Admittedly, we’re not big fans of any pencil that requires routine sharpening. It’s an inconvenience compared to twist-up pencils, and it ends up wasting product. That said, we were pleasantly surprised: Despite the fact that this pencil needs sharpening, it applies beautifully and is ideal for softly filling in and shaping brows.
The texture is dry without being too hard or waxy, and it has a silky powder finish that doesn’t flake or smear. Best of all are the shades, which include natural-looking options for blonde to brunette brows, but no good colors for redheads. If you prefer brow pencils to powders or gels and don’t mind routine sharpening, this is worth a look, assuming the price doesn’t bother you.
- Smooth application with a soft, flake-free powder finish.
- Very easy to apply—and it lasts.
- Great range of shades for blonde to brunette brows.
- Expensive, but if you’ve struggled to find a great brow pencil, this may seem priceless.
- Requires routine sharpening.
- No shades for redheads.
Bobbi Brown At-A-Glance
Strengths: A good cleanser and eye makeup removers; some impressive foundations, with options for all skin types and preferences; very good blushes and eyeshadows (powder and cream); several top-notch mascaras; mostly excellent brushes.
Weaknesses: Multiple moisturizers in jar packaging, otherwise great products hindered with irritating fragrant oils or fragrance components.
It all began with lipsticks. In 1991, New York based makeup artist Bobbi Brown debuted a collection of ten lipsticks at Bergdorf Goodman, expecting to sell about one hundred units in a month. She sold more than that the first day. From there, it's been mostly success after success, as Brown launched her classic foundation stick, wrote her first book, Bobbi Brown Beauty The Ultimate Beauty Resource, and enjoyed continued attention as an in-demand makeup artist and beauty educator.
Today, Bobbi Brown's makeup that continues to excel with superior foundations, true matte blushes and eyeshadows, and with all of the other basics that are essential to anyone's makeup wardrobe. It isn't the least bit surprising that this makeup collection continues to do so well, because for many it's one-stop shopping that combines classic makeup application techniques with enough fun-yet-functional products to keep customer's interest piqued season to season.
Turning to the skincare collection, there are a few excellent formulas, but unfortunately, many are packaged in a jar, which means their beneficial ingredients are rendered useless due to air exposure (and bacterial contamination from spatulas or fingers). In addition, some suffer from the inclusion of potent fragrant essential oils. Those that should be avoided are noted in their respective reviews. That aside, color is without a doubt Bobbi Brown's strong point, but you will find a few sleeper hits among the selection of skincare products.
For more information about Bobbi Brown, call (877) 310-9222 or visit www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com.
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