Back when I started doing makeup brows weren’t as big of a thing as they are now. However, I have been in touch with eyebrow products for quite the number of years now. I’ve gone through a ton of different products and techniques up and till now and I thought it might be fun to share that journey with you guys. In today’s post I’m going to go through all of the products I’ve used for filling in my brows throughout the years telling you what worked and what wasn’t such a great idea. If you’re interested in finding out what brow products I’ve used, what worked and what didn’t, make sure you continue reading!
I remember this like it was yesterday, my first eyebrow pencil. It was the Hema Eyebrow Pencil in shade number 3. It’s a very basic brow pencil, it pretty much doesn’t get more basic then this, but it was all I used for at least two years. I went through a ton of these pencils. The colour was quite a good match for me, but looking back the shape of the pencil wasn’t such a big hit. Back then they didn’t really make the type of brow pencils I use now that do work for me, especially not in the drugstore, so it’s not like I had a choice in what kind of pencil to use, but this was a very basic one.
The problem with this pencil was that the fact that I just didn’t know how to use it properly. I still think it’s quite an okay pencil for what it costs, but you do need to know how to work with it and I still don’t. It’s quite a thick pencil so it doesn’t allow you to be very precise, but it does have a normal pencil tip so it’s not that amazing for drawing those straight lines or realistic strokes of hair onto your face. But it’s definitely not a bad product to start off with.
Hema Eyebrow Pencil in 3 – €2
After that era I started getting into brow powder. For the longest time I have used the little Catrice Eyebrow Kit. It was a small black box (that always broke after a couple of weeks), with two shades of brow powder, a tiny tweezer and a tiny little brush to use the product with. I always used a combination of the dark and the light shade and that worked pretty okay for me. What I didn’t realise back then is that my brows were very blotchy and uneven. They also had very smudgy edges which didn’t really help with the realistic look.
Another thing I didn’t really enjoy about using this powder is that it wasn’t the most long lasting and fool proof option. Only a small drop of rain or water could erase my entire brow and if I dared to sweat a little I could say goodbye to my fleeky brows. Therefore it wasn’t really a big hit in my brow-history, even though I have used this product for many, many months.
Catrice Eyebrow Kit – Discontinued
After the powder area I started combining powder and pencil. I did that using the two products mentioned above. After a while I discovered this Maybelline pencil which actually had all of that in one product. On one side it’s a pencil and on the other side is a sponge that is loaded with powder. This seemed like everything I had ever been looking for and I instantly fell in love with this product. It has been an enormous favourite of mine for a very long time and I’ve gone through about 5 or 6 pencils.
However, what I didn’t realise at the time is that I didn’t really know how to properly work with smaller pencils like that one. More precise ones. I just went to town with it and that isn’t really a good look. I put way too much pressure on the little guy and my brows looked terrible. They were way too sharp, too fake and too dark. Back in the day I did receive a lot of compliments on my brows whenever I had used that pencil but really, it wasn’t a good look.
Maybelline Brow Satin Brow Pencil – €12
After a couple of years, I think it has been 3 years now, I discovered slanted eyebrow pencils. The first one I discovered is the Goof-Proof Brow Pencil by Benefit. I discovered how easy it was to fill in my eyebrows with it, how much quicker and how little effort it took to get some good looking brows with it. The colour matched my hair colour perfectly as well and all together this was a great time for me.
After using that pencil for a while I started to discover more and more similar pencils like the Anastasia Brow Definer, the Charlotte Tilbury Instant Brow Pencil, the IT Cosmetics Universal Brow Pencil and the one I’m using right now, the Soap & Glory Archery 2-in-1 Brow Pencil. I know it might not work for everybody and most of you probably know how to actually work with those regular, slim eyebrow pencils, but I just can’t do that. These slanted ones work way better for me and give me a lot more natural results than anything else ever could. I really swear by these kinds of brow pencils!
Benefit Goof-Proof Brow Pencil – €26
And that was my brow-recap. Throughout the years I’ve mainly used pencil to fill in my brows, but I have gone through a lot of different stages and a ton of different products. I’m really glad that I have now found a product that actually works for me. That makes it easier and less time consuming to fill in my brows and that does give a natural yet pretty result. I hope I still think the same way about it in a couple of years, but you never know. These brow trends move so quickly!
Anyway, I think it’s time to end today’s post. I hope you enjoyed reading it and be sure to let me know which brow products you have used in the past and what product you swear by now.