Just in time for the warmer weather, Bobbi Brown has released a new brow pencil that won’t smudge no matter how hot and sunny (aka sweaty) things get. Perfectly Defined Long-Wear Brow Pencil goes on easy, fills brows with natural precision and lasts the distance.
Available in eight shades, it’s a twist-up pencil with a slanted nib that can be used at different angles and a soft spoolie brush for tidying up and avoiding over-fill. Hold it sideways to fill in large areas, or at an angle for thin strokes… unless you’re naturally very dark, fine hair-like strokes give the most natural finish.
While the lasting power is impressive, what I love most about this is the texture. Some brow pencils have too much colour payoff and can make brows look crayoned in, while others have such sharp nibs I feel like I’m scraping them on to get enough colour. This one is just right - it goes on smoothly and effortlessly, without product overload and the nib allows fine, feather like strokes.
Twist-up nib | slanted tip | long wear | sweat + humidity-resistant | waterproof | 8 shades.
I was colour matched to the lightest shade, Blonde, which looks perfect in natural or artificial light, though a touch warm under bright lights or in direct sunlight. It doesn’t have red undertones (my pet hate), more golden. I’ve swatched it next to the others in my stash to give you an idea of how it compares. As you can see, Nos 2, 4 + 5 are more ashy, while No3 is somewhere in the middle.
- Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Long Wear Brow Pencil - Blonde
- Anastasia Beverley Hills Brow Wiz - Taupe
- Sleek Brow Stylist - Light
- Pixi Beauty Natural Brow Duo - Natural Brown
- Bare Minerals Frame & Define - Natural Light (bit faint as ran out mid swatch!)
Here is a pic of Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Long-Wear Brow Pencil on my brows (which you may have spied on my Instagram) expertly applied by gorgeous Jade at the Bobbi counter in House of Fraser Belfast. Out of all of those swatched above, I find this new Bobbi pencil the quickest and easiest to apply (which is really saying something over my beloved Anastasia), though think a cooler shade would suit me better. According to reviews, the Grey pencil works well on blonde brows, so I’ll check that out next time I’m in town.
In design terms, it is very similar to Hourglass Brow Sculpting Pencil and Tom Ford Brow Sculptor, sitting between the two in price. While it costs a good bit more than I’d like to spend on a brow product, it gets bonus points for offering 8 shades in addition to the longevity factor.
What do you think… can you put a price on perfect brows?