Hi again! Today I’m back with a review of one of the most talked about brow products to hit the market in a while: the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer! According to the ABH website, they have been perfecting the design and formula for the past two years! Given that Anastasia Beverly Hills is already known as the brow queen, that much development should mean a lot. I’ve been hearing buzz about this product since before the launch in January and apparently if you want to revolutionize your brow game, this product is the one to try! Or is it? Let’s get down to the details and see if the product lives up to all the hype.
I love my pretty stuff, so I have to start off by saying that I love the metallic rose gold box this comes in! The pencil itself is black and has rose gold writing to match the box again pretty! Okay, I’m now that I’ve gotten that out the way! As far as the functionality goes, it is very similar to Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Brow Wiz. It has caps on both sides with the brow product on one end and a built in brow spoolie on the other. It is retractable and doesn’t need to be sharpened.
What sets this particular product apart from the ABH brow wiz and other brow pencils is its shape. The tip is triangular which is unique to begin with but then sides aren’t all the same length either. That means you can use the two different sides and the point to get different effects! I personally find this quite inventive.
The tip creates the sharpest hair-like effect. The medium edge is still hair-like but wider and finally the long edge is good for creating slightly blurred broad stokes. I found the pencil to be decently pigmented. The texture is smooth without any dryness that I have noted thus far. As typical of ABH products, this brow pencil is cruelty-free and as a fun side-note as a K-beauty fan I thought it was cool to see that it was made in Korea! It comes in 10 different shades from blonde to ebony.
I tried to swatch all three edges with mixed results. The very bottom is the sharpest tip and the other two are the longer and shorter sides. The lack of definition is partly because I did these with my left hand (I’m right handed; I had a reason) and partly because the edges define well when the product is new but don’t continue to do so for long, something I’ll touch on again at the end.
Applying this pencil even the first time was incredibly easy! I prefer a fuller brow look, so the larger more versatile tip of the Brow Definer makes achieving this easier than the brow pencils I have used in the past. You can fill in larger spaces at once but still add sharper detail where needed which just makes for an overall better application in my opinion!
Brows have never been my strong suit when it comes to makeup (forgive my #badbrowhavior) but even I think my brows look pretty good after using this! For this application, I used all three edges: the long edge to line under the widest part of my brow, the short edge to line the thinner portion, and the tip to fill in everything else or touch up where needed. I’m really impressed with how well it came out and how natural it looks even up close!
I like this product. It offers more versatility than your typical brow pencil and I can apply it nearly twice as fast! Even with that said I can see a few problems that leave me on the fence. Even with the first application and swatches, I could tell that the tips and edges were going to get dull really quickly, so achieving those sharp hair-like lines is going to become progressively more difficult for anyone. Therefore, the triangular tip, which in theory seems great, won’t work practically for long. This could also explain why makeup fans have mentioned it seems to run out faster than other eyebrow pencils. The design necessitates a short life. I will also mention that I have read some reviews where people had problems with the pencil breaking or falling out of the package. Design flaw? Bad batches? I don’t know, but I’ll come back and update this review if I have any of those problems.
Update 03/19: After using it for about two more weeks after this review, my pencil started falling out of the tube. The mechanism to twist it up still works somehow but if I angle it down too much when applying the entire product will start to slide out and I’ll have to push it back into the container -_- It has made application slower and now I’m generally a bit more paranoid about something else going wrong with it. It seems Anastasia Beverly Hills had some great ideas with the design of this product, but the overall execution and functionality missed the mark for me.
Have any of you already tried this product? Did you love it, like it, hate it, return it, want to kill it with fire? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading and until next time! Bisous!