Tested on animals:Yes
Whether or not Bobbi Brown's Retouching Face Pencil will be right for you depends on how you plan to use it. Marketed as a "creamy-matte" concealing pencil that "hides shadows, dark spots, and redness for a retouched-yet-natural look," we found that the texture wasn't quite creamy enough to go on smoothly over larger surface areas. Instead, the dry finish tugs at skin and can exaggerate fine lines, making it a poor choice for the eye area.
On the flipside, it's a good option for covering smaller imperfections due to the tenacious, buildable, full coverage it provides. Read on to explore Retouching Face Pencil's other qualities…
One thing we really appreciate is that this pencil comes with an accompanying sharpener. Given the medium width tip, not everyone will already have a specially-sized sharpener already at home so this is a nice touch. (Other companies should take note!) We also appreciate how easy it is to use—you can literally "retouch" on the go.
Shade-wise, Retouching Face Pencil comes in a range of warm and neutral tones for light to dark complexions. It helps to give this a try in-store to find the right match (some of them skew a tad peachy or orange—which won't flatter everyone, so choose carefully).
In addition to the nine (at the time of this review) matte-finish shades, Retouching Face Pencil also comes in one luminous shade that you can use as a strategically placed highlighter. Similar to the matte shades, it has somewhat of a dry finish that allows it stay in place wherever it's applied. The shimmer is a nice balance of noticeable but not glaring (i.e. no heavy chunks of glitter) so is suitable for day or night use.
All things considered, Retouching Face Pencil's fragrance-free formula is a good option for concealing smaller targeted imperfections, but it's not as multi-purpose as Bobbi Brown claims due to somewhat tricky shades and its thick, dry texture (making it challenging to recommend for the eye area).We're also hesitant to recommend this for acne-prone skin because the ingredients that keep stick concealers in their solid form pose a risk of clogging pores and making a breakout worse. If you fall into either of those categories, check out our Best Concealers & Correctors list for alternative options.
- Matte finish and tenacious, buildable coverage work well to conceal small imperfections.
- Luminous shade offers stay-put shimmer.
- Fragrance-free formula.
- Easy to retouch on-the-go.
- Comes with a sharpener.
- Dry finish somewhat tugs at skin, and despite claims, is not well suited for the eye area.
- Not ideal for acne-prone skin due to potentially pore-clogging ingredients.
- Some of the shades skew a tad more peachy or orange, which can be unflattering for spot coverage.