Brow Power Perfector 5-in-1 Powder Gel Pencil

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$24 
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Category:
Makeup > Eyebrow Fillers & Shapers > Brow Pencil
Last Updated:
11/12/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
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This pencil does a good job defining and filling in brows, but it doesn't stand out from the myriad of other less expensive options—including those that don't require routine sharpening. To the brand's credit though, they do include a separate sharpener in the box.

The pencil's gel tip applies smoothly, and doesn't smear, making it easy to add long-wearing color and definition to sparse or unshapely brows. This pencil is available in variations of light to dark brown and an auburn shade, all of which are recommended. Note: The website shows Blonde as a slightly gray shade, but it is actually taupe.

All things considered, there are better brow products available. To "brow-se" other options (sorry, we couldn't resist), check out our list of Best Eyebrow Fillers & Shapers.

Pros:
  • Long-wearing.
  • Water-resistant.
  • Applies smoothly.
  • All shades are recommended.
  • Includes pencil sharpener.
Cons:
  • Needs routine sharpening.
  • Overpriced.

IT Cosmetics (the IT stands for “Innovative Technology”) is the creation of Jamie Kern Lima, a former Miss USA pageant contestant and TV news anchor. Lima founded IT Cosmetics in 2008, selling her products in boutique stores and on QVC, then expanding into Canada in 2009. Since then, the line has gotten a lot of exposure with featured reports and stories on network television, including prominent mentions on the ABC reality show Dancing With the Stars.

Other than this abundant television exposure, the main draw of IT Cosmetics is its claim that the company works with leading plastic surgeons from Brazil to create products containing the very latest anti-aging technologies. That sounds intriguing, but is a bit silly when you consider that most plastic surgeons don’t know anything about skin care or cosmetic ingredient research. Consulting a cosmetic surgeon about anti-aging formularies is like consulting a taxi driver about how to fly an airplane! You’d think Lima and her team would instead want to consult a dermatologist, but even that’s not a slam-dunk for ensuring your anti-aging products are a cut above the rest, given that dermatologists also are not trained in skin-care formulations.

The labels on most IT Cosmetics products reveal a variety of age-defying claims centered around ingredients like antioxidants, peptides, vitamins, and collagen. Those are indeed great ingredients, but because many of IT Cosmetics’ products are packaged in containers that expose these delicate ingredients to light and air, any benefit is reduced as soon as you open the jar or compact (something the plastic surgeons from Brazil obviously didn’t know).

There are also some distinct weaknesses in the line, including an average yet pricey eyebrow pencil, powder illuminator, and eyeshadow whose performances don’t justify the expense (especially not when you factor in the high shipping fees QVC charges).

Of course, IT Cosmetics also has some products that are worth checking out. The line boasts an excellent powder blush, mascara, creme illuminator, hydrating cream lipstick, and many other products—including a full-coverage concealer that is truly full coverage—that are very good. However, while these products are good, they are not so unique that similar products can’t be found elsewhere for less money. As with any line that has a mix of good, so-so, and bad products, shopping using our reviews to guide you is a great way to ensure you’ll at least get your money’s worth, and your skin will be the better for it.

For more information on IT Cosmetics, visit www.itcosmetics.com.

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