August 21, 2015

Review: Urban Decay Brow Beater Microfine Brow Pencil

Urban Decay Brow Beater Microfine Brow Pencil and Brush

One of Urban Decay's most recent launches for Fall 2015 is the new Brow Beater Microfine Brown Pencil and Brush. Available in 4 shades, these eyebrow pencils retail for $20 (0.001 oz), and are available in-store and online at Ulta, Sephora, and the Urban Decay Website.

There are many brow pencils just like this one on the market already, Anastasia Brow Wiz, NYX Micro Brow Pencil, so this isn't a revolutionary idea. So is it worth the $20?

Let's get in to the review!

Urban Decay Brow Beater Microfine Brow Pencil

The Urban Decay Brow Beater Microfine Brow Pencils come in a plastic purple tube with a spoolie on one end. The pencils are retractable so you're not wasting any product through sharpening.

The tip of the pencils are so fine that you'll be able to create very small hair-like pencil marks to create a very natural looking brow.

Urban Decay Brow Beater Microfine Brow Pencil

There are only 4 shades available in the line, which is one downside. I think 5 or 6 would have been better to suit all hair colors.

I have the shade "Warm Brown". This color is on the warm side but is by no means an orangey brown. It is a medium intensity in terms of darkness, much lighter than MAC's "Spiked", but can be darkened by applying more pressure on the pencil. This color will suit most light to medium brunettes. I myself have dark cool toned brown hair and I can make this shade work on the inner and outer ends of my brows.

Warm Brown
Brow Beater Microfine Brow Pencil

Urban Decay

The other shades include:

Taupe-                warm toned light brown
Neutral Brown-  darker medium brown
Dark-                  dark neutral toned brown

My big complaint about these brown pencils are the shades. Except for the shade "Dark", they all have a slightly warm tone to them, even the neutral brown leans slightly warm. So it really makes it difficult to find the perfect shade match.

The formula of these pencils is fantastic! The pencils are creamy, but not overly creamy that they're too pigmented. I find that I don't need to press hard to get the color payoff that I want, it doesn't feel scratchy like the texture is too dry, and I can create depth by changing the amount of pressure I apply.

In terms of longevity, I find that this pencil does not transfer or fade throughout the day, so there's not need to worry that your brows won't make it through the day.

There is no scent or fragrance.

If you have sparse or barely there brows, you'll love this to help shape your brows. If you want that "instagram", very perfect looking brow, you may want to skip this, go for a pomade or gel.

When compared to the Anastastia Brow Whiz, they're almost identical, just different shades. As well, when compared to the NYX Micro Brow Pencils, they'r identical in terms of formula, the Urban Decay just has less shade options, and is twice the price. The NYX are $10 each.

If you have access to the NYX Micro Brow Pencils or are on a budget, skip the Urban Decay, however if you have a coupon, there's double points on Urban Decay, or just feel like treating yourself to higher end makeup, go for the Urban Decay, you won't be disappointed with the formula.

Overall, I love these brow pencils! The pencil itself is small enough to create those tiny brow hair marks and doesn't make my brows look too heavy, and it comes with an added spoolie for putting your brows in place. Plus, the formula is paraben free! The only downside is the limited color selection, so be sure to try this on in-store before deciding on a shade.


Disclaimer: I did receive this product as gratis for working at Ulta, this never affects my opinions or thoughts about the product.
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