I am very particular about my brows and brow products. Blame it on insecurity! I was born with thin, sparse brows with no arch and to make matters worse, the tail end of my brows is virtually non-existent! But go figure, I didn't start filling in my brows until recently! And once I did, I became dependent on it, meaning I'd never leave my house with my brows unfilled and unshaped. I don't mind going outside bare-faced – no make up of any kind – but one thing I won't ever do is not filling my brows.
And not just filling, my brows have to be the most natural-looking they can be, shape and color-wise. I don't mind heavy eye/face makeup on girls but one thing that always irks me is brows that are too obvious, too drawn on, or too arched. Anyone with me on this? Or is it just me? :)
I've tested more than a few brow products in recent years, be it powder, wax, or gel, but the one form I always come back to is the pencil, simply because it's the easiest to use and control, plus you don't need an extra tool. I have a couple of pencils that I trust and are in my current rotation but today I'll be featuring my new favorite: the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil.
Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil combines the properties of powder (pigmentation), wax (light hold), and pencil (ease of use) – all rolled up into one luxurious looking eyebrow pencil. It is a twist-up, doubled-ended pencil (no sharpening required) encased in Hourglass signature dark metallic bronze packaging with all the lettering printed in contrast gold. One end is the actual pencil (longer cap side), and the other a spoolie (shorter cap side).
It comes in 3 shades: Blonde (light neutral taupe), Soft Brunette (medium brown), and Dark Brunette (dark brown). I picked up Soft Brunette as it looks the most flattering on me. Blonde is obviously too light, and Dark Brunette is a little too dark and has a little too much red in it. I like my brows to be sort of taupe-y/greyish with a slight hint of brown and Soft Brunette is a perfect color match for me.
The pencil has an interesting slanted triangular shape that is simple to use – the wide edge for filling in, the pointy edge for drawing/lining the shape, mimicking fine hairs, and extending the tail ends. It has a superior formula that is not too soft and not too hard and the pigmentation is just right. You know how some brow pencils you have to literally press it down hard on your skin for any color to show up, or are too soft and waxy that it just gets messy. Not the case with the Hourglass pencil at all.
The texture leaves an almost powdery finish with a light feel of wax to hold hairs in place. It has great longevity, too. I don't find the tail end of my brows to disappear on me like some other pencils do. The skin on my brow tends to get a little oily in the day and anything that's too waxy ends up disappearing on me. I'm glad the Hourglass stays where I apply it in the morning!
The color is also just right. At first it looks to be too ashy coming out of the packaging (and I was worried) but once it touches the skin, it transforms into a warmer shade of taupe-y brown (see swatches below). For everyday makeup, I like to apply it lightly for a soft look, but it can be layered up for a more dramatic look, too! And don't worry if you ever over-apply it. The little handy spoolie on the other end is there to help soften the pigment, distributing it evenly, and grooming your brows into a perfect shape. And did I mention the bristles are really soft and fairly flexible, too!
And here's a look I did for my NYE party. :) I was going to post a close-up shot of just the brows but I think it gives a better visual when you see it in action with the whole face and makeup. I'm no expert in drawing eyebrows and in the photo below I did the best I could without altering the natural shape too much. :)
The price is a little steep for a brow pencil but considering brows are the most important feature as they frame your face and without them, your makeup would never look finished. I'm willing to spend a little more for something that is easy to use and gives top-notch performance. And Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil delivers just that. :)