February 24, 2014

Makeup Tips: Best Brow Pencil for Blondes

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I've posted before about how important brows are for your overall look. No matter if you're going for super glam or natural beauty, brows play an important role in defining your face. But lets be honest, girls with brown/black hair have a much easier time finding brow pencils than blondes. Its hard to get that perfect perfect shade. It has to be a light enough brown, without going too orange.


Today I headed to Walgreens to pick up every blonde/taupe pencil I could find. Why Walgreens, you ask? Two reasons:

- They are super convenient - park right out front, and 10 steps later you're in the beauty section. And checking out is super fast, especially if there is an employee at the beauty counter. And if you're hauling kids around, convenience is ultra important.

- And RETURN POLICY! Walgreens lets you buy makeup, take it home and try it, and if you don't like it or the color is weird, or whatever, you can return it (within 30 days) for a refund, even if its been used! Yeah!

And really, look at this makeup wonderland... ahh!


So I grabbed six different blonde brow pencil options (in order of price, one being the most expensive):

  1. Revlon Brow Fantasy Pencil & Gel in Dark Blonde - $8.49
  2. Maybelline Master Shape by EyeStudio in Blonde - $8.29
  3. CoverGirl Perfect Blend Eye Pencil in Smoky Taupe - $5.99
  4. Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil in Hazel - $3.79
  5. Jordana FabuBrow Eyebrow Pencil in Taupe - $2.99
  6. Wet N Wild Coloricon in Taupe - $0.99

I drew each one on my hand (you know, like your mom does) to compare the colors and then to test to see which ones would last the longest. Nobody likes having half your eyebrow disappear when you're rough housing with the kids!


I tried on each brand to see what they looked like compared to my natural brow color. I don't like my brows much darker than they already are. Some people love a super strong brow, me not so much. I'm going for polished and classic. I could see a difference in the mirror, but I couldn't get it to show up in pictures. So... we don't need to see 6 more pictures of my face.

Findings

Revlon
color: too orange-y
feel/coverage: too thin
brush/gel: gel is light colored and kinda pointless
long lasting: yes 
price: high

Maybelline
color: good
feel/coverage: clumpy/thick
brush: ok
long lasting: no
price: high

CoverGirl
color: good
feel/coverage: smooth
brush: none
long lasting: not as much
price: mid

Rimmel
color: dark
feel/coverage: sharp
brush: ok
long lasting: yes
price: low

Jordana
color: slightly orange-y
feel/coverage: sharp
brush: ok
long lasting: not as much
price: low

Wet N Wild
color: good
feel/coverage: thick
brush: none
long lasting: yes
price: super low

Verdict

For 99 whopping cents, you can't beat Wet N Wild! Good color, smooth application. It is also the longest pencil, meaning it will likely last the longest as well. Honorable mention goes to Rimmel, it scored well, and its nice that it has a little brush.

I have been using the CoverGirl pencil for years now, but I'm happy to switch to Wet N Wild and save some money! 

How I do my brows:

So here are my before/after brows with the Wet N Wild pencil, and how I fill them in. I've over-plucked in the past, so I'm trying to grow them out, and filling them in with pencil towards the center until they recover. I think it makes a huge difference, it makes my eyes stand out more and completes my look. My eyebrows are definitely not identical, but oh well.

 
And now I'm tired of looking at my face on a computer! I could never be a full-blown beauty/fashion blogger, I'd much rather take pictures of my kids and stare at them instead! :)

Hope this helps my blonde friends! Is there another brand that you love that I should try? Tell me in the comments!


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6 comments:

  1. As a blonde, this is so helpful! I've been gravitating towards gels but might have to give a liner a try. Especially at that price! #client

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  2. I love Avons blonde pencil!

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  3. I love Avons blonde pencil!

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  4. Even my eye brow are very thin and that doesn't suits to my face at all, this is really great information to know.

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  5. You can return makeup at any store! Smith's, Target, Sephora, Nordstrom etc etc. It's a makeup company thing actually. Used or unused they return it for full refund :)

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  6. Thank you. I have gray brown hair. This was great information. Cool how you compared everything. I needed a taupe color without the orange tone. Thanks so much!!!!! Brows are so important & yours look great.

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