Brow products are one of the only make up products I use and then use up completely once I start using them. Most make up product I only use occasionally and switch out on a daily basis, but with brows I just like to stick to what I’m working with. That’s why I seem to go through brow products more quickly than any other make up product in my collection. So you can understand how glad I was to welcome the new Catrice Slim’Matic brow pencil to my collection.
Catrice Slim’Matic Ultra Precise Brow Pencil Waterproof Light
This is the first slim line brow pencil Catrice has released and it is part of their new spring/ summer 2017 launch. It is available in three different shades, of which I own the lightest shade. The retail price is €2.99 and boasts having a very fine nib that should allow you to create a precisely filled in brow. Will this product be as good as my favorite Soap & Glory Archery 2-in-1 brow pencil?
The packaging of most brow pencils is straightforward. To the Anastasia Brow Wiz to the Catrice Slim’Matic: these always come in a twist up tube with a fine nibbed pencil on one end and a spooly on the other. The spooly of this product isn’t anything fancy. In fact, it looks quite coarse and cheap but it gets the job done.
Meanwhile, the pencil itself is as finely nibbed as promised. The packaging promises a mere 1.5 mm pencil and that’s what this is. There is no sharpener here, but this pencil is so thin that sharpening it would be pointless anyway. All in all, this product looks very promising so far.
When I first swatched this, I noticed that this product was quite warm toned. For some reason light toned brow products are notoriously difficult to get right. My favorite Soap & Glory pencil also comes off quite orange in a swatch.
Despite its warm tone, this pencil is able to create very fine strokes as the pencil is so fine. It does however, have a very soft texture. This makes this pencil liable to breaking: I broke off some of the tip while applying this after just two uses. So be careful not to wind up the pencil too far and I’d also not favor this for travel as it seems very fragile.
In my brows I like the look this gives. At the top you can see my brow without any product. At the bottom are my brows filled in with the pencil and then brushed out with the spooly. As you can see my brows don’t need to much work: mostly some filling in and darkening up at the blonder tail end of my brow, but that’s it. And I have to say: I like the look this gives. It makes for a filled in brow that is not too stark, yet looks full and natural.
Naturally, I had to show you what this looks like full face. With some brow gel this product stays put all day. The pencil claims to be waterproof but since I always set my slightly bushy brows with brow gel anyway, I never have a problem with fading brows throughout the day. Hence I didn’t notice this product wearing any longer than any of my regular brow products.
All in all, the Catrice Slim’Matic brow pencil is a great one. I am just curious to see how long this will last me. Something tells me this is one of those products you might run out very quickly as it is so soft and thus you use quite a bit of product every time. Yet at a mere €2.99 a pop, I’m sure I will be repurchasing this as a backup as I cannot get my hands on my favorite Soap & Glory pencil very easily.
What is your favorite brow pencil?