The Battle of the Brows

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When it comes to eyebrows, I prefer the natural look.  I suppose having dark eyebrows I can get away with minimal product but then how I ended up with 3 different eyebrow pencils and a brow gel I’m not quite sure……

Well actually, thinking about it, it’s because I’m finally realising that whether you prefer the big brow look à la Cara Delevingne or natural but defined eyebrows, they frame the face and it’s important to get it right, so I’ve found myself experimenting a bit more in this area.

Now, I’m no way an expert and for overall shape I rely on getting my eyebrows threaded regularly (but that still doesn’t stop me from plucking out one too many hairs much to the annoyance of the lady threading my eyebrows….oops) and the rest of the time I alternate between these products below depending mostly on how much time I have in the morning, which usually is very little!

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Going from top to bottom, first there’s the Soap & Glory Archery 2 in 1 Brow Filling Pencil & Brush.  At £8 this is a bargain and its fine nib is great for that extra precision and drawing in really fine hairs.  The spooley at the end is an added bonus but the main negative is that it only comes in 2 colours, Blondshell and Hot Chocolate.  I use the shade Hot Chocolate but sometimes I find this a bit too dark.

The Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil is the one that I am turning to on most days as it gives the most natural yet groomed look.  The product combines a pencil, wax and powder and is angular in shape but this does wear down with use.  The waxy formula helps keep your brows in place and again with a spooley at the end it’s a win win for me.  At £26 though it isn’t cheap, but I’ve had mine for over 3 months now and I’ve still got more than half of the product left.  There are 3 colours to choose from, Blonde, Soft Brunette and Dark Brunette.  I have the shade Dark Brunette and it is the perfect colour match for me.

The Nars Brow Perfector at £16.50 is also good for drawing in very fine hairs.  I find it takes a bit more work though and I don’t like the fact that it doesn’t come with a spooley so I wouldn’t repurchase this again.  That said, the colour is ashy enough to give a natural finish which I like.  There are 4 colours to choose from and I use the shade Caucase which is described as a neutral brown.

Lastly is the L’Oreal Paris Perfection Brow Artist Plumper at a bargain £5.99.  This is a brow gel mascara which I sometimes use on its own or for days when I do want that added drama, I use it on top of my eyebrow pencil.  The formula is designed to volumise your brows but I just use it with a light hand and I like the fact the wand is small enough and picks up the perfect amount of product to allow you to do this.  It has the added benefit of keeping your brows in place too.  I have the shade Dark Brunette and it also comes in Blonde and Transparent.

If I was to name my favourite then it would be the Hourglass pencil but I’m not gonna lie, as I’m writing this there are already a few more eyebrow pencils I’ve put on my wishlist.  The much famed Anastasia Brow Wiz and the Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Long-Wear Brow Pencil are two products I really want to try but I just need to finish these off first.  It’s taking ages but I guess I’m getting my monies worth!

If you have any favourite eyebrow products let me know in the comments below. x

  • I like the L’Oreal Brow Artist gel but wish it was a bit less wet. So in the end, I prefer the Benefit Gimme Brow on it’s own (for days when I’m in a rush) or paired with Mac Omega. x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

    • I need to try the Benefit Gimme Brow gel, I have heard such good things xx

  • Lovely post… I prefer the Brow Wiz and Brow Powder from Anastasia Beverly Hills.. I’ve worked in one of her beauty saloons, here in Europe, and I can honestly say that her eyebrow products and technique are awesome.. 🙂

  • Gem

    I have such a tough time with my brows, they just don’t want to play ball! The hourglass pencil looks very tempting – I can highly recommend the brow wiz too – and they last ages.

    Gemma x |

    • Can’t wait to try the Brow Wiz although in the meantime the Hourglass pencil is my fav. x

  • Great post, currently I use the Benefit Gimme Brow Gel and I love it!

    • Oooh I have heard good things about that too, must try it out once I finish the L’Oreal one x

  • Your photos are absolutely gorgeous – I love a good brow product – it just makes your whole face look healthier! 🙂

    Have you tried Archery from Soap and Glory – that’s a good one and affordable too!

    Layla xx

    • Thanks 🙂 It’s amazing what a difference a bit of eyebrow grooming and product can make x

  • I’ve got quite a few filler for eyebrows, but never tried these beauties here. Defo got my interest now :))

    Lu |

    • Thanks. I particularly like the Hourglass pencil, even though it is pricey. x

  • Chloe Barnes

    Great post! <3 always looking for new brow products!!

    Chloe xx

  • I LOVE the S&G Brow Archery range, they’re so good and affordable too which is always a bonus xx

    Gemma | Miss Makeup Magpie

  • These are all cool. I have a mac pencil that looks identical to that nars one. It would be handy if it had a brush on the end though, so I didn’t have to have a separate one.

    Tegan xx – Permanent Procrastination

    • Yeah I definitely prefer it when there is a brush at the end. x

  • I really like the S&G one – in fact, it is the one I am using at the moment. I also have the HD Brows Browtec which is very similar to the S&G one that I love too 🙂 x

    Brenda BusyBee

  • I’m only now getting into brow products myself. With ginger hair and a pale complexion, I find it’s a whole different ball game trying to find products to match. My main goal is to get my brows styled on a regular basis… Great post to compare these! I actually didn’t know about a lot of these products – glad that the higher end brands are putting out quality products!
    Ivory Avenue

    • Thanks for stopping by. I think if you have trouble with a colour match then you will probably struggle with drugstore brands and something like Anastasia Brow Wiz or Bobbi Brown would be good. I haven’t tried these yet but i hear they have a huge colour selection. x

  • Great post hun, I’ve never tried any of these but the L’oreal is on my wish list! I recently tried the Maybelline Brow Drama and wasn’t a huge fan, so I’m hoping I’ll like the L’oreal version better. You MUST try the Anastasia Brow Wiz, it’s my holy grail and there are a ton of shades to choose from!
    x Krista

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    • Thanks. I think the L’oreal brow gel is fab and hopefully you will like it too. Really want to get the Anastasia Brow Wiz I’ve heard so much about it. x

  • I don’t really use much in the brow product department, but the L’Oreal Paris Perfection Brow Artist Plumper sounds awesome. :]

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    • This is a great product and I’m going to buy it in the transparent one as well. x

  • My favourite brow product is a palette by kiko, been using it for so long now! I also really like that other brow pencil/felt tip filler by Soap and Glory! 🙂 xx


  • Sherrie Webster

    I love the brow gel, there is definitely a point when you put too much on and your brows don’t move at all ahha!

    • Lol. Agree if you put too much on your brows go really stiff. x

  • i really like the sound of the soap and glory pencil, it’s actually been on my wishlist for a while so i’m hoping to pick it up soon! i also like the sound of the l’oreal brow plumper, heard lots of good reviews on that so may need to pick that up soon as well – great post!

    fashion, beauty and an existential crisis

    • Even though sometimes I struggle with the colour the Soap & Glory pencil is a good product. x

  • Sarah

    The limited colours the Archery brow pencil came in sort of put me off too, although I got the brow tint and precision pencil version. It’s annoying that they think everyone either has mid-blonde or dark brown eyebrows!

    Sarah xo | PolkaDotLemon

    • I know that is annoying even if you have dark eyebrows there are so many different variations you know!! x

  • Sophie Smith

    Ooo the loreal one sounds good! I’ve been using Benefit’s Browzings and I love it although I am tempted to buy the soap and glory one

    • They are both good affordable options and if the colour works for you the Soap & Glory one is a good pencil. x

  • I really like the Soap & Glory one 🙂 I want to try the new Bobbi Brown one as well as it comes in so many shades! xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

  • I haven’t tried any of these products but I’m not very adventurous with my brow products. I love Anastasia Brow Wiz and Dip Brow Pomade! xx


    • I keep it simple in my technique, nothing too fancy! I’ve always wanted to try Anastasia Brow Wiz, I’ve heard such good things. x

  • The soap and glory one sounds great. I’m always looking for new brow products, but I haven’t tried any of these // x

    • This is a great one for precision and for the price it’s a pretty good offering. Worth checking out. sabiha x