Review: Maybelline Master Shape Eyebrow Pencil in Soft Brown

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

In a continuation of my current brow product obsession, I thought I would share with you a review of another brow pencil, one which I've been using for a number of months now. I picked out the Maybelline Master Shape Eyebrow Pencil as my first foray into brow filling products and was initially quite disappointed with the colour selection; only three shades and none that fit just what I was looking for. I ended up with Soft Brown, the middle brown of the trio.

Now, after my beginning 'new product excitement', I began to grow quite disenchanted with this pencil for a number of reasons. Firstly, the packaging: this is one of those pencils that's packaged in plastic which you're supposed to sharpen like a regular pencil. Products that you have to sharpen are generally more wasteful as you need to shave off product to produce a useable tip. Unfortunately, I could never reach a pointed tip on this product quite like it had when I first bought it which made drawing detailed brows impossible.

Then there was the product itself. Other than the unavoidable fact that it was simply the wrong colour (too red, too dark, too heavy), this product is also very soft and waxy. Not infrequently, I would get chunks of product breaking off into my brows and leaving greasy smudges on my skin. It's really difficult to draw a product onto your skin when it just wants to crumble! The waxiness also made my hairs stick together which is counter-productive to filling in my brows in the first place!

It does, however, include a spoolie on the end of the pencil which I appreciate but which hardly covers the faults of this product.

As the Master Shape approaches nub-state, with all of these complaints, I know I won't be repurchasing it and I don't recommend this product, either.

xx Julia

Review: MAC Eyebrow Pencil in Brunette

Thursday, 7 November 2013

When I went to IMATS in September, I was prepared with a specific list of products that I simply could not leave the convention centre without. One of those was the MAC Eyebrow Pencil in Brunette. For some reason, over the last few months, I have gotten very interested in brow products; more so than I ever have before. I know that a lot of people love the MAC Eyebrow Pencil in Lingering so I thought I would try this product out but in a colour a bit more suited to my hair.

Firstly, I really like the packaging. Like all MAC products, this one is sleek and efficient, looking lovely in my makeup bag. Plus, the slimness means that the tip of the pencil is very small which makes drawing little brow hairs a lot easier. The pencil is twist-up, as well, which is great because you don't have to waste any product with sharpening. What isn't great is that it's not retractable so once you wind it up, it's not coming back down! This is only a real problem if you're not aware of it before hand and wind it way too far up!

The product itself is lovely. The pigmentation is great and it's not too soft or too waxy for my super thick brows. I also really like the colour. I have quite dark, cool-tone brown brows such that a lot of brow pencils are much too red to look totally natural. This colour is great because it's a nice medium brown that creates shadow without making my brows look very heavy.

I've actually been loving this product so much that it appeared in my October Beauty Favourites last week. I've really enjoyed trying out a variety of brow products and so far the MAC Eyebrow Pencil has been one of the best ones.

xx Julia

Review: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in Underground

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

When my dad offered to pick me up some beauty products during his trip to America last month, I knew I had to get one of the much-raved-about Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencils. After much deliberation and googled swatches, I settled on the colour Underground.

I have only ever heard good things about these eyeliners from all across the beauty community. They're waterproof and in their very name they claim to last 24/7. Plus they have such a fantastic range of colours and finishes that beats nearly every other makeup brand.

Underground in particular is described as a metallic taupe, which is very accurate. It has a shimmery finish that reflects the light very nicely around the eyes. I love taupe eyeliners because they add depth and make your eye stand out the same way that black does but in a much softer, more wearable way. The metallic finish also adds a bit extra for a night out look.

I've been wearing this on my waterline and while I love the way it applies and looks, it's definitely not budge-proof. At the end of the day there were zero remnants of the liner around my eye which I was a little disappointed about. Considering I can pay less than half the price in Australia for a Rimmel Scandel'Eyes liner that will last all day, I kind of expected more. That being said, I love the colour and the metallic sparkle so I still really like this liner.

I am happy with my first Urban Decay purchase and the colour range itself is enough to spark my interest in trying other shades in the future.

xx Julia