As promised in my Battle of the Brows Introduction post, today I bring you one of the first reviews in my brow product mini-series: the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer. I figured I’d start with the least expensive of the five brow pencils I intend to review/demo and work my way up. The Anastasia Brow Definer is also, incidentally, the newest.
Anastasia says: This retractable pencil — which took two years to formulate and perfect — has a unique, triangular tip that can be used three different ways to outline and fill brows. Thin: Use the sharpest point of the tip to create fine, hair-like strokes. Medium: Use the back side of the pencil to create thicker, hair-like strokes. Wide: Use the pencil on its side to create broad strokes.
First, let’s take a closer look at the pencil’s mechanics. The “pencil” is housed in a plastic tube with the actual brow on one end (twist up) and a spooly on the other. The retractable end can twist up and down so you don’t have to worry about dispensing too much product. Both sides of the pencil are equal in length (as demonstrated by the fact that both caps are the same height). This may seem like a useless detail but I thought I’d mention it because some of the other brow pencils I’m testing are different lengths on each end.
The Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer is available in ten shades. My brows are the same color as my hair, black. So I chose the darkest shade, Ebony, which is a blackened-brown. It tends to look deeper and more black in low light (first photo), with the warm brown tones dominating when the light hits (second photo).
It is quite pigmented (for a brow pencil) and creamy. A little too creamy, in fact, making it more delicate than I would have thought. Before having the chance to actually use the pencil on my eyebrows, I managed to nick the tip while placing the cap back on. This made me very sad. It also impacted how I would use the product. With the the sharpest (and thinnest) point of the tip now damaged, I could not experiment with creating “hair-like strokes”. But even if this hadn’t happened, I think I would have had a hard time using the pencil with precision. The high pigmentation made it somewhat difficult to achieve a “natural look”. I found myself having to keep going back in with the spooley to diffuse and blend out the color. Additionally, even if you start out using the angled tip, the creaminess means it will wears down quickly.
Nevertheless, I was able to get a look I was fairly happy with. My eyebrows (as a result of genetics, not over-plucking) are quite thin and sparse. That being the case, it is always challenging for me to achieve a “natural” not draw in look no matter what type of product I use. It’s a little easier to do this with the Brow Wiz, for example, which offers more precision but once I got the hang of the Brow Definer it wasn’t that bad. The key is to use very little pressure. Hands down, the the best feature of the Brow Definer is how well it wears. After 8 hours, my eyebrows looked the same as when I’d first applied.
Overall, I think the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer is a good but not great product, for my personal needs. I have a feeling it would be fantastic for those with fuller brows who want to “‘fill-in” and add some definition. In my case, I loved it for creating an arch and tail, but not for the head end of my brows.
The Brow Definer contains 0.007 oz of product and retails for $23.00 USD. I purchased on Sephora but if you are interested in the product and wondering what shade might be best for you, I suggest checking out the Anastasia Beverly Hills website which I think has better online swatches.
Have you guys tried the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer?
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