|Etude House Drawing Eye Brow Pencil|
PHP 148 at Etude House Robinson's Place Manila
My previous brow product was Nichido Eye Pencil in Brown, and it was really reddish. It looked fake against my dark brown hair. At the time that I bought this, I was just looking for brow pencils that are 1) matte/powdery finish 2)has a brown color but with NO RED UNDERTONE. When looking for these 2 criteria, I was having a hard time looking into local brands, as a lot of them has a red undertone and a waxy finish.
About the Product
No descriptions provided on the product packaging (well, it's just a pencil, no box included) nor at the official websites. What I can tell you is that this is a sword-type automatic pencil and that this product comes in 6 shades. The fact that it has 6 shades is a new discovery to me, as I've visited 3 different EH stores whenever I had to repurchase (SM Manila, SM North, and Robinson's Manila), and in those visits I never saw all 6 of them. At most the stores only offer 3.
|This is a sword type of pencil|
|A closer look at the tip. One side of the double-edged sword tip is broad and it tapers to a fine tip on the opposite side.|
How to Use
Since this is a sword type of pencil, it can be a bit intimidating to girls who are used to traditional pencils. But trust me, this is way easier and faster to use than the traditional ones! Now the "lead" of this pencil has two different edges to it: one makes a fat line while the other edge gives a thin line. The thinner edge is perfect for drawing fake hairs when filling in on sparse areas of the brow.
So here's how I use it (just check on the corresponding pictures above):
- Line the lower border of the brow.
- Line the upper border of the brow. Start the upper border opposite the inner margin of the pupil.
- With light strokes, fill in the brow. Start from the tail of the brow, then end up to the area opposite the inner margin of the pupil.
- Lightly shade the inner brow. Just use the pencil as you would use a Stabilo highlighter. ;)
- Brush the brow with the spoolie. I used a separate spoolie brush for this, but this pencil has a spoolie brush on the opposite end. How convenient is that?
- Optional: Clean up the edges by brushing concealer/bb cream on the skin surrounding the brow.
This is the fastest way that I do my brows, I must be done by 3 minutes when using this. Easy peasy.
I have oily skin, but since I my brows are naturally full, I only appreciate fading on the areas where there's more skin than hair like the inner brow, and on the margins of the brow after 6 hours. My sister has really thin brow hairs and when using this alone the fading becomes patchy and more obvious, so she puts an eye primer on her brows before using the product. It worked well for her.
Since my sis and I use the same pencil, a pencil lasts us a month. So if you alone will use this, my guess is it will last for about 2 months. Etude House stores usually don't put it on display, but they actually sell refills of this! It costed me around 80 PHP before, but it is almost always out of stock. Better ask for it and save 70 bucks than not asking for it at all. ;)
What I Liked
- The color and finish of this product is just what I was looking for. Matte and brown w/o red undertone.
- The pencil "lead" is hard, not waxy. A harder pencil means more control for the part of the user, thus you can really make naturally defined brows with this one and just build the product up for more definition.
- The sword-shaped "lead". I love how you can use the same pencil in three different ways (shade, thick lines, thin lines) without ever sharpening it. It also makes the application faster too!
- Affordable. Majolica Majorca and Shu Uemura also offers the same sword-type of pencil, but I bet the Etude House version is the cheapest option. But it was more affordable way back: it was only 128 PHP back then. *sobs*
What I Didn't Like
- The so-so lasting power. This could last me for an entire school day, but I expect the inner brow to have almost faded completely. No problemo for me still, though.
- The refills are almost always out of stock. C'mon Etude House, help save the Earth (and our wallets) by providing more stocks of the refills!
I've been repurchasing this for years so I highly, highly recommend this! Girls who have full brows will have no problems with this baby, but for those who have "Mona Lisa" brows like my sister, you can do what she does and apply primer before applying this. ;)
So that's it! I hope I was of help through this review!