I can already see myself running out of makeup products to review someday. When I find something that works, I don’t look for something else and marketing fluff loses its effect on me. The product doesn’t even have to be the best.
Most makeup artists advise to use an eyebrow pencil that’s a few shades lighter than our eyebrows (darker if you’re blonde). My eyebrow hair is black, dense, and thick.
I came to the conclusion that brown is a lighter shade of black.
I bought a brown retractable eyebrow pencil once and it looked horrible on my brows. I never used it again. I’m not saying that those whom I see using brown eyebrow fillers look horrible — it’s just that my (head) hair is also black and not dyed.
After that, I took a good look at my naked eyebrows and realized that the sparse areas of my eyebrows look greyish. Coincidentally, my then housemate had a grey eyebrow pencil: Etude House Drawing Eye Brow 05. I tried it, liked it, and bought it that same week.
General Product Information
- It is a retractable eyebrow pencil, no need for sharpening.
- The whole pencil is sold at Php 128 and the refill at Php 78.
- It is available at almost every shopping mall.
- It comes in 6 colors: 01 dark brown, 02 grey brown, 03 brown, 04 dark grey, 05 grey, and 06 black.
Crosswise, the pencil is shaped like a wedge. I use the finer side for drawing the tail of my brows and the broader side for filling in. The other end of the pencil is a functional spoolie brush.
What I least like about this (bad news first)
- If you twist out too much of the pencil, it might break which is not really a con if you’re careful.
- That’s it! Really.
What I like most about this
It’s not pigmented.
For most other makeup products, I normally prefer good color payoff. For eyebrow pencils, it’s a different case. It is recommended to use feather-light strokes when applying eyebrow products but I’m very heavy-handed. For this type of product, not being pigmented is a good thing.
It’s perfect for black and dense eyebrows.
In the photo above, you can see that my eyebrows are dense at the area nearer the nose. But as it moves to the tip, it gets sparse and ends short. I like that I only need to fill in the sparse areas and draw in the tail with the whole thing looking well-transitioned. I’m not sure if that made sense. If I use a brown pencil, I’ll end up with black brows with a brown tail :P
It looks natural — like actual hair.
Look at the tip of my eyebrow in the ‘after’ photo. The tip is all drawn in but it looks will transitioned with the rest of the actual hair.
It’s cheap and kind of eco-friendly.
It’s only 128 Php, that’s barely 3 USD.The actual length of the product is only an inch long, but it dispenses very little product with every use. The pencil will last a long time.
Refills are available which is even cheaper at 78 Php/ 2 USD. The best part is, you can reuse the body of the pencil including the spoolie it originally came with.
It stays put.
It will last the whole conventional 9 to 5 work day.
I recommended this to people with dense black eyebrows that only need filling-in on sparse areas.
Incidentally, I’m happy to announce that I already know how to groom and shape my eyebrows. Here’s how I do it: Eyebrow Grooming and Shaping.