Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Ash review, swatches, photos

Hourglass Arch Brow Pencil Ash review tip

The product: Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Ash

I’ve tried a lot of brow products this year, but the prettiest by far has been the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil. The brand recently launched a few more shades (for a total of nine), including one that caught my attention: Ash, a cool-toned grey that’s perfect for those with dark hair and cool-toned skin.

Hourglass Arch Brow Pencil review box

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Great for: The Arch Brow Sculpting Pencils feature a wide, angled, triangular pencil tip one end, and a spoolie to groom the brows on the other. Together, the two work to create the perfect, super-full brow in under two minutes–think Cara Delevingne brows; bushy and full.

The formula of the pencil is soft but waxy, which is ideal for on-the-go but (in my opinion) doesn’t lend itself particularly well to that really sharp, crisp Instagram brow. I don’t think that this is necessarily a bad thing, but it’s something to keep in mind if you’re not a fan of the “wild” look that’s all over runways and magazines right now!

Hourglass Arch Brow Pencil Ash swatch review

Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Ash swatched

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Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil review

The formula and shade: The formula of the Arch Brow Pencils said to “combine the benefits and technique of a powder, pencil, and wax,” which sounds like marketing-speak to me, but I do like it. It’s soft and very easy to blend, giving the diffused look of a powder but with the expediency of a pencil.

I find that the Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil gives me the fullest (and fastest) brow look of any of the brow pencils or powders that I own, and the colour stays in place all day long. Ash is a great shade for me; it looks grey in the tube, but on my skin, I find that it looks like a very natural, cool dark brown. True to its name, it’s quite an ashy shade, and it’s an excellent choice if you find that most brow products look way too red on you.

Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil review Ash

The price per ounce: I flinched at the$32 USD/$37 CAD price tag of the Arch Brow Sculpting Pencils, but after doing a price-per-oz breakdown out of curiosity, I feel quite a bit better about it.

Of the angled brow pencils that I looked at, the Hourglass pencil was actually the cheapest per oz by a wide margin. It contains way more product than most twist-up brow pencils, so if you’re looking for a single workhorse product to add to your kit, the Arch pencils are actually a very economical option!

  • Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil (0.014 oz/$32 USD) = $2286 per ounce
  • Anastasia Brow Wiz (0.003 oz/$21 USD) = $8000 per ounce *not an angled pencil; just added to serve as a popular comparison!
  • Smashbox Brow Tech to Go (0.007 oz/$28 USD) = $4000 per ounce
  • Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Long-Wear Brow Pencil (0.01 oz/$42 USD) = $4200 per ounce

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The verdict?

I wasn’t expecting to, but over the past few weeks, I’ve become very fond of the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencils. Ash is a great match for my skintone/hair colour, and it looks very natural on me — even if I just sort of scribble the pencil into each brow and blend by mussing up the product with the brow spoolie.

I like my brows quite understated, so I have to be careful with the Arch brow pencils. For those who like a full brow, though, I would very much recommend these! They’re gorgeously packaged, very economical per oz, and blend and wear beautifully. 

Availability: $32 USD/$37 CAD at Sephora.

Hourglass Arch Brow Pencil review brush packaging

Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil brush/spoolie

The Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil ingredients: 

Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Ozokerite, Mica, Ethylene/Propylene Copolymer, Caprylic/Capric/Myristic/Stearic Triglyceride, Acrylates/Stearyl Acrylate/Dimethicone Methacrylate Copolymer, Synthetic Wax, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butylparaben, BHT.

+/- Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

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  • mostlysunnybunny

    I am so glad to hear you have become a fellow fan! This is still what I'd call my HG brow pencil, because there is simply nothing better if you look at the cost/performance factor!

    • Yes!! Wearing it right now… and almost every other day this past week. The shade and formula are just stellar!

  • $8000 per ounce for the Anastasia one? Man I hope you can eat it in case of famine… And I thought truffles were expensive :/
    I have a warm complexion and light-to-medium warm brown hair, but I still find many brow colors to be way too red on me. I don't know, for some reason warm shades look completely unnatural, so I gravitate towards ashy colors.
    I'm still debating getting a brow pencil or felt-tip pen, although powders are my comfort zone!
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    • Ahahaha! :D I mean, I guess you COULD eat it in case of famine, but it's so tiny that I bet it wouldn't even really help :p :p

      I really love felt-tipped brow liners, but pencils are definitely a better buy! And this one is just stellar — even in varying temperatures, it's never so hard that it's difficult to apply, nor so soft that you get too much product.

  • Yay, good to hear you love it! I love those little calculations you did by the wow, haha, really puts things into perspective.
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    • Right??? I was so surprised by how expensive some of the pencils were! It's crazy!

  • The price per ounce was an eye opener! Given that I'm not obsessed with the Instagram brow either I think I'd consider this pencil now that you've made the price sound a lot more reasonable :)

    • :D Let me know if you pick it up, Vita! It's become a permanent instalment in my makeup bag. ;)

  • Lily @ChloeAsh

    I was going to pick one up, but our currency decided to drop even further. I think I might try the Bobbi Brown one because I've read really good reviews! Once my Shu Uemura runs out, I think I will.
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    • Eep! Ours is doing that right now, too — Sephora keeps raising the prices on items. >=(

      Per oz, the Bobbi Brown one is actually a lot more expensive here. I'm not sure if it's the same for you guys, but I def. recommend doing a price breakdown of the two if you have a moment!