Until very recently, I thought a brow pencil was just a brow pencil. I’ve tried a handful of different brands, and found them all to be more or less the same — which is not a bad thing! But I just tried Tom Ford’s brow pencil, and it’s so much better that I’m afraid I’ll never be able to “trade back down” to anything else. Maybe this post should have been titled, “this is why it’s dangerous to play with expensive makeup.”
If you talk to a Tom Ford sales associate about their Brow Sculptor, they’ll probably talk to you about the shape and/or packaging of the pencils. They describe the shape as “calligraphy style,” and explain that you can use the flat of the pencil to fill, or use it along its narrow axis for more precise application. I guess I’m not taking advantage of this design feature; I’m only using the thin edge.
They’ll also draw your attention to the built in “trough” sharpener (which IS nifty: Unscrew the back of the pencil to reveal the sharpener, then draw the pencil through the groove to reshape/resharpen).
But what makes this pencil so special is its formula. It just goes on so beautifully. Some brow pencils are so hard that filling in a sparse area takes effort. With those kinds of pencils, I find it very difficult to add to the width of my brow. A few brands make a brow pencil so soft that they deposit too much product, drawing attention to themselves. Tom Ford’s pencil is a true artist’s tool. Shaping and filling is no effort at all — the product deposits exactly where you want it, and it looks so wonderfully natural.
In my opinion/experience, a good brow pencil should be just about impossible to swatch. They’re waxy and firm, which makes them great for staying put on your brows — but it’s difficult to mark on hairless skin (like your hand or arm). These didn’t want to swatch, and I was tempted to give up, but I really wanted to talk about them, so I persevered.
Taupe is my perfect shade. I think Chestnut is intended for redheads.
Tom Ford’s Brow Sculptors are $42, available from NeimanMarcus.com.