I was born with generously-sized brows (a polite way of saying ‘unibrow’) but the 70’s era I grew up in dictated plucking them to near invisibility – something that’s going to go down as one of my biggest beauty regrets. Thankfully, for many who are ‘follicularly-challenged’ in that area, now have options. Several really good options, in fact.
Threatening to overtake the Brow Styler Universal Brown, a product that has been a long-standing favourite with many makeup pros, are the Powder Eyebrow Pencils (available in 6 shades), the latest brow warriors released from Dior. With their unique powder-in-a-pencil formula that’s easy to use and much softer on the skin, along with a wider shade range, one can now match or mix these pencils for a truly customized brow hue. It’s a fact: brows are so in and finally enjoying their moment in the spotlight. Now if I could only go back in time and tell younger me to step away from the tweezers …
Pencils are usually the easiest brow styling product to use, and Dior has taken it to a new level with this interesting new formula; combining the finish of a powder with the longevity and definition of a wax, each Powder Eyebrow Pencil comes with an included sharpener as well as an attached spoolie on one end of the pencil. The formula glides easily along the skin and can be layered or matched with other pencils or products for an even more realistic look, while the finish lends itself to being easily brushed into brows. Relatively long-lasting, the colour stays in place until removed, although you may have some fading – especially if you have a tendency to touch your eye area frequently. One way around that, is to apply either a clear or tinted brow gel to seal everything in.
Dior | Powder Eyebrow Pencil
Dior | Powder Eyebrow Pencil
Dior | Powder Eyebrow Pencil swatches (in sunlight)
Dior | Powder Eyebrow Pencil swatches (alternate light)
#093 Black (CAN $33.00) | More of a charcoal than a true ebony black, but still layerable for those with truly black brows. Otherwise, this is an excellent choice for those with the darkest brows as the finish will be natural and never overly harsh. Bonus: can even be used as a kohl-type smudgy eye liner.
Dior | #093 Black Powder Eyebrow Pencil swatches
#433 Ash Blonde (CAN $33.00) | A cool leaning shade that is fairly universal and excellent for those with fair to light-medium brow tones (I love using this mixed with the Brown and/or Dark Brown for a more realistic effect).
Dior | #433 Ash Blonde Powder Eyebrow Pencil swatches
#453 Soft Brown (CAN $33.00) | A medium brown hue with reddish undertones, better suited for medium to medium-dark brows, although I suspect this shade may clash with those whose complexions have yellow undertones.
Dior | #453 Soft Brown Powder Eyebrow Pencil swatches
#593 Brown (CAN $33.00) | A universally flattering shade and probably the easiest to wear of the six, you can intensify the colour by pressing a little harder. Excellent for light-medium to medium coloured brows, also useful in creating a guideline for any darker shade that may be layered on top.
Dior | #593 Brown Powder Eyebrow Pencil swatches
#653 Blonde (CAN $33.00) | For some reason, those with exceptionally fair brows seem to be usually overlooked but Dior’s got you covered with this pale and somewhat cool-leaning shade. Rejoice, fair-browed friends.
Dior | #653 Blonde Powder Eyebrow Pencil swatches
#693 Dark Brown (CAN $33.00) | Despite the name, this is more of a medium brown hue and thus suitable for a broader range of skin tones. With its excellent mix of both cool and warm tones, this is also the perfect shade to create definition, especially along the arch of the brow.
Dior | #693 Dark Brown Powder Eyebrow Pencil swatches
No matter how skillful one’s makeup application may be, nothing completes things like a well-groomed brow. While I can admire a perfectly executed drawn-on brow, I confess to not being huge on that trend and prefer a more natural look on myself, although my now-sparser brows totally benefit from a little fattening up. I love the softness of these pencils and how easily they can be blended in, but I do wish the attached spoolie were a touch softer – especially considering that the Dior Eyebrow Brush is my holy grail brow grooming tool – but it’s still useful to have on the pencils for any on-the-go touchups.
Press samples kindly provided for my unbiased consideration
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