Better late than never, welcome to the last installment in my Battle of the Brows series. To clarify – this isn’t the final, final post. I’ll be doing a round-up comparing and summarizing my thoughts on all of the eye brow pencils I’ve reviewed. Hopefully, that will be up next week. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Back to the topic at hand: the Surratt Beauty Expressioniste Brow Pencil.
This series intended to focus on brow pencils designed with a slanted triangular tip. However, after adding the Surratt Beauty Expressioniste Brow Pencil to my cart (and purchasing) in error, I decided to keep it and review it anyway.
Sephora says: A refillable mechanical eyebrow pencil that bolsters and refines arches. The Brow Pencil’s architect-inspired brow pencil builds up arches with hair-by-hair precision to give them a fuller, more natural look.
I’ve never tried anything from Surratt Beauty which is a higher end brand that recently(ish) become available on Sephora. The Expressioniste Brow Pencil is actually two components sold separately. The “rechargeable” holder retails for $25.00 USD while the cartridge which contains the actual brow product goes for $15.00 USD. You just click one onto the other and you have yourself a retractable pencil. It will set you back $40.00 but with the refills at a more “reasonable” $15.00…you could say that this product an investment of sorts.
I really like the overall aesthetic of the pencil. According to Sephora’s online product description, “dedicated to the Japanese tradition of minimal elegance; the space-saving packaging of the [Expressioniste Brow Pencil] is designed to be lightweight and secure, and is recyclable”. It’s very sleek, slight and elegant without sacrificing function.
As mentioned, this is a traditional fine point pencil – giving you ultimate control and precision. Basically, it allows you to create those infamous hair like strokes.
I purchased the shade Raven which is a neutral toned brown-black that gives a very natural effect on my dark, black brows.
As you can see, very natural. I think I like this better than the Anastasia Brow Whiz. The Surratt Beauty Expressioniste Brow Pencil is every bit as pigmented (maybe even more so) but stiffer and more waxy – making it easier to work with.
My one gripe actually relates to the material that the holder part of the component is made from. While the cartridge has a smooth surface, the holder has a rough texture – kind of like a chalk board. It seems to scratch easily. I’m not sure how but I hadn’t even used the pencil yet when this happened.
Despite this packaging issue and the price point (and the fact that there’s only 0.003 oz in the cartridge!), I really like pencil. I purchased at Sephora.
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