Hi! Today I am sharing my experience with the Maybelline Fashion Brow Cream Pencil in the shade Dark Grey. So, grab some snacks and get on reading!
Eye brow pencils give you the means to fill the sparse spaces of your eyebrows to make them look fuller. Not everyone has that perfectly shaped natural brows. Some even have two eyebrows in two different shapes.
Uneven or thin eyebrows make one look older than her age and ruin the neatness of a carefully put together makeup look. Plus, fuller looking eyebrows are currently ‘in’ these days and it seems that this trend is here to stay.
That is why every makeup brand is coming up with its new eyebrow enhancer range – Maybelline is not any exception.
They have recently launched their Fashion Brow range that has some chubby brow pomade sticks, duo shapers and two eyebrow cream pencils.
Product Name: Maybelline Fashion Brow Cream Pencil in Dark Grey
Price & Quantity: You have to shed Rs. 175 for 0.78 gm of the eye brow pencil.
Ingredients: Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Ozokerite, Copernicia Cerifera Cera/Carnauba Wax, Ricinus Communis Oil/Castor Seed Oil, Sorbitan Tristearate, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Glyceryl Stearate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Oleate.
Shelf life: 30 months from the date of manufacturing
Availability: Initially this brow pencil was available online only. But, now they have hit the stores as well. This one sells at lucrative discounts on both online and offline.
Save Rs 5 and buy on Amazon here for Rs 170.
Packaging & Appearance: The Fashion Brow cream pencil is basically a blackish coloured sharpable wood pencil with a clear plastic cap. The pencil has a clear plastic wrap-up seal to prevent contamination when it is at store.
To get access to the product you need to tear open the wrapper. But, as you are over with the outer plastic, you are pretty much over with the product details too. Why? The answer is, all the important information regarding the product were mentioned in the wrapping only.
Thankfully, the expiry date is mentioned in the pencil as well or it would be impossible to decide when to throw it out. The packaging is nothing of an eye-catcher for sure, just what I expected from an under 200 bucks product.
There are two things here for which Maybelline must get kudos from me. Firstly, this is a sharpable pencil (it reduces the chances of contamination to a great extent). Secondly the brand presented with a complete ingredient list (which is not that common in other easily available makeup items like this one).
Texture: The brow cream is very smooth and medium soft texture wise. Though it is said to be a ‘creamy’ product, the consistency is not like your buttery smooth retractable eyeliners or kajals.
The texture is way softer than Lakme’s old-gold brow pencil. This kind of texture makes the application process easy and quick.
Fragrance: This Maybelline brow pencil does not seem to be a fragrant product which means the fragrance producing chemicals are not added. Who likes to have good smelling brows? Not me of course!
Shade-Dark Gray: This brow pencil is available in two shades; a brown and a gray. I am reviewing the latter today. My shade is a cool toned deep gray which works well with blackish brow hair that we Indians mostly have.
The shade is neither too dark nor very light. It blends well with my dark natural brow colour.
Swatch: In the image below.
Pigmentation: Colour-payoff is moderate with this brow enhancer. With this pencil, defining eyebrow shape and correcting eyebrow threading mistakes is an easy task.
One gentle stroke is enough to shade a particular blank zone between the brow hairs. If you want more dramatic looks, you need to build up the colour with 1-2 more swipes.
Staying Power: The staying power is pretty good with this brow pencil. If you are not a person with sweaty brows, it is going to stay the whole day.
If you unfortunately have to get on with blotting brows every now and then like me, then it will stay there for 4+ hours. One good thing is, even if you sweat, this product is not going to melt down; it will rather fade away.
Finish: The finish, you are going to get with this gray eye pencil is highly dependent on the colour of your brow hair. It gives the most natural finish to my naturally thick and dark eyebrows.
If I intensify the application, I can achieve dramatic look. However, to my mother’s eye brow (which is very sparse and blondish) the finish looks quite dramatic.
My Experience: I have very dark and thick eye brows so, an eye brow pencil should not be a everyday makeup essential for me. But, as I have to wear specs mostly, it draws a lot of attention towards my eye area. That is why, neatly done eye brows have become a priority for my makeup lover mind (you know what I mean!).
Now, the brown eye pencils do not attract me that much and black eye pencils just look too exaggerating. So, I ended up with this particular gray eye cream pencil one fine morning. So far it’s looking like the best decision for this pencil matches to my original brow colour.
Both for day time looks and evening looks, this product fares me well. It has nice texture and finish; staying power is also good.It contains some of the best natural ingredients like Castor seed oil and sea-shell based natural brown wax Ozokerite and Brazillian Carnauba wax.
I was surprised to see no harmful chemicals in the ingredient list which is a novelty for makeup products these days! It would have been perfect if the colour-payoff and the buildability were a bit more.
Though this con will, on the other hand, help beginners or people who are not that easy with pomade type deeply pigmented brow enhancers.
1. Helps to achieve natural as well as dramatic looks
2. Fares well on Indian complexions
3. Stays intact for 4+ hours in even humid days
4. Texture is not too dry or too creamy
5. Does not melt off; fades away
6. Complete ingredient list is provided
7. Contains Castor seed oil, Carnauba wax and Ozokerite which help to thicken eyebrows
8. Quite affordable and good-quality
9. Very beginner-friendly product
1. The colour should have been more buildable
2. People who like insanely pigmented eye brow pencils may find it lacking intensity wise
2. Detailed information is provided in the disposable wrapping
Jhalli Diva Verdict: 4.5/5
Will I Repurchase? Yes. I will repurchase this one because it fares well with my naturally dark and thick eye brows. I don’t like extremely enhanced eye brows so it’s a perfect product for me.
Do I Recommend? Yes. I will recommend this eye brow pencil to girls who are new to eye brow enhancing and to those who want an everyday eye pencil with moderate pigmentation.
Overall Summary: Maybelline Fashion Brow Cream Pencil in Dark Grey is an affordable cool-toned gray eye brow enhancing sharpable pencil that covers the sparse area of the eye brows and gives both natural and intense looks.