Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer ($23) was just released last week, but it’s already making waves online. The most notable feature of this retractable brow pencil is the triangular tip, which allows you to fill in brows three ways for ultimate precision: drag the pencil on its flat side through your brow to deposit a lot of color quickly; use the angled tip to create thick strokes; and use the thinnest tip to create fine, hair-like strokes. All of these application methods are shown in the image below.I think the easiest way to talk about this pencil is to compare it to two other products already on the market because it’s similar to one in formulation, and the other in design.
The first is one you’re probably familiar with: Anastasia’s beloved Brow Wiz Pencil ($21). The formulas of these two pencils are quite similar: creamy, smooth, and blendable. I got the Taupe shade, and it’s slightly lighter than the Brow Wiz in Taupe.For those of you who are familiar with the Brow Wiz, the Definer is overall a bit larger. The pencil body is thicker and the spoolie on the opposite end is larger. While the bodies may look similar, the tips are totally different; the Brow Wiz has one of the skinniest tips of any brow pencils on the market. Even when I used the thin tip of the Brow Definer, the effect wasn’t the same as the Brow Wiz; I was able to achieve slightly less perfection for detailed work in my brows.
A quick note about the weight and the amount of product you actually get in this pencil. The Brow Definer is 0.007 oz., whereas the Brow Wiz is 0.003 oz. Because the Brow Definer is wider, you get more product, but the length of the product in both pencils is the same.
ABH says this pencil is groundbreaking, but it’s very similar to the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil ($32). You can see in these photos that the triangular tip is the main feature of both pencils, and the body is quite similar on both products. The Arch feels sturdier and heaver in the hand. You can also see in the photos below how the pointed tip on the Arch wore down and became rounded after a few uses. I assume the same thing will happen on the Brow Definer, since there’s no way to sharpen it.Overall, I really like this pencil. If you own the Brow Wiz or the Hourglass Arch Sculpting Pencil, I wouldn’t say this is a necessary purchase, since the Definer is so similar to these two, albeit in different ways. Although there are three application methods, I usually just find myself filling in brows like I always do. One thing that I do miss on this pencil is the ultra-thin tip of the Brow Wiz; I really like how precise I can be when filling in my brows along the thinner parts and under the arch. But this pencil is awesome; it glides over skin easily, deposits a nice amount of color, and blends beautifully with just a few strokes of the spoolie. If you are looking for a convenient, easy way to fill in your brows, the Brow Definer is a great option.
Have you tried this product yet? Thoughts??