I've been paying for MAC all these years - while all the while, there was the far more accessible, less expensive Maybelline sitting there at several nearby drugstores!
Without a tester, however, it's not quick and easy to find your match. I wear MAC Spiked, and thought that Dark Brown in the Maybelline would be too dark, so I bought Medium. While I liked Medium enough, my hair is quite dark right now, and I've switched to Dark Brown, which really isn't frighteningly dark at all. In fact, I think Dark Brown is closer to Spiked than Medium.
If I were given the two products - Maybelline's and MAC's - side by side, unmarked, in similar tubes, I doubt I'd be able to tell the difference. What I like more about Maybelline's though is the accompanying brow comb. I never thought I'd use it, but I quite like it, as my brows, while sparse, can be sometimes unruly.
About $7 CAD at Walmart, $9 at drugstores.
My only brow pencil it is by far my favorite has been for years.
I have been looking for a brow pencil for a while. This fits the bill. It has a fine tip, which allows me to draw light, delicate strokes. It goes on creamy and smooth, but it stays in place all day (yay!). I have dark brown hair, so I chose the dark brown pencil---and this is a perfect match for me. This goes on a neutral, deep chocolate color. On me there are no auburn, brassy, or red tones. I cannot tell how much product is left in my pencil so I guess I should start carrying a backup. And I would prefer the spoolie on the end instead of the comb. But these things are minor and I plan to repurchase.
Amazing so far!! i just started using this about 2 weeks ago after i colored my hair back to black. I'm so happy i finally found a dark brown eyebrow pencil with no reddish tint and its just perfect to match my new dark hair. I also love how it is not too brown! Most pencils ive encountered are either too brown, or too black, or have a reddish tint in it. For a drugstore brand eyebrow pencil, this does wonders and it LASTS ALL DAY! Definately a must have if you are looking for something to suit super dark hair :) The ONLY thing i do not like is you cant tell how much of the pencil is left since its the twisty kind....which is what im worried about. It seems like its gonna run out fast though because everyday i need to twist a lil bit up. So be sure to buy a back up in case it runs out on you one day!!
I switched to this after Maybelline discontinued the Expert Eyes Twin Eyebrow pencils in blonde. That was my HG.
Define-A-Brow is a perfect color match to the old Expert Eyes pencil, however, my major criticism is that I go through this product rather quickly. The pencils used to last me FOREVER. I always have an unopened one waiting since it's impossible to know when I'll run out.
The color is perfect, however - no red at all in the blonde pencil, which is nice. Staying power is great too.
I'm a fan of this product for the following reasons:
I purchased this product after getting tired of dealing with the two step processes of a brow wax and shadow routine. I was a bit skeptical about going back to a pencil but this product is very easy to use. Instead of getting that drawn on look you would normally get with your average eyebrow pencil, the tip of this 'pencil' is very fine that you are able to mimic the look of hair with light strokes. Don't get me wrong, if you have a heavy hand when using this product you will get that same drawn on look so please keep that in mind.
I have dark brown/black hair and the color of this product is great. It's not so dark that it looks fake or drawn on but it compliments the natural color of my brows. It's also not a weird tone of dark brown (something I've run into before with other brow pencils) that peaks through the black hairs in my brows giving it a streaky look. It seems to color match itself to my hair color and I appreciate that. =)
The lasting power of this product is rather impressive. I have substantial eyebrows but I do need to fill in some spots to give them a more uniform look as well as draw on a bit of a tail as they are shorter than I feel they should be. I also sweat a lot and I've noticed that even on the hottest and most active of my days I still have two gorgeous eyebrows even when all my makeup on my face has melted off! That to me is awesome and reason enough to repurchase! But all though the product stays put through perspiration I have no problems washing it off at the end of the night even with a less than awesome facial cleanser.
The only reason why I would not repurchase this item is because I am moving towards more natural (and eventually all organic) cosmetics.
Love it. Quite simply it does what I need, and I've been spending $14 for the MAC eyebrow pencil. I can buy 3 of these for that price. Also, I like the fact that it comes in a lot of colors.
Simple and effective. I have the dark brown one and the black and they both look natural on me.
I love this eyebrow pencil. I purchased it in dark brown which works perfectly for me. It doesn't look harsh on my brows at all. I especially love how thin the pencil is. It makes filling them in look natural. I've already repurchased a backup. :)
I know i'm going to get slated for this and i'm the minority on here but here is my review with this product. I purchased Dark Brown and the color was brown with a hint of auburn in it, which I wasn't expecting at all. I prefer more of a dark chocolate when something is called dark brown. It was super hard to control the micro fine thin pencil and is very hard to get them the look natural and keep such a steady hand on this very thin pencil..and my brows just ended up looking fake esp since the pencil is not a true dark brown and I could see where it was applied since it didn't match and in pictures you could always tell they looked so drawn on and fake.The texture was greasy/waxy, the pencil doesn't twist back down, smudged like crazy, and the pigmentation seemed to be lacking also . This doesn't have good staying power also. I would not rebuy. The brow pencil I had before this suits me better oh and the comb with this is useless the one I prefer has a small brush that I love. I don't know if the fans of this product like that super thin eyebrow look or what because I don't get it. Mine didn't break but maybe since I grab my old one and don't use this haha even the pics on here I can see where it is apllied so obvious and even drag like on some I see. I like a more natural look
pic#6 The color looked that on me. It works with her since she has red tones. I am bi-racial with tan skin and very dark brown hair. Not what I expected. I expected dark brown to be DARK brown not reddish brown.
pic #8 looks drag queenish this product is no unnatural
pic#10 looks like they were drawn on with a marker
This is for ppl that really like that drawn on eyebrow look