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Original Review: I had been using the NYX brow palette for a few years, but was looking to get a more defined brow, especially since as I get older my brows get more patchy. I bought the medium brown and at first didn't like the effect they gave ...they seemed too dark and "drawn on." Then I watched a video on Facebook about how to properly apply brow pencil and the difference is enormous. Now I love the way my brows look.
How I apply:
1) Use the spoolie to brush all my brow hairs up. 2) Draw a light line along the lower edge of my eyebrow with the pencil. 3) Still using the sharp edge of the pencil, sketch in individual lines in the direction of the hair (starting at the bottom and sweeping up). Do this lightly at first and go back and fill in any areas that require it. 4) Sketch another light line along the top edge of my eyebrow. 5) Use the spoolie to brush the brow hairs upward again and blend the pencil lines. 6) Touch-up any areas that require additional pencil.
I still suspect the medium brown might be a little dark for me, I will be trying the soft brown on my next order.
Update Feb 2019: After several months of use my original pencil finally ran out, so I needed to purchase a new one. I got the soft brown this time (previously had the medium brown). It is a bit lighter and has a reddish cast, which perfectly matches my auburn hair! So I will be continuing with the soft brown from here on out. I was pleased with how long my original pencil lasted, I got about 4 months of daily use before needing to buy again! I've also added a before and after pictures.
I gotta admit, I get lured into trying (and believing) many of the new, slick, influence-driven make-up lines. Some of them are great. Many under-deliver. Maybelline? So last century. But maybe there's a reason it's survived and thrived for 115 years. This eyebrow pencil is one small reason among the many. 1) I have a scar in the middle of my eyebrow that makes a decent eyebrow line challenging. This does better than anything else I've found. 2) It's affordable. You simply can't beat the price. If it were bad quality, that wouldn't matter. But this is affordability + quality = value. If you want even more savings, you can get it on subscribe & save. 3) The tip is so perfect. It's chiseled, so you can use it for precise, hair-by-hair definition, or you can use the broader part of the tip for more brush-like effect. 4) Texture. This goes on so smoothly, and it stays on. Doesn't flake. 5) The color (medium brown) is just right. It's really medium brown. I've used some pencils where that translates to almost-black or almost-blonde. This is really medium brown. 6) The length of the pencil itself makes it very manageable. I've had some that were too short or too long to have a good hold while I do my eyebrows. This is Goldilocks just-right. I like it! I like it a lot! (If you have found my review helpful, I'd really appreciate if you would click the "Helpful" button. Thanks so much for reading! Liz)
I have little to no eyebrows. Penciling them in with something like the brow wiz with the tiny tip is pointless and takes forever and I run out in a month or less. This makes it easy and my brows look BOMB!!! I will buy this over and over and over
I had microblading done on my eyebrows and it didn’t last (and hurt...a lot haha). I’ve been having to fill in my eyebrows and have tried other liners, eye shadows and dip pomades. This pen is really easy to use and isn't greasy like some pens. It stays in place all day and because of the angle tip you can almost draw “hair lines”. I don’t find I use the little brush on the other end though due to the fact I don’t have much hair left from the microblading. I’d recommend this for sure! Easy to use for beginners as well.