recommend the idea eyebrow shape to attain facial harmony.
Obviously not everyone has the same face shape and there’s no one brow design fits all. This is where you need a skilled eyebrow master artist because the degree of arch, the length, the thickness of your eyebrows need to be carefully crafted before they get inked semi-permanently. For me, I have oval-shaped face and so an overly high arch made me look witchy, hence a gentler curve would be more suitable and made me look more girlish. *blush* Hahaha.
There’s leftover pigment from the place where I got my eyebrows embroidered at last time so Bernice attempted to correct the overly-high arch which, it turned out, was much more evident on the right brow. Balancing both brows, softening the arch and ‘erasing’ the leftover pigment would be a challenge for novices but definitely not Bernice! I was so glad I made the appointment with her because she is very skillful and experienced.
Once I was pleased and agreeable with the customized design that Bernice had suggested, she put on numbing cream onto my brows as well as applied a patch test (the dab of ink on my neck as you can see in the image above) to test for possible allergies.
Speaking of ink, all colors and equipment used at Erabelle are of the highest safety standards in line with the European Cosmetic Directive and/or approved by FDA (Germany), where standards and technology are known to be top-notch. Bernice would be applying two different shades of brown for my eyebrow embroidery process in order to match and blend the new design with leftover from my previous one.
I passed the allergy test, all was normal. So the numbing cream was wiped off from my eyebrows and Bernice proceeded with the Erabelle eyebrow embroidery (aka Erabrow). I’m sure the first thing everyone wants to know is whether this hurts and if so, how painful is it?
Using specialized Softstroke technique and Erabelle’s Micropen, colours were applied just below the epidermis of skin to simulate the look of perfectly-drawn eyebrows and effects will last 2-3 years. This technique was very different than the previous experience I had elsewhere (at the time they used a small X-acto blade to embed the ink into the skin by making small shallow cuts).
Erabelle’s Softstroke technique did not puncture or cut the skin, so as far as pain was concerned, there was ZERO PAIN. Bernice asked me if I felt okay and I replied, “Huh, you’ve started already?!? I thought you’re using an eyebrow brush to comb my eyebrows!”. That was how painless it was!!! I felt like my eyebrows were being brushed.
The entire procedure was so comfortable I stole a quick nap while Bernice did her magic on my eyebrows. This procedure took about approximately 30-mins or so, I think. Even though during the process itself, the ink appeared severe, harsh and very dark on my skin, you’ll be surprised that the final result was totally not like that at all.
My eyebrow embroidery is completed! Bernice pointing out to me the new shape of my eyebrows while I observed in glee.
Taking a closer look at the finished result. LOL at my facial expression here, I was trying to suppress my inner somersault of joy. Hahahaha.
So here’s the BEFORE and AFTER. Before, my eyebrows looked thin, sparse and shape was a tad funky. After, arch got softened, overall eyebrows got thickened with corrected shape and look gentler, framing my face better. I had zero makeup on that day but as you can see, just the adjustment of my eyebrows shape, thickness and color alone had the effect of perking my face up. I looked much more ‘put together’ and less bummy. Facial harmony I guess. Heh!
Closeup view and comparison of the shape correction. Notice in the middle picture during the redesign/restyling, the right brow was still showing the high arch that was leftover from before, and Bernice carefully corrected that for me. The color looks quite natural too, right? :)
Btw, congrats to all the 5 winners who have won the Erabelle Eyebrow Pencil in my previous giveaway in conjunction with Vanity Trove. I’m always happy to be giving away freebies, sharing is caring so the more the merrier. ^^ The eyebrow pencil is a great tool if you are not ready to go for a semipermanent design just yet.
Now that my eyebrow embroidery at Erabelle was completed, I was sent home with Erabelle’s Aftercare Cream which contains UV protection, restores skin’s moisture balance and has PH normalizing properties. These promote natural healing and preserve the quality and appearance of the colours. For the first 24 hours, it’s not advisable for the eyebrows to come in contact with water. Aftercare Cream should also be applied twice a day; basically it’s to keep the freshly embroidered eyebrows moist so that there won’t be any uneven scabbing. Subsequent touch-up session is scheduled to take place anytime between four to six weeks after.
A quick snap shot of Bernice and I, against an Erabelle poster featuring Kazumi, my friend who modeled for all their ads.
Thank you very much, Bernice ~ You’re the BEST!!! I couldn’t help but noticed how everyone who works at Erabelle has beautiful eyebrows. And it’s true, there is no such thing as one-design-fits-all. Everyone’s eyebrows at Erabelle looked beautiful and elegant, framing each individual face nicely and very pleasant to look at.
Just for kicks, I am also including this dyptic of a side-by-side comparison of my eyebrow embroidery result from 2010 done elsewhere and 2012 done at Erabelle — to give myself a visual reference of the difference. You know, I’ve had about a dozen total of friends and family who went to the old place I did my eyebrow embroidery after they read about my experience. I feel that Erabelle is better and they’ve won so many industry awards as a testimony to their outstanding services, I am totally gonna recommend Erabelle to everyone now.
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The eyebrow services at Erabelle are priced as follows:
Erabrow Design SGD29.00
Faceshape and eyebrow analysis, tweeze, trim and design
Erabrow SGD780.00 *UPDATED 1 January 2013*
Semi-permanent colouring services x 3 (lasts about 2 years)
Additional surcharge of SGD214.00 per package applies for Master Artists request
When you go for the semi-permanent eyebrow embroidery service, design is complementary. I forgot to mention this the last time because I didn’t read the fine print, but there is an additional rate of $214 for master artist requests when it comes to semi-permanent eyebrow embroidery services. Just so you know and don’t get shocked when you happen to request Bernice who is a master artist. Either way though, however you add it up with or without the $214, eyebrow services FOR VIRGIN EYEBROWS at Erabelle are still way way waaaayyyyyy more affordable than the last place I went to (I paid well over 4-figure sum there, eeps).
Important to note: You will need to disclose to Erabelle staff prior to making an appointment about your current eyebrow conditions, whether you’ve had them done elsewhere before or not, and whether it’s already faded etc. Color and shape correction will need to be determined by the Erabelle staff and they will advice you accordingly on the price of service. But trust me, you will not be disappointed with the service at Erabelle. :)
If this post has piqued your interest, please read my updated blog article on Erabelle Erabrowlogy (with exclusive discount code that I hope you will take advantage of).
103 Penang Road #01-06 to 11
Tel: (+65) 6836 8388
Hours: Monday to Sunday 11.00am – 9.30pm
Official website to find out more about Erabelle eyebrow embroidery and other services (the website is super cute!).