This is a dual-ended brow pencil that applies a smooth line with a soft, semi-transparent finish, which definitely helps to avoid an overly drawn-on look. (Harsh, overdrawn brows can really add years to your face!) However, this is a somewhat wide, creamy pencil that needs sharpening, so it doesn’t deliver the most accurate line, and keeping it sharpened to a fine point is a chore. A nice touch, however, is the spoolie brush included on the other end of the pencil, which works well to groom and blend brows. Note that this pencil does come in a flattering Auburn shade—a rare find for redheads among brow pencils!
- Soft, semi-transparent finish doesn’t look too harsh.,
- Spoolie brush helps to groom and blend brows.
- Comes in four shades, including a flattering Auburn.
- Wide tip and creamy texture makes precise application difficult.
- Needs routine sharpening.
Maybelline is one of the best-known and most recognized mass-market makeup lines in the world—it's available in 90 countries. Throughout its long history, which began in 1915 when T. L. Wilson founded the company and named it after his sister, Mabel, and Vaseline (which he combined with coal dust to concoct a mascara for her), the company has prided itself on bringing innovative products to the marketplace. L'Oreal purchased the company in early 1996 and that's when things really started getting much better. Both companies specialize in offering a large selection of lipsticks, nail polishes, and mascaras, and many of their foundations have the same strengths and weaknesses (smooth textures and finishes plus the inclusion of sunscreens that are often without much-needed UVA-protecting ingredients).
The powders, several mascaras, pencils, matte-finish concealers, and Superstay Lipcolor are impressive and inexpensive. Although L'Oreal remains the more sophisticated and refined of the two lines (and now they have credible products, not just sleek ads, to back this assertion), Maybelline's latest urban image is a positive step, as many of their latest launches have been innovative without resorting to "been-there, done-that" gimmicks. Price-wise, Maybelline is the least expensive of the L'Oreal-owned cosmetic lines (which also includes Lancome, Biotherm, Vichy, and Kiehl’s), and smart shoppers will note the similarities among brands that, with conscientious shopping, can really save you money without sacrificing quality or performance.
For more information about Maybelline New York, owned by L'Oreal, call (800) 944-0730 or visit their interactive Web site at www.maybelline.com.