For a really long time, I’m thinking it must be months by now, this little product has been sat in a little basket in my bedroom waiting to be reviewed. This is the Barry M Brow Pen, which is in the shade Dark Brown. As far as I know of, and I did a little looking on the Superdrug website, this is the only shade they have for this product. I bought this a very long time ago, back when I was really making a sincere effort to achieve the Korean style ‘straight’ brow that was (and I think it still is) popular. I can’t really achieve it since my brows are quite curved/arched, but I did at least try. It was also at the time the only product I had seen which mimicked a marker, so my curiosity got the better of me.
I’m going to start off straight away by saying that if you want to get the most of out of the pigmentation for a product like this, eyeliners included, then standing it upright with the nib facing down really works when you’re not actively using it. I found that when I left it in my makeup bag – where it would lie on its side, that it wouldn’t always dispense product and would look like it had run out. So that’s something to bear in mind.
As for the applicator, the nib definitely resembles a sharpie pen or for any artists out there, you might draw comparison to many colour markers you might have tried colouring with. For the main body of the brows, this can work nicely to help fill in colour where you might have patches where perhaps the hairs have moved out of place (or could move out of place). However, for the front and tail of the brows where attention to detail can be vital (depending on your brow shape) you might find that the pen loses efficiency there.
I’m going to discuss how it applies to the brows/skin itself in a minute, but for now I want to discuss the pigmentation itself. The shade itself comes out a reasonable medium-dark brown which is slightly fairer than my natural hair colour. Based on my swatches above, the application looks like it should be very smooth, very easy and over all, great for makeup users of how ever much or little experience.
When applying it to the brow area itself I did find it had a tendency to catch on the roots of hairs and stain the surrounding area. Maybe I just suck at using brow products – which could be likely, but it did put me off using this on a regular basis – hence sitting in a basket forgotten about for months on end. However, if you can master a technique for using this product, I think it could look amazing, and is very stubborn to remove. I use my Simple Eye Makeup Remover Pads for when I swatch for photos or testing for my makeup for the day, and I couldn’t remove it all entirely.
Would I buy this again? Honestly, I’m not going to. I think if you can master the precision of using a product like this, then I definitely recommend giving it a shot. But I definitely prefer to have my reliable brow pencils which give me more precision and a softer look. Do I hate this product? Certainly not, it just isn’t the right applicator for me.
Thank you for taking the time to read my post, it truly means the world to me. I plan on posting 2-3 times a week from now on, so approximately every other day, so I hope you’ll keep an eye out for my next post in a couple of days time. In the mean time, take care and if you have any questions, I would love to read them in the comments.