Even my dextrous little digits have a hard time holding the Tarte EmphasEYES Waterproof Brow Pencil ($19.50). Straight up, it’s probably the daintiest brow pencil I’ve ever used!
Years of piano lessons (mostly against my will, I might add) and flute playing gave me fleet fingers and thumbs, and I can usually draw with even the thinnest pencils. This one, however, feels awkward and uncomfortable in my paws.
Bummer, because if it were a bit bulkier, I’d probably be a bigger fan because it reminds me of Benefit’s Instant Brow ($20), which I’ve been wearing for months.
Like Benefit, Tarte got the pigment just right. It’s available in two shades, and when I blend Medium Brown, the one I’ve been wearing, into my brows, I can barely tell it’s there (doesn’t look fake or obvious). And if I need to go darker, it’s also easy to build.
From left: EmphasEYES Waterproof Brow Pencil in Medium Brown, EmphasEYES Waterproof Brow Pencil in Taupe and MAC Technakohl liner in Graphblack (for comparison)
Swatches: Taupe (“Hay”) and Medium Brown (“Boo”)
If I can just figure out how to handle the pencil, I might like this more than Benefit’s as it has the advantage of a twist-up tip. Benefit’s requires sharpening, which is kind of a chore.
Tarte’s formula also outlasts Benefit’s (on me it makes it through the day), although I wouldn’t exactly call it waterproof. It does appear to fade during my sweaty workouts.
Even with my problems with this pencil, I still think it would be a good fit for gals with thin brows, as the pencil tip, just like the pencil it’s packaged in, is super slim. Shoot, it’s even skinnier than a MAC Technakohl liner!
If you can wield it, you should be able to fill even the thinnest thread-like brows.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Sephora stores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,