If you’re a blond like me, you’ll recognize the struggles of finding a good brow product. Especially at a drugstore price points, brands do not necessarily offer the kind of shades needed for people with blonde, ashy undertones in their hair and have it be fair at the same time. Often many products are too dark, too orange, too red or just overall a bit off. So you know that when I find a good one that is as cheap as chips, I have to write a dedicated review to it. The Catrice Slim’Matic brown pencil is one of the good ones. So let’s rave.
Review: Catrice Slim’Matic Ultra Precise Waterproof Brow Pencil 015 Ash Blonde
Because let’s discuss that affordable price point first. At just €2.99 this may well be one of the most affordable twist up pencils I have ever tried. Granted you don’t get a whole lot of product and you do go through it quite quickly. However, brow products are a category I like to use up and then move on to the next thing. So I don’t mind it if it is very affordable as it is a product that is much more easily repurchased than a brow pencil that costs €25 and is gone as quickly. At this price point it really won’t hurt your wallet all that much to be buying this continuously.
What does this product have to offer?
Apart from this being dirt cheap, the Catrice Slimmatic brow pencil is one that doesn’t do under for much more expensive pencils in my opinion. This is a twist up pencil, comes in 8 shades by now and it is fairly widely available. The packaging feels a bit flimsy and I wouldn’t recommend tossing this across the room as I don’t think this pencil is the sturdiest. It is quite a soft pencil in fact and it can break easily. That is the only downside I can think of. If you twist this up too far the chance of it simply breaking off is there which could mean you throw away perfectly fine product.
What does this swatch like?
In a swatch you can see this looks quite cool toned. It isn’t super warm even if it looks like it in the packaging. It has a very soft, smooth texture and the fine nib makes it easy to create brush strokes. However, the soft texture means this product can wear down into a wide nib which makes the application less precise. With daily use, I tend to use up one of these within 6-7 weeks of use, which is quite quick even for a fine brow pencil.
My final thoughts
Whenever trying brow pencils I always ask myself the question: Does it hold up against my holy grail the Soap & Glory Archery brow pencil? The answer here is: it’s a good alternative, but it doesn’t come close to the Soap & Glory one. The Catrice Slim’Matic brow pencil is one I like and that gets the job done, but the texture is a bit too soft. In a pinch I still like this and it is easier for me to buy so I still have this in my collection till this day. It’s a good product that works and sometimes that is just all you need.
Would I recommend the Catrice Slim’Matic brow pencil?
I think this can appeal to many people. It comes in plenty of shades by now and the formula is quite easy to work with. Due to the soft texture it can becomes more difficult over time to create actual brush strokes that make your brows look more realistic. It is perhaps better at filling in brows rather than drawing them on. So if your brow needs aren’t too intense, you may like this. If your brows are an integral part of you makeup routine and you like them to be snatched to the high heavens I don’t think this will give you the precision you need.