Whodda thunk that eyebrows would ever become trendy? More importantly, whodda thunk I’d ever care?
But recently, I’ve been on a bit of a quest to find a good product to fill out my brows. Partly because I’m trying to grow them out a bit, and also because with the very mild form of trichotillomania that I have, they have been a bit patchy for a long time.
My quest begun when I found out that Elle Magazine were giving away free samples of one of Benefit’s new eyebrow products, the Goof Proof pencil. After some deliberation (much to Liam’s chagrin as I kept asking him whether I should get it), I decided to pick up the magazine on the off chance that even if I didn’t like the product, I might find something interesting to read. I was wrong on both counts. The product was crap, and the magazine was worse.
So, after that catastrophe, on a recent trip into town I decided to head to the Soap & Glory stand in Boots (I love their Kickass concealer so figured why the hell not?) and came across their Archery range, in particular a double-ended brow product with a wind up pencil on one end, and brush on the other. I ended up going for the Hot Chocolate shade, as it seemed to be the darkest and my brows are almost gothic.
Soap & Glory Archery Pencil
The pencil looked pretty much the same as the Benefit one in terms of texture (although the Goof Proof has a tapered shape, supposedly for helping to fill the brow better), but when swatching the tester product on my hand, the S&G product texture was so much better. It was smoother, and was easier to create strokes rather than having to press down hard and ending up with a mess. Although the shade is a little bit lighter than my natural brow colour, it means that the effect when filling in my brows is much softer and doesn’t make me look aggressive. RESULT.
I like the wind up option over a standard pencil because you don’t need to rely on sharpening it, and it’s less crumbly than a normal pencil. After use, you can also wind the pencil back down to prevent any damage.
Soap & Glory Archery Brush
Let’s talk about dat brush tho. The material is the same as a mascara brush, so a little ‘harsher’ than some eyebrow pencil brushes which tend to be soft bristles and almost completely useless.
As these bristles are tougher, they really do help move the hairs into position and also to blend the pencil shading in better. I use the brush before and after application of the pencil in order to keep it looking neat and tidy.
So, what’s the result? Have a look at my little face and see for yourself!
P.S. I can neither confirm or deny that I had a crumb from a Dairylea Dunker on my lip that I had to Photoshop out.
So if you’re looking for an eyebrow pencil that’s dead easy to use and doesn’t make you look like a thug, then I definitely recommend checking out Soap & Glory Archery.