All about… brows | Review and ramblings

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not much of a brow girl. I mean, it’s not that I don’t like them, and I do think that brows are vital to completing a look… but honestly? I just can’t be bothered to do them on a daily basis. I like my morning routine to be as short as humanly possible, and they’ve never really been a priority for me. Perhaps if mine were more sparse, but as it is, they’re left mainly unattended to.

I have, however, noticed that there are a lot of options when it comes to brows, and it kinda got me thinking. What do you reach for in the mornings? Do you do your brows every day? I know you’re all busy busy bees, but if you have a moment, I’d love to hear your thoughts on brows in the comments :)

Personally, I tend to prefer matte, fairly sheer brow powders, when I do use them. (I’ve actually been using a matte grey eyeshadow recently, but shh, don’t tell!) Pencils are definitely easier to travel with and touch up on the go, though, so I suppose that’s worth taking into consideration.

The only brow products I can’t see myself using? Tinted gels and liquids – the former because I’d rather fill in sparse bits than “plump up” each hair, and the latter because… well, actually, I  haven’t really a good answer for that one. It’s mainly just that I don’t like any harsh lines in my brow area, and it’s a little harder to shade with a felt tip than it is with a powder or pencil!

The product: Marcelle Accent Eyebrow Crayons

The texture: These are quite different from the products I tend to reach for, which is why I started thinking about all of this in the first place. They’re surprisingly soft, softer even than some of the eyeliners I’ve tried, and really creamy upon application, though they do set after some time. (I have to remember to be light-handed with these; they’re definitely more intense than the powders I’m used to!)

With a bit of tweaking to my technique, though, these make the jump from a solid B- to an A. It’s easy to smudge them down into a whisper of colour, and the wear is quite impressive – I still have faint lines on my arm from yesterday’s swatching, despite plenty of makeup remover and scrubbing!

TIP: When working with soft or very pigmented brow products, I find it helpful to use super-light strokes to fill in the brow area. Then, smudge with a q-tip right after application (before the product sets), and finally, pull a spoolie through your brows to groom each hair into position.

The shades: The Accent pencils come in four shades, and I think Marcelle have done quite a good blending them. I use the grey, as I do with most brow products, and I’ve been really happy with how natural it looks. (Erm, random additional tip, I guess: if you have almost-black or black-hair and a cool complexion, give the grey a try!)

Swatches, L-R: Granite, Luscious Black, Brun Tendre, Blondine

The verdict?

Whether or not I’d recommend these depends entirely on your preference. Personally, I prefer a harder pencil (twist-up, if possible) or a powder product, so I’d pass on these. If you do like creamy brow pencils, though? Then these are awesome. They’re deliciously creamy, intensely pigmented, well-priced ($9.95 for 1.05g), and silicone- and paraben-free (because, dude, brow breakouts? Not attractive.)

Anyhow. Hit me up in the comments with your brow ramblings – I’ve rambled on far too long already!

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  • Reply vijiis

    I know this is an unpopular opinion in the beauty world, but while brows can make somewhat of a difference, they honestly don't really get my attention at all. I'd much rather spend money on pretty lip glosses and blushes and eyeshadows. I don't even get my brows done. xD
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    June 2, 2011 at 2:28 AM
  • Reply Beauty Reflections

    These sound interesting. Like you , I prefer a harder, tiny brow pencil to fill in my brows. I think these would be great if the majority of your brows are still intact, unlike mine!
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    June 2, 2011 at 6:29 AM
  • Reply A Walk in the Closet

    I have very fine and somewhat sparse eyebrows which means they're barely there on my tanned skin. Years ago, I would never groom or fill them. I thought getting my eye makeup just right is what really completed the face. Boy was a wrong. I actually started shaping and filling my brows in and now it's the one thing I would not leave home without. I've found that it actually brightens up my face…I look less tired.

    I've used eyeliner pencils in browns which sounds like the consistency of these Marcelle pencils and that's why I don't like them, they're too creamy and tend to lump my fine lashes together in places. I used to use only brown eyeshadow with an angled eyeliner pen. However, recently I discovered the Bobbi Brown brow pencils and I am seriously in love!! Not sure how I went without. These pencils are very powdery but pigmented so I get the soft natural look that a powder gives while not having to press really hard.
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    June 2, 2011 at 6:36 AM
  • Reply frecklesspeckles

    Most eyebrow pencils in Asia comes with a spoolie on the other end. That's the key to disperse the product and soften the lines. You can use disposable mascara wand too. I never have to worry about putting on too much product or having harsh brows since I learned how finish up with a spoolie. It's acts like a blending brush for the brows :)

    I have sparse brows so I really need to fill them in to not look sick… So girls, don't every complain of having bushy and unruly brows… be thankful you have them :)

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    June 2, 2011 at 8:06 AM
  • Reply Arianne

    I love that these have a spoolie on the end. Now I wish they were the self-sharpening kind, but with a spoolie still!

    Right now I'm using MAC Eye Brows pencil everyday, which I soften with a mascara wand that I "borrowed" from Sephora. On other days I mix MAC Coquette and Brun eyeshadows and apply with an angled liner brush. I fill in my brows every. single. day because I find it makes me look more put together. If I don't, my eyebrows just get lost behind my glasses.
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    June 2, 2011 at 9:15 AM
  • Reply Sophie

    I love the MAC brow pencils, the twist up ones, and I find that both Spiked and Lingering match, but they run out SO quickly and you never know when they'll run out, hate waking up in the morning to find it won't wind up any more!! xx
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    June 2, 2011 at 9:32 AM
  • Reply Larie

    I don't think I've ever filled in my eyebrows. I tweeze them every now and again to keep them in some sort of shape (what shape that is, I have no idea), but they've only ever been filled in when I've had my makeup done by someone else. I'm lazy, it takes time, and I have fairly strong brows as it is, so that's that. Plus I have no idea what color to go with (dark brown hair with natural sun streaks, very strange), and adding more things to my makeup routine = bad.
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    June 2, 2011 at 11:06 AM
  • Reply Nina

    Ahem, I think it's time you talk about brows! And I'm pretty sure we're brow-mind twins (yes, brow-mind). Because although I suffer from occasional brow falling off I don't fill them in unless I have an obvious bald spot :D But I do shape them religiously and use a TBS Brow Gel almost everyday. Oh and when I need a brow filler for my weak brow days, I use a Clinique Superfine brow liner in 02 Soft Brown, it's my exact brow color :)

    June 2, 2011 at 12:16 PM
  • Reply Anna

    I got Benefit Browzings in June 2006 and have used it *almost* daily. Almost daily as in maybe 5 days since I bought it up to today where I didn't use it. It hit pan earlier this winter but there's lots left. It's pigmented if you apply it to freshly moisturized skin, less intense on something less emollient so in that sense it's buildable. I really like the little brushes that come with them – just a simple short tiny angled brush.

    June 2, 2011 at 5:02 PM
  • Reply velvetrosepetal

    I don't do them everyday. I am using Revlon ColorStay Brow Enhancer. It's ok, but nothing to get excited about. I'm still searching for a good solution.

    June 2, 2011 at 5:23 PM
  • Reply Kate & Zena

    Sometimes I forget to fill mine in, but I've filled mine in for a long time now. I have trichitillomania and one of my main pulling areas was my brows, so they were pretty sparse for a long time and I'd fill them in like a heathen. Now I have no tweezer (which makes pulling really difficult–nigh impossible–for me) and I get them tweezed at the Benefit Brow Bar about every two-three weeks, but I still have some bald spots so I fill them in with the darkest shade in the Benefit BrowZing's range. I think it's called "dark" or something. I use a stiff angled brush to fill them in and use a spoolie to soften it a little.

    June 2, 2011 at 6:36 PM
  • Reply Appu

    I prefer using a powder or a twist up pencil too! My current brow fav. is the Milani Easy Brow. It's a convenient twist up pencil with a spoolie :)

    June 2, 2011 at 8:50 PM
  • Reply callitbeautyblog

    i'm lucky enough that my eyebrows are fairly full and therefore, don't need any filling in. though i am on looking for a brow pencil, just because i want one :p.
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    June 2, 2011 at 11:52 PM
  • Reply Rocaille

    I don't do my brows whenever I feel they're looking ok… But then I have periods when one of them just seems a bit off and I have to spend a bit of time taming them. I think my personal favorite products are pencils as well, they're just so quick and easy! x
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    June 3, 2011 at 8:34 AM
  • Reply astrorainfall

    I'm also not really into fussing with my brows… unless I have time which is not very often. But I do try to make an effort. I use a twist up brow pencil by Shisedo Integrate….Not the greatest — quite hard and not v pigmented….And come to think of it I do get brow break outs becuz of it — argh!!! I have tried a mineral brow powder and it's prob because I didn't know how pigmented it was so I ended up with an accidental "bushy" look…but would imagine it would be an alternative to my brow pencil problem but it is more time consuming to brush on the powder because it falls out onto my cheeks. Thanks for bringing up some v good points about brow pencils….will look for better choices.
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    June 3, 2011 at 8:23 PM
  • Reply Kat

    When I fill in my brows, I use the origins brow pencil – a hard, very thin and very waxy twist up pencil. The waxiness + hardness is what makes it good, I think. It deposits the barest amount of sheer 'shiny' (from the wax) colour – you practically can't see it, but it makes a major difference to the overall look of the brow. They do a blond and a dark brown, the blond a really lovely cool, ashy tone. Generally though, I prefer to dye my brows. I'm very pale with quite light brows, and though the natural shape is good, I've always felt they were a size too small (for my nose!). Dyeing them helps with that, because it makes the see through hairs on the edges visible.

    June 4, 2011 at 5:44 AM
  • Reply Annabelle

    I have a huge problem trying to fill my brows in….it seems like no matter what I do, they look unnatural and drawn in…. :(

    I have similar colouring to you (although my hair is a little bit lighter and has more red and gold in it probably because I blow dry my hair everyday and go swimming sometimes, which can lighten your hair) and I was wondering if you could share what you currently use on your brows (I think you mentioned you use a matte gray eyeshadow)??? Thank you so much!!!!

    June 4, 2011 at 9:28 AM
  • Reply Vonvon

    Brows! I think that's the least favourite part of my makeup! but I still spend some time doing it every time I put on my makeup.
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    June 4, 2011 at 1:38 PM
  • Reply coco

    brow is an essential part of my makeup routine because i don't have them! i mean, yes i have brows but they're so sparse, undefined and barely there. i used to have thicker brows but after years of overplucking they don't grow back. i only skip doing my brows when my brows were tattooed, but the tattoo only lasts a few years.
    i use brow pencils when i'm in a hurry and like to use brow powders when i have time to slowly define my brows.
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    June 5, 2011 at 8:39 AM
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  • Reply eightsbeauty

    I don't do much. I've been using NYX's Push-Up Bra For Brows, just the brow shade without the highlighter. I could probably stand to get them shaped a little, but they're fairly sparse as is… thus filling them in! (And the NYX pencil is actually a good match for my brows!)
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    June 7, 2011 at 5:00 PM
  • Reply Emily

    I always use MAC Print in my brows (the shimmer disappears after the blending) – – I agree with your tip, the gray-blackness makes it much more natural than typical brown powders on me. If I use brown shadows, my brows end up looking almost red O_o

    September 5, 2011 at 3:02 AM
  • Reply Louise

    My brows are pathetically sparse and and shor, they end right above the outer corners of my eyes, so I have to “draw” the tails myself.

    I do my brows everyday,with multiple steps.
    First I outline the shape with MAC brow crayon.
    Then, I use Chanel eyebrow powder palette & an angled brow brush to fill in.
    Lastly, tint with MAC brow gel, because my hair is right now dyed light brown, my brows are natrually black.
    Sounds complicated? I can usually finish all the steps in 2-3 minutes.

    With brows as sparse as mine, I’d rather do them than eyeshadows any given day.

    September 11, 2011 at 4:56 AM
  • Reply smashinbeauty

    Love the two lightest shades
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