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I have a pretty huge stock of make up from Clarins - my favourite make up brand. When I needed to replace my old eyebrow pencil I immediately went to look at the Clarins counter at my local department store. I decided on this particular eyebrow pencil as it has everything I could possibly want in an eyebrow pencil, at a good price. Bear in mind, most products from Clarins do not come cheap, but they are worth it in terms of quality, effectiveness and usually longevity of product.
This pencil cost me £16 and it was available in three different shades to choose from - soft blond, soft brown and dark brown. I have a fairly dusky complexion with very dark hair so the darkest pencil was obviously going to be the best option for me. The assistant in the store gave me a look at all three shades and she tried the darkest two on my own eyebrows, just to ensure I was happy with my choice.
This pencil is approximately five inches in length and comes with a fine comb/brush at one end for smoothing down the hairs both before and after application of the pencil. It's simple and easy to apply (so long as you have fairly steady hand). I simply brush the hairs on my brows in the right direction before application, taking care to brush them ever so slightly upwards as well as away to my hairline, to ensure they look 'just right' once the pencil has been applied. I then very carefully apply light, delicate strokes with the pencil.
It's really important not to just 'draw a line' across the brows, otherwise you'll end up looking like Coco the Clown - there is an art to this, and it does come with practice. From experience of using this pencil, I would say light, quick strokes create the best and most natural effect. I then finish off by again stroking the brush across the eyebrow to create a perfect finish.
This pencil creates a very dark effect with even the lightest hand so care has to be taken to make extremely light strokes, particularly when you first start to use it, otherwise you will be left with a harsh dark line, and that is not a good look. On the positive side though, I have personally found that if I do get a little heavy-handed with the pencil and find I have applied to dark a line, this is easily remedied by gently taking the brush across the brows several times, until the pencil is gradually 'lifted' for a more natural effect.
This pencil also comes with handy little tops for either end - one for the pencil end and the other for the comb/brush end. This protects the ends of the pencil and keeps any dirt and debris out.
The final thing I really like about this pencil is the fact that it does not break when I sharpen it. I have had so many eyebrow pencils in the past which have cost quite a lot of money, only to find that when they have become blunt and when I have attempted to sharpen them, this has resulted in the pencil breaking over and over again until I end up with about two inches of pencil after a fortnight.
The Clarins eyebrow pencil sharpens quickly and effortlessly and has never broken on me once. It is isn't waterproof but I have been on holiday recently and did a lot of swimming and I have to say I have been impressed that it showed no signs of wearing off or smudging in the water.
I have only positive comments to make about this great eyebrow pencil. It a a little on the expensive side but it's good quality and a brand I go back to time and time again and happily recommend it.
I bought this eyebrow pencil when my old one ran out and it cost me £16.00 from Boots chemist about three months ago and I think thats not a bad price to pay for a eyebrow pencil as you can pay lots more and the shade of the pencil matches very well with my hair colour and skin tone so I can get the natural look without having to try too hard to do my make-up.
This is a thin eyebrow pencil with a tiny little brush on the end of the pencil so that you can first brush your eyebrows to get an even application from the pencil, first brush then lightly apply the pencil onto the eyebrows without pressing too hard and making a dark line on your skin, just lightly and cover the brow to darken it a little, which enhances the shape and colour when you have your make-up on.
Some people pluck all the brow and this can then be used to draw the line of the brow back , personally I just like to apply this to add colour and shape which it is good for as you can see the pencil colour after use.
Once you are happy with the shade and colour you can then brush over again with the little brush to get it even and the eyebrow hairs in place.
It comes in three shades so there is a shade to suit every colour and skin tone, there is soft brown, dark brown and soft blonde.
I have the light brown eyebrow pencil as I have fair hair and this suits me.
It's not often I wear make-up but if your going out somewhere special it's nice to put on and feel confident in your look and this adds shape and emphasis on the eyebrows so is a must when putting on your full make-up, it can be worn everyday or just for the special occasions.
It sharpens well and doesn't break as your sharpening it and I have had this over a few months now and it isn't even half way down the pencil yet, but I don't use it everyday, probably four or five times a month when I go out.
It's good value for money and not too expensive to buy and is in stock at Boots where you can buy it from the store or online.
8 out of 10 from me for this product.
Active Ingredients: Micronised pigments: for even colour / Beeswax: for precise definition / Carnauba wax, Vitamin E: smooth, gliding texture and long-lasting wear // For a high-definition or highlighted brow line that ensures perfect eye make-up results / Beauty Benefits: Vary the effect with a natural look for day and more sophisticated definition for evening / Application: Groom brows using the handy brow brush at one end of the pencil / Define or shape with short, light pencil strokes that follow the natural brow line / Blend with a few more light strokes of the brow brush /