I’ve already mentioned this in one of my brow pencil reviews: I don’t get why brown is considered the lighter shade of black when it comes to brow products. Shouldn’t it be gray?
But I do get why many people don’t use gray. It can make some people’s brows look like they’re tattooed on. But on my dense, fat, and really black brow hairs, gray is perfect.
My brows are already quite full. One of them is just short of a tail. To be honest, I’m good with just drawing that missing tail. If I draw the tail with a brown brow pencil, I need to fill in the rest of it. Otherwise, my brows would look weird.
My Brows–The No Tail Version
My Brows–With a tail drawn using a gray pencil. I didn’t fill in the rest of my brow. Perfect.
I have also tried filling in the full length of my brows–not just the tail–with brown brow products, too, but it still looked weird. They ended up looking like drawn-on brown brows with fat black hairs sticking out. I find that this phenomenon doesn’t happen to people with thinner and finer brow hairs, though.
I can go on forever with my brow frustrations so let’s move on to what I should really be talking about, the perfect brown brow pencil for me–Malissa Kiss Super Shape Ultra HD Brow Pencil in Mocha* (P350).
I don’t really know if this is a unique shade for a brow color, but it’s an yellow/olive-toned gray brown. The color looks really good against my skin tone, which I previously didn’t know was important to consider when checking out brow products. Unless you have to factor in hair color, the shade to look for should have the same undertone as your skin, If you were to blend it out, the shade should look like your perfect contour shade.
Malissa Kiss Super HD Eyebrow Pencil in Mocha
Now I know why the medium and dark chocolate browns I’ve tried before didn’t work. They didn’t have red or orange tones in them, and were theoretically perfect, but they don’t have the yellow/olive tones that I need.
Applied on the skin, Malissa Kiss Mocha looks like a shadow cast by the brow hairs itself. It’s hard to imagine so here it is in action.
The first photo is my bare brow and the next two are filled in.
In the photos above, only the head and tail are filled in. I purposely didn’t shade the middle part so you can how Mocha looks against black brow hairs. The brow still looked somewhat homogeneous, right?
You have no idea how happy I am to find* my perfect brown brow shade.
Other review-y bits–
The brow pencil is waterproof and lasts the whole day. But, again, note that I have thick brow hairs and it’s hard for me to notice patchiness as brow products fade. I haven’t tried swimming with this, but it can stand sweat and a splash of water. What it can’t stand is when I rub the tail of my brows with my fingers, which nobody does anyway. (I need to break this habit when I’m in deep concentration at work).
Take the longevity bit with a grain of salt if you really need filling in. But if you have the same skin tone and brow physiology (?!) as me, this product is worth considering.
If you fit chocolate brown shades more, don’t worry. This product comes in the shade Choco.
First two swatches from the top is Mocha. The 2 swatches at the bottom is Choco.
One more thing, I’ve been using this on-and-off for about 3 months now and the lead still hasn’t broken off yet. It’s either I’ve been less of a klutz OR the product is really not brittle. I can’t tell, haha.
I’m not sure if this is already available in stores, but I know they will launch first quarter of this year. I’ll update the post on which stores will carry them.
If you made it to this point, SURPRISE!!! Two lucky commenters will get a Super Shape Ultra HD Brow Pencil. The mechanics are simple:
- Just share your brow struggles in the comments section (make sure to fill in the email field when you comment)
- Let me know what shade you like (Mocha or Choco)
- Go back to this post on March 17.
This is open to those with Philippine shipping address only. The winners will be chosen on Wednesday, March 16, 12MN PHT and will be announced in this post. I will edit the post and reply to the winning comment.
*Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post, but the product featured was sent to me by Malissa Kiss Philippines for PR consideration. All text is my own.