I recently shared my favourite brow pencil that I toted all the way back from Japan. It is one of the latest in a long line of brow pencils I’ve been going through over the years. Prior to that, I practically swore by the Chanel brow pencil and got my family members hooked on it too.
Then, I was told by a friend that Innisfree had a brow pencil similar to the Excel one, so I trotted off to the store to have a look. Well, I didn’t know that Innisfree had so many different types of brow pencils! So, in the interest of experimenting, I took a few home with me.
While I’m not the biggest fan of Korean makeup, I am aware that the Koreans have been setting brow trends for a few years now. So, if anyone should know their brows, they should! I also decided to splurge and grab a few different types, because I couldn’t believe the prices! LOL 😀
I guess you could say I experienced negative sticker shock – I was shocked at how affordable… nay! Cheap! the brow pencils were! Do bear in mind of course, that I last splurged RM160 on one, so trust me, Innisfree is far far below that. But importantly, how much do I like (or hate) these Innisfree brow pencils? 🙂
Innisfree Brow Master Pencil
The Innisfree Brow Master Pencil is the one that looks like and functions like the Excel brow pencil. It comes in 3 parts – a pencil to draw and shape your brow, a spoolie brush to soften the look, and a sponge-tip brow powder applicator, to further fill in your brows.
There are 4 shades available, with most of us going to opt for 04 Espresso Brown. This is the deepest shade available, with a grey base that is most flattering for our skin tones. The other shades pull too red.
I used this for quite a while before I could make up my mind about it. I don’t deny that I tried very much to love it, so I wouldn’t have to dread the day I run out of my Excel brow pencil. But try as I might, I was not in love with it. The texture was just too waxy for my liking, and although I liked the flat pencil head it is not a favourite pencil. Still, I will use it because it isn’t bad. It just isn’t as good as one of the other two I’ll show you below.
- The colour is dark without being too red
- The pencil is tapered quite flat to allow for more precise application
- The brow powder softens and fills in the brows to give the effect of a fuller brow
- It’s very affordable
- The pencil is too waxy so it does not adhere very well to the skin or hairs.
- It takes a few tries before you get the colour to apply nicely. This could be a good thing, as it helps novices make fewer mistakes, but I otherwise found it too trying eventually. I will still use it however. It’s not bad.
- It is too long and it’s hard to fit into a makeup pouch.
- The spoolie is also too stiff and tends to brush off the colour too aggressively
PRICE: RM41.50 | US$11
Innisfree Skinny Brow Pencil
I remember when I was introduced to the Diorshow Brow Styler pencil. I was very intrigued because of the very skinny pencil. It allows for very precise and fine detailing of brows. If you have the patience 😛
While I was browsing the shelves at Innisfree, I saw the Skinny Brow Pencil, and it reminded me so much of the Dior pencil that I had to take it home to see how it fared! Well, it fares very well indeed!
The Innisfree Skinny Brow Pencil comes in a few shades, but I picked it in 04 – Espresso Brown as well. It is the same grey-based brown that I prefer for my brows. Because the pencil is so skinny, as the name implies, it allows you to be very very precise about your brow shape, and if you like to draw in the brow hairs very naturally.
I found that the Skinny Brow Pencil was softer and less waxy than the Brow Master Pencil, and it was quicker to draw in my brows. I do find it practically identical to the Diorshow Brow Styler so let’s just say I’m saying “Bye Dior! You’ve been replaced!” 😀
- Skinny pencil allows for precise brow shaping and drawing
- Smooth and easy for colour to transfer to hairs and skin
- Pencil will finish quite quickly as it is quite soft
- Spoolie is a bit rough but not as rough as the one in the Brow Master Pencil
PRICE: RM32 | US$10
Innisfree Auto Eyebrow Pencil
Last, and certainly not least, I picked up the Innisfree Auto Eyebrow Pencil purely for one reason – it was only RM14 (US$4)!!! WHAAATTT??!!
I know I don’t always feature affordable brands or products, but hey, I’m as susceptible to a good deal as the next girl. When I saw how cheap this pencil was, I had to get it to see how it performed, and if I’d like it. I mean, this, coming from someone who raves about brow pencils like the Hourglass Arch Brow Pencil, the Chanel brow pencil and the Bobbi Brown brow pencil, just to name 3 more wallet-busting brands 😉
Well, would you like to know that the Innisfree Auto Eyebrow Pencil is my favourite of the three? 😀 Oh yes it is! I surprised even myself!
I picked it up in 04 Espresso Brown as well. In the tube, it has a rather more noticeable grey undertone, and this is true even on skin. I personally prefer that. It is also a more conventional width and length, with a slanted, triangular-shaped tip. I find that a more tapered, triangle shaped tip is easier to use, and draws a more defined shape while simultaneously filling in the brow. It reminds me of the shape of the Hourglass Arch Sculpting pencil.
I find that the texture is soft, so it is easy to draw your brows in quite quickly. Importantly, I liked the soft spoolie brush. It is very similar to the texture of the Excel Brow Pencil, which at once softens your brow but does not remove too much colour. I don’t know why Innisfree could not use the same spoolie brush in all their pencils, because this is the best one!
I honestly have very little to complain about the Innisfree Auto Eyebrow Pencil. If anything, I know for a fact I’m willing to repurchase it, and I’m now going to be quite reluctant to pay much more for a brow pencil LOL! Sorry luxury brand peeps – you’ve been replaced 😛
- Super affordable
- Easy to use to draw in brows
- Pencil is soft without being too soft so color is easily imparted onto hair and skin
- Spoolie is soft so it brushes to soften lines but does not remove too much colour
PRICE: RM14 | US$4 (!!!)
Innisfree Brow Pencils Compared
I thought you might like to see how the Innisfree Brow Pencils look next to each other. It is notable that the primary difference between each of the brow pencils is in the style of the nib.
The Brow Master Pencil is flat and draws thinner, more precise lines. The Skinny Brow Pencil is round but with a very skinny nib that gives you a lot of control over the drawing of brows. The Auto Eyebrow Pencil has a broader, slightly triangular-oval shaped nib. This allows you to draw your brows in more quickly, with enough definition.
Of the three, my favourite is the Auto Eyebrow Pencil (happily, also the cheapest! YAY! 😀 ) followed by the Skinny Brow Pencil and then the Brow Master Pencil. My gripe with the last is due to the more waxy formula as compared to its brethren. If it was not so waxy, I’d like it better too.
Have you tried any of these Innisfree Brow Pencils?
If you haven’t, I recommend trying them. The prices can’t be beat so what have you got to lose? 😀
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Qi Hua Lim says
About late last year I bought the innisfree Auto Eyebrow Pencil online because of the cheap price, so i thought why not? And it was such a great buy! The color, which is the same as yours, suits me perfectly and may i say, how easy it is to apply!
I keep it for traveling purpose (i still have many other eyebrow pencil that i want to finish using before buying more of the innisfree one!) so i still have it. Hehe.
Paris B says
Hi Qi Hua! 😀 Yay for enjoying the cheap and cheerful Innisfree Auto Eyebrow Pencil too! Goodness me, I was so surprised at how good it was. I mean, I’m not that great at drawing my brows but this is as good as, if not better than the fancy ones out there. Might as well save money! 😀 Oh and great idea to keep it for travel. Won’t feel heart-sick if it goes missing!
thanks for the good recommendation ! definitely in my shopping basket.
by the way, those skinny brow pencils typically only 0.08g, versus the blade sword like brow pencils be 0.3-0.4g. so price wise, a “cheap” drugstore skinny brow pencils may work out to be more pricey than luxury brands. example, the Innisfree skinny brow pencil (0.08g) / NYX microbrow pencil versus Hourglass arch brow pencil 0.4g so if you multiply by 5 times the price, it’s not that cheap after all !
Paris B says
Agree with you on the price comparison and with the fact that a cheaper skinny pencil may work out more expensive or comparable to a higher end sword style pencil 🙂 However, skinny pencils do serve a slightly different function to the sword style pencils, so I don’t think it is fair to compare them. So, the real comparison should instead be between high and low end versions of the same type of pencil, and in that respect, I think the price difference can be quite significant! 🙂
Ooohhh yes! Glad you like it! Spot on about the Espresso Brown colour, how it is more grey then red and is just the perfect shade! I have all 3, with the skinny brow, a recent addition that I got from a complimentary mystery box. However, unlike you, my absolute favourite is the Brow Master. I just love the thin slanted tip cos I can be so much more precise. My brows are quite sparse so thin strokes with a precise angle works so much better at mimicking those small hairs and drawing precise line. I know what you mean by it being a bit more hard and waxy, however, I find that the slight slip on my skin from my skincare makes it glide on easier and thus just works so well for me. Anyhow, you can’t go wrong with any of these! After experiencing multiple breakages from using Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz & Brow Definer, I’m so done with that brand.
Paris B says
Thanks for pointing me in their direction! I am not very big on their skincare, but makeup I don’t mind trying 😀 To be honest, I think only the Espresso Brown shade really works for most of us here in Malaysia. The other shades are just too far off 😛 I have the Anastasia one and it didn’t break on me, but the colour is too red, so it looks off on me and I stopped using it. The Chanel one is nice, but man, why buy Chanel when I can buy 11 of the Auto Eyebrow pencil?! LOL 😀
Xin Yu says
So gonna get this! At this price, it won’t hurt to try. Just fyi, you turned me into a brow pencil hoarder. That’s the only makeup I put on everyday to work. Read your review about Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil, got it and tried it, I love it!
Paris B says
Oops! I assure you I didn’t intend to convert you LOL! 😀 Actually I am quite good about using up my brow pencils. They are the only makeup item I will use regardless of whether I have any other makeup on, so it does finish and I’m quite proud of that haha! The Hourglass one is so good! And the colour is just spot on. But do try these. Seriously, for the price, I cannot complain at all!
Nabihah Mazlan says
Ahhh I really like skinny eyebrow pencil but they get used up too quickly. So now I just stick with powder and gel. Might try one of these someday
Paris B says
Powder and gel brow products are the longest lasting! They never ever finish LOL! I have a pot of the Anastasia dip brow pomade and it’s still going strong after so long. But I find pencils the easier and quicker way to do my brows (with less chances of a Crayon Shin Chan brow LOL!) so I tend to stick to them even if they finish quickly. I do find the skinny pencil finishes the fastest. The regular sword shape/oval/triangle shape last longer.
Sharon Lai says
I have used the auto eyebrow pencil twice before.. Agree its very soft n easy to draw the brows but then I tend to overdraw them lol.. And it kinda makes the brows look/feel abit greasy when I perspire.. I might give the other 2 a try though.. Its still at an affordable price in sg. I’m currently using the missha eyebrow pencil which also comes with an angled auto pencil, powder n spoolie.. Good to use but abit pricier at above $20sgd..
Paris B says
Hahaha we are all guilty of the overdrawing of brows! 😀 But I like how soft the brush is, so you can easily brush it out, and soften the look so it looks more natural. I haven’t tried the Missha one, but I’ve since learnt that if there’s one thing Korean makeup is good for, it’s their brow stuff 😀
Just grabbed 2 Auto Eye Brow pencils in Expresso Brown. Love the hardness and will try it tomorrow. I’ve been using Shu Uemura Hard Formula pencil for years and am loyal to brands. I will switch if this is equally good, my pocket will thank me. ?
Paris B says
Hehe for your pocket’s sake I hope you do! And you got 2 at a go! haha 😀 I used to be very loyal to Shu too. Still one of the best brow pencils, and the pencil that helped me learn to do my brows. But the sharpening got to me and the bad attitude of the SA at the Shu boutiques when I go to have it sharpened. So I ditched it once I realised that there were other brands with a similar shaped pencil out there that didn’t need sharpening 😀