My sister was using this eyebrow pencil before I did, and she used to tell me how quick and easy it was for her to get natural looking brows. So, I picked up one to try.
Shu Uemura Hard Formula eyebrow pencil
The Shu Uemura Hard Formula eyebrow pencil is an eyebrow pencil, just like others. However, what makes it rather unique is that if you were to draw it on your hand there isn’t much colour payoff. Most people have discounted it because of this, as they felt that it wouldn’t do anything for their brows.
However, try drawing directly on your brows and you’ll notice that there is colour payoff after all. The colour grabs onto the hairs of your brows and adds colour and volume. As it doesn’t show up much on the skin, it looks more natural than if it were just drawn directly on the skin. Also because its not drawn on the skin, I find that stays on a long time, even until the end of the day, without budging much.
The colours available are also quite good. The browns are very natural and don’t look garish. Unless you have very dark hair, you might not want to go for a black pencil, as it would look too stark.
This pencil can be sharpened just like a normal pencil, with a sharpener. However, I take mine to the Shu Uemura counter to get the sales assistants to sharpen it for me. Its a service they provide for free. What they do is use a pen-knife and sharpen it to a broad flat shape. I find it makes it easier to draw and I’m less likely to make mistakes that result in stiff unnatural looking brows. You could probably do it at home yourself, but I dare not. I’ll try to take a picture to show what I mean soon.
It retails for about RM50 or so at all Shu Uemura counters. Pretty steep pricing for an eyebrow pencil but it will last you a long long time.
Pros: Long lasting, Easy to use
Cons: Rather pricey
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I stopped using eyebrow pencil for a while – lazy to sharpen and find it a lot of work to blend after putting in the strokes. So for the past few years, I’ve been using the Mac method of using an eyebrow brush and eye shadow (no shimmer of course)… it’s somehow more natural for me 🙂
PB says: I started out with the brush-shadow method actually. I like it but I’m trying to finish up my pencil too LOL…
Giddy Tiger says
I am an eyebrow pencil user. Never had my eyebrow embroidered or anything like that. But this Shu Uemura pencil is expensive! I’m using Body SHop’s now, and it has lasted me quite a while. Let me know when Shu Uemura has a sale, I just might fork out some dough for this baby.
PB says: Hiya GT! Yes I agree its expensive but it lasts forever, practically LOL… will let you know of a sale
Wen Huey says
I have the retractable eyebrow pencil from Shu Uemura instead. I find the colour is very natural – close to my original brow colour and its convenient as I don’t need to sharpen it.
I have just bought the refill yesterday. It cost me RM48. But I remember that the pencil was expensive when I first bought it. Maybe I should try this out instead.
heyy may i ask what shade u used in the brow shaping tutorial?? its looks very natural
Paris B says
Hmm… brow shaping tutorial? Not sure which you mean, but I usually use Seal Brown.