The oh-so-elegant Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil is regarded by many as an exceptional eyebrow product and has a very loyal following. There are tons of positive reviews out there raving about its glorious-ness. Needless to say, its been on my wishlist for a very long time. There was no way I was not going to include it in the Battle of the Brows.
Hourglass says: A mechanical brow pencil with a unique triangular-shaped tip that combines the benefits of powder, pencil and wax in one product to create naturally defined brows. The unique triangular shape allows you to sculpt with broad strokes using the flat edge of the pencil, as well as fill in with fine lines using the pointed tip. Natural-looking shades allow you to customize your desired intensity: Layer and apply with more pressure to go dark and bold, or use a lighter touch and blend out to soften for a more natural look.
A step up in price from the two brow pencils I’ve already reviewed, the sleek double-ended component of the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil has some heft to it and definitely feels luxurious in the hand. It is retractable, with the brow product on one end and a spooley on the other. The side with the spooley is shorter than the side with the brow pencil. Side note, the spooley on the Arch Brow is my favorite so far – not too stiff but not too soft, blending the product into my brows very well and diffusing the pigment should I over-apply.
The Arch Brow is available in 9 shades. Again, I chose the darkest, Natural Black, which is accurately described as “darkest brown to black”. When I look at the swatch with the naked eye, it appears much deeper and more black than it does in photographs.
Unlike my experience with the Anastasia Brow Definer, I could really appreciate the triangular shape of the pencil. As someone with sparse brows, I was able to use the thinner point of the triangle to draw in individual hairs while filling in/darkening larger areas (arch and tail) with the wider end. In my opinion, this makes it faster than a traditional fine point pencil like the Anastasia Brow Whiz while still allowing for some precision.
Texture wise, the pencil really is the perfect marriage of creamy and waxy. There is just enough creaminess to allow the color to apply comfortably but sufficient waxiness to give it durability. In other words, its hard but not too dry. Also, the waxiness helps the pigment grab onto hairs as well as onto skin. More importantly, it is not so pigmented that it deposits too much color at once but it’s very easy to build the intensity.
I really, really liked this brow pencil. The texture is perfect and the color match is amazing. Usually the darkest shades in brow pencils, especially in brands that only offer a few shades, pull a little to warm and brown for me. Natural Black is a neutral black-brown that leans more black. And the cherry on top? Incredible wear-time (longest I tested it for was 10 hours). I highly recommend if you have dark brows like mine and want something that’s a closer match for a defined look. The Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil contains 0.014 oz and retails for $32.00 USD. I purchased from Sephora.
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