The Sample: NEW Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Soft Brunette (Review, Swatches & Photos)

8 Nov

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When it comes to my brows, I am very picky–almost to a fault. I don’t like them to look too dark, too drawn in, too obvious. For this reason, I usually stick with brow powder/eyeshadow–I find that it gives me the most natural brows. This is largely in part due to the fact that for the life of me, I just can’t seem to apply brow pencil subtly–it’s usually an all-or-nothing type deal. I’ll try my darndest to barely apply any pressure with the pencil and then blend furiously and I still end up with super-dark, prominent looking brows. Eeps! But when I got the opportunity to test out Hourglass’ new Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil, I couldn’t resist because despite everything, I’ve always secretly harbored hope that one day I would find a brow pencil that worked for me.

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According to Hourglass, the Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil is a “revolutionary powder wax formula [that] combines all the benefits of powder, pencil, and wax, creating the look of naturally fuller, multi-dimensional, defined brows.” It contains pigments that are released upon contact with the skin and waxes that allow the pigments to adhere onto the hair, subtly building volume and providing a light hold. What’s special about this particular pencil is its triangular tip. The tip allows you to apply color in broad strokes to quickly fill in the brow or create fine hair-like strokes using the pointed tip.You may have seen this kind of shape before–I know that the popular Asian brands Lioele and Etude House have similarly-shaped brow pencils that have gotten many good reviews, so I was very excited.

First off: packaging. The pencil comes housed in a gunmetal-bronze colored, metal-encased plastic tube. It’s quite sleek-looking and has some heft to it, giving it an overall luxe feel. There is a cap on either side of the pencil–the longer cap reveals the side with the product and the shorter cap covers the spoolie. What I really like is that the spoolie is quite soft–there is nothing I hate more than super-hard, scratchy bristles that seems to scratch away your skin more than provide any actual blending. This one works well and distributes the color evenly without taking too much away.

The Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil is available in 3 shades: Blond, Soft Brunette, and Dark Brunette. I received Soft Brunette, which is a soft grey with a touch of brown. I love the shade–I think it’ll really be a flattering shade for many people. I also think it will be particularly flattering for many Asian women. I was quite pleased because as I stated before, I am extremely picky about the color of the brow products I use. It has to be the exact perfect ratio of grey and brown and to this day, I haven’t found one I’ve been 100% happy with. Some have come very close, but no cigar. I’m always so surprised at how hard it is to find the perfect cool taupy eyebrow shade–you would think more brands would have one. So imagine my delight when I tried Soft Brunette for the first time and discovered my absolute perfect shade. It was a very happy moment! :)

Not only is the color perfect for me, but the texture of the pencil is just right. It’s not too hard like many brow pencils are that create a very natural look–it has a medium-hard texture that is slightly waxy to give it more glide than a wooden brow pencil with a hard formula would. This texture and the soft color create the ultimate foolproof brow pencil. It’s easy to use, requires very little blending, and looks so natural. I never knew I could love a brow product this much!

I didn’t have any trouble getting this pencil to stay put on my brows the whole day. Even the tail-end of my brow was still there–and that’s the part that has usually worn away by day’s end through either oily skin, sweating, or my hair brushing against it. So to sum this all up: yes, I finally did find an eyebrow pencil that works for me. If you are super choosy about brow products too and the words “soft”, “natural”, and “easy” are all key when searching for a brow product, then look no further–you need to try this! I love it and will definitely repurchase when this one runs out!

Pros: color is super flattering; texture is neither too hard or too soft; wax content really does provide a light hold; spoolie is nice and soft and blends the color well; packaging is very sleek and expensive-looking; color lasts all day

Cons: contains a small amount of product, as do most mechanical-type pencils; quite pricey

»»Pricing: $32/0.014 oz. (0.4 g.)

»»Availability: Sephora,, and all Hourglass counters

»»Recommended for: those who have been searching for the perfect ashy brow pencil that isn’t too hard or soft

»»Overall Rating: A+


Disclaimer: the product(s) featured in this post were provided to The Beauty Sample free of charge by the manufacturer/PR for review purposes only. Regardless of how the product was obtained, my priority is to you, my readers, and I will always give you my honest opinion.

22 Responses to “The Sample: NEW Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Soft Brunette (Review, Swatches & Photos)”

  1. Sunny November 8, 2012 at 10:12 pm #

    Darn it! Now I NEED this pencil! I knew some Asian brands have something similar, but since they’re even more unavailable here I’ll just pick this one up when it’s available on Zuneta!

    • becca November 8, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

      YAY!!! You will DEF love it Sunny! And I think it’ll go really well with your lovely dark hair and fair complexion! :D

  2. Emi at Project Swatch November 8, 2012 at 11:36 pm #

    Oh this is a great color for sure :) Lovely review!

    • becca November 9, 2012 at 12:00 am #

      Thank you dear Emi!! :D

  3. Claire November 8, 2012 at 11:46 pm #

    I need this! I think, lol. I always used shu uemura and now I am using my kanebo brow pencil (which I love but it is not ashy enough). I need a shade between shu seal brown and stone grey, this colour looks perfect.

    • becca November 9, 2012 at 12:01 am #

      It’s really, really a nice one, Claire–SUPER natural looking! I can’t recommend it more! :)

  4. svetlana November 8, 2012 at 11:55 pm #

    i SWEAR i was JUST laying in bed this morning thinking: i need something to help with a little sculpting with my brows. i was going to try and ask you somehow and voila! you read my freaking mind! LOVE it! after this a+ review i am marching out this very weekend to get my little impatient fingers on it! thank you than you!!!! :D

    • becca November 9, 2012 at 12:02 am #

      Haha that is awesome–it was meant to be!!! You will LOVE this pencil–can’t wait to hear what you think of it! :D

  5. Dovey November 9, 2012 at 12:49 am #

    Hi Becca, what a great color; it does look wearable with just a touch of grey :)

    • becca November 9, 2012 at 1:50 am #

      I know–I think this is the most natural, greyed-brown I’ve come across yet! LOVE it! :D

  6. Catherine (@bcrueltyfree) November 9, 2012 at 2:08 am #

    Whoa I love this shade too! I agree, I think it would work for a huge range of people – almost anyone without red or auburn tones in their hair! Brilliant design too. I really am starting to get interested in Hourglass. In the past, I’ve just written them off as another overpriced brand that I could find affordable dupes for, but they really seem to be coming out with lots of innovative and unique products

    • becca November 9, 2012 at 2:38 am #

      Oh you really must, Catherine! I LOVE Hourglass–before I tried anything from the brand, I thought it was overpriced and wasn’t sure. But after trying their AMAZING eyeshadow duos (that are admittedly a little pricey but SOOOO worth it!), I’ve fallen in love! Please let me know if you do end up trying anything–I’d love to hear your thoughts!

  7. Liz November 9, 2012 at 2:55 am #

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaah, no, you did NOT just put another Hourglass holy grail on my radar. But you’ve convinced me yet again and this MUST be tried.

    • becca November 9, 2012 at 7:31 am #

      Muahahahahahaaaa!!! (That was my evil laugh…you know, just in case you couldn’t tell :P)

  8. KhaliaNicole November 9, 2012 at 4:00 am #

    Wowsers that IS pricey, especially if it works that well and yet isn’t a lot of product so you’d be going thru it fast! I love that it has the spooly at the end though!

    • becca November 9, 2012 at 7:30 am #

      Hi Khalia! It is pricey, but I think it’s soooo worth it–especially since I haven’t been able to find a brow pencil that works as well! Have you tried anything from Hourglass?? It’s an amazing brand! :)

  9. Larie November 9, 2012 at 4:02 am #

    I like the color! Very wearable and natural :)

    • becca November 9, 2012 at 7:29 am #

      It really is–I think it would look great with your dark hair and complexion. TRY IT!!! :D

  10. Christine@BrazenBeauty November 9, 2012 at 10:46 am #

    I’ve never tried anything from Hourglass…what a cool product!

    • becca November 9, 2012 at 9:37 pm #

      Ooooh you really NEED to, Christine! Hourglass is quickly becoming one of my favorite brands. Everything I’ve tried has been awesome!! :)

  11. Joyce (bronzerbunny) November 10, 2012 at 10:12 pm #

    oh! i like the look of this one! hmmm…!

    • becca November 10, 2012 at 10:14 pm #

      I think this would be really flattering on you, Joyce! Didn’t you say you were looking for a new brow pencil?! ;)

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