Tested on animals:No
Those of you familiar with the books authored by the late, great Kevyn Aucoin will likely recall his fondness (some would say obsession) with eyebrows. Kevyn Aucoin was a master with shaping, shading, filling in, and sometimes completely recreating the eyebrows of his many subjects. Knowing this, we weren't the least bit surprised that The Precision Brow Pencil rated among the best of the brand's products. It's on the pricey side for brow pencils, yes, but it performs flawlessly and comes in a natural-looking, perfectly crafted range of shades for light blonde to near-black brows.
One of the first things you may notice about The Precision Brow Pencil is its lack of a cap. The twist-up pencil tip never needs sharpening (yay!) but the lack of a cap it can be a bit concerning, at least at first. We had this concern but after using two of these pencils and travelling all around the world with them, we can safely state that the lack of cap is a non-issue. Once wound down, the pencil "lead" stays in place and the tip is quite resistant to breaking off.
In terms of texture, the pencil is slightly on the hard side. By that we mean it's not too creamy, not the least bit greasy (so brow hairs won't get matted together or look "muddy") but it's also not as smooth as some of the powder-like brow pencils, such as those from Dior. The degree of a brow pencil's stiffness is mostly a matter of personal preference; we found the pencil formula made it very easy to expertly draw in "hairs" between natural brow hairs, emphasizing the entire brow without ever looking artificial or drawn-on. Best of all, it doesn't take a lot of pressure to get the pencil to deposit color, and its soft matte finish never smears, fades, or flakes.
There isn't much else to say about The Precision Brow Pencil other than if you prefer pencils to powders, gels, or pomades for enhancing your eyebrows, Kevyn Aucoin's valuable contribution is a must-try. If you're on the fence due to the price, perhaps it'll help to know that we've found this pencil lasts nearly nine months with near-daily use.
Note: We wish there was a shade for red to auburn brows, but aren't surprised at that shade's absence given the relatively low percentage of people whose brows are that shade, whether naturally or via hair dye.
- Makes it easy to fill in and create fuller, natural-looking brows.
- Pencil formula has the ideal texture for recreating brow "hair" in sparse areas.
- Beautiful range of real-looking shades.
- Automatic, twist up pencil holds up well even though it doesn't come with a cap.
- Doesn't flake, smear, or fade during application or wear.
- Won't make brows look heavy, matted, or artificial.
- No shade for red to auburn brows.