22 January, 2016 Top Six: Pencils, Powders and Gels For Brows
As a blonde (albeit not naturally), it’s a challenge to find the right products for my brows. Sad story I know. Some of the pencils and pomades I’ve tried have been too ashy or too warm, and they’ve left my brows and barnet looking a little mismatched. Since falling victim to the magical powers of Youtube, I’ve been on the hunt to find my perfect brow tamer, and in that time, have picked up some lovely products along the way. Here’s my shortlist of the best pencils, powders and gels for brows – blonde ones especially!
My first pick is the Soap and Glory Archery 2-in-1 Brow Filling Pencil and Brush (£8). This is probably the pencil I reach for on a daily basis, when I want my brows to look clean, defined and evenly filled. The shade I wear (Blondeshell) is just a little too ashy when my darker roots are growing out, but when I’m freshly blonde, it’s perfect. The nib helps to define and create those itty-bitty hairs that help brows look more natural and bushy, and the spoolie is the perfect length and texture. Top marks all around.
Next up is the Soap and Glory Archery 2-in-1 Brow Sculpting Crayon and Setting Gel (£10). I like to use this in the shade Blonde Ambition, which has more warmth than its sister pencil mentioned above. I get the best results when I combine it with the Archery filling pencil and brush, by applying the crayon to the front and tail for a bushier, thicker effect, and the setting gel to keep everything in place. It makes them just a tiny bit crispy, but I never notice it.
If you’re looking for a more luxe, high-end option, the Anastasia Brow Wiz (£15.50) is a great pick. The shade Taupe is my current colour of choice, although I am considering a more grey-based shade in the future. Although Anastasia is a luxury brand, I find these pencils fairly affordable, and the creamy formula and excellent pigmentation means they last for ages on the brows. They also have an extensive shade selection, which is great if you’re very fair, dark or a red-head.
My newest brow purchase was the Sephora Retractable Waterproof Brow Pencil ($12) in the shade Nutmeg Brown. The formula is so creamy that it feels almost oily on the skin, and I typically concentrate the application to the juncture between the body of the brow, and the tail, so I can create a more heightened arch and make my eyes look wider. The spoolie/comb thing at the end is terrible though, I wouldn’t bother trying to use it!
The cheapest recommendation in my list is the Maybelline Brow Satin Eyebrow Pencil (£5.99) in Dark Blonde. The pencil has a slightly waxier formula that requires additional pressure for areas you want to darken, but I like the overall texture. The powder on the other end is my favourite part: it deposits tiny powder particles that attach to your brow hairs, which then help to make brows look fuller and more evenly filled. A great find from the drugstore.
Contrastingly, the last product for brows on this list is also the most expensive. The Charlotte Tilbury Brow Lift (£23) in the shade Grace K has a creamy, malleable nib that’s angled perfectly, a wide-spaced spoolie for fluffier brows, and a champagne-cream highlight to place under the brow bone. It’s a great all-in-one kit for groomed brows, but at the £20+ mark, it’s just too pricey – especially when you’ve got so many cheaper options available on the high-street.
So, there you have it – my top six brow products. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below, and don’t forget to tell me about your favourites too!
Have a gorgeous weekend,