The Affordable Eyebrow: Nichido Minerals Precise Eye PencilThursday, April 03, 2014
Growing up, I was the kid with thick bushy brows. I was often teased for having unibrow and I grew up thinking I was cursed (#youcantsitwithus). But now that thick brows are sooooo in! I am blessed to have been being born with bangs-like brows (who's the unibrow now?!). I am very happy with my brows now, although I just need the constant grooming though which can get pretty tiring.
In spite of me having thick brows, it's still unruly if left un-groomed without threading (I personally prefer threading), or they're still sparse when not having to fill them in with eyebrow products.
|Nichido Mineral Precise Eye Pencil in Taupe, PhP 138.00|
I was never really the brow products kinda gal because I thought I didn't need them. As a makeup artist you would think that I would obsess about my own brows too. But no, I was more obsessed with skin care than my brows.
It was only in 2009 (already being in the industry for 5 years at that time) did I get into the whole eyebrow groove.
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On a whim, I wanted to try Nichido's eyebrow pencil after seeing a bunch of them at the Nichido counter. Being my curious self, I bought myself one. I figured if I didn't like it, I could always give it to my cousins who would always raid my stash. LOL
I am loving the raw-wood kinda look of this pencil. Reminds me of Skin Food, don't ask me why. The texture of the pencil is khol-like and I found it to be too soft. I am used to hard pencils for brows so using something of this kind is a first for me.
Here are my brows in raw form. Don't mind the "before" caption because I took this photo for my review on the Pixi Flawless Poreless Face Primer last month. It was only when I was writing this review did I realize that I didn't have a before shot of my brows. Woopsy!
It took me a while to get used to controlling the pencil. I used too much pressure on the left side of the photo (my right brow) so you can see the harsh lines. And as I moved on to my left brow, I was more used to it and had more control.
Photographed below is a closer look on my right brow which I had put too much product on. I was so used to using powder that I had used the same amount of pressure on initial contact with my skin. Forgive the excess hairs on top and below the arch, I still haven't gone to the salon!
Here's another frontal photo:
All of these photos were taken 2 weeks ago, and now I can say that I am more used to the pencil. I am also loving the shade because it goes with my blonde hair perfectly. I have been using this pencil ever since and I can say that I can control it more now!
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS:
- Good choices for shades.
- Highly pigmented so you don't need to put too much pressure.
- Easily available.
- Long lasting.
- Works on any skin type.
- Glides on easily.
- Easily sharpened with sharpener (just make sure your sharpener is sharp).
- Will fill in your brows even with light feather strokes!
- Excellent shade (Taupe) for women with blonde or highlighted hair.
- Takes a while to get used to if you are used to another form of eyebrow product like powder, pen type, etc.
- Formula is too soft for me (although some women prefer this).
- On areas you put too much pressure on can be really obvious specially on photos with flash photography.
- Packaging says "Precise Eye Pencil" so I don't know if this is really a brow product or an eye liner being marketed as a brow pencil. They should clear that up.
Retail Price: PhP 138.00
Purchased For: PhP 138.00
Will I re-purchase? Yes.
Will I recommend it? Yes.
MY OVERALL RATING: ★★★★☆