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What is the difference between Microblading and Powder Brows?

by | Jan 25, 2022 | Comparison, Microblading

What is the difference between Microblading and Powder Brows?


If you are wondering what is the difference between Microblading and Powder Brows then we will be happy to talk you through the two processes. Throughout this article we will familiarize ourselves with the pro’s and con’s between the two and see which may be more suitable for your needs. 


Microblading is a semi-permanent beauty treatment applied by a qualified and fully insured esthetician. The result is produced by using a tool to craft hair-like strokes which accumulate into a realistic hair like appearance. It can be a little expensive and requires annual touch ups to retain the effects. Although many clients claim that microblading saves them a lot of time and money in the long run.

Powder Brows

Powder Brows, on the other hand are achieved by using a technique that uses pin-dot pigment application. This creates ready-to-go eyebrows which offer a softer look then some of the other techniques available. Some other names for Powder Brows are Microshading, Ombre Brows of the Powder Effect Brows.

Powder Brow Treatment can be a very good choice for a client that has one or some of the following skin attributes:

  • Mature skin
  • Sensitive skin
  • Oily skin
  • Thick skin
  • Those who wants to add definition or darken their eyebrows
  • Those with a lot of natural eyebrow hair but want to fill in the gaps

It should also be noted that Powder Brows can also cover up old microblading, whereas microblading requires laser tattoo removal before an additional treatment can be applied.

These two treatments both fall under semi permanent cosmetic treatments and have similarities. The prices for both treatments are quite similar as well as their procedures. However, they have their differences.

Powder Brows use a pin-dot pigment application while microblading creates long realistic hair-like strokes. The difference is that powdered eyebrows will make you look like you just applied your make-up. 

How much do Microblading and Powder Brows cost?

The average cost of a Powder Brow Treatment will cost around $600. Just like any other beauty treatment, the cost of powder brows can vary a lot and it depends on many factors. 

Microblading costs around $600 to $1000. It is a more time consuming process and it arguably demands more skills from the esthetician.

What lasts longer, Microblading or Powder Brows?

Microblading and Powder Brows longevity is quite similar. They both have 12 to 18 months for which their effects last. Although, If you take Ombre Brow treatment it can last up to 2 to 3 years. They also differ from their healing process. The Powder Brow treatment healing process can be very short compared to Microblading.

Microblading’s healing process can take up to 30 to 40 days while Powder Brows can heal at an average time of 14 to 21 days before you get the results you wanted. 

How do their Healing Process differ?

Let’s start with the Powder Brow healing process. It usually takes 14 to 21 days, and is heavily dependent on the aftercare process and how well the client adheres to it. It also depends on the person’s skin type.

Just like any cosmetic treatment, Powder Brows require you to follow an aftercare routine. A well-planned aftercare process is very important to have and must be followed rigorously to achieve the best final results and prevent loss of pigmentation. 

The healing process will only be finished when you notice that the itching, redness and scabbing is gone and healed. There are some people who heal within just 7 days but on average, it can take up to two weeks. 

Right after your session, your brows may be dark but they can calm down after the next few days, as part of the healing process.

What will you expect day by day aftercare on the Powder Brow healing process? After your treatment, it is important that your eyebrows dont touch water or other liquids. Do wash your hands first before touching your eyebrows, your hands can have bacterias that will cause inflammation and infection as well as skin irritation if not washed. 


Here is what you have to do for the first few days: 


Day 1-3: Clean your eyebrows with gentle cleanser, apply a recommended ointment to your eyebrows. Take note that do not rub your eyebrows, just pat the area gently. 


Day 4: You can start by applying ointment in the morning, in the afternoon and evening until your eyebrows are fully healed. 


Take note that you will experience peeling in the first 7 to 10 days. Do not be alarmed as it is perfectly normal. Be patient and do not try to touch or remove the scabs yourself to avoid pigmentation problems. 

What shouldn’t you do during the healing process? Always be gentle with your eyebrows, here is what you have to avoid: 

  • Do not exercise for 10 to 15 days 
  • Avoid sweating in the first week
  • No eyebrow makeup for 10 days 
  • No touching
  • Try to avoid sun exposure for the first 2 weeks
  • Do not sleep on your face or your side
  • Don’t apply any product other than the recommended ointment in the first seven days 

What about Microblading’s healing process? The healing process can take up to 30 to 40 days. The do’s and don’ts of the Powder Brow healing process also apply to the Microblading aftercare. After this process, it requires you to have a check up at 6 weeks to make any final adjustments.