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.
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.)
»»Recommended for: those who have been searching for the perfect ashy brow pencil that isn’t too hard or soft
»»Overall Rating: A+
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