A while back I was running low on eyebrow pencils and I decided to look for a new one. One I had never tried before. After looking around for a while I came across this Charlotte Tilbury Brow Lift Three-Way Shape Tool. I don’t have much experience with products from the Charlotte Tilbury brand, but they do always look very appealing to me, which is why I decided to get this pencil and give it a try. So, I have been using it for quite some time, I’m actually almost half way through the pencil, so it is about time for me to start reviewing it. So, without further ado, if you’re interested in finding out what this pencil is like, make sure you continue reading!
Let’s start off by talking about the packaging like we always do. The pencil comes in a shiny brown box with golden details, like most Charlotte Tilbury products do. Even just the box already looks amazing. I really love the design of the Charlotte Tilbury products. They look so luxurious and classy. I also like it when my products come in a box, it shows luxury.
Anyway, the pencil itself is pretty long and slim. Like the name of the product already suggests this product comes with three parts. Going in I knew it came with a pencil, but the other two parts were still unknown to me. Anyway, the pencil is long because of that. Just like the box the pencil has this really pretty shiny brown colour and golden details. Around the part where you can find the actual pencil the packaging has a different colour. This part is in the same colour as the pencil is. This is very handy if you own multiple shades and otherwise it’s just a pretty thing.
Overall I really like the look of the packaging. It is a bit long, but it is very classy and luxurious looking. It also feels like it’s very well made which I like as well. It’s a good packaging!
Charlotte Tilbury Brow Lift Three-Way Shape Tool – €30
Moving on to the product itself. Like I said this product has three purposes, one of which is being an eyebrow pencil. Another one of the three functions is being a spoolie. On one end of the pencil you have this little spoolie which you can use to brush your brows into place. I don’t really think this is a too exciting function since most brow pencils come with a spoolie, but it’s always handy if it’s there. The third and last purpose is the lift part. Like I mentioned before this product is called the ‘Brow Lift’ which suggests that it should have lifting features. This feature is hidden underneath the pencil part. If you twist off part of the pencil you’ll find a little sponge packed with a shimmery powder to lift the brow.
But before we jump into details here, let’s first talk about the shade of the pencil. Every makeup-used knows that too dark brows are a thing that often happen to us. Sometimes your pencil is just a bit dark and if you go too crazy with you’ll end up with two bushes above your eyes. That isn’t a good ook at all. Therefore I decided to go for a lighter shade than I usually would, just to be safe. I ended up buying it in the shade Rita. This is a dark blonde shade with an ashy tone to it. Perfect for people with dark blonde hair, but also for people like me with medium brown hair. It’s a bit lighter than I’d usually use, but it actually creates a very pretty and natural looking brow.
The shade range isn’t very impressive, but the pencil does come in a decent variety of shades. I believe there are a total of five shades available. Including a more reddish shade!
Having said that, let’s take a look at the product itself. Like I’ve mentioned a million times by now I like my eyebrow pencils to be slanted. I don’t even know if that’s the correct term for pencils like this one, but I think you get the point, right? I like them to be this way because that makes them so much quicker and easier to use. I’m no hero when it comes to my brows so for me pencils shaped like this work perfectly. If you also struggle with filling in your brows, I highly recommend trying a slanted pencil!
Anyway, aside from the shape this pencil also has a very nice texture. I like my eyebrow pencils to be quite stiff but not too dry. If they’re too waxy I think it’s incredibly difficult and annoying to work with, but if they’re too stiff or dry it’s hard to get any product onto your brows. I think this pencil understands that idea and they did a great job at that.
I also think that the amount of colour pay-off is just right. It’s on the lighter side of the spectrum, but I prefer that over being too pigmented. You don’t necessarily need to be very light-handed with it, which I think is a huge plus. I always hate it when I have to be incredibly careful with my brow products.
Before I show you what my brows look like filled in with this pencil, I first want to talk about the lifting powder. I have to admit that at first I thought this was regular brow powder on a sponge like the Maybelline Brow Satin has, so I put it in my brows like you would with a powder and I quickly found out that wasn’t what I was meant to do with it. Of course if you read the packaging right or the description on their website you would never do something as stupid as that, but well. I’m not that smart you know.
Anyway, the powder has a bit of a champagne colour and quite a bit of shimmer to it. It’s actually a colour I’d use all over the eyelid or in my inner corner, but it also works perfectly underneath the brow, which is where you’re meant to put it. It is very settle and if you don’t know it’s there you probably can’t really tell it’s there at all, but well, I do think it has a slight lifting effect on the brow bone.
Since I usually wear eyeshadow whenever I do my makeup this lifting powder isn’t really necessary. I always use eyeshadow to lift my brows. However, I do think it’s a pretty product so every now and then I use it anyway, instead of eyeshadow-powder-highlighter.
Like I mentioned I’m not a hero at brows and this picture definitely proofs that point. In my defence I was in a bit of a hurry when I took this pic so I didn’t have much time to get my brows to look very ‘on fleek’. Anyway, I do think that this picture clearly shows how natural but pretty this product is. Because of the relatively light shade it isn’t a harsh brow at all and I like that. Especially on days where I don’t feel like wearing a ton of makeup I think this is a great eyebrow pencil to use. It’s also very quick to use because of the slanted tip, so that’s a big plus as well.
I also used the brow lift thingy underneath my brow on the picture and well, it’s not very clear if you don’t know where to look at, but if you look very closely you can tell that there’s a little bit of glow underneath my brow. Again, it is very natural looking, but it is there and I love the way it looks. I think it’s very, very pretty.
In terms of staying power I have nothing to complain about at all. The pencil stays in place just fine, especially if you set it with a clear brow gel or something along the lines of that. The lift-powder doesn’t budge either, so all together I think this is a great look for your brows.
Overall I’m a big fan of the Charlotte Tilbury Brow Lift Three-Way Shaping Tool. I’m glad I decided to go for a very natural shade because I really like the natural effect that creates and quality wise the pencil is just amazing. I know that this is a rather expensive brow pencil and there definitely are more affordable options out there that work just as well, but I really love this at the moment. So if you are willing to spend a little more on your brows, you might want to check this pencil out. It’s worth the try!
That’s pretty much it for today’s review. I hope you enjoyed reading it and be sure to let me know what product you like to use to fill in and perfect your eyebrows!