I love this brow pencil. I love the waxy feeling, but I find it nessacary to brush my brows. The only downside of it is that it comes fairly short, and it is difficult to sharpen. But otherwise, I love this product!!!
I don't really buy specific brow pencils. I usually use matte brown eye shadow for the job. But, I bought this one specifically for cosplaying and I figured I could use it on an everyday basis. Wrong. The brush at the end was nice for shaping my brows for a bit and then the color was very nice. It looked natural, but applied with a heavy hand I could achieve cartoon like eyebrows for my costume.
I enjoyed the product and started using it daily, but then it ran out. I had to sharpen it. Except it was plastic. In the end, I gave up. It wasn't worth it for me.
Well, I bought this without having read the comments on poor packaging which probably wouldve swayed my decision. Having said that, I surprisingly did not encounter any problems and love this brow pencil.
I have a deep dark rich black hair, with no red tones. I often have a hard time finding brow pencils to compliment my brows that don't pull red or warm. I purchased this in deep brown and have been loving the shade. I also enjoy the waxy texture, as it allows me to skip brow gel. It lasts all day, and does not come off when I hit the pool everyday.
The pencil was very easy to sharpen using my inexpensive sephora pencil sharpener (white plastic with 2 sizes). I was able to get a nice sharp point as I would with any other pencil. The brow brush at the other end of the pencil is fantastic---just the right size. I can see how others would have problems sharpening, as the plastic tube can be a touch slippery, and sharpeners with dull blades will not be able to sufficiently cut through it.
While mine sharpens fine, I think this will significantly reduce the lifespan of my sharpener. Although the sharpener isn't expensive, it'd be a pain in the ass to have to replace more often than generally required.
Maybelline, while trying to be creative with their packaging just failed miserably on this one. I hope to find these at a dollar store soon, and that Maybellien will come out with either new packaging or at least include a sharpener.
For a while, I filled my sort of sparse, unruly eyebrows in with a neutral brown eyeshadow and then setting them with clear brow gel. That was fine, and it worked well. But I honestly didn't know what I was missing.
This product was originally picked up for my mother, who was desperate for a brow product after her brows had been waxed wrong, but I tried it after seeing it had a spoolie on the end. I have this in Soft Brown and I love it! I have naturally dark eyebrows and they're sort of thick, which is a shape I love, but I never want to fill them in too dark. That's where this beautiful brow product comes in.
The wax on this is quite soft and the color is very flattering. I prefer to first fill my brows in and then use the spoolie to blend the pigmented wax out so it's softer. I find that this gives me the most flattering brows possible. I also enjoy the fact that this is a faster option from my Benefit Brow-Zing (which is, in fact, my favorite brow product I've ever come across!) and is a cheaper option, so hey. I can't criticize this product too much!
This product needs to be sharpened and doesn't have a twist-up option, which might be cruddy for some. I personally don't mind, but I do know that this can waste product. The soft wax may also be a downside for some, as you can easily go through it. I would recommend to not press down hard when you're filling in your brows, which I'm sure most don't do. But just a precaution.
Overall, I absolutely love this. I usually switch back and forth between this & the Benefit brow product I use, depending on how much time I have to get ready. I would definitely recommend this if you want something that it is fast, but still quality. And who could complain that it's at a drugstore price? :)
At first, I hated the texture of this pencil and didn't see how it could possibly work for me, but I realized passing the spooley brush through my brows afterward blended out the waxiness but there was just enough left to hold my brows in place. Then I loved it, especially since the deep brown color matched my brows perfectly unlike my Revlon pencil. This is product is very long lasting on me and doesn't get patchy like the Revlon pencil I had- very important considering it's the middle of the summer here in TN and the heat and humidity will melt your makeup right off your face. I was surprised when I discovered the plastic casing had to be sharpened and it is a pain to deal with but for the quality of this pencil, it's worth it for me.
So I got this after seeing makeupbyalli review it on youtube. She's great, but this pencil is not.
I used this pencil for a few months before I gave it up out of frustration. Here's my experience:
Pros-nice brow spoolie at end. Soft consistency. Not terribly expensive. Easily accessible.
Cons- you have to sharpen the plastic pencil! Very strange and difficult to do. Pencil runs out pretty quickly with the sucky sharpening. Pencil is very waxy and doesn't look natural on sparse areas of your brows. Pencil tip is impossible to get very sharp so you will get a smudgy look at the corners. Not pretty.
Bottom line: Maybelline makes other brow products that are leagues better than this one. Try their ultra brow powder or define a brow pencil instead.
I actually liked how it applied, it glides on easy and its waxy, and I like the brush. But like all the other reviews I tried to twist it up & nothing happened lol. And. Had to look it up on here about what other women thinks about this product. I sharpened it with a pencil sharpener. And it does work. I wish its a twist up so you wont waste some of the product during sharpening.
Packaging is an EPIC FAIL Maybelline!!!
Just got this product for my daughter and she was delighted until she couldn't figure out how to sharpen it...after trying to turn it. After all, it's plastic. I tried sharpening it and was very unsuccessful as the pencil is soft...so it just comes off in the sharpener. Even tried whittling it...same problem. Right now, I have it in the freezer so it will harden up (I hope), then I'll try again. If this doesn't work, it will be returned.
I liked it for the first week, it did a great job of defining my brows and the staying power was very good. When I tried to twist up the product, I was very frustrated and confused. I came on MUA to see what the other reviews said. I learned that the entire end needs to be sharpened, which is so odd, because it's not a hard pencil product. I was able to sharpen it easily, but I can't get a sharp tip on the end, it's blunt and doesn't do nearly as good of a job. I suppose I can try other sharpeners, or whittle it with a pocket knife. What dumb a*s product design.
Just like everyone else that reviewed this...I too stared at this pencil with a puzzled look on my face wondering how in the heck I'm supposed to get more product out of it. After just one use, a lot of the product is used up. I haven't tried sharpening it yet, but hopefully it works. WHY MAYBELLINE, WHY?!?! packaging fail! The product itself,however, is amazing!!!!! I bought the deep brown and it blends perfectly! When they say it's waxy, they aren't lying! It's super waxy but the attached brush blends it wonderfully. It stays in place all day and looks very natural! Other than the packaging, I love the product. I will most likely buy this product again!