I've heard a lot of great things about the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil ($32), but since it's quite difficult for me to find eyebrow pencils that are a good match for my hair color, I wasn't ready to take a risk and splurge for it just yet. Luckily, Hourglass recently expanded on their shade range to include nine shades total, and they sent me two of their pencils in the shades Ash and Soft Brunette.
Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Soft Brunette
Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Ash
Soft Brunette is described as "light to medium cool brown," and Ash is "gray/dark brown with cool undertones." If I've learned anything during my trial and error period with eyebrow products, it is that warm tones look completely unnatural on me. Also, although my natural hair color is black, because I have very little natural brow hairs and have to fill in most of my brow shape, nothing screams "drawn-on brows" quite like black or very dark brown brow pencils. For me, cool medium to dark browns are the way to go, so Soft Brunette and Ash were perfect for me.
Convenient spoolie brush on the opposite end of the pencil
Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Ash (L) and Soft Brunette
The larger, angled shape of the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil took a bit of getting used to for me, since my usual brow pencil is a traditional pencil shape. I tend to hold it so that the tip is sideways, and although it's quite large, after a bit of practice, I found I was able to fill in my brows faster and with less strokes than I could with a normal pencil. I've only used Ash so far, but I think Soft Brunette could work well for me, too. It's a touch lighter and more cool-toned compared to Ash. The formula itself is fantastic. My eyebrows are still completely intact at the end of a long day, and I never experience my brows looking like they've melted off, which is all I could ask for with my oil-prone skin.
Because my brow hairs are so faint and sparse, they do look quite drawn on after I fill them in initially, so I use a tinted brow gel to brush through them. This softens the pigmentation of the brow pencil a bit, makes the edges softer and more diffused and adds texture to my brows.
Wearing Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Ash (right); natural brow (left)
Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Ash by itself (top) and brushed through with brow gel (bottom)
All in all, I'm a big fan of the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil. I love how natural Ash looks against my complexion and hair color, and the long-wearing formula is a great one. The only reason I could see someone not appreciating this pencil is if they're looking to draw on individual hairs. Since the pencil is quite large, it's better suited for filling in brows than for intricate, detail work.
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Disclosure: These products were sent to me for consideration for a review. I am not affiliated with the company, nor am I getting paid for this post. The opinions expressed in this post are based solely on my own experiences with the products.