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It's Time For The Battle of The Brows

It's Time For The Battle of The Brows

Since I first used Cover Girl’s Easy Breezy Brow Pencil, I was hooked. I now prefer it to Hourglass Arch Sculpting Brow Pencil, my (former) holy grail brow product. Added bonus, the Cover Girl pencil costs SEVEN TIMES less than the Hourglass, a calculation so shocking that I checked it three times. I am a connoisseur of brow products, and when I saw that Cover Girl made a brow pencil that looked remarkably similar to my beloved Easy Breezy Brow, I had to know how they matched up.

The packaging makes it seem like these are all dramatically different colors, right? Well, they’re not.

The packaging makes it seem like these are all dramatically different colors, right? Well, they’re not.

First of all, this isn’t a battle between two brow pencils, because there are actually three in the race. I wear Cover Girl Easy Breezy Brow Pencil in the shade soft blonde. I wear some version of blonde in every brow product, so this wasn’t unusual or surprising. When I grabbed a Maybelline Brow Precise Micro Eyebrow Pencil, I chose the shade blonde, naturally. There was also a shade called “light blonde” which I assumed was for, I don’t know, platinum blondes? Turns out, it’s for ME. Blonde was far too brown, or red, or warm for me. I couldn’t really figure it out, because it wasn’t BAD, it just wasn’t the ashy, grey blonde that I’m used to. So back to the store I went, and I picked up a Brow Precise Micro Eyebrow Pencil in light blonde, and it’s not just the color I'm more suited to, it’s also much closer to Cover Girl’s blonde pencil.

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Both Cover Girl and Maybelline’s pencils have spoolies on the end, and the pencils themselves are super tiny. Great for filling in sparse areas and achieving that tiny, hair stroke effect. The Cover Girl pencil, however, is just a bit longer, which I find easier to use, especially if you want to apply with a light touch. The pencil tips, however, are virtually identical.

Top to bottom: Cover Girl Blonde, Maybelline Blonde, and Maybelline Light Blonde eyebrow pencils

Top to bottom: Cover Girl Blonde, Maybelline Blonde, and Maybelline Light Blonde eyebrow pencils

The big difference between these three is the color. They’re all “blonde” but that means different things to different people/pencils. I have dark, ashy blonde hair, and my perfect eyebrow pencil should have a lot of grey in it if I want it to look more natural. Cover Girl’s blonde pencil is a pretty perfect match for me. So perfect that now I dislike my other brow products, which are good, great even, but not the amazing color match I get from the Cover Girl pencil. The blonde from Maybelline isn’t a poor match, it’s just not AS good. It’s significantly darker that I’m accustomed to, and with that darkness it’s a bit too warm/red for me. I think if I wanted a really dramatic look, this would still work, or in conjunction with the light blonde from the same brand. Speaking of light blonde, this pencil was much closer to the Cover Girl blonde, but was still lacking that grey tone I’ve come to love. However, if I couldn’t get my hands on a Cover Girl blonde pencil, but I was in desperate need for a refill, the Maybelline light blonde would do in a pinch. Cover Girl Easy Breezy Brow Pencil, however, still holds my heart.

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Wear, Watch, Want #109: The Rainy Short Solstice Edition

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