6.23.2013

The Perfect Brow Pencil for Black Hair.

Finding a brow product that suits black hair can be a challenge. The sparser your brows and the more filling in they need, the more difficult it is to find a color match because it's even more visible. 

I've always used dark brown brow powders for my brows because I feared black would look much too severe and harsh, but I was never completely satisfied with the color match. It was always very obvious to me when I looked in the mirror that my hair was black and my brows were brown. Not exactly the most natural looking, if you ask me. So, when Procastinating Pretty mentioned that Shiseido made a grey-toned brow pencil on my last brow routine post, I knew I had to give it a try.

The Shiseido Natural Eyebrow Pencil in GY901 Natural Black is a soft grey-black pencil with a rather thick angled brush on the opposite end. After drawing short strokes through my brows, I use the brush to ever so gently blend it together to fill in any visible gaps and soften the edges as needed (leaving the tail alone). The pencil itself has a rather hard texture that still allows me to easily fill in my brows without requiring much pressure or effort, but it's not creamy where I'd have to worry about it smearing or wearing off after a few hours. 

I wasn't exactly keen on the idea of trying a brow pencil, to be honest, because in my experience, they tend to make my brows look overly drawn on, something I already have an issue with because my brows are naturally so sparse. I was actually completely happy and content with how my Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Brunette performed, aside from the fact that it was too brown for me.

When I tried the Shiseido pencil for the first time, I actually thought my brows looked too grey; however, after a few days, I started getting used to it and after taking FOTD photos, I noticed how much more natural they looked - like my brows actually belonged on my face for once.

Another great thing about this pencil is the lasting power. Although I generally didn't have issues with the Anastasia brow powder lasting on me, I did notice that sometimes, at the end of a long day, my brows would fade a bit in certain places and turn quite shiny due to my combination skin. With the Shiseido pencil, my brows rarely become shiny at all, and if they do, it's to a much lesser extent than with the brow powder. Even after a 15+ hour day, I can feel confident that my brows haven't gone wonky or better yet, disappeared into oblivion.


Bare brows

Brows filled in with the Shiseido Natural Eyebrow Pencil in GY901 Natural Black
(By the way, does anyone else have one "good brow?" I think my left brow (your right) is perfection, but my right brow always seems to be marching to the beat of its own drum. Sigh.)

For comparison purposes, on the left, I used the Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Brunette, and on the right, I used the Shiseido Natural Eyebrow Pencil in GY901 Natural Black. I think the brow color on the right suits my hair color much better. What do you guys think?

There are times that I still wonder if my brows appear a bit grey, but in general, I'd say the color match of this Shiseido pencil is infinitely better with my black hair than anything I've tried in the past. Good thing the formula happens to be a winner too! For those who have thicker brows than I do, I think this grey-toned pencil would easily blend in with your brows and look incredibly natural.

Black-haired ladies: Your brows need more grey and less brown. I repeat - more grey; less brown.

I purchased the Shiseido Natural Eyebrow Pencil in GY901 Natural Black from Nordstrom for $20.


25 comments:

  1. Yeaaaaah, I have to say, you've convinced me to go to a shiseido counter the next time I'm free... Definitely have to give this one a try. I hate when my brow products look too brown for me.

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  2. Actually the Hourglass pencil is the only one I've tried haha. Before that I used eyeshadow, because I was so scared pencils would look too harsh. I also saw that Dior has a twist-up one with a spoolie on the other end. I think I'll put everything that's twist-up and has a spoolie on my priority list!

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  3. oooo i made the switch to gray brow products a while ago but still haven't found the perfect one. I really like the look of this! i heard the Shu Uemura one was good too

    à la foliee

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  4. I cannot explain to you how many different eyebrow pencils I have brought and been sorely disappointed as they aren't the correct shade! However, this shade looks quite nice and I may try it for myself!
    Annie x

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  5. I like Shiseido better!! It not only matches your hair color but also seems to blend better. Great job!

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  6. Wow there's a huge diference between your eyebrows done and undone photo. Looks like a really nice pencil.

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  7. This looks awesome on you! My hairs black too, and I've been okay with filling my brows in with a brown pencil, but this would look WAY better!!

    xo aly

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  8. This looks so good on you! It makes such a difference and shows how brown the Anastasia Brunette powder looks against undyed black hair. I've been using the Lioele Artist Auto Eyebrow Pencil in Grey-Black and it's sounds very close to the Shiseido in description- hard, not too creamy or pigmented, but mechanical and with a spoolie on the end instead. It was surprisingly affordable on eBay and it's a really good match for Asian hair. :)

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  9. i love how your eyebrows are done naturally and very lovely eye make up! great for everyday casual styles :)

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  10. I love your eyes makeup and your eyebrows look amazing.

    Kah-Feh Yen

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  11. This is perfect! Too bad I have such sky scraper eyebrows! Thanks dad..

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  12. Um...I think I NEED this in my life!!!! Loving Shiseido just now, I've wore their Suncare Sun Protection liquid foundation every day for the last month. It's amazing!!!!!!!! x

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  13. I know what you mean! I always felt like mine looked off, but I didn't know what to do about it...I didn't know that soft black/grey toned pencils existed! Let me know what you think if you end up checking this one out :)

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  14. I've heard that a lot too, Chloe! I think I might try the Shu Uemura one next just because I'm curious :)

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  15. Yay, hope it works out well for you too, Annie!

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  16. Yessss, success! Thanks for your input, Joanne!

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  17. Thank you so much, Susy! I definitely was not blessed in the brow department. I'm so jealous of girls with thick brows! We always want what we can't have, I guess ;)

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  18. Thank you, Emma! My brows have always been a struggle for me!

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  19. I know what you mean, Aly. I think my brows just ended up looking way too brown on me because I had to fill them in so much since my natural brows are like non-existent, haha :-/

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  20. Oooo, I might give the Lioele one a try sometime too then! It sounds like another great option for us black-haired gals. Thanks, Cherie :)

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  21. Awww, haha. I'm jealous of girls with thick and defined brows actually!

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  22. Ooo, really?? I think I need to try that foundation sometime then! Miss you, Nic!

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  23. You look very pretty! I would also recommend the Cle De Peau eyebrow pencil for us asians but it is super super super pricey!

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  24. Ooo, I haven't heard much about that one, but I might look into it...it might be a bit out of my price range though, haha ;)

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