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The product I am reviewing is called High Brow and is from a company called Benefit. I am pretty sure that some of you will already be familiar with this brand but for those who aren't, this brand of cosmetics is a more expensive brand of cosmetics in comparison to your typical high street brands such as Rimmel, Maybelline & L'Oreal. High Brow is a soft highlighting pencil that instantly lifts and illuminates the eye and brow area. I was in my local Boots store purchasing something from the Benefit range and at the same time this caught my eye and I thought it sounded good, so I thought I would treat myself and give it a try to see what it was like. This product did actually win Best Brow product in the Woman and Home Beauty Awards 2013. Although I have heard many good things about the Benefit brand, I have only ever purchased 2 other things from the brand before. This is just because I prefer using a different brand and haven't really had chance to use many Benefit products. I went a bit mad on buying make-up this month due to getting a nice Christmas bonus at the end of last year, which is going to mean quite a few reviews about make-up and beauty products (my favourite thing to review!).
The pencil comes in a box which is a pinkish colour, which is the same colour theme as all the boxes that the make-up range from benefit come in. On the front of the box it has a picture of the item and it also states what the product is. On the side/back of the box it tells you a little about the product and what it does and it also lists the ingredients. Inside the box should be the pencil and also a leaflet. The leaflet actually shows you in two steps how to apply the product if you are unsure. This is quite handy as I have never used the product before so I could now ensure that I was applying it correctly. The pencil is around 12.5cm long including the lid and is a light pink colour. It says on the pencil what the product is so there's no real need to keep the box that the product came in. The end of the pencil is black which matches the colour of the lid. The lid is made from strong plastic so although it could break, there's little chance of it actually breaking whilst in your make-up bag. This pencil is chunkier than an eyeliner pencil but isn't as thick as some lip crayons you can get. The lid pulls off easily to reveal a nicely sharpened tip which has a slightly flat end to it. I actually purchased the Linen Pink shade which is suitable for all skin tones.
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I purchased the product from my local Boots store at the price of £15. You can also purchase this from the boots website (www.boots.com) or from the Benefit Cosmetics website (www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk) for the same price. The product doesn't vary in price wherever you purchase it from unless you get lucky on eBay and find it cheaper from there. The product does actually come in a soft matte linen-pink which look beautiful on all skin tones or you can go for the glowing champagne pink shade which is the newest colour to the range.
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Using the Product
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Seeing as you apply this product under your brow following your arch its best to have recently plucked or waxed eyebrows otherwise any stray or newly growing hairs may appear more obvious. I tend to pluck my eyebrows as soon as I see any of the hairs comings back so mine normally always look quite well groomed. Step one to using this product is to apply the pencil under your brow following the arch. The pencil feels very light to hold and I found that you don't need to apply much pressure when using the pencil. You can easily see where the product has been applied. Lightly blend this using your clean finger. I always do this using my ring finger for a more gentle touch. It doesn't take much pressure or effort to blend the pencil in and I could see once it had been blended in that this area already looked brighter and it also illuminated this area a lot more. For more arch appeal, put two dots above the arch and blend. Again the pencil is easy to apply and you can immediately see where you have applied the product. The pencil is quite soft and blends really easily, although I did notice that you have to ensure it is blended well otherwise this can stick to any small/stray hairs and make them become much more noticeable. I found that you don't need to apply much of the product in order to see results.
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After applying this product I did then groom my eyebrows a little using an eyebrow kit which is also by Benefit (review to come at a later date!) and this finished them off really well. Although the High Brow pencil may not be too obvious it definitely gave this area lift and illuminated them a little. Some people probably wouldn't notice this but I noticed as soon as I had applied the product. Although the area looked brighter and also more lifted it didn't look too over the top and it's the type of product you could wear everyday rather than just during the night. I actually applied this product along with the rest of my make-up mid-morning before going out for the day to do a bit of shopping. When coming back a few hours later and popping to the toilet my make-up still looked great and the area I had applied the product too still looked bright and lifted as well. We were going out later in the afternoon/early evening and although I probably didn't need to, I did apply a little more of the product. You do have to be careful when doing this as I find that if you do apply too much it can start to look too built up and can also appear to look a little cakey as well. At the end of the night when removing my make-up I found that the product came off easily using a facial cleansing wipe. I like that this product can be kept in your make-up bag or small compartment in your bag and unlike some other eyeliners and eye products the lid to this pencil doesn't fall off.
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Before I had even used this product I had high hopes of it after reading a few reviews on dooyoo and on ciao. Most people said good things about it which made me want to try the product even more. Although I have only tried a few products from the benefit range I have been impressed with them which is also what gave me high hopes of the product. I found the product easy to find at the benefit counter in my local boots store and I didn't require any help from a member of staff which was just as well because no-one was around to help me anyway! Due to the packaging that the product comes in, I think this looks like a good quality product and it also looks attractive as well. The pencil itself is a nice light pink colour and looks great in my make-up bag with my other branded make-up.
I found that this pencil is extremely light and easy to hold and as the pencil is quite soft it means the product is easy to apply with minimum effort. So long as you don't apply too much of the product it is easy to blend in. I tend to only apply this product under my brow rather than above which they suggest for even more arch appeal. I found the product to be long lasting and kind to my skin, although if I have applied this earlier on in the day I do tend to apply a little of it again before going out in the evening. Although this product doesn't seem or sound as though that it does much I can definitely notice a difference after applying and blending the product. It definitely gives the brow area some lift and illuminates a little, although the champagne pink may actually illuminate slightly more than this one. In terms of value I think the product is reasonable as it will last me quite a while before I need to purchase anymore. I also found that the pencil was reasonably easy to sharpen using my Barry M sharpener and the tip to the pencil didn't keep breaking like some other products do. I would definitely recommend this product to others to give your brows a quick and easy lift.
(review will also appear on ciao)
I haven't used many benefit products but was very impressed when I purchased the benefit high brow pencil, it certainly emphasises the eye and brow area.
I purchased the product from Ebay and it came without any outer packaging. The pencil itself is quite chunky compared to that of a normal kohl pencil size. The product name 'high brow' is clearly visible in black lettering along the side of the crayon and at the bottom end it says the brand name benefit. The crayon is pale yellow, purple and black in colour and has a black plastic lid, covering the crayon tip. Along the back of the crayon it gives the product size (2.85g net weight), some contact information for the brand and tells you it is a brow lifting pencil.
The product itself is peachy pink in colour with a really creamy consistency. To apply simply remove the lid and gently pencil onto the skin directly underneath the brow area and smooth and blend in using the fingers or preferred tool. I use my fingers to do this and only apply a small amount, a couple of dots underneath my eye brows.
- Gives brows a lifted appearance
- Gives a brighter appearance to eyes
- Suitable for all skin tones
- Gives a soft matte colour
Price and availability.
The product is widely available both on line and from some beauty stores such as Boots and normally retails around £15.
A list of the ingredients can be found on the benefit website (www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk) Also a step by step illustrated lesson of how to apply the product can be downloaded from the site.
I love this product, it is easy to apply and blend and makes a big difference to the eye area that makes me look more awake. You only need to apply a little and it last for quite a while. A definite 5 stars.
Benefit's high-brow is a soft pencil that will give the illusion of lifting and defining your brow. All you need is maybe 2 dabs of this pencil under the high point / arch of your brow and then blend in to create the 'brow lift'. It is a very light pink colour that works as a highlighter but needs to be blended in under the brow, so it does not look too obvious. I use this product everyday, and as my eyebrows are naturally a bit odd - it helps my perfect the look of my brows. It can be used for both thin and thick eyebrows as I used to have quite thin eyebrows, however, I have let them grow out into their naturally thicker shape now so the Benefit high-brow continues to help keep my brows tidily in shape.
It is also great for hiding bits of the brow that are due for a waxing/threading/tweezing session, or for those that are growing their eyebrows and need a bit of assistance in keeping them shapely.
I have olive skin, so when I first put this on it is a very light colour as mentioned above, but after blending it in (you should not need a brush, as I just dab and blend mine with my fingertip) - it is still light, as it works as a highlighter but it is not obvious and blended with my skin tone. However, It is probably not suitable for darker toned skin.
The wear of this product is great, it lasts throughout the day - if you want a brighter definition just dab and blend a bit more for the night.
My benefit high-brow pencil has lasts me over 2 years now and there is still a lot left. I think it retails around 14 quid or so but it is well worth it as it will last you for ages. As when you apply this you only need a very small amount to blend in.
Like most cosmetic pencils, just sharpen it when the end may get a bit too flat. However, as it is a soft-ish pencil, have a babywipe on hand to clean your sharpener after.
I absoloutly love this item and wont leave the house without applying it!!!
I first used it when going for a make over at a benefit counter and had to purchase it there and then
absoloutly fantastic not only does it do the the trick between salon visits but it really opens up the eye and I often find myself using it as a base for my eye liner when i look really tired and it really helps brighten up the eye
I love benefit make up but this is a must for everyone and it lasts for ages, you dont need to worry about always having a sharp point as it just smudges in anyway
one reccomendation would be to put it on under powder, they often tell you at the counter to put it on last but I find it clumps up and looks like you have tried a diy job, do it before the powder and it looks completely natural
I had purchased other Benefit products in the past - the cheek stain, the BadGal mascara and eyeliner - and had a problem with unruly eyebrows in-between salon visits. I had friends who had used this product in the past and swore by it. However, I am Oriental and was concerned with whether or not the product would work against my skin tone - this turned out to not be a problem at all! It definitely masked any growing eyebrow hairs, and what is more, brightened up the area around my eyes. It was also incredibly easy to use - I simply drew underneath the curve of my eyebrow, and blended with my fingers. No other trickery required! It very quickly matched my skintone (don't know how!), leaving behind only a pale white shimmer though effectively hiding the unruly hairs. I don't know how effective it might be for darker skin tones, but it definitely works for people with yellow undertones.
Those who read my reviews, will appreciate i adore benifit items, but this is definately one of the best, a complete must have for any girls make up box, especially those who adore to enhance their eyebrows.
Although i am a huge make up girl, my eyebrows are admittedly not as as groomed as they could be. One sweep of this under the brow line, defined my arch, made them appear higher and look immediately much more styled. The pale shade doesnt appear obvious or look like a drawn on line as you might think, but in fact blends in perfectly.
The pencil also doubles up as a fantastic eye widener, making eyes look brighter when used along the lower eye rim or innner corner of the eye.
It comes as a thick chunky soft pencil which is easy to apply and doesnt drag on the skin and as with all benefit product comes amazingly and attractively packaged - highly recommended and completely idiot proof!
I am someone who loves to emphasise their eyes when I do my make-up. Since discovering BrowZings I have become even more of a fan of what defining your eyebrows can do for your face. I used to use a similar product to this from Shavata which I really found to be good and I loved the emphasis it gave me under the arch. However, I was starting to think that it was getting a bit too pink for my skin tone so am thrilled that I have found this one from Benefit which is much paler and less obvious whilst still giving real definition.
It does work best when used with other defining products such as BrowZings as you get the full benefit of the shape that it gives. I use it under my arch as suggested and sparingly on the top of the arch for highlighting which is especially good if you don't want as full-on an effect as a liquid/powder highlighter .
When it comes to my eyebrows I can border a little on the side of obsession - I ensure my eyebrows are always plucked to perfection and there is nothing more I enjoy than sitting in front of the tv with a pair of tweezers and a mirror and just chilling out and getting my brows in shape. Of course, I realise this isn't everyone's idea of a good time, but there is no underestimating the importance your eyebrows have in defining the shape of your face. Just think what Susan Boyle from Britain's Got Talent or that one from the Apprentice might look like if they got their eyebrows sorted!
My eyebrow obsession was what lead me to purchase Benefit's High Brow Pencil - a pale pink / ivory coloured pencil which is used as a highlighter just under the brow to achieve better definition. Some might consider this a waste of money a £12.50, but not I! I happily shelled out the money in my quest to achieve even more perfect brows.
The pencil itself comes in a mass of completely unnecessary packaging, which seems to be Benefit's style. The pencil comes in a box, complete with instruction booklet. Does an eyebrow pencil really warrant an instruction booklet I ask?! Well apparently Benefit have decided that yes, yes it does. Once you have made your way through the unnecessary packaging and located the pencil you are away! The pencil itself is nice a chunky and long, and easy to get a good grip of. It uses a nice black and cream colour scheme and comes with a black plastic lid to protect the pencil tip. It looks like a classy product and one that looks stylish in my makeup box.
To apply, you simply use the pencil to draw a line all the way under your brow. Application will vary depending on the natural shape of your brows, but I like to apply a little more just underneath the highest point of the arch for definition and then just two small lines of it over the top of the brow on either side of the arch. You can blend in with your fingers or with a blending brush - I find that a brush is preferable here as using your fingers tends to overblend, reducing the effect somewhat. The pinky colour suits the pink undertones in my skin well, although I think it would work with any skintone as it's pretty versatile, and I love the subtle definition it gives to the brows. The consistency is lovely and soft and makes it so easy to blend.
I also like to use this on my eyelids on days when I don't want a really made-up look - just a smidge in the corner of the eye works well to brighten up the eyes, or I like to use it as an eyeliner with a line just above the eyelashes to really make my eyes pop. I love the look that this gives - really natural, perky and wide awake.
In terms of staying power, the consistency of this meant that I wasn't expecting miracles and it performed about as well as I expected. I find if I apply in the morning (about 6.45), it will last on both my eyelids and my brows until about lunchtime when a reapplication is needed. It doesn't smudge or smear though once applied and seems to just fade gradually from the skin.
The pencil requires manual sharpening and you will need to invest in a large sharpener - not a problem for those who use other Benefit pencils (I had one already to use with my Bad Girl eyeliner) but is an extra expense to consider. It sharpens nice and cleanly, with no nasty harsh bits, and I would estimate that one of these pencils will last me about 8 months with daily use.
All in all, I would highly recommend High Brow for anyone who suffers from an eyebrow obsession - it helps to achieve a perfectly groomed look for your brows and leaves them looking really defined. However, for normal people, this will probably be seen as a waste of money, and I certainly wouldn't recommend it for those who don't take special care to keep their brows tidy, as it will cling to any loose or stray hairs and highlight them. When it comes to the crunch, you could quite easily achieve them same effect with a pale eyeshadow or MAC pigment, but there is something about this pencil that I really love and it's fast replacing my vast collection of eyeshadows as the thing I most regularly wear on my eyelids!
My eyebrows are quite fine and I've never plucked or waxed them. Saying this, I do like keeping them in good condition and making sure they look good. Highlighting the brow area makes them a little more distinctive and makes them look like they've been accurately styled.
For highlighting the brow bone, most use a shimmery eyeshadow in a white or cream colour, I oten use this but sometimed pal, matte colours work just as good. Benefit High-Brow is something I've used to replace my eyeshadow and it's designed for specific use on the brow bone and therefore comes in the right colour for it.
When applying this product, you need to put it right in the arch of your eyebrow, smudge a little afterwards to make it blend properly. It gives your brows an instant lift whch is what Benefit claims it does, so this true. Your eyes look very youthful and awake.
Instead of a powder or pot, High-Brow comes as a chunky crayon/pencil which is hard to sharpen because of it's width but they're a special sized sharpeners you can buy (of course this is further expense). With the product, you also get a small panflet informing you on how to use High-Brow which is great if you've never used it before.
You could also use it in the corner of your eyes to bring a little shimmer to your eye area and it also makes you look wide awake. The product retails at £12.50 and even though it's good, I wouldn't spend this money on it, however it does last 6-8 months depending on how often you use it.
I'm a little obsessive when it comes to my eyebrows. Between waxing I am constantly tweezing any stray hairs as soon as they appear. I have tried plenty of brow powders, pencils, waxes and gels to keep them looking as neat a polished as possible, and when it comes to my eye makeup I like to make sure my eyebrows are highlighted pefectly to really frame my face.
Although many people choose to highlight their browbone with a shimmery pigment or eyeshadow, I prefer a pale, matte shade pushed right into the arch. Sometimes I will use an eyeshadow to do so but most of the time I will reach for my Benefit "High Brow".
Benefit's "High Brow" claims to be an 'instant brow lift' and I totally agree. The linen pink pencil promises to leave your eyes looking lovely and younger looking in an instant.
It is delivered in a tall, chunky pencil that needs to be sharpened manually, which some users find annoying but I personally cannot stand those automatic / self sharpening products so theres no complants from me!
Inside the box Benefit include a 'mini makeup lesson' leaflet which informs you how to use the product, which is useful to those who have never used it before.
It retails for £12.50 and lasts me a very long time (about 8 months, even with daily use) so I personally think it's great value for money - especially for the effect it gives :-)
I apply this product as the final step of my eye makeup. Making sure the tip is well sharpened I draw a very fine line all the way along the bottom of my eyebrow, focusing a little more under the highest point of the arch. Next I take a flat, synthetic brush (I use a MAC #212 but any similar brush will work, try a concealer brush or even your fingertip) and start to blend the "High Brow" downwards a little towards my eyes. You don't want to overblend or you will lose definition, but you don't want an obvious line there either so it's important to find a happy medium!
Once blended, Benefit's "High Brow" really does define and lift the eyebrow for a polished, sophisticated result. The pale pink ivory shade suits most skintones (except maybe the very darkest of us?) as long as you blend well.
It lasts perfectly throughout the day without any smearing or fading.
The only downside to the product is that it only seems to work on those with very smooth / perfectly tweezed eyebrows since it clings unnatractively to any hairs that get in the way giving a clumpy, grey colour to the lashes.
Overall I definately recommend this product that I personally think it provides an effect that cannot be duped by many other products.
You can even use it in the inner corners of your eyes / tearducts to brighten and wake up tired eyes :-)
Benefit High Brow Glow Brow Lifting Pencil / A luminous brow lifting pencil / A single stroke of the champagne-pink pencil instantly lifts and illuminates / Apply and lightly blend under your brow..it?s like an instant brow lift!