When the hype around Dip brow hit the big time I bought into it. I was a loyal consumer for a few years and although I had a small gripe with the fact that it gets really dry, I learnt to work with the formula and make it work for my brows. I did waiver a little bit and tried other brands but dip brow was the one for me.
Recently I had my makeup done at an Urban decay store and my eyebrows were left looking like I had never seen them before. In fact, I didn’t know it was possible for them to look fuller without creating huge blocks of colour above my eyes. My eyebrows looked really natural and bold and well, just a thing of beauty. I wasn’t paying attention with what she had used at the time but once my makeuover was finished, I just *had to know what this magical product was.
It turns out it was the Urban Decay Brow Beater Microfine Brow Pencil. The pencil is less of a pencil and more of a crayon that you can twist up. Sharpening pencils are the bane of my life so I was really excited by the packaging. The pencil is really skinny, which doesn’t affect the application in any way but it’s kinda unique so I’m here for it.
On the other end of the brow beater there’s the essential spoolie. Now I would normally leave the product description there however I do feel the need to elaborate on the spoolie a tiny bit more. The bristles are a little bit coarser than usual spools and the spiral is a lot wider and thinner in comparison to say the ABH dual ended brush in #14, it works SO much better at brushing out brow hairs to give them a better shape. I also love that the spoolie has a lid because I can only imagine the build up of dirt/bacteria at the bottom of a makeup bag after a few months.
Urban Decay Brow Beater Microfine Brow Pencil comes in just 4 shades – Taupe, Neutral Brown, Warm Brown and Dark. Initially I thought this was kind of limited but let’s be real, this is eyebrows we’re talking about. It’s very rare that shades other than these 4 will be needed.Perhaps one really really dark shade wouldn’t go amiss. I used the shade ‘Dark’ for my brows which are a dark brown.
The formula claims that it is long lasting and waterproof. I had my makeup on for 11 hours (yikes, I know!) and my eyebrows did not budge. When I traced my finger over them they had a waxy feel so perhaps they are waterproof.
I tested the pencil out specifically to see just how waterproof it is and the results were pretty good. I have an annoying habit of touching my face/brows a lot throughout the day and I do end up having to retouch my brows at some point. With this brow pencil, I’m surprisingly not finding that I have to do this, even when I’ve put it on quite lightly.
Huge props to Keeley at Urban Decay for doing such an amazing job!
The brow pencil is priced at £16. In comparison to other similar products in the market, this isn’t extortionate, however, with that being said there isn’t much product in the actual packaging (in the long run), so you would definitely run out of it a lot quicker than say with a pomade. Then again, a brow pencil and pomade are two different products, so can they really be compared?
Either way, I really like how easy it is to use and work with the product and how easy it is to just pop into your makeup bag and use when you’re out and about. There is nothing worse that standing in a dingy bathroom and balancing your makeup bag and pomade and the lid and the brush and everything else whilst you try and see your eyebrows in a badly lit mirror.
Would I purchase this product again? Yes I would recommend it, purely for it’s longevity and the convenience of it.
Buy your very own Brow Beater Pencil here.