I have a grand total of 3 pairs of tweezers bought between 1988 and 2000. How can I remember the years?
From left to right: B+D tweezers, Tweezerman’s Teen Tweeze and pink Tweezerman (I guess it’s adult tweez?).
1988 – the year is stated on the cream-coloured Buch & Deichmann (B+D) tweezers. In its heydays, it had visible ochre-coloured stripes running vertically down the tube. Over the years, with all the handling, the stripes have disappeared. However, the tweezers still work really well and I have no reason to discard it. Love it!
mid- 1990s – I had been to LA and later San Francisco in different years for holidays. I can’t remember on which trip, probably the San Francisco trip, I had dropped by the drug store and picked up the least expensive pair of Tweezerman that I could find. (hey, US Dollars were really high then!)
2000 – My first trip to NYC and for some strange reason, I just wanted something that I had read about in the magazines but couldn’t find in Singapore. So, a pair of full-fledged Tweezerman it was!
Shapes & Sharpness
The B+D tweezer has a slanted tip. I use the tips for fine hairs and the body for not-so-fine hairs. You can see that the Teen Tweeze is a blunt tip, not angled. It’s really gentle on the eye area and grips well. The Pink one, well, it totally means business!
From left to right: B+D, Teen Tweeze and Pink Tweezerman. See how thin the Pink tips are?
For shaping, I like to use the B+D tweezer. It has a slant tip and does a great job of shaping the brows which are over grown. Also competent with neatening, clearing away some fine hairs if I’m too lazy to pick up another pair of tweezers.
For neatening, the Teen Tweeze is good at this. Its blunt tip doesn’t hurt the thin skin in the brow areas as much as the other 2 tweezers but I can’t quite see if it’s gripping the right stray hairs. Hence, I try not to use this for shaping. Only after the shaping has been done and I can see the shape nicely, then I’ll use the Teen Tweeze all over to get rid of the excess hairs.
Best for super fine hairs will be the Pink Tweezerman. Really fabulous! Its slant tip is thin and sharp. Actually, sometimes too sharp that the fine hairs get snipped off instead of pulled out! Together with the magnifying mirror, I can really neaten up my brows nicely. (even better than what the salon can do for me!)
The lightest is B+D tweezer. It has a very light-weight metal (stainless steel?) and a nylon/plastic tip. My hands don’t get tired holding this pair of tweezers. (yes, sometimes I take quite a bit of time on one eye cos I worry about over or under tweezing). The heaviest is the Teen Tweeze even though it’s actually shorter than its Pink cousin. I think it could be in it’s shape – the parts where my finger grip are wider / rounder.
B+D slanted tips
Teen Tweez. See what I mean about weight?
See how sharp these are? The fine hairs don’t stand a chance!
I’ve been bringing the B+D with me on trips because it has a tiny footprint and its own cover. Great little package, super convenient.
The 2 Tweezermans have never gone on trips with me. The Teen Tweeze, with its overly-long protective tube, doesn’t fit into a small square pouch like the B+D one. The Pink Tweezerman would fit into the pouch but doesn’t have it’s own cover. So I’ve had to make do by slipping it into a tiny plastic bag. Ugh.
I’d say that the B+D tweezer is still my go-to tweezers for any jobs. Only when my brows are over grown or unruly, I’ll pull out all 3 along with it’s friends like eyebrow scissors, eyebrow comb, etc.
All pictures above taken with the trusty Nokia E72 (yes, the good old Symbian phone) with a detachable macro lens.