For brows I am not super picky and I love my drugstore options. Some of my favorites are by Soap & Glory, Maybelline and Catrice. However, one of my ultimate favorite brow products is the Essence Make Me Brow. So when Essence came out with a brow pencil I was intrigued.
Essence Micro Precise Brow Pencil Blonde
As always, Essence puts out affordable products. This brow pencil only retails for €1.99. That is by far the cheapest brow pencil I ever tried. It is available in three shades of which I bought the lightest one. Blonde brow pencils are incredibly hard to do right: they are often too warm and therefore hardly a great match if you have blonde hair. So I was curious to see how this would go.
The micro precise brow pencil comes in very simple packaging. It is just a brow pencil afterall: there isn’t much you can do in terms of packaging. This twist up style pen is my preferred brow pencil. You don’t have to sharpen it and it means it is easy to use. This comes with just 0.05 grams of product. That is quite standard for a brow pencil but it does mean that you can run out of it quite quickly.
The Essence Micro Precise brow pencil is exactly as the name suggest: a very thin, skinny brow pencil that can be used to draw on brows in a very precise way. The pencil is quite soft and it is easy to apply. That does mean that you use quite a lot of product each time you use it. It does fill in the brows quite nicely and I can use it to reshape my brows a bit where they need it.
As predicted the pencil is a bit warm toned. It is not super orange though and that is a good thing. It seems to have more of a reddish undertone. As you can see, the pencil can draw some pretty thin lines but as it starts off quite square it is rather thick when you first start using this. As it wears down, you will easily get a sharper point that is even more precise that this. It works well, stays put all day and looks very natural to boot.
My brows are pretty decent: they don’t need much, but mainly a refill. However, I have been getting my brows done lately and they have been thinned out quite a bit. So now that I am using the pencil more regularly, I do use it to do a bit more than just filling in. I now have brows that could use a bit more shape and this pencil works really well for that. Granted, it is not fine enough to really draw on a new brow, but if you have a bit to work with, it can really work well.
My only concern is how long this will last with everyday use. Because of the soft formula, I have to use quite a bit per use and I find myself twisting the pencil up when I switch brows. So even if this is very affordable, if this is one of those brow pencils that runs out after 2 – 3 weeks, then it does need repurchasing on a regular basis. That would just make this pencil as expensive as other drugstore options.
The Essence Micro Precise brow pencil is a good one. I really like the quality of the pencil and what it looks like on my brows. If this lasts a decent amount of time and I don’t run out of this too quickly, it will be a great budget option to use. However, because it is a touch too warm for me, I will be going back to one of my other favorite brow products after this. But if you’re looking for a good, affordable brow pencil: this would be it.