Okay, let’s be honest. I’m no makeup artist or professional. Ironically however, one of the most viewed posts on this blog is the post I did on the eyebrow pencil dupes for the MAC Eye Brows Pencil in Spiked! Therefore, I figured that I’d do an updated post on the various automatic eyebrow pencils mentioned in that post and some new ones that I’ve discovered.
Quick recap: In the last post, I concluded that the Clinique Quickliner in Dark Chocolate is a suitable dupe for the MAC Eye Brows Pencil in Spiked in terms of color. In addition, the price of the former is also significantly cheaper than the latter ($1,000/oz vs. $5,000/oz). In terms of texture, the former (as an eyeliner) is creamier, but not overly more so than the latter. Overall, the Clinique product was deemed as more desirable than the MAC one.
Since then however, I had discovered that the Clinique product had been reformulated to be creamier and more pigmentated, which are both pros if you’re using it as an eyeliner. As a brow pencil however, those are not desirable traits as they make the product more difficult to use: there is a decrease in longevity and you run the risk of looking like a clown.
Therefore, I embarked on a new search. To make a long story short, I was unable to find a suitable replacement and resigned myself to use the MAC product for all eternity! Well, that is until about a month ago, when I saw this product while browsing the online Sephora catalog:
Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil
Bottom line, this product is phenomenal and an excellent dupe for the MAC Eye Brows Pencil!
The MAC product costs $15 for 0.003 oz, which makes it $5,000/oz. The Hourglass product costs $32 for 0.014 oz, which makes it $2,286/oz. And since it’s available from Sephora, it can be purchased for 20% off during the annual Friends & Family and VIB sales, bringing the total down to $1,829/oz! That is an incredible deal! ($1,829/oz vs. $5,000/oz)
As you can see from the photo, the two swatches are very similar in undertone, saturation, and lightness. The Hourglass one is slightly ashier, meaning that it contains more gray pigments. This tendency to be more taupe than brown extends to the entire line, which unfortunately consists of only three shades–the only negative aspect of the Hourglass product.
The Hourglass product is a bit waxier and therefore, lasts a little longer on the skin. Consequently however, it is more sheer or less opaque. It’s not a huge difference though, as you can see from the photo above. I purposely drew one swipe (with approximately the same amount of pressure) of each product next to the thick swatches. As you can see, the MAC line is only slightly more pigmented. Besides, the Hourglass product can be easily layered as demonstrated by my good friend from RAEview.
I am thrilled to have found this Hourglass brow pencil. Not only is it almost 3x times cheaper than the MAC counterpart, but it also performs very similarly! As long as this is in production, I will never, EVER go back to the MAC pencil!
Now, you’ll notice the actual shape of the Hourglass pencil isn’t your standard point. This is what allows for both ease of application and the inclusion of so much more product.
Oh, did I also mention that it contains a quality eyebrow spoole at the opposite end? It’s perfect for combing through and softening the look of brows; no clowns here!
The only other product on the market that possesses this unique blend of characteristics is the:
Tom Ford Brow Sculptor
However, because this is only available at select Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue stores, I wasn’t able to swatch it for you guys. However, according to RAEview once again, the Tom Ford product is quite similar to the Hourglass one. The only differences are that the Hourglass product is creamier and MORE opaque. And since the Hourglass is already LESS opaque than my ex-staple MAC product, there’s no need for me to even consider the Tom Ford version.
However, for those of you who can’t find a suitable shade in the Hourglass, the Tom Ford is available in four shades. Furthermore, it’s still cheaper than the MAC product at $42 for 0.01 oz ($4,200/oz vs. $5,000/oz).
I’m absolutely ecstatic about the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Dark Brunette, and that it does not follow the industry standard of being a very thin pencil; this allows for the inclusion of significantly more product. It is a superior replacement to the MAC Eye Brows Pencil in Spiked.
The only similar product on the market is the Tom Ford Brow Sculptor, which contains less product and is more expensive.
I hope you guys found this helpful, and let me know what your HG brow product or combination of products is!