I had to google what to do with this pencil...can it be sharpened? Am I supposed to twist the product up? As it turns out, you can sharpen it with a normal pencil sharpener. Good to know, since I forced myself to give it another try. And yep, still horrible. The brown color is good, they got that right. But it is waxy, the point is too wide to fill in the sparse areas of my brows, and the staying power is horrible. The spoolie on the end is the only reason this is not in the trash, I use that. Blech, I wish I had read the reviews before I even tried. Lesson learned.
I'm really on the fence about this. I absolutely LOVE the dark brown shade. It looks far more natural than the other pencil I was using. However, this has got to be the worst packaging ever. Sharpening it is a nightmare and it always ends up uneven and goes on clumpier afterwards. I don't know if I'd buy it again because it's such a hassle; maybe I can find a brow color I really like elsewhere.
I find very few things to like about this brow crayon/pencil whatever it is.
To start with a positive, the colour deep brown is nice....... and well thats all I can say good about it.
Using this to fill in my brows was horrible. My brows are naturally quite full and only some slight areas need touching to make them match. But this did nothing to help. Its hard to apply and looks very unnatural.
You have to be very careful with the amount of pressure you use because press too hard and next thing you know it is completely blunt. And then you dont just wind it up for more, you have to sharpen the thing when its made of a wax texture. Not worth the effort.
While it is a cheap product at $11(AU) this mess is not even worth $5!
Going to throw it out and throw in a bit more money for something actually usable.
I really like this brow pencil, I have the color soft brown which goes well with my dark blonde hair, very waxy consistancy and i'm abit confused on how to sharpen, it should come with a sharpener!
I actually like this pencil better than any I've tried. I needed a blonde pencil (hair color: dark blonde) that actually showed up on my thinning eyebrows.
This pencil is the only shade I've found that is actually compatible with my hair color; it has no reddish tones at all.
Once you find the right sharpener (Maybelline should include a sharpener with this pencil) you can easily get the hang of sharpening the point to a length that doesn't break off yet does the job adequately. I hope they do not discontinue this.
Didn't check MUA so I ended up with this. It's too waxy no pigment and is hard to sharpen. Make my brows look pasted together. Skip this hot mess.
I LOVE THIS PRODUCT. I'll admit I did not like it at first due to the fact I didn't know how to sharpen it and it also was very waxy; however, after a period of time it began to grow on me. This product makes your eyebrows look natural and not harsh like other brow pencils do. It also stays on unless of course you wipe your face. The pencil lasts for about a month if you know how to apply it correctly as well a sharpen it. I use a dollar sharpener and it works like a charm so I don't know why people say theirs doesn't work. It doesn't get a sharp tip BUT in my opinion it doesn't even matter. It isn't a waste of money if you know how to apply it. Ignore the negative reviews, I read them and clearly people didn't give this product a chance. BUY IT!! & it's only $7 come on that's a big mac meal at McDonalds NOT THAT EXPENSIVE FOR SOMETHING YOU CAN REUSE.
The color pay off is lacking and the waxy consistency is almost too firm. It does not like to come off and on to my brows. What I do like- the spool brush on the end. I keep it just for the brush.
This is what happens when I don't check MUA before buying a product... sigh. This product is the worst. It's near impossible to use the right amount of pressure when applying. Use too little pressure and there's no difference in your brows, even though you can see the pencil wearing down. Use too much pressure and you end up with waxy clumps of color. I agree with everyone else who says the pencil is too waxy and that the blonde shade is actually terra cotta. Maybe this could work for people with full dark brows who want wax to keep their brows in place, but it does not work for filling brows. And, actually, no one should buy this because of the biggest issue of all--it's only good for a few uses. Yep, like others, I thought this was a twist-up, self-sharpening pencil and that I had received a defective one. After reading here, I realized I was supposed to sharpen it myself. The plastic actually sharpened off quite easily, but I couldn't figure out any way to get a useable tip and a ton of the waxy product ended up stuck in my sharpener. Maybelline should be ashamed of itself.
I know not every product works for everyone but come on folks, filling in your eyebrows properly is not rocket science and in my opinion, does not require a high-end product. What it does require is a good shape to start with. Learn to pluck your brows properly or get a professional to do so. No product is going to give you full (natural looking) thick brows if you overpluck or an awesome perfectly shaped arch. Now, on to the product.....I have dyed red hair and have my hair brows also dyed when I get my hair done. I am also over 40 and my brows are beginning to thin. I've used powders and pencils and I like both but I mainly love this pencil because the Auburn shade is a perfect match for my brows. I get my brows done occasionally but I mostly maintain them myself. The brush on the other end of the pencil is also awesome. The trick for me to making a pencil look natural is to gently brush it in. The key is to gently brush it in. I think technique is almost as important as quality products in my opinion. Yes, I know it's hard to believe and perhaps too much work for some folks but you do have to sharpen this pencil yourself...No problems with it being waxy or coming off. I'm on my 2nd pencil of this and I love it.