Hi lovelies! I feel very out of the blogging loop right now, as I haven't actually sat at my laptop to write a review post for a couple of weeks now. All my recent reviews have been scheduled as life is a bit crazy right now! I'll update you all on this very soon, but today, I finally have some time to do some old school blogging, sit, write, publish. No schedule, no pre writing and I love it! So, I know I sound like a stuck record with the Benefit products and eventually I will stop (or run out of products to review!), but they're a brand that I love right now and am using a lot and I'd rather review products that I'm genuinely using rather than buy products just to try, review, then leave to sit in a drawer.
As a blonde, I really struggle with my brows. My natural hair is a slightly mousey colour, darker in the winter, lighter in the summer, so while I have my hair highlighted very blonde, my brows are slightly darker. However, some light brown pencils are still too dark, but many blonde pencils barely show up. Benefit however are a brand that I believe have got brows seriously right. After trying Gimme Brow last year, I absolutely fell in love with the perfect not too light, not too dark shade of their light brow gel, so while I was on the hunt for the perfect brow pencil recently, I decided Benefit was the obvious choice! I've said it before and I'll say it again, I love using products from the same brand as they're literally made to work together and I have to say the same for this pencil.
As you can see from the swatch, this pencil is not so light that it's barely visible, but it's not so dark that it's brown. For me, I do like my brows to be slightly darker than my hair to match my roots, but I don't like them to be too dark, so this shade is just spot on. It matches my Gimme Brow exactly so these make the perfect pair for my brows. This pencil is very soft and glides on easily without creating harsh lines and unlike a lot of lighter brow products, once it's on, it stays on. What I love about this is how buildable it is, you can use it with a very light hand for a slightly filled in look, or build it up for a more noticeable look (or to fill in gaps when you get tweezer happy!). The little brush on the other end does a great job to soften any lines and tame your brows too, so that's perfect. Often brushes that come with products are totally useless, but this one is absolutely essential if you want to tame and soften your brows after drawing them in.
This isn't the cheapest pencil at £17.50 and while it is long lasting, I do find I need to sharpen it fairly often, so it won't last months and months, however used with a light hand, this will last for quite a whil, particularly as you almost definitely won't need touch ups throughout the day!
What do you think? Have you tried the Benefit Instant Brow Pencils? What's your favourite brow product of the moment?