Monday, January 27, 2014
Pixi Natural Brow Duo Eyebrow Pencil + Gel - Medium Brown
It was $16 and at first I was like, holy cow, I can't believe I'm about to pay $16 for a brow product and I vowed to definitely return it if I was not happy with it.
This is the Pixi Natural Brow Duo in Medium Brown. I like that the pencil is retractable, making it super convenient. I also enjoy the fact that the pencil is angled, making application easy. It's also cool that it comes with both the pencil and brow gel in the same little package, which is super convenient.
I love the brow gel on this thing! It doesn't really have much color payoff, but it keeps your brows in place soooo well. They will absolutely not budge all day after application. One downside that may bug some, is that you can definitely feel the brow gel in your brows. Like if you wrinkle your brows or forehead, you can feel that they are stiff. This does not bother me, it reassures me that my brows are behaving themselves! The brow gel is definitely what saved me from returning this little guy. As for the pencil, I'm somewhat on the fence about it.
The one thing I seem to always hate about drugstore brow pencils is that they all have too much of a red undertone! I just hate it. I have brown hair, relatively medium brown. Yes, I realize there is a red undertone to my own hair, but my natural brows do not have red in them and I find a red-brown brow pencil looks soooo unnatural! Others may think I'm being too picky or that I am crazy, but I'm just saying...
This brow pencil still has a reddish undertone, but it is so much better than pretty much any other drugstore brow pencil I have come across. It's also a little light for my liking. I tend to like my brows to be on the darker side, darker than my hair color. I think this would be a good match for those with really light brown hair, but not medium, as the product claims.
So far in my brow experiments, I find that powders and eyeshadows always seem to give me the best results, however, the thing I dislike about them is that they are not quick. Using powders, it takes me 10 minutes to get my brows just right, but once they are done, they sure look good. That's why I wish I could find a brow pencil that would make them look great, and take a fraction of the time to apply.
I do still use this pencil, it's not like I'm only using the gel side. I use it on days I have to work early, you know, those days when you set your alarm to get up with plenty of time, but end up hitting snooze until like 30 minutes before it's time to go. I work at Ulta and we are required to wear some sort of makeup and of all the steps of the makeup process, brows are most important! Especially in my case because my silly little brows are just puny.
I reviewed this Flower Beauty Brow Pencil awhile back and the one thing I loved about it was that it DID NOT have a red undertone, at all, whatsoever. However, it was almost too ashy-gray on the other hand. Why can I not find a happy medium? Please please please, if you understand my concern with brow pencils and you have found one that is the perfect match, let me know in the comments below! I will love you forever. :-P
Thanks for reading!