We were very happy together for a while, Instant Brow, my brows and I, but then around my third or fourth $20 pencil, I developed drugstore wandering eyes and started looking for a more affordable long-term option. Maybe something like these new Maybelline Master Shape Brow Pencils, which just arrived in drugstores earlier this month.
They’re $8 each and come in four shades — Blonde, Soft Brown, Deep Brown and Auburn. At the rate I was going through $20 Instant Brows, $8 sounded pretty good.
Like Instant Brow, they’re makeup multi-tools and have a pencil on one end and a grooming brush on the other.
I tried two of the shades, Soft Brown and Deep Brown; for me, Deep Brown was the better fit.
First impressions? One and a half thumbs up for convenience (uh…). I like having the brush and pencil together in one place, and the only thing that would make the packaging more convenient for me is a twist-up pencil tip that I didn’t have to sharpen.
As for my brows, I think they’re happy. I like how natural and casual Master Shape makes them look, which I attribute to the waxy formula. It’s soft, pliable and contains just the amount of pigment, and the formula dries to a lightweight, natural-looking matte finish that doesn’t crunch.
NOTE: If your brows are naturally unruly, you may want to add a gel on top; when it dries, this formula isn’t very stiff.
Over the past couple of weekends, I’ve been wearing it with tinted moisturizer, mascara, cream blush and gloss for a simple but put-together look.
Master Shape’s lower level of pigment might be why Instant Brow is quicker for me to use, especially for shaping big, bold brows, but unless you’re in a hurry to build a look with dramatic brows, that may not matter.
PRICE: $8 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now at drugstores everywhere
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,