This brow pencil was part of the Benefit prize that I won in work and while I am always excited about trying new products, regardless of what they are, I did not have high hopes for this. I am much more of a brow powder girl and any dabbling with pencils I have done in the past has left me underwhelmed.
As with all Benefit products, the packaging is cute and girly. Even the pencil itself is patterned. I received the shade ‘Deep’ which is perfect for my life but ‘Light’ and ‘Medium’ are also available.
It is a double-ended pencil with one end holding the pencil itself and the other containing a spoolie. Now while I have had many spoolies in my lifetime, this is by far my absolute favourite. It is really tough and hard and so actually combs your brows into place. I have often used spoolies in the past and wondered if they did anything at all. You can actually feel this scrape your skin (although obviously not in a painful or abrasive way) such is its density.
And here is my naked brow versus filled in with the Instant Brow Pencil. As you can seem the colour is great for anything between dark brown and black hair. It is a very waxy formula and on first use, I applied far too much giving me a matted down, wet look eyebrow! The trick is to use light strokes and build it up. Although this is perfectly fine for filling in sparse gaps in the brow, I like my eyebrows a little more defined so add a powder on top. It also helps to clean up any edges as I find it can be a little difficult with the pencil alone.
And here is the pencil versus pencil AND powder. Of course, brows are a very personal thing and while many compliment me on mine, I also receive quite a few comments (mainly by the YouTube trolls) telling me they’re awful. I like them very defined as I think it suits my face and my dark hair best.
Benefit’s Instant Brow Pencil is definitely something you could build up to your desired level of intensity though. My one issue with it is that it is such a soft, waxy pencil that I find I need to sharpen it after every single application which means there is a hell of a lot of waste product and at €21.50 a pop, that is pretty much a big deal. I have really been enjoying using this every day and know I will miss it when it goes to pencil nub heaven but I am not sure if I could justify the price, simply based on the fact that I don’t think it will last me too long. I would much rather shop around for a cheaper alternative.
What do you think? Are you a fan of brow pencils? Have you tried this one?