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I have quite thin eyebrows, mainly because I like to pluck them to get a nice arch to them but then sometimes I go too far so when I've done that I then like to make them look a bit thicker and fuller and to do this I use this great eyebrown pencil from Rimmel.
The pencil looks just like a regular make up pencil, like a lip liner or an eye liner but it differs a little bit because at the end is a little brush that is the perfect size for brushing your brows into place. The brush lifts up and then you just have the regular pencil to fill in your brows a bit and give them a bit of colour and that look of fullness.
Rimmel say, "the Professional Eyebrow Pencil is used to enhance and refine the shape of the eyebrows. It can be used to fill gaps or lengthen the arc of the eyebrow to create the desired look."
The pencil comes in a few colours but I decided to get the dark brown one as this is the one that matches my brows the best. The trick when applying this pencil to the brows I find is to just put a few little dots of pencil on the brow at different stages across it and then use the brush to work it through the brow so you get even coverage and a nicely shaped brow at the same time.
I find the bristles are of medium firmness so they move the hairs well but do not hurt your face because they are too scratchy. The pencil is fairly soft which I like but does not smudge or wear off which is great.
What I like is that I can achieve a really full looking brow with this pencil that looks natural and subtle and does not look like I have drawn two big pencil lines where my brows should be.
This pencil costs just £2.99, is available in Boots and is a great make up tool in my opinion.
I got into the habit of defining my eyebrows in May this year, after I was performing my final exam and highlighting my eyebrows was a requirement for my make-up for the performance. I love the outcome of it, so I decided to define my eyebrows as an everyday thing. Also another reason why I started to define my eyebrows was that, because I'm quite fair haired, my eyebrows match my hair color and when I look at photos, I look like I have no eyebrows! So I thought I'd do something about it.
I wanted to go for a good eyebrow pencil that had good quality and value but wasn't too expensive either, so I decided to go for a safe option of using Rimmel London as I knew they a cheap, good quality brand. The price for the product was £2.99 which was perfect. I bought this from superdrug, but you can get this product for the same price at Boots, Savers and various supermarkets. The color I chose was '002 Hazel' as I did not want a color too light or too dark, as there is nothing worse than having a dark/black shade of eyebrow pencil and then looking like you have slugs above your eyes, not a great look, and it does not look natural if you have blonde/fair hair.
The good thing about this product is that when you use it, it makes your eyebrows look tidier, so there's no odd-hair sticking out, and the eyebrows will not look uneven as well.
The product has a small brush on the lid to achieve this look.
However as it is a pencil, it will need to be sharpen quite often, especially if you use this an an everyday product (like me!) but if the product does start to get blunt at the end, it will not do as a good job compared to a sharpen end. A small tip, once you have sharpen the end of the product, draw a small circle on your hand to make the end not so sharp, because it is important that end of your pencil is sharp but not too sharp otherwise it will look like you have drawn your eyebrows on rather than defining them.
This product is great, because it is long lasting and you do not to reapply as often, so it usually stays on for the whole day/night. So if I was a chose a long lasting eyebrow pencil which was not expensive and had good quality and value for money, this is one I would have in my bag and make-up bag.
Item: Rimmel Eye Brow Pencil
Colour: 004 Black Brown
Bought in: Boots
This is what I used to use (and still do at times) before I discovered the eye brow kits you get that allow you to use powder and wax to apply colour to your eye brows with a brush. I have used this particular eye brown pencil on an off for over 10 years so will give you a review of it, so you can see if it would suit you too.
Packaging and design:
As the name suggests this is a pencil so it looks like....a pencil haha When first bough the actual pencil is 12cm long, 14cm when the lid is on. It is light in weight and fits easily in to a standard make up bag. The colouring of the outer pencil is representative of the colour purchased, so it is easy to pick out a colour to suit you. The lid is also dark brown in colour so matches the colour scheme. The writing on the pencil is in silver and is very reflective, so I find myself rolling the pencil back and forth to try and read it without too much shine. There is a band around the bottom of the pencil that shows little crowns. I believe they started adding that design when they started up the "Get the London look" campaign. It doesn't add to or detract from the design, it's just there. The text along the pencil tells you that it is a "Rimmel London, professional eyebrow pencil, 004 brown black". That's plenty details for me and tells me all I need to know in order to make my choice. The pencil is made of a nice smooth wood so when you sharpen it, it only takes a few rotations in the sharpener to get a nice fresh "nib" of colour out. There's no jaggy edges that are left after sharpening either, which is good as you don't want that on your face. The lid is made of nice thick plastic and hasn't ever crackled and has a little brush attached down one side. This pencil looks very classic and would be appealing to all ages. As the pencil is covered in the colour of the shade you are buying it makes it easier to choose one at a glance so is a good design.
Application, staying powers and overall look:
You simply take the lid off this pencil and swipe it lightly over your eye brows. If you use it lightly you can build up a colour rather than "drawing on" new eye brows. You then use the brush to smooth the eye brows to make sure no clumps of colour are on them and it forces them back in to shape. As it comes in a few different colours you just pick the colour nearest to your hair colour and use it to fill out your eye brows. If you are unsure how much to use or what shape to make them, simply do one eye brow then stand back and compare it to the other eye brow to get an idea of how it looks in comparison. The pencil itself is thick and dry, not greasy or too waxy so it dries in to your eye brown and doesn't make them look too much like there is make up over them. As it dries well, it also gives it a good staying power and if you are absent minded during the day and touch your eye brow it won't all wipe off. The look you get is very much depends on the shade you chose and how you apply it. I have had great results from this and have been able to fill in the gaps in my eye brows and really give my eyes more definition.
So why do I now tend to use the eye brow kits rather than this eye brown pencil?
I like that the eye brow kits that contain powder and wax allow me to create a darker and more full eye brow. My hair is dark and I have blue eyes so I like to darken and thicken my brows as they are naturally very thin and light (not from over plucking, they have always just been like that) and the kits allow me to do that. The pencil is still really good though, so if I am travelling and limited for space/weight allowances I do go back to the pencil as the results are still good, it's just that when possible I prefer the kits as I think they are a wee bit better.
At less than £3 for a pencil that will last you months this is really good value, especially compared to the eye brow kits that will usually start at around £10. If you are looking for a good alternative to eye brow kits owing to money being tight, I would definitely recommend this pencil.
If you can't tell if you have on too much or too little of this, take a photo of your face and have a look. In photo it is easier to see how they look rather than staring at your face in the mirror.
I have been buying this eyebrow pencil for as long as i have been using eyebrow pencils, so a good 5years!
Rimmel eyebrow pencil is perfect for filling in eyebrows, lengthening or just adding a little colour and definition to brows. Rimmel is sold in key makeup retailer e.g Boots/Super drug/Supermarkets. This pencil is 1.4grams and it available in 3 shades- HAZEL, DARK BROWN, DARK BLACK. I use DARK DROWN as i have very dark brown hair and almost olive skin (when i say almost i just mean im not really pale basically!). The pencil comes with a brush attached to the lid which is extremely useful and a massive plus point of this product in my view.
The item retails at £2.99, and this price should not really vary between stores as it is the brand Rimmel that charge the price not the store, however its worth shopping around for multiple buy offers. The bottom and lid colour change with each shade, making it easier to find your ideal shade and the pencil remains black.
I just love this product, it is everything i need and i hope they never stop making it!
The colour is just perfect for me and some days i apply a little and blend with the brush, other days i want more statement brows so i apply more, it is versatile.
I use the brush that it attached everytime i use the pencil, when i am happy with my brows i actually apply a quick spray of hairspray onto the brush and brush my brows into place. The colour lasts all day and has never smudged!
BUY! If you are into brow pencils and on a budget just try this pencil. It is cheap, blend-able, versatile and lasts forever!!
I have weird eyebrows and the right one has a mild bald spot in the middle. I have never used eyebrow pencils because I thought they looked weird on me; the one time I tried it, it looked horrible but now I think about it I guess it's because the make up lady drew quite a large set of brows on my face. I have been using black eye shadows to filled in the sparse spot in my brow but then I thought, enough is enough and it's time to buy an eyebrow pencil.
Boots do this loyalty voucher thing where if you spend more than £12 on make up, you get 400 points. I was buying nail polish and it didn't quite add up to £12. So, I thought I would look for something cheap to get to the amount. The only thing I was direly in need of at that moment was an eyebrow pencil. Unfortunately, most of the brands don't either do the black/brown shade I need or they're too expensive. I wasn't going to pay £10 for an eyebrow pencil. Then I saw this Rimmel eyebrow pencil at £2.99 and thought it's a good price to pay. Luckily, Rimmel also does the black/brown shade I need.
The shape of the eyebrow pencil is just like a normal pencil, it's easy to hold in my hand and manoeuvre it for easy application. The cap has a row of bristles for brushing the eyebrows. The shade I have 004 Brown/Black but it's mostly towards the black shade than brown to be honest. The crayon of the pencil is quite strong, which makes it quite easy to apply. I've had eyeliner pencils where the crayon is too weak and it'll keep breaking off everytime I press hard enough, but I haven't had this problem with the Rimmel eyebrow pencil so it's a plus.
I have been using this for more than a month and I am really pleased with its performance. The crayon colour is quite strong and stays for a long time. It is easy to smudge while I am applying it to my eyebrows, but it can easily be wiped away using a cotton bud so I have no problem there. The longest I've worn this is 13 hours when I went on a day trip to London. The colour of my eyebrows lasted the whole day and I didn't need to retouch it, so I am pleased with its long-staying quality.
Overall, at £2.99, this makes a wonderful eyebrow pencil at a very affordable price. Next time, I might go for a ligher shade of 003 because this does come up quite dark on my skin. At times, this could give an unnatural look but I don't think it can be helped with any eyebrow pencils. I don't think I can go back to not using an eyebrow pencil. So, I'd recommend this for anyone wanting to try out.
Thank you for reading and reviewing. :) x
As a nineteen going on twenty year old I rarely leave the house without at least some make up on. One of the items in my make up bag which is used every single time without fail that I do wear make up is my Rimmel eyebrow pencil, an essential part of my make up bag. I have always had really faint hair on my eyebrows yet in the past dyed my hair a lot darker therefore this was my reasoning for first buying an eyebrow pencil and now I'm not sure I'd want to go a day without it!
I have had various eyebrow pencils due to misplacing them in the past but one I always seem to go back to is this Rimmel professional eyebrow pencil. The first reason I went for a Rimmel eyebrow pencil was due to the fact I believe Rimmel are a reliable brand and due to the fact it was a great price of only £2.99 in Boots which I found was a bargain in comparison to some other brands. This product is also available for similar prices in other stores such as Superdrug and even some large Asda and Tesco stores therefore not too hard to get your hands on if you did wish to do so. The eyebrow pencil also comes in a range of colours meeting the needs of pretty much everyone, it can be bought in a black/brown colour, dark brown or hazel depending on which shade best fits your needs. The product is easy to spot it is simply a pencil which is painted black and in silver writing is the name of the product then Rimmels brand logo then at the very bottom of the pencil is coloured in what shade your pencil is (this is also wrote on the product). The pencil also has a brown lid which has a small eyebrow brush on the side attached to it which is extremely convenient as its a lid for your pencil but at the same time you can tidy up your eyebrows with a slight brush before colouring them. I believe this is an advantage to the product as it is essentially two in one and an eyebrow brush is a small accessory which would be easy to loose otherwise.
Whats it do?
Now this product can be described to enhance and refine the shape of your eyebrows you may just use it to refill gaps or add length to your eyebrows, it is completely up to you what you do with this eyebrow pencil. I personally use the eyebrow pencil for both shape and colour and add length at the ends of my eyebrows as they seem non existent due to my lightly coloured hair. It completes my make up and I would feel a face of make up is not complete if the eyebrows have no colour to them I almost feel Alien like nowadays if I have a face of make up but not eyebrow pencil on.
How does the eyebrow pencil perform?
I personally use the hazel coloured eyebrow pencil as in the past I have used my friends dark brown and wow that is dark therefore if your light haired I suggest going for hazel. I would suggest drawing on your hand in the shop with a sample eyebrow pencil just to make sure your getting the colour you want before buying as you don't want to be disappointed. With the hazel coloured pencil I have found I can either have a very light coloured look by gently applying the pencil on my eyebrow hairs or if I wish to have darker eyebrows I simply apply it with more pressure and harder than usual giving me a darker look. The pencil is very easy to apply and washes off very easily with a facial wipe if you was to apply it wrongly. You may be wondering does the eyebrow pencil last? I personally believe compared to other eyebrow pencils it does last on a day to day basis, it certainly lasts on a night out when dancing around and sweating. Though a trick to ensure it does last is to lightly spray your eyebrows once you've coloured them with hairspray...it always does the trick for me! Another amazing thing about this pencil is it lasts a long time (if you manage not to misplace it) and my pencil is almost the size of the lid and still going strong. I believe it lasts longer than other turn up eyebrow products as it is a pencil which only needs sharpening every now and again and I've not yet experienced the led breaking/snapping.
Would I recommend?
I certainly would! Whether you want a natural look or you want to go for the well known 'scouse brows' not as natural look this product can amazingly do both in my eyes with the right pressure being used when applying it. A nice and cheap, reliable, long lasting pencil along with a eyebrow brush attached, what more could you ask for? A perfect way to spend £2.99 and spice up your make up bag.
The only issue I could possibly pick at is the eyebrow pencil is quite small and easily lost in my make up bag. BUT its the size of any normal eyebrow pencil/eyeliner so that is totally my own fault.
Thanks for reading my review.
I've always been a fan of defined eyebrows, not as angular and loud as some people have them but I feel some definition adds a lot to a person's face. Your eyebrows frame your eyes and for me it's a good thing to make your eyes stand out. This Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Product is something I use almost everyday and it claims to enhance and refine the shape of the eyebrows. There are 3 shades of the product; hazel, dark brown & brown/black.
The packaging is very simple because the product is basically a pencil. The wooden pencil holds a brown lead and the wood is painted black. The product information in engrained on the pencil in silver and there is a brown lid on top of the pencil with a handy brush attached to groom your eyebrows.
At the moment you can purchase this product from Superdrug for £2.99.
This pencil is very easy to use and the handy brush makes it even more effective due to being able to brush the eyebrows into shape before applying the product. The product when applied is similar to a pencil eyeliner but not as harsh, the product is lighter in terms of consistency and it therefore allows you to have a lot of control on the desired look you wish to achieve.
For day to day make up you simply brush the pencil in small strokes along your natural eyebrows if however you wanted a more dramatic look say for a night out then you can apply more pressure to create a more defined look.
A good tip also when doing your eyebrows is to make three points to get the correct shape. The start of your eyebrow should begin at the outer edge of your nose, grab a small ruler, hold it on the edge of your nose pointing straight up, where the ruler meets your eyebrow make a point, your eyebrow should not go past this point on to the nose and it should not start away from it. Next keep the ruler pressed against the edge of your nose but drag the top so that it travels over your pupil, at the point the top of the ruler reaches your eyebrow, make a mark, this is the arch of your eyebrow (some people won't have very prominent arches at all like myself). Lastly once again keeping the ruler at the edge of your nose drag the top to line up with the outer corner of your eye, where the ruler reaches your eyebrow, this should be the end. If you groom and define with the Rimmel pencil to those guidelines you will achieve a rather professional and very defined eyebrow.
On the whole this product is a simple yet effective pencil which should be easy to use for beginners or people who are really experienced and want a professional look.
The one thing that lets this product down is the staying power. Don't start scratching your eyebrows or anything because it will come off, however I can't really judge the product harshly on this because this is the same for most eyebrow products but I will deduct a star. A trick to aid staying power is to define your eyebrows with the pencil then afterwards use a clear mascara or spray some hairspray on to the brush provided then gently go over the eyebrow.
This is a product I personally like but it doesn't reach 5 stars due to it's staying power, there are eyebrow stains available which I have also tried that give a natural look and stay for days and so although this is a very good product I can't quite give it top marks.
I am not someone who has a thing about make up, for various reasons: I cant apply it. When I try to put something on, say eyeshadow, I make myself look worse rather than better. I cant be bothered, Im far too lazy and feel it's abit of a chore rather than an enjoyable experience. I prefer to look natural and its suits me best.
One thing I refuse to live without though is an eyebrow pencil.I bought this one sometime last year in my local Sainsburys in an act of desperation as my kids had lost the one I was using at the time. Cant recall how much it cost, but would have been between the £2.30-4.00 mark.
Why do I use an eyebrow pencil
I need it. Teenage years of daft plucking, weird shaving off certain parts of my brows and seriously wrong shaping means I have a full and decent brow from the end closest to my nose and the middle of the brow. After that its pretty non existent. Spock eat your heart out!
I use an eyebrow pencil to basically make my brow look longer and less short. At times to make it look alittle more defined and shaped, and generally allows me to look half normal.
Without doing my eyebrows ( not bothered when inside the house ), it makes me feel as if my face is complete. I don't wear make up, so whatever I have visible , I need to make it look as if its in a decent condition e.g brows, lips, skin etc.
How does this pencil look
It looks similar to a normal pencil in shape and style and its black in colour ( the actual colour inside i is black ). On the pencil itself it states the brand, colour, what it is, company details and weight. The pencil has a top on it which is basically an eyebrow brush to help keep them tidy and controlled.
How does it perform
It doesn't blow me away but it does the job. Since its black, and not grey, taupe, brown, its hard to get a black wrong if you have black eyebrows. So don't have to worry about colour matching. Using the pencil itself is easy and don't feel when applying its rough to the skin or you have to apply too much pressure. Once applied its fair in regards to lasting, as long as I don't rub or wash my face, and is easy to remove with a damp cloth or just using general cleansing routine.
Ive discovered as much as I need eyebrows I hate using a pencil. At some point, to keep it sharp and more precise, it needs sharpening. Somebody who doesn't use make up I find this a faff and end up grabbing my sons pencil sharpener to do the job (one that hasn't been used to be fair ). I would much prefer the cap of the pencil to have a sharpener on it rather than the brush as for me its more practical as I don't use the brush regularly.
I don't feel the overall look it gives is as natural as I would like. It still looks more like lines have been drawn rather than a light feathering of ' Hair ' looking strokes. Having such dark brows theres no room for error, slightly too much pressure, not put in the right place, Im going to look like a sad excuse for a drag queen! And being someone who is always in a major rush, this isn't ideal.
Thankfully, Im an old hand at working magic when it comes to my brows even with this pencil, so I doubt people wouldn't notice by looking at my eyebrows the issues I have, but I do and its my opinion that counts.
But overall, this is ok for the meantime, but looking for an eyebrow pencil that gives a more natural appearance, not one that needs to be sharpened. This was something I bought under pressure, so under normal circumstances, especially if there was more of a range, I wouldn't buy again.
Checked online on Boots.com and exact pencil costs £2.99. Readily available
I am new to using eyebrow pencils so I didnt want to splash out and get an expensive one, after searching the cosmetics sections in Boots I decided to get this Rimmel one.
It retails for £3 which is a bargain, but it only comes in two shades, luckily one of them matches my hair colour perfectly.
The pencil itself is very easy to use, I always keep mine nice and sharp so the strokes look more natural underneath my natural eyebrows rather than just colouring in with block colour. It blends very well with my natural eyebrows and makes them look more defined and fills in any gaps or patches from over zealous plucking very well. It doesnt smudge easily either which is great as I have a bad habbit of smudging my make-up with my hands but this tend to stay put - I also find I dont need to re-apply it throughout the day either so it has very good staying power.
On the end of the pencil lid is a little brush - I have to admit I dont really see the benefit of this and my eyebrows are quite brushy and unruly - but it does the same trick as just smothing it with your finger.
Overall I am very happy with this, especially for the £3 price tag! I see no reason to ever buy a more expensive eyebrow pencil as I can pick no faults with this one! I would definitely recommend it!
I have the kind of eyebrows that seem to be either spiralling out of control across the middle and top of my forehead or the kind of eyebrows that are thin, patchy and look frankly a little ridiculous. Because of this I am always looking for ways to keep my eyebrows under control as well as help me ensure that they look good on the times when they are a little thin and patchy. I have found that because of over plucking in the past that I have one or two small areas that just don't seem to ever want to grow again. This is sad of course but I can't go around having uneven eyebrows just because of that!
I picked up this Rimmel eyebrow pencil in Superdrug for just £2.99. This seemed like a reasonable price to me at the time and this was the full price too (something I rarely consider reasonable with make up products!). The particular shade that I have purchased is the Dark Brown one which I felt was probably most suited to my dark dyed hair colour.
This actually looks very much like an eye liner pencil as the pencil itself is black with the usual silver Rimmel branding all down it and there is a brown lid with an attached eyebrow brush too. This is a fantastic little brush that allows me to straighten up my eyebrows both before and after I have applied the pencil, as needed. This works in the same manner as an eye liner pencil and can be sharpened with a pencil sharpener. It is simple to sharpen and stays at a nice point that allows me to run this along my eyebrow area. Only a very light press is required for this to be pencilled on and pressing too hard will see the pencil end become blunt and too much applied to one place of my eyebrow. This is a huge positive as it makes this very simple to use and as long as I am not heavy handed it really is almost impossible to go wrong when applying this. This is easy to blend along the full length of my eyebrow and the brush applicator on the end of the lid makes it very simple for me to brush this across my eyebrow and ensure a nice even coverage.
This eyebrow pencil works fantastic in my opinion and is very simple to use. I love the look that I can achieve when using this and nobody has commented that my eyebrows look fake or anything. The ladies that I work with did notice that I had begun using this, as they are experts at make-up but I only received good compliments about how full and even my eyebrows looked. I do not have to worry about this running off my face during the day as it seems to stay put at all times and it is only with the aid of a make-up wipe that I can remove it fully at the end of the day. This pencil does not leave any residue behind once I use a make-up wipe on it and it does not irritate my sensitive skin or cause any loss of eyebrow hair either. My eyebrows look fuller and thicker thanks to this pencil and it is a dream to use on those patchy areas that I mentioned about at the start of my review. Of course you might not find that the shade that I used is suitable for you but I have very dark hair and eyebrows and I found the dark brown shade to be a little closer to black and therefore fantastic for me to use.
The brush is simple to keep clean and hygienic with a simple rinse and I like that I have this on the go wherever I may be if I want or need to touch up my eyebrows for whatever reason. I have sometimes used a very small amount of hairspray on my eyebrows just to ensure that they stay in place perfectly and this hasn't caused any bad reaction with the eyebrow pencil either.
In all I feel that this pencil is worthy of 5 out of 5 stars. The particular shade that I have suits my eyebrow colour and I have found it very simple to use. The brush that comes with it is strong and I haven't noticed bristles falling out at all. The pencil looks great and it is simple to sharpen this too. Faultless from me!
I am a very pale natural blonde, and despite the fact that I generally like my hair colour, and some practical advantages (it's much easier to hide the fact that one doesn't shave), there are disadvantages. The main one is that without having my eyebrows and eyelashes tinted (which tint doesn't last more than a few weeks) I look like a small-eyed, pink-skinned creature - a blind hamster perhaps.
And thus although with growing age (and giving up career/office work) I lost most of my make-up habit, I still use mascara and eyebrow pencil on most days.
I am not very choosy with the latter, in my experience most will do the job form me (in fact, an eyeliner will as well), and frankly I look for price. This Rimmel one, despite being called ''Professional'', is pretty cheap (you can probably get one for around £2-3 in shops) and does the job very well.
As I am very fair, I use a brown one (though I find that the shades normally recommended for blondes are too light and make my hair look reddish), and in this case one called ''dark brown'', which, when applied sparingly, does the job well (though is perhaps a little to dark for my colouring).
It is easy to apply, and as it's soft (this is the biggest advantage of eyebrow pencils over eyeliners for this task, they tend to be softer) it's easy to avoid drawing a silly sharp line on my eyebrow arch. The softness also means that I get decent coverage of the hair, not just a line on the skin underneath, and blending it all together as well as getting rid of mishaps is very easy.
The staying power of this pencil isn't very impressive, and you need a couple of applications a day to keep the colour on.
The little brush that is included on the pencil cap is very handy for giving the the eyebrows a sleeker look, mine are not particularly bushy but fairly unruly and if I remember to give them a quick brush they look distinctly better.
In conclusion, I had various eyebrow pencils in my life, and this one isn't the best, but it does the job well enough and for the price is recommended.
When I was a young teenager I really over-plucked my eyebrows. Nowadays I have very thin eyebrows. I've also recently dyed my hair very dark and my eyebrows don't really match so I decided to finally get an eyebrow pencil. It's something I've never ever used before so I was a bit nervous about using it. I bought the 001 Dark Brown pencil because it was closest to the colour I dyed my hair.
There's a bit of a weird fashion at the moment to have these ultra-dark ultra-thick defined eyebrows and I didn't really wanted that; I just wanted a bit of colour and to give them a bit more shape. The colour of this pencil is not perfect for me - I find it looking a bit too reddy-brown when I really wanted a black-brown, but they didn't have any colour that would be more suitable. It's not a push-up pencil like some eyebrow pencils; when it gets blunt (which is quite quickly) you need to sharpen it. I am going through mine quite quickly, but at £2.99 (from superdrug) it's not a huge expense.
I'm still not an expert at applying the pencil. I find that there's a very thin line between just enough and so much that the eyebrows completely take over the face. Mistakes can easily be rubbed off with a finger and if you do put a bit too much on, a bit of rubbing in does wonders. The trick is to follow your own eyebrow shape and not try to dramatically change it or add to it; your eyebrows are the shape they are for a reason - they follow your brow bone so don't mess with nature! Throughout the day the pencil stays well, but fades slightly with normal moisture on the face which actually makes it look a bit more natural.
The pencil comes with a brush on the lid which is quite useful for blending. I find I have to wash it after almost every use otherwise pencil builds up on it and when you use it to smudge, it just adds more pencil where you don't want it. I often use my fingers instead of the brush because I have better control. Personally, I would prefer a smaller, round brush (a bit like the small tooth-brushes you get if you've ever had braces).
I do find it really difficult to remove all traces of the eyebrow pencil from my face at night. I use face wipes and a cleansing toner and in the morning I still have little brown patches in my eyebrows after my shower. I do use the pencil every day and I don't really like the thought of this build up. Also if you didn't wear it every day you'd have these brown patches that are a nightmare to get off!
I'm not 100% with this product, but I don't think it's so much the brand of pencil, but more my techniques. I do struggle to make it look good and I think a lot of other people would too. Your eyebrows can really change your whole face so just be careful with these pencils and get lots of practice! I will get the Rimmel one again as the quality and staying power is good.
This pencil has saved me from over-plucked eyebrow disasters on numerous occassions! The pencil is simply a classic product from the Rimmel range, consistently on form, quick to apply and lasts all night.
Use: Sharpen the pencil to determine the line you want on your face; making it narrower can produce a more natural look or you can make it blunter and simply blend with your fingers or the brush on the lid. It comes in various shades, I'm blonde and blue-eyed and I've found the hazel shade suits me best.
Look: Slimline, portable, no bulky lids and or fancy decoration. Highly practical, especially with the brush although you will definitley need a pencil sharpner because it wears down quite quickly!
Price: Great value for money and superior to many eyeliners from rival companies in the same price range. I found it produced the same results as many luxury brands that I have tried. It even looks better than more expensive powder compacts for eye-brow contoring, provide it is blended carefully and drawn in light strokes.
Like the majority of make-up products, your technique produces the final result but this pencil is so simple and effective it is a good for make-up enthuasists and novices alike!
A wise woman once said to me "A woman's eyebrows can make or break a face"...and having given Rimmel's brown Eyebrow Pencil a try, I now know what she was going on about! When it comes to makeup, I guess a lot of women just concentrate on the basics - foundation, lipstick, eyeshadow...but eyebrows can be sometimes neglected. In my opinion this gives the finishing touch!
I was originally recommended this colour by an assistant in Superdrug - having never bought an eyebrow pencil before I asked her what she recommended this product in brown for 2.99, a very cheap price. I have dark brown/black eyebrows which are quite sparse, so when I used this I made sure to blend the strokes into my skin with my finger and the brush which is very handily fitted onto the cap. The brush works quite well doing this and it gives a soft, natural look to my eyebrows.
The only disadvantage that I've had with this is that the cap can come off quite easily (perhaps it should have a cap that clicks on rather than slides on?) This has happened a couple of times, as a result the nib of the pencil broke. When I tried to resharpen the pencil, it kept on breaking due to the softness of the lead, so I had to go out and buy another one. For 2.99 I didn't mind getting a new one as it lasts for quite a long time, but this is one disadvantage you might want to bear in mind if you're thinking of getting one. Apart from that though, it does work very well and makes my eyebrows stand out (in a natural way of course!)
I have a lot of eyebrow that I never really know what to do with - I like to keep them well-shaped and in good nick, but when it comes to actual products I'm still finding the perfect fix. I'm usually a fan of Rimmel, so had a look at their range to see if anything would click with me and my brows.
PACKAGING: The product looks pretty standard: an eyebrow pencil of the usual wooden kind, with a cap that matches the pencil's colour and doubles as a little grooming brush. It's portable, very neat, and a theoretically self-contained ticket to tidy brows.
COLOUR: The pencils are mainly stocked in two shades of brown: Dark Brown (001) and Hazel (002), for brunettes and fairer browns/blondes respectively. It's quite limited. There's meant to be a Black Brown (004) but I've never managed to find it, so it's assumed a semi-mythical status; I've made do with Dark Brown, following the school of thought that it's better to go a bit lighter than too dark. I'm a dark brunette with nearly black eyebrows, but Dark Brown just doesn't look right on me - it's dark enough, but strangely ruddy.
APPLICATION: The pencil is very dry to work with, making it hard to get a natural-looking result. I can never seem to win with it: too light a touch and it barely shows up, but too heavy and I'm suddenly Frida Kahlo. It takes a lot of blending to look good, but you have to use your fingers or your own tools since the pencil alone is no help. The brush strikes me as very stiff and scratchy, and I don't like to use it since it feels like it'll rip hairs out, if anything. It doesn't make a huge difference on me grooming-wise, and is too bristly to make for pleasant blending. To its credit, the product does last a decent while - both in the pencil and on the face, where it'll stay put most of the day without slipping - but there's not much else I can recommend about it.
Overall they're serviceable enough but don't allow for much subtlety, either in colour or application; they would benefit from a wider range and a softer formula that needs less drawing on. Even for £2.99 I don't think I'd buy them again, even if they made the phantom Black Brown more widely available. I've since found that powder- and cream- based eyebrow kits suit my needs a lot better, often containing an angled brush for subtler results, but if these match your colour and you like the control of a pencil, you might get more use out of them.
Define your eyebrows like a professional / Fill in gaps or lengthen the arc of the eyebrow for a natural look / Groom and shape brows with its built-in brush / Long wear color that doesn't smudge / Ophthalmologist tested.