Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Inexpensive treat: Maybelline Define-a-brow

Alright, if you've seen my YouTube video, then you know I'm crazy about my Maybelline Define-a-Brow eyebrow pencils. They are absolutely fantastic. If you haven't seen the video (above), then let me quickly bring you up to speed.

I discovered these watching Julieg713 on YouTube, who said that they are comparable to MAC's Eye Brows pencil ($15). Wanting to find a good product without spending a lot of money and trusting her opinion, I picked up Maybelline's Define-a-Brow on a shopping trip in my local Bed, Bath & Beyond (my store has a beauty section). Actually, I picked up two, the dark brown and light brown shade, so that I could pencil in my brows and give them dimension by using two different shades. Also, when I'm lazy and just want to use one color, I can use the light brown for day and the dark brown for night.

But, here is why I like this brow pencil so much:

  • It has a thin tip, which makes for easy application (you can just feather it on) and helps you avoid the dreaded overly-thick eyebrow look... or as I refer to it (at least when I accidentally do it) caterpillar brows
  • No need to sharpen, you just twist the wand to expose more of the pencil (much like a twist pen)
  • The dark brown doesn't really have red undertones, which works nicely with my dark hair
  • The product glides on easily and stays put throughout the day
  • It's inexpensive, $5.54 at Target, I believe it was $5.79 at Bed, Bath & Beyond --I used one of my 20% off coupons so I paid a smidge less, and you can also find Maybelline coupons in the Sunday newspaper
I've always been a bit clumsy with the brows. I readily admit it. When I used regular brow pencils, it was just a mess. I looked like Groucho Marx. Ok, maybe that is a bit exaggerated, but you get the picture, I'd just end up with too much product on my brows, and as anyone who has done that can attest, it's hard to go back when you've applied too much. So, I moved from pencils to brushes and shadows, which gave me improved results. Still, I couldn't achieve perfect -- probably my problem right there, since brows are meant to be sisters not twins, right? Well, I still wanted to try to make them at least look a little more defined.

Since starting to use the Define-a-brow, combined with my recent purchase of my very own brow scissors I think I'm getting much better at it. First, I can extend my visits between waxing, which I like to do for shaping. I can trim my brow hairs, I have a few unruly ones that like to grow long, and even one that curls! (not cute). The new brow pencils help me fill in the small areas where I need to thanks to the thin tip. All in all, I'm rather happy. Good pigmentation pay off. Long-lasting effects. A natural finish. Wallet-friendly price. What more can I ask for?

Have you tried Maybelline's Define-a-Brow? How do you like the results?


  1. My brows are super dark but sometimes I lose a bit of hair in them. This would be perfect for that!

  2. So is it discontinued or not? I heard it was. =c(

    1. I haven't heard anything about that. It would really stink if they were. I really like this product. I've repurchased several times.

    2. Wah! It looks like you were right! I've noticed that supplies are dwindling at most places. I don't have any actual confirmation on this, but it appears to be so. I saw it on clearance at Target. What a sad day. I think they are replacing it with the Master Shape Brow Pencil. How disappointing. I'll have to check and see how the Master Shape compares.