Things I Don’t Love: MUA Eyebrow Pencil

Welcome back to the Things I Don’t Love series where we talk about things I don’t love and wouldn’t buy again.  Today’s topic is the MUA Eyebrow Pencil  in ‘Brunette.

I have always tended to gravitate towards wax and powder kits for doing my eyebrows.  I find these easy to use but most importantly for me, I can create a natural look with these formats.  Please keep my preference for a natural looking brow in mind as you read this review.

I actually purchased the MUA eyebrow pencil on a whim while putting in an order for other products because it was just GBP1 which is about AU$2 and as I had never tried a pencil on my brows I thought, why not?

MUA Eyebrow Pencil in Brunette.

MUA Eyebrow Pencil in Brunette.

At a glance it has everything going for it:

  • long pencil – so lots of product
  • very pigmented
  • comes with a brow brush
  • capped at both ends

In theory this should be great.  The disappointing part comes in using it in practice.  Firstly, the eyebrow brush provided is really not nice.  The comb is very dense and quite sharp.  It doesn’t so much brush through the hairs as rake through them.  I think it is barely useable.

I dislike sharpening this pencil as the product kind of clogs up the sharpener blades.  It has made me realise how much better an automated pencil would be to avoid this.

Brunette swatches.

Brunette swatches.

This pencil is also very soft and because it is so soft I find it had to control.  You only need to put the lightest of pressure and you end up with a very bold brow.  Also, because it is soft it is hard to keep a sharp tip so if you are looking to make small flick hair marks you will be out of luck with this.  I have tried to use this more like a wax by gently swiping it over the hairs and then trying to brush it through but it is more trouble than it is worth.

The times I have used this I ended up with extremely bold, sculpted brows and to be honest I don’t really find that look appropriate for my own everyday wear.

I have read a lot of positive reviews about this MUA brow pencil so I suspect that my issue with this pencil is not so much a fault of the product as it is that the product creates a look that just isn’t to my own personal taste.  If you enjoy a soft brow pencil and a bold brow look, this is probably going to be an excellent brow product for you.  Unfortunately I’m looking for something much more natural and subtle so I don’t love this product.

Have a fantastic day!!

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