Is Microblading Worth It?

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If you follow me on Twitter and Instagram, you probably know I went through the ordeal that is microblading. This is an expensive semi-permanent cosmetic procedure that I wanted for years, and it was great to finally get it done. But was microblading worth it?

Microblading is a form of semi-permanent make-up that involves using tiny needles to deposit pigment below your skin to give you a look of fuller and more defined eyebrows. It can last up to 3 years, but you typically will need to get touch-ups done once per year.

I’ve wanted to get my eyebrows microbladed for years, but since the process is essentially a face tattoo, I wasn’t able to when I was pregnant or nursing. Because I had my priorities in order, I scheduled my appointment the week after my baby was weaned.

The cost breakdown of microblading

Where you get your eyebrows down and what artist does it will be the largest determinant of the price tag you pay. I paid on the highest end of the scale as far as I know, but I also saw the same artist that did Mrs. Universe’s brows. Not everyone needs to get their microblading done by someone who services beauty queens, but I was nervous about tattooing my face. I was willing to shell out extra money for reputation and results. And know what? I wasn’t disappointed.

Expect to spend anywhere from $400 to $700 for the cost of microblading. While you might be tempted to aim below that range in order to reduce your costs, remember that this is semi-permanent make-up. When you pay a premium you are paying for your artist’s time and talent, as well as the quality of facilities and the equipment used.

My eyebrow microblading cost breakdown:

Appointment deposit $150 + tax = $157.50 — I had to pay a $150 non-refundable deposit to hold my appointment when I first booked it.

Microblading appointment $450 + $81 tip + tax = $557.55 — My actual microblading appointment was 3 hours long and I paid the remaining balance owing after my deposit was applied to the total, plus tip. In retrospect, my $81 tip almost seems too low, because it’s only 18% of the $450 total I paid that day, not the whole bill!

6-week touch-up appointment $0. The touch-up appointment took 2 hours, but the cost was included in the full payment for my brows. However, future touch-ups will be done annually and cost approximately $250.

Total = $715.05

I don’t think I have to tell you how I saved up for it, but just in case there’s any doubt: I set up a goal in KOHO. I think I even mention it in my Koho review video on YouTube! Microblading was my first Koho goal ever, and saving a little bit every day is how I was able to come up with the $$$ painlessly in order to afford it!

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The microblading process

The first appointment takes 3 hours, the first half of which is devoted to drawing your brows on. Seriously, over an hour was spent with the artist carefully drawing my brows, ensuring they were the right shape and symmetrical, and then asking if I was happy with them.

Be particular with your eyebrow shape. This is semi-permanent make-up! Since my brows weren’t going to wash off for years after this appointment, I was super specific with the length, width, and angle before the artist even begun the microblading process. That said, she drew them on so well (way better than I ever have!) that I didn’t have much to change.

Once your brows are drawn on to the shape that you like, the artist will apply a numbing cream and then begin microblading your eyebrows. It is painful, but I found less so than getting an actual tattoo. This is maybe because they don’t go as deep into the skin, and because of the numbing cream. It takes approximately 14-21 days for your brows to heal from the microblading procedure.

Microblading healing process day by day

Day 1-3. Your brows will look big, dark, and dramatic and sting a little if you frown. They heal with a hard dark scab made from tattoo ink and blood. Nice right? At this time your brows will probably look bigger and darker than you actually want them to, and you might be worried you overdid it. They will heal lighter and thinner than they look at this point. You’ll be given a petroleum jelly to put on 1-3 times per day and the only important thing is that you don’t get your brows wet.

Day 4-14. From around Day 4 onward, the scab will dry out and start to flake off, sometimes in fairly big chunks. These chunks might leave pale gaps in your brows, making them look patchy. When the scabs fall off, you brows underneath might look way too light or even like there’s no color at all, and you’ll start to worry that you didn’t go dark enough! You’re still supposed to apply the petroleum jelly and make sure not to get your brows wet. However, by Day 10 to 14, all the scabs will have fallen off and you’ll be good to wash your face normally again.

Day 14-21. Your brows will darken until the full color takes effect. At this point you’ll be able to know what they’re look like finished, and you can see if you want anything fixed at your 6-week touch-up appointment.

Random sidenote: I have oily skin which makes it quick to heal but also less likely to hang on to the tattoo pigment. I found the hairstrokes of my microbladed brows healed patchy and fade faste, but the rest of the brow that was darker and more filled in held up nicely. Thankfully, I knew the oily skin problem would be an issue going in, and is one of the reasons I went with the powdered ombré look in the first place. I love how hairstrokes look, but I knew my skin wouldn’t take them well and I was right!

The result? Yes, microblading is worth it

My eyebrows are perfect 100% of the time. They are actually better than I’ve ever drawn them on myself. I almost never bother to fill in my brows anymore. Honestly, the only time I do have to do anything to my brows is if I’m going out with a full-face of makeup and did not apply my foundation carefully enough so that it makes my brows look less sharp.

microblading worth it

my natural brows before microblading

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my fully-healed microbladed brows

Most people cannot tell I have my eyebrows microbladed, so they do not look unnatural in any way. In fact, the only people that guess I’ve had them done recognize it because they have theirs done too! The main telling sign I see is my natural eyebrow hair is blonde, whereas my microblading color I chose is more an ashy gray. However, I have found over time the difference between the two is less obvious and now, 6 months since I had my eyebrows done, it looks more natural than ever.

I LOVE my brows and will continue the upkeep even though it is a couple hundred dollars each year. Previously I was filling my brows with Anastasia DipBrow at $23 a pop, so at least I’m saving on that!

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Student debt killer, super saver, and stock market addict. BSc. in Chemistry from the University of Alberta, MBA in Finance from the University of Calgary, and PhD from the school of life in being a badass. Currently residing in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, but hooked on travelling.

13 Comments

  1. Glad you got the brows you wanted. I think this is a little steep (and painful sounding) for my taste, but I don’t fuss with my eyebrows a lot, so I guess that it would make less sense for me in general.

    And hey while expensive, if you had the money (which you did) and this made you happy (which it has), then it’s a worthwhile expenditure.

  2. Honestly I like your “before” brows better. The new brows make you look harsh and startled. You look more feminine before 🙂

  3. I have an appointment booked next week and it was $350 which is a real deal.. even though it’s pricey I consider it great investment instead of filling in my brows everyday.. like you I’ve thought about it for years before moving forward. Looks great!

  4. This is why I love the new generation of young, female, financial bloggers, “save money to do the things you want and live a great life!”
    Old, white dude bloggers, “Save all the money so you can retire at 50 and sit on your pile of money and then lecture other people on how to have a pile of money to hoard miserably like smog.”

  5. A bunch of my friends have gotten their brows done and I am still debating whether too or not. My brows are getting very sparse as I get older and I look very Blah if I don’t brow pencil in some color lol Yours look great before and after by the way! I am just worried my brows would come out messed up or something and I’ll regret it! I am very frugal but I think if you save for it and are not going into debt and it makes you happy then go for it! Thanks for the review!

    • I was a little worried about them not being perfect, which is why I took SO much care in choosing who did them. Though from what I have seen, even though it’s semi-permanent make-up, mistakes can be fixed, so even on the off chance something did go wrong, a good artist could make it right!

  6. I have the opposite problem, I have too much brow hair and it just likes to do it’s own thing! I’m trying to commit to regular shaping because I can’t be assed to wax/brush them every morning. Grass is always greener! BTW, I love how you broke it all down, and I think it’s really important when you think of the TIME element. So much TIME with this kind of thing manually, and as somebody who drops a pretty penny on coloured hair on the regular, if it makes you happy, it can’t be that bad.