Like Gigablack Mascara, the two brow pencils in the new RiRi Hearts MAC fall collection are re-promotes from the permanent line bedecked in eye-catching limited edition pink packaging.
Even before they were RiRi-fied, I kept both of these brow pencils in various makeup bags and — ahem! — the glove compartment of my car, because I never knew when the urge to wear a bold brow would hit me.
Turns out it happens often. One minute you’re driving along, dippity-doo, when you glance at yourself in the rearview mirror and think, “Yeah, those brows could be bigger.”
Not a problem if you have one of these around.
I wear both of these colors all the time and have always liked the hard texture. Generally harder pencils like these seem to last longer on my brows. I also dig the slightly powdery finish and how it looks quite natural, as opposed to stark.
Deep Brunette, a blackish brown with slightly reddish undertones on my NC42 skin, leans warm, while Deep Dark Brunette, a grayish, brownish taupe, has a cooler color temp; it’s also a smidgen darker.
My dark brown hair and I alternate between both colors, depending on whether we’re wearing warm or cool-toned eyeshadows.
Sometimes we even mix both shades together (like when we’re feeling fancy).
I did swatch the pencils from the regular permanent collection beside these RiRi ones to see if MAC tweaked the colors, and if they did, I can’t tell.
I mean, the brushes sure feel different. The bristles of the RiRi brushes feel stiffer than the perm ones do to me, but either way, they both do a good job of distributing the product and getting it all up in my brows.
When I want slightly formal brows, but not full-on catwalk definition, these pencils are great. I get better definition with them than I get with a brow powder or eyeshadow, yet they’re not as harsh as brow-fillers like gels.
It’s also hard to go wrong with the practicality of a pencil when it comes to brows. With these, all I do is fill in the sparse spots in my arch and the tail end of my brows (the side closer to my ear), brush through with the built-in spoolie on the end, then run the remaining product on the brush over the inner side of my brow (the side closer to my nose).
Boom. Done. Just like that, and super fast.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Out of curiosity, what do you think of the RiRi Hearts MAC fall collection overall? Inquiring minds want to know.
P.P.S. How was your hump day? Doing anything interesting tonight? I don’t think I am… I might go get a quick slice of pizza and look at shoes.