Brows are big news. Praise (or blame) Cara Delevingne. I’m naturally fair, unnaturally blonde-headed, with naturally dark eyebrows. Phew! Blonde eye pencils just don’t cut it for me. And if they have even a hint of red in, I look ridiculous. So I need dark, but not too dark. I’m lucky that my day job means I get to try lots of beauty freebies out, and this little lot landed on my desk late last month. So what do I think?
First up, the cheapest: Liz Earle – this only comes in two options ‘fair’ and ‘dark’, and neither really work on me. Next!
Origins – there’s something about the texture of this pencil/cream that I can’t get to grips with; and once more, I only have two options to work with.
Clinique – this is a little different in that it combines a highlighter as well, and joy of joys, there are three shades. ‘Soft Blonde’ is still too light, but we’re getting there with ‘Soft Brown’, while ‘Deep Brown’ is frankly scary.
Lancome – a similar product in that it also has a highlighter attached. For reasons unknown, I was excited to try this, but found that the eyebrow pencil needed sharpening much more often than the highlighter meaning that I have no doubt I’d end up with no brow pencil and all highlighter!
Clarins – first, their eyebrow pencil. I have to admit, I’m a big Clarins fan. They might not be incredibly creative but what they do, they do well. Again, there were three shades to choose from. I found ‘Light Brown’ perfect, but there were still two more products to try…
Benefit – this is the product on everyone’s lips (or brows!) at the moment, and I was dubious about the hype. With only two shades to choose from – light/medium and medium/dark – I thought they might be missing a trick, but I am happy to be proven wrong. Innovatively the gel actually creates brows where there are none as well as shaping. What can I say? I’m a convert.
Clarins – finally, and the most expensive product, was Clarins’ Pro Palette. It’s called that for a reason – if you’re not a make up artist (or someone who regularly changes the colour of their hair) you don’t really need this compact, however good it is. When you can get a great effect using a small tube or pencil, why carry round this?
There’s not much to choose between my two faves – Clarins Eyebrow Pencil, and Benefit Gimme Brow – the former gives a slightly more structured and defined look, while the latter is perfect for sweeping on when you’re in a rush. If I had to pick one, I guess I’d go for Gimme Brow. You’re welcome!