Brow Ultra Slim Defining Eyebrow Pencil
Maybelline’s Brow Ultra Slim Defining Eyebrow Pencil isn’t going to set the world on fire with new innovations in the world of eyebrow makeup, but it does exactly what it says and does it well!
This slim brow pencil has a twist-up mechanism to reveal the pencil and a built-in spoolie-brush at the opposite end. As advertised, the pencil’s small 1.5mm size allows for precise application, which is particularly helpful if you want your strokes to mimic natural brow hairs. The spoolie is pretty standard, though not scratchy at all, so you can brush in and soften color easily.
The color payoff is good, depositing enough color to make a difference in a stroke or two without being so pigmented that you get an overly dramatic look on the first swipe. We found it held up well throughout a standard workday without smudging or fading.
Brow Ultra Slim comes in a good range of shades for dark, medium brown, and blonde brows, though at this time of this writing there isn’t an option for auburn brows (sadly, this is a common omission). That aside, we recommend giving this a try!
- Slim design makes it easy to draw hair-like strokes on brows.
- Spoolie brush isn’t scratchy.
- Color isn’t overly bold or too light.
- Wears well without smudging or fading.
- Doesn’t include any options for auburn brows.
The smooth glide formula and 1.5 mm ultra slim tip draws on hair-like strokes for precisely defined eyebrows that last all day!
Maybelline New York At-A-Glance
Strengths: At least one excellent product (if not several) in almost every category; many excellent foundations; superior mascaras; inexpensive makeup brushes; some terrific concealers, powders, blush, and lip color options.
Weaknesses: Lips balms tend to be a letdown; a few of the Great Lash mascaras are surprisingly average compared to other Maybelline formulas.
Maybelline is one of the best-known and most recognized mass-market makeup lines in the worldit's available in 90 countries. Throughout its long history, which began in 1915 when T. L. Wilson founded the company and named it after his sister, Mabel, and Vaseline (which he combined with coal dust to concoct a mascara for her), the company has prided itself on bringing innovative products to the marketplace. L'Oreal purchased the company in early 1996, and that's when things really started coming together for the Maybelline brand.
Specializing in a large selection of lipsticks, nail polishes, and mascaras, there is a lot to love from this drugstore brand. Many of their foundations are exceptional, and their powders, several mascaras, pencils, matte-finish concealers, and Superstay Lipcolor collection impressed us by offering a high degree of quality for their inexpensive price point.
Maybelline's latest urban image is a positive step, as many of their latest launches have been innovative without resorting to "been-there, done-that" gimmicks. Smart shoppers will note the similarities of a few of Maybellines formulas to products from high-end brands that are also owned by parent company LOreal. That just goes to show conscientious shopping can really save you moneywithout sacrificing quality or performance.
For more information about Maybelline New York, call (800) 944-0730 or visit their interactive Web site at www.maybelline.com.
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