I love this brow pencil. It's easy to use, and perfect for those who love that thicker more natural looking brow.
Benefit's Instant Brow Pencil in Deep is the perfect shade for brunettes. The formula is very creamy/waxy making it extremely blendable and easy to use, even for this eyebrow filling newbie. Each pencil comes with a spoolie on the other end, and that's for brushing and setting your eyebrows.
I have noticed that because the formula is quite creamy, the pencil dulls rather quickly. Would be nice if the product came in one of those twisties instead of a pencil that needs to be sharpened. I can't help but feel like I'm wasting the product every time I sharpen it!
Now here is a before and after of my brows using Benefit's Instant Brow Pencil in Deep. If this isn't a beauty blogger before and after fail, I don't know what is. HAHA I realize the difference is barely noticeable in these pictures, but I promise that in reality this product makes such a huge difference. I just couldn't seem to capture it in pictures.
For many years I neglected to fill in my eyebrows. The reason being that I already have fairly thick, and dark eyebrows. My experience was that powders and pencils made them too dark, and gels and waxes made my eyebrow hairs clump together and look oily. Finally a while back when I was checking out one of Benefit's Brow Bars (pop up at Sephora, Toronto Eaton Center), I was introduced to Benefit's Instant Brow Pencil, and now I always fill in my eyebrows. Nothing finishes off that bold lip look, like a set of strong yet natural looking eyebrows. Benefit's Instant Brow is great for filling in sparse areas, but I wouldn't recommend this product to those who really need to draw in their brows.
In terms of shape, I've been wearing my eyebrows on the thicker side, which prompts my guys friends to ask me why I don't pluck my eyebrows, but even so I prefer thicker eyebrows to skinnier ones. I have a natural frown and skinny eyebrows makes me look mean. That's not to say thin eyebrows will make everyone look like a meanie. Thinner and archier eyebrows are definitely more sexy and seductive.
Some final thoughts about eyebrows...
1. Your eyebrows are meant to be sisters not twins. Notice how the hairs grow differently and in different directions - trying too hard to make them 'look the same' can lead to over plucking. Depending on the hair growth, sometimes they just can't be 'fixed', so leave them alone!
2. Don't over pluck! Eventually they won't come back... Seriously. Oh and stay away from those X20 mirrors. Always groom your eyebrows in a well lit area and make sure you can see your entire face.
3. Consult a professional brow artist/esthetician regarding shape. You can also google 'eyebrow shaping' and learn how to map and shape your own brows.
Now I send you off with a silly selfie. It is mad painful for me trying to take selfies, but my sister told me to take a bunch of silly ones and it'll make the process better. I have to say that I agree.
Wear 'em thick or wear 'em thin. How do you like to wear your eyebrows?