Have you ever wanted to try a new brow pencil that claims to do godly things to your brows, only to find out that it’s a dud? The formula is hard and patchy, the lead snaps off the moment it touches your skin, or the spoolie wipes away all your hard work with one swipe. You’ve no choice but to stick to the mediocre one you’ve been using for ages.
Many of us have been there, done that.
To save you money and a whole lot of disappointment, we’ve curated 15 of the best eyebrow pencils according to reviews for your perusal. These pencils are functional, go on like a dream, and are highly raved-about in the beauty community. There’s one to suit every need, so feel free to take screenshots for your next Sephora trip!
1. Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil
Benefit made ripples in the beauty community with their launch of new brow products about two years ago. The line features user-friendly, swipe-and-go products and many argue that the star of them all is easily the Goof Proof Brow Pencil.
The pencil is soft, buttery, and glides on like a dream. Its triangular-shaped tip makes it easy to fill in both the front and tail of your brow! It scored a high 4.2 on Makeupalley. Read the glowing reviews here.
2. Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil
Another one from Benefit’s popular line, this differs slightly from the Goof Proof by having a thinner tip, perfect for those with thin, sparse brow hairs. Reviews claim that the colour is natural and the spoolie distributes the product evenly. Sounds perfect for drawing in individual hairs to beef your brows up!
3. Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Brow Pencil
Another popular one from Sephora is the Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Brow Pencil. Formulated with Tarte’s patented wax-system, reviews confirm that this lasts all day and its thin nib makes for precise drawing.
Wear this to the beach or take it swimming, it’s guaranteed not to budge. Its slim packaging also makes it incredibly convenient for travelling! For its price, its a great all-in-one that you can’t go wrong with.
Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Brow Pencil is available at Sephora for SGD35.
4. M.A.C. Eye Brows Pencil
The sleek and sophisticated design of this pencil is not the only thing that makes it a long-reigning popular option. The formula is slightly waxy and hard, but not overly so. It doesn’t break easily despite its slim lead, and comes in a twist-up design that doesn’t require any sharpening.
5. Hourglass Arch Sculpting Brow Pencil
For soft, natural brows, the Hourglass Arch Sculpting Pencil is said to check all boxes. With its convenient triangle tip, soft formula and thick spoolie, you’ll look like you’ve been blessed with naturally fluffy thick brows! It scored a whopping 4.8 on Makeupalley and a 4.5 on Sephora!
Hourglass Arch Sculpting Pencil is available at Sephora for SGD34.
6. IT Cosmetics Brow Power Super Skinny Brow Pencil
As its name suggests, this pencil is super skinny, boasting a “micro-tip” of just 1.4mm that helps you to achieve hyper-realistic hair-like strokes in less than a minute! Sounds too good to be true? Reviews on Sephora and Ulta are saying otherwise!
This formula also claims to be waterproof and indeed, reviews are confirming that it stays all day and is absolutely budge-proof, albeit a bit overpriced for the amount of product provided. However, if you would like to treat yourself or have accumulated Sephora points for a discount, this is definitely worth a try!
IT Cosmetics Brow Power is available at Sephora for SGD42.
7. Shu Uemura Hard Formula Brow Pencil
The shape of this pencil is definitely strange. It looks like it’s been over-sharpened, but the shape is actually to make drawing in your brows quicker and easier! This little guy has a hard, waxy formula that only releases pigment upon contact with the oils in your brow hairs.
The highly raved about formula is slightly harder than average, making it easier to draw finer lines that look like your brows are au naturel! Reviews on Makeupalley prove it’s definitely not a gimmick, scoring a 4.7, one of the highest amongst all brow products.
One thing to note about this is that you have to bring it to Shu Uemura counters to get it sharpened to its signature ‘sword’ shape, but that’s no big deal for an amazing pencil that really performs!
Shu Uemura Hard Formula Eyebrow Pencil is available online and at Shu Uemura counters for SGD33.
8. Shu Uemura Brow:Sword
Another option from this renowned Japanese brand is the Brow:Sword, which is softer than the Hard Formula and comes with a built-in sharpener. It comes in a variety of colours which reviewers on Sephora are loving.
It is also refillable, which makes it that much better, and its slim no-frills design is also great for travelling or chucking it into your bag for on-the-go touch-ups (not that you need to with its weather-proof formula)!
9. ZOEVA Graphic Brows Pencil
While not many reviews can be found for this particular eyebrow pencil from ZOEVA, existing ones prove that it is of great quality that applies smoothly and is easy to use! Watch it in action as Hina from DefiningGlamour does her brows with the pencil and Graphic Brow Fix here.
ZOEVA Graphic Brows Pencil is available at Sephora for SGD30.
10. NYX Micro Brow Pencil
The NYX Micro Brow Pencil is a popular drugstore brow pencil that has been claimed to be a dupe for the coveted Anastasia Brow Whiz pencil. Like the Brow Whiz, it also features a super fine tip that makes it easy to draw in individual hairs.
The only cons users could find about it is that there isn’t that much product and seems to run out quite quickly. While it may not be much value for money for those who can’t leave the house every day without their brow drawn in, this is great for people who only wear darker brows for special occasions, or don’t mind the cost of repurchasing.
11. Silkygirl Hi Definition Brow Pencil
A more affordable alternative to the Benefit and Hourglass options is the Silkygirl Hi Definition Brow Pencil. Its formula is very waxy, which allows the brows to stay in place all day!
As my personal daily brow pencil, I can personally attest that it holds up through being dunked in the swimming pool, a jog around my estate, and through an entire night of dancing at the club!
The pigment glides on smoothly and while it tends to bunch up in certain areas if you apply too much pressure, its spoolie does a great job of smoothing it out. Read Micmic’s review on the pencil, which she uses to achieve full, neat brows!
12. Catrice Eyebrow Stylist
The Catrice Eyebrow Stylist is a good, affordable alternative for beginners who may be intimidated by brow pencils. The formula is slightly harder and therefore easier to control.
Catrice Eyebrow Stylist is available at selected Guardian and Watsons stores.
13. Etude House Drawing Eyebrow
If you’ve always dreamed about achieving the Korean soft, straight-brow look, this is the product for you! Its waxy consistency makes brow hairs stay in place while filling them in, and the spoolie is thick enough to distribute the product evenly.
The pencil is also not extremely pigmented or dark, and its colour range caters to most Asian skin and hair tones. 94% of reviewers on Makeupalley said they would repurchase, so no reason not to give this one a whirl!
Etude House Drawing Brow is available at Etudehouse.com and Etude House stores for SGD5.90, on Althea at SGD6 (shipping fees apply), and comes in a bundle of three brow pencils on Lazada for SGD17.70.
14. Sephora Collection Long Lasting Brow Pencil
Despite not having a spoolie, this brow pencil from Sephora’s house brand is still raking in good reviews. It is a decent brow pencil for its price, with a pigmented formula that is easy to apply and long lasting. That’s mainly what we ask for in a basic brow pencil, after all.
The little brush on the cap is useful for brushing out the front of the eyebrows for a soft, gradient look, and also the tail end where brow product can tend to look unnatural if applied with too heavy a hand.
Sephora Collection Long Lasting Brow Pencil is available at Sephora for SGD15.
15. Lancôme Le Crayon Sourcils Eyebrow Pencil
Last but not least is the Lancôme Eyebrow Pencil. This gem has been hiding behind Lancôme’s more popular makeup products and skincare for too long!
This humble wooden pencil scored 4.4 on the US Sephora website, with most users raving about how they’ve found their perfect shade in the range and are finally able to achieve natural, voluminous brows with the soft and smooth formula. Visit the US Sephora website for more reviews, pictures and even a video tutorial!
Lancôme Le Crayon Sourcils Eyebrow Pencil is available at Sephora and Lancôme counters for SGD30.