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I'm at the end of my Shu Uemura hard formula brow pencil and it's time to find something new.
After testing10 top rated (I'm talking over 10k in positive reviews on these puppies, so expectations were high), best selling brown pencils/kits/gels out there, and seeing what my brows looked like with each, I could tell this was going to be a toughie.
See what I mean. Watch the video:
First I should show you the before picture of myself with nothing on my brows. This is what waxing too much can do. Ok fine, the exposure on this shot is high so they look more sparse than they are, and I've been using castor oil to fill them in which is working really well, but you get the point...they could use some filling in...
*Something to keep in mind: the images you see of my brows below will show you how the product photographs (yes, I know, stating the obvious). That said, if you see more of a contrast, it looks great on film but in person looks costume-y and I wanted something more natural, yet defined.
Ok, on to the full list of products I tested (in no particular order), how they performed, and what I thought:
- easy to get sharp definition
- shaped my brow but didn't look too drawn on
- it wasn't mind blowing, but it did the trick
- created a "fuzzy" effect that didn't even look natural
- takes extra tools and time
- if all you need is filling in, this may be an option
- the wax held my brows in place but was tough to apply
- when I filled in with powder my brows looked a little too dramatic, which can be fixed but I want easy
- the triangular shape is great until you want to get into small spaces ironically
- the formula was super soft but also not very forgiving if I drew out of place
- it was ok
- really like this, but it was the exact same as the Sephora option ($16)
- overall, the small pencils are winning; they define and fill in pretty well without pulling or tugging the skin (I definitely don't want to lose my brows!)
- I have no clue why I would ever use this alone
- that said, it's a great "topcoat" gel if you want hold without stiffness
- if you have bold brows, this could be a good pick for you
- here we go again, similar to the other pencils
- I also liked the color options
- um, under $10! yay.
- I know, I know, more pencils. I was so confused at this point
- after a few applications I could tell this left more margin for error; I could fill in and it didn't look fake
- the pencil was a little tougher/harder, and pulled slightly
- similar to the Anastasia option but drew sharper lines
- overall the triangle shape is not my favorite
- my go-to in the past; it takes several applications to really start seeing definition which is great if you don't want to look "drawn on" but it isn't quick and easy
AND THE WINNER IS...
You'll hear me speak to this in the video, but for the Cliffs Notes version, it was TOUGH you all. Here is how I made the final decision: whatever product I went back to over the course of testing, would be the winner.
- it just edged out the other pencils and bonus, is waterproof
- sidenote: I kept the Glossier boy brow to tame my eyebrows for now. It doesn't fill anything in, but it keeps everything in place. Down the line I'll probably buy another clear brow gel.
There you have it! I hope you got something out of this brow test. I know I did, but I have to say, what I learned (yet again) was that you don't always need to believe the hype. It makes life easier in a sense, the decision is made for you when something has 20k reviews right? And yet, I passed on some of the highest rated options out there!
Another test is done and my brows are better off for it (hopefully yours are too).
Until next time...