Battle of the Brows! Hourglass, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Bobbi Brown and Benefit Cosmetics

There is nothing more satisfying than a perfectly cleaned up and arched brow. I included my tips on how to perfect my brows, in a separate article linked here, but in this one I really wanted to put the most hyped up brow pencils to the test. For the post, we have:

  1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer in Soft Brown: $30 CAD
  2. Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil Easy Shape and Fill in 03 Medium: $32 CAD
  3. Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Warm Brunette: $40 CAD
  4. Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Long-Wear Brow Pencil in Rich Brown 8: $50 CAD

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I tried to find the brow pencils that have similar tips and shades for my colouring to make this a truly fair comparison. As you can see, all the pencils have a triangle tip (with the exception of the Bobbi Brown pencil, that is has more of a narrow tip.

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Left to Right: Anastasia Beverly Hills, Benefit, Bobbi Brown and Hourglass

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Left to Right: Anastasia Beverly Hills, Benefit, Bobbi Brown and Hourglass

Spoolies on an eyebrow pencil are so incredibly important. I couldn’t do my brows without one and a good quality spoolie can make all the difference in softening harsh lines and making the perfect brow. Apologies for the gunky Benefit spoolie shown below, clearly I’ve had that one for the longest time! Overall, I’d say all of these spoolies are nice with similar densities (the gaps between the hairs) and overall length (with the Hourglass one being the shortest, but not too short). So, net these all pass the spoolie test!

Anastasia Beverly Hills, Benefit, Bobbi Brown and Hourglass

Left to Right: Anastasia Beverly Hills, Benefit, Bobbi Brown and Hourglass

Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil Easy Shape and Fill in 03 Medium ($32 CAD)

This Benefit brow pencil produces creamy, pigmented lines that glides on quite effortlessly. Out of all my pencils, this one is the least waxiest, which  heightens the importance of finding your right shade because you go too dark, you’ll be spoolying your hand off trying to soften the lines. It’s easy to overdo it so find the right shade and you’re golden.

Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Warm Brunette ($40 CAD)

This brow pencil has been a long time favorite of mine that i’ve repurchased at least 3 times over. This pencil is quite light and has enough wax to add soft, light strokes to my brows that look natural yet filled. The point of this pencil is precise enough for me to add feather like strokes to the inside of my brows while the larger surface area towards the end of the triangle applicator quickly fills in any sparse areas to my brows. The colour of this pencil is the most perfect shade range for my brows in terms of giving me the truest light warm shade.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer in Soft Brown ($30 CAD)

This is a soft cool tone brown shade that has the most amount of wax to it out of all my pencils, meaning it delivers very soft colour to my brows giving me a look that is never over done. I dont mind the waxiness, I find myself using the spoolie less as upon application to get a natural look.

Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Long-Wear Brow Pencil in Rich Brown($50 CAD)

The Bobbi Brown pencil in Rich Brown has some reddish hues to it and a unique tip that is flattened on both sides to reveal a sharp, thin applicator. I didn’t think i would get along with the applicator given it’s unique shape but it actually works quite well. This has the same level of pigment as the Hourglass brow pencil does and is easy to handle, manage and create hair like strokes with the long flat edge.

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Left to Right: Benefit, Bobbi Brown, ABH and Hourglass

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Left to Right: Benefit, Bobbi Brown, ABH and Hourglass

So, not much a test when I end up loving them all, right? Although these are all beauty swatched approved it comes down to preference: if you like to work with pigmentation, Benefit is for you. If you err more on the waxier side and enjoy a bit of a stiffer pencil that delivers natural brows, go with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer. Lastly, if you’re looking for a pencil that has ‘medium’ stiffness/waxiness, then go for either the Bobbi Brown pencil, if you have a reddish ting in your hair or Hourglass if you’re looking for a slightly warm, true brown.

What’s your favorite pencil?

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