Happy Wednesday! Today I want to talk about my current on the go eyebrow pencil. This is the GOSH Eyebrow Pencil, which I use in the shade ‘05 Dark Brown‘. You can find this brand exclusively in Superdrug if you’re looking to pick up one up in-person, and retails for £5.49 at full price. In my opinion, that’s a decent price for a product I work through very quickly, and easily within my budget.
The shade range includes 5 shades, with the lightest being called “brown” which from the photos looks like a light brown designed for blonde hair, to “soft black” for the darkest end of the hair colour spectrum.
I have dark brown, almost-black hair, and I picked up the dark brown shade so it can help fill in my brows without looking overly heavy. I prefer to go around the same shade of my hair or a shade lighter, as I do use more than one brow product for my brow routine.
My brow routine is in the order you see them photographed above. So I start with a brow mascara to help add some initial colour through my brows and help give the hairs some direction. I’m currently trying out the NYX Tinted Brow Mascara in ‘Espresso‘ which I intend to review in the near-future. Then I’ll use this brow pencil to add some extra definition where the brow mascara didn’t add it, typically the arch of my brow. I also use it to define the shape if I need it: for example, filling the underside of my brow’s arch if I want a straighter shape to my brow. I think lock everything in place using a brow powder, which I’m currently testing out the Essence My Must Haves Eyebrow Powder in ‘10 My Kind of Brown‘. I’ll then pick between 3 potential brow brushes in my collection depending on how much powder I need and where I need to place it.
As I don’t usually use the pencil on its own, the look I’m going to share today includes all three of the products I talked about above, but first let’s discuss the pencil itself. When you first buy it it’s a very tall, very slim pencil, but as you sharpen it down, it gets shorter and shorter. When I first bought it, it didn’t fit in my brow drawer of my acrylic display, but as I used it more and more, it eventually fits in the drawer.
The product is split into two ends: the first is the pencil itself, which I sharpen down with a generic pencil sharpener. The one I use has two sizes, as it’s designed for normal stationery and not makeup, but works very well. I have worked through this pencil pretty quickly in roughly a month and a half.
I suspect I have roughly another month’s worth of product left, so two and a half to three months is a good lifespan for a pencil. Of course, I’ll keep you posted on my progress in my monthly empties posts.
The other end has a spoolie, which I don’t really use very often. The spoolie itself is quite chunky, even for my full brows, so I don’t really enjoy using it. I prefer instead to use separate clean mascara wands to brush through my brows. The specific ones I use are from Primark, and I swap them out as they get dirty and accumulate brow product on the bristles.
I think a lot of people will find this spoolie is too thick and hard to get enough control from, so personally I would have preferred to have more brow pencil instead in its place. However, I know a lot of people would prefer to have a spoolie instead.
The pencil swatch looks a little bit warmer in the photo than it does in-person, but it’s nice medium-dark cool-toned brown. Which is great for my dark brown hair that has mostly cool tones, but when I get enough sun, it bleaches strands to look a bit warmer.
On the brows as part of my normal brow routine, it helps create really defined brows. Especially for straightening up my brows when I’m aspiring for something like the Korean straight brow look, or just generally soften the natural arch. I also use it to define the top of my arch where the hairs grow back in and can look patchy without the additional help.
As I have dark hair, it’s really easy to take my naturally obvious brows to the point of overwhelming, so I find this is a product I use with a light hand, which is a policy I use with all brow products.
In terms of longevity, it can look a little bit crepey and crumbly if I don’t keep my oily skin in check around my brows. My natural oils can break it up and let it slip around, so if you have oily skin, that’s something to bear in mind. If you have normal to dry skin, you likely won’t experience this issue. It’s most prominent at the tail of my brow, and I typically take a cotton bud and just swipe it away. I don’t typically touch-up my brows afterwards, but it’s definitely an option if you want to. I’m simply very lazy.
While I have plans to try other brow pencils and pomades in the future, this is definitely a pencil I’ll be keeping listed to go back to if I’m ever in a pinch. It’s on the affordable end of the market, and I know I have a shade that works pretty well for me. As it’s cruelty-free, I know it fits my philosophy.
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- NYX Brow Mascara (in ‘Espresso‘)
- GOSH Eyebrow Pencil (in ‘05 Dark Brown‘)
- Essence My Must Haves Eyebrow Powder (in ‘10 My Kind of Brown‘)
- No7 Stay Perfect Smoothing Eyeshadow (in ‘Pretty Pink‘)
- Miss Cop Eyeshadow Palette (unsure of the exact name of the palette)
- The Body Shop Colour Crush Eyeshadow (in ‘Sand By Me‘)
- Collection Work the Colour Nude Eye Palette (skin tone shade, doesn’t have a name)
- K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Real Lasting Eyeliner (in ‘Brown Black‘)
- The Body Shop Winter Trend Eyeshadow Palette (in ‘Frosted Pastels‘, sparkly brow bone shade, for inner corner highlight)
- Missha The Style Fitting Wear Pore Cover Primer (not cruelty-free, but working through it)
- E.L.F. 16HR Camo Concealer (in ‘Fair Rose‘)
- No7 Perfect Light Pressed Powder (in ‘Fair‘)
- Essence Matt Touch Blush (in ‘60 Cherry Me Up!‘)
- Revolution Pro New Neutral Satin Lipstick (in ‘Stiletto‘)
Makeup Brushes Used:
- Essence Precise Eyeliner Brush (for brow powder)
- Real Techniques Shading Brush
- B. Cosmetics Eye Contour Brush
- EcoTools Bamboo Eyeshadow Brush
- EcoTools Blending Brush (from eye travel set)
- EcoTools Large Eye Brush (from eye travel set)
- EcoTools Detail Brush (from eye travel set)
- EcoTools Retractable Kabuki Brush
- EcoTools Blush Brush