Tested on animals:No
If you're on the hunt for an ultra-fine brow filler, Smashbox's Brow Tech Matte Pencil is likely to catch your eye. While this super slim pencil has its high notes, including the flattering range of blonde and brunette shades, the fact that the soft cream texture never fully sets means you can end up smudging any of these shades by accident—not a desirable quality in any brow product.
Upon initial application, we found this texture easy to work with—it's a breeze to blend and correct any mistakes. But therein lies its problem: The texture simply isn't tenacious enough for worry-free wear. Granted, if you don't touch your brows throughout the day you'll be fine, but it's surprisingly easy to graze them by accident and not realize it (until you look in the mirror). The smudging issue is most noticeable on those with sparse brows, where extra product application is needed.
On the plus side, we appreciate the twist up design (rather than a 'needs sharpening' pencil), and the spoolie brush at the opposite end of the pencil works for polishing off the look. The natural way it leaves brows—soft and flexible rather than matted down or waxy—is also a nice touch.
We would've loved to recommend Brow Tech Matte Pencil for those with light blonde brows in particular, due to the soft, neutral color of the Blonde and Taupe shades, but again, the probability of smudging is a gamble we're not advising you to take.
While this is just a so-so pencil to consider, we'd be remiss not to mention that Maybelline's Define-A-Brow offers an almost identical design but with better results…for a fraction of the price! Or, you can check out our other top-rated brow fillers here.
- Creates a naturally enhanced brow look.
- Flattering blonde and brunette shades.
- Super slim design ideal for those who prefer a fine point.
- Soft cream pencil texture never fully sets; it's easy to smudge.
- There are better options that cost lest!