Would I pay for this eyebrow pencil? A lighthearted review amidst trying times…

I know what’s up, you know what’s up. I really don’t want to bother acknowledging it because I’m assuming you’re here for makeup because you want some semblance of relief, normalcy or escapism. So let’s go!

This is my first time reviewing a Makeup Forever product. Actually spelled Make Up For Ever (seriously, look at one of yours if you have one), it was founded by a French artist turned makeup artist called Dany Sanz in 1984. It is more of a mid-range makeup brand but if MAC is high end for me, Make Up For Ever is high end too!

To disclose; I received this product as prize for winning a makeup competition by RiceDolls in collaboration with Make Up For Ever Malaysia. RiceDolls is a Malaysian beauty website featuring makeup looks from various content creators and artists (they’re most active on Twitter; handle @RiceDollsMY). Basically a network of local beauty and makeup enthusiasts.

This is the Make Up For Ever Brow Pencil Precision Brow Sculptor in 40, Dark Brown.

The product.

Descriptions on the pencil including shade code, 40, Dark Brown. The “Paris, France” makes me feel so fancy!

The pencil.

Swatched.

Description:
A conventional eyebrow pencil that comes in 1.79 grams or 0.06 oz. of product and in 5 shades.

Ingredients:
STEARIC ACID, RHUS SUCCEDANEA FRUIT WAX, POLYBUTENE, HYDROGENATED MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX, CERESIN, HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, TALC, CERA MICROCRISTALLINA (MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX), SILICA, TOCOPHEROL, ASCORBYL PALMITATE, BHT, [+/- : CI 19140 (YELLOW 5, YELLOW 5 LAKE), CI 42090 (BLUE 1 LAKE), CI 77007 (ULTRAMARINES), CI 77163 (BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE), CI 77288 (CHROMIUM OXIDE GREENS), CI 77289 (CHROMIUM HYDROXIDE GREEN), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77510 (FERRIC FERROCYANIDE, FERRIC AMMONIUM FERROCYANIDE), CI 77742 (MANGANESE VIOLET), CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE)]

Price:
MYR 83

Where to buy:
Sephora Malaysia or Make Up Forever boutiques in Malaysia (a list of their boutiques are available on the Make Up For Ever Malaysia Facebook page)

Here is how it looks like on the brows.

“Natural”
Sharp and defined.
Korean style straight brows.

Pros:
> Long lasting.
> Easy to blend.
> Not too pigmented (in my opinion this is a good thing as too much colour can be catastrophic should a mistake be made).
> Can be sharpened to achieve precision.
> Easy to use.
> Good colour selection and a great colour match for me.
> Although priced higher, amount of product to price is very pretty good.

Cons:
> No spoolie.
> Needs sharpening (I hate it! Absolutely hate sharpening).

I already have a dupe for this which I’ve reviewed before (link to review here). They both work and apply the same. I’ll attach a YouTube video of me swatching both products.


Rating: 8.2/10
I love this product and for something of that price would actually consider repurchasing simply because there’s plenty of product. It would last pretty well. The lack of spoolie is something to consider though.

Why you need a skinny brow pencil… NYX Micro Brow

NYX is no more in Penang!!!! WHY NYX WHY???????? Please open a store here! PLEASE!!!!!!!!! Well, it’s very simply because Sephora Malaysia, which was previously the only place to get NYX products, parted ways with the brand. If you didn’t already know, I am severely averse to online shopping. So this is just annoying since one of my favourite concealers is the NYX HD Studio Photogenic Concealer (review here). But today, I bring you the NYX Micro Brow Pencil. Alluding to the title, as much as I believe you need a skinny brow pencil, is this the one? Do keep reading to find out…

The product.
This box is jam packed with descriptions!
Ingredient list.
More information.
Shade name and code.
The pencil.
Information galore! I was genuinely surprised that there are NYX products made in Korea.
Wow, they even managed to get their website printed!
The twist up part. Yes, I’ve run out of the product. I had to take it apart for a swatch.
Spoolie on the other end.
Oh how much I worked for this swatch.


Description:
A retractable brow pencil that comes in 8 shades and in 0.003oz. or 0.09g product (the 8 shade full range would depend on where you’re purchasing them from; here in Malaysia the NYX stores carry 5 shades).

Ingredients:
POLYETHYLENE, C12-15 ALKYL ETHYLHEXANOATE, HYDROGENATED COCO-GLYCERIDES, OZOKERITE, POLYGLYCERYL-2 TRIISOSTEARATE, C20-40 ALCOHOLS, EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) WAX/CANDELILLA CERA/CIRE DE CANDELILLA, ZINC STEARATE, MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX/CERA MICROCRISTALLINA/CIRE MICROCRYSTALLINE, DIMETHICONE, SORBITAN TRISTEARATE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): MICA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), FERRIC AMMONIUM FERROCYANIDE (CI 77510). 

Price: HIGHLY depends on where you’re purchasing it from. The official store price is MYR 48 (as of the date of this published post). I’ve seen it priced at 50 and 53 as well (online). When I initially purchased it I got it for MYR 40.50 (10% discount).

Where to buy:
NYX official stores (IOI City Mall Putrajaya, Sunway Pyramid, MidValley Megamall, SOGO KL, Fahrenheit 88, Suria KLCC) and online at Hermo, Shoppee and Lazada (although they’re, more often than not, sold out).

Attaching a YouTube video of mine using the product. Oh yeah! This is a new video! 🙂


Pros:
> Easy to use because of the thin brow pencil design.
> Precision and ability to create brow-like strokes due to tiny product tip.
> No need to sharpen.
> Long wearing.
> Colour perfect for warm, dark tanned skin tones (and with so many shades, anyone is sure to find a match).
> Blends well.
> Not too pigmented which is a pro for a brow pencil because it is more forgiving. A mess-up wouldn’t as difficult to fix as using a highly pigmented product. For perspective, imagine using a gel eyeliner for your brows.

Cons
> It is a measly amount of product for MYR 48 (or even 40.50 for that matter)!!!
> The twisting mechanism is very flimsy and it’s not just mine. Even the testers and a friend’s product does that.
> Although long lasting I have other products that out-perform this (click here to see which one).

Rating: 7.6/10
Although it performs very well and is kind of foolproof to use, the price per amount of product and the fact that I have cheaper alternative that out-performs this, made me give it the lower rating.


So yes, you NEED a microbrow or a brow pencil with a tiny tip but IMHO this NYX is NOT really the best out there.

Benefit Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel Review

Yes! Another high end product review! I purchased this last year and completely forgot to put it into a haul.

Benefit is an American based company and all products are made in the USA! This is a review on the very popular Benefit Gimme Brow.

Outer packaging.

Claims on the packaging.

Description, including ingredients. Sorry about the sticker residue on the bottom right.

The product.

Label on the tube.

Wand. It’s really small! And notice the tiny fibers.

Description: Tinted volumising gel for the brows. Comes in 3 grams/0.1 oz product and in three shades, 01 Light, 03 Medium, and 05 Deep.

Where to buy: Sephora outlets nationwide (store list here), Benefit Boutiques (1 Utama, Petaling Jaya; Starhill Gallery, Kuala Lumpur; Mid Valley Megamall, Kuala Lumpur; Gurney Plaza, Penang).

Price: MYR 125.00, (MYR 145.00 on the Benefit website)

Swatch

Bare brows.

Does make my brows fuller. The tint is showing up a little stronger than it seems in person.

Pros:

Holds brows in place very well!

The colour is good for me (although it may seem a little off in the picture).

Makes brows fuller!

Formula is pretty pigmented for a brow product.

Lasts very well a good 6 to 7 hours of wear before it starts fading and even then product doesn’t just disappear.

Soft, tiny wand for even the sparsest of brows.

Dries fast and matte.

 

Cons:

Too EXPENSIVE, for 3, THREE grams of product!!!!!

It makes my brows feel a tiny bit stiff although not crunchy.

Not very accessible because Sephora and Benefit stores aren’t available in all states.

Right around the two month mark, the product started smelling funky or perhaps it already does smell like that, I have no idea (but I use it anyway because it doesn’t actually go in my eye).

 

Rating:

8/10

Do I love this product? HECK YES!!!!!! Will I buy it again? HECK NO!!!!!!!!!

Silkygirl Expert Brow Slim Liner Review

I wrote a first impressions post on this brow pencil (link here), now here’s the review!

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The product.

The product inside. I do believe there's about only half the product left.

The product inside. I do believe there’s about only half the product left. This has been twisted all the way up.

The spoolie comes with a cap and the product doesn't;head scratcher isn't it...

The spoolie comes with a cap and the product doesn’t; head scratcher isn’t it…

Basic eyebrow spoolie.

Basic eyebrow spoolie.

Description: Mechanical brow pencil. Comes with a spoolie and in two shades; 01 Natural Brown and 02 Dark Brown. Comes in 0.12g product.

Where to buy: Drugstores, pharmacies, supermarkets, everywhere there’s a Silkygirl display.

Price: MYR 20.90 (drugstore product, hence, wait for a discount or a promotion!).

Here are pictures in where I wore it.

Bare brows.

Bare brows.

With the pencil. So natural ain't it???!!!!

With the pencil. So natural ain’t it???!!!! Yes, I have product there!

Pros:

Easy to use because of the thin slim pencil.

Precision from the tiny, thin pencil.

No need to sharpen.

Wears a long time (evidence below).

Affordable.

Good neutral tone for dark skinned and dark hair people.

Blends well into the brows.

 

Cons:

No cap for product dispensing side.

Spoolie is too hard and scratchy.

Measly product amount.

 

Wear test

Freshly applied.

Freshly applied.

After approximately 9 hours! Still product left! My brows are still looking nice! If I may say so myself... :P

After approximately 9 hours! Still product left! My brows are still looking nice! If I may say so myself… 😛 Just FYI, I didn’t attempt to brush my brows into place or anything before taking this picture…

Didn't want to take a picture with flash but had to since I could only take this picture at night. There's still product there!!!  9 hours! I was sweating, I had pushed hair out of my face which meant I rubbed my hands on my brows often AND I was out in the elements!

Didn’t want to take a picture with flash but had to since I could only take this picture at night. There’s still product there!!! 9 hours! I was sweating, I had pushed hair out of my face which meant I rubbed my hands on my brows often AND I was out in the elements!

 

Rating: 8.5/10

Although there are three cons, the only real problem I have with it is the no cap thing. I can always use a different spoolie and for the price, one can’t really complain because a little product goes a long way.

Essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Mascara Review

Essence happens to be one of my most favourite drugstore brand and it is no surprise I put it into my top 5 most affordable Malaysian drugstore makeup brand (post link here). On their website they claim to be cruelty free and apparently they also use minimal animal ingredients.

Previous Essence product reviews (Lipliner, here; Essence Eyeshadow Base, here; Essence Matt Bronzing Powder, here; Essence Longlasting Eye Pencil, here; Essence Lash and Brow Gel Mascara, here).

This product is very similar to another popular brow product that is also named very similarly *wink*.

I love it by the way, and so this review is good!

YES! I got a new background!!!

YES! I got a new background!!!

It is a tiny wand. It is pretty scratchy but nothing I can't work around.

It is a tiny wand. It is pretty scratchy but nothing I can’t work around.

Can you see tiny fibres? That really fills up the brows!

Can you see tiny fibres? That really fills up the brows!

Description: It is an eyebrow mascara with tiny fibres in it that help fill in the brows. It comes in two colours 01 (blondy brows) and 02 (browny brows). I have the darker one, i.e. 02. Contains 3.8 ml product.

Where to buy: Watsons [updated 14/072017].

Price: MYR 12.90 (as always, it’s a drugstore product and you could wait for a discount, but at MYR 12.90 you have nothing to lose!).

Hand swatch. It is cool tone grayish brown. Kind of a perfect match for me.

Hand swatch. It is cool tone grayish brown. Kind of a perfect match for me.

Bare brows.

Bare brows.

Tada!!! Filled in and full!

Tada!!! Filled in and full! And doesn’t it look natural?

I don’t typically use it on its own. I like filling in my brows with a pencil first.

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Pros:

Easy to use (not a product you can go overboard with).

The tiny fibers really fill the brows up.

The wand is really helpful and small enough to fit even thin brows.

Long lasting and keeps brows in place well (a good 6 to 7 hours if you don’t sweat or rub your face/brows).

Doesn’t make the eyebrows stiff or crunchy (I hate that! I’d rather use hairspray if a product did that!).

Dries fast.

 

Cons:

The wand is pretty stiff.

Not waterproof (not necessarily a con).

Not easily available.

 

Rating:

8.9/10

This rating may change depending on how it fares with the famous high end product. I have yet to try that one but when I do I’ll review that too!!! As for the product itself, it is A-MAH-ZING! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!! I already have a freaking backup!

Essence Lash and Brow Gel Mascara Review

I’ve gone on and on about how much I love Essence products in my past posts all of which I’ll link below;

Essence Lip Liner Review – link

Essence I ❤ Stage Eyeshadow Base Review – link

Essence Matt Bronzer Review – link

Essence Longlasting Eye Pencil Review – link

I actually received this from a giveaway hosted by local beauty blogger Sabrina (blog link here) and just opened it about three months ago. It’s like mascara in that expiration date is 6 months after opening the tube.

The product.

The product.

The wand. It's a pretty standard mascara wand... And it's brown because it has mixed with my other brow products because I typically use this gel to keep my brows in place.

The wand. It’s a pretty standard mascara wand… And it’s brown because it has mixed with my other brow products because I typically use this gel to keep my brows in place.

Of course the product ge tainted as well and I guess that's expected...

Of course the product gets tainted as well and I guess that’s expected…  Don’t be alarmed!

I love the whole clear themed packaging. It doesn't look expensive but I kinda love it.

I love the whole clear themed packaging. It of course doesn’t look expensive but I love it.

Description: It is a clear gel mascara that’s used either on the eyelashes or the eyebrows. Comes in a tube of 9ml.

Where to buy: Watsons [updated 14/072017].

Price: MYR 12.60; you can always look out for a promotion or a discount!

Swatch.

Swatch.

It dries invisible... Like a clear gel.

It dries invisible… Like a clear gel. Duh… *slaps forehead*

Bare brows. Pretty messy, eeekk!

Bare brows. Pretty messy, eeekk!

With the brow gel (it has yet to dry).

With the brow gel (it has yet to dry).

After about 6 hours of wear. Pretty good huh?

After about 6 hours of wear and I was out and did sweat a fair bit. Pretty good huh? Excuse my slightly “shiny” face…

Pros:

Long lasting.

Easy to use.

Inexpensive.

Does not make the eyebrows feel stiff or crunchy.

Does not feel sticky.

Dries pretty fast.

 

Cons:

Products need to be taken off the wand before application or it can feel a little too much.

 

Rating

8.8/10

I love this product! In fact, I watched a YouTube review that compared it to a high end product, even going so far as to call it a dupe. I’ll link the video below…