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I first discovered the MUA eyebrow pencil in a beauty swap when someone sent me it as a bonus item. I had been leaving my eyebrows alone until an over zealous eyebrow threader took too much off and left me lacking the depth of colour on my eyebrows so they were nearly invisible.
I am naturally quite fair and don't want dark brows but a little gap filler and definition was most welcome. I now can't leave the house without using this product.
The pencil is very long which is reassuring and has a little brush on the other end that I never really use as I don't have unruly brows. It is a normal size in girth and fits in to the smaller side of my two hole pencil sharpener.
I have different shaped brows naturally so I use the pencil to try and even them up. I sketch lightly in a hair like fashion so I don't get too much concentration of colour. But if that does happen I use a damp cotton bud to shift it a bit.
What I like
I like the blonde shade as it is not to harsh. It's a really light brown in colour but you can build up how much depth you want. It also removes easily with just micellar water.
I had to buy a second pencil as the sharpener got to the name and I thought I might forget so I ordered one to keep in the sidelines as I cannot imagine life without my blonde MUA pencil now!
I love the MUA range from Superdrug. It is a budget range of make up but it's actually really good and the quality is fantastic for the price you pay. These eyebrow pencils are a bargain for just £1 each. I didn't notice how many different shades were available (I will look closer next time) but I did manage to find a "Dark Brown" shade which looked the closest shade to my hair colour. This shade is for brunette hair, which is what I have.
The pencil is of a good size and width. It comes with a plastic lid to protect the end of the pencil and on the bottom of the pencil is a small comb. The comb is also protected by a plastic lid. The pencil is easy to grasp and the consistency of the pencil is thick and creamy. I have blonde eyebrows as I am a redhead (although I do tint them) and this pencil helps to fill in any gaps whilst shaping and defining my brows. It is quick and easy to use, perfect for when I'm in a morning rush, which is more or less every morning!
The pencil glides onto my brows well and looks really natural. It doesn't look "drawn on", unless you press too hard on it. You just need to glide the pencil over your brows GENTLY as the creamy formula of the pencil does the work for you. The pencil stays on all day and doesn't fade or rub off, unless you purposely rub it off. It is easy to remove too. I find that the pencil simply washes off with a facial wash or comes off easily with a make up wipe.
Overall this eyebrow pencil is a bargain for the money and it's actually of good quality, so don't be put off by the cheap price. The brush is a useful addition too. It brushes the creamy pencil through your brows and helps to neaten them up in one quick sweep.
A good quality eyebrow pencil at a bargain price of just ONE POUND!
I definitely would recommend this range of make up!
I’ve never really been one to do much with my eyebrows, up until a couple of months ago they’ve done my head in I’ve never really been able to get a lot of control of them. There’s a lot of hype around eyebrows at the minute and has been for a while so I’ve decided I need to do something with mine!
I wasn’t really interested in spending a fortune on one to learn what I was doing with it, so I went for the MUA version!
The pencil comes in a variety of colours and shades depending on what colour your eyebrows are, so you’ll hopefully not struggle to find one to blend.
So you’ve got a normal eyebrow pencil as you can buy anywhere really, similar to an eye liner or lip liner it’s all a similar type of pencil that you can use to fill in your brows. The bonus with this pencil is that with this one you’ve got a brush with it too!
I used the dark brown pencil for my eyebrows because annoyingly, I seem to have multi-tonal eyebrows so although a lot of my eyebrows are black I’m getter with one with different colours. It’s quite a soft pencil, so when you go to apply it to your brows it’s not difficult and it doesn’t snag on your skin or feel uncomfortable. I used the brush that’s on the end to conform my eyebrows to start with and once I’ve manage to get the colour in my brows it does a good job of blending the lot together to make it look a lot more natural. It’s a very quick and easy process with this pencil, so it’s a very simple morning job to do – and you’ll find as long as you don’t spend all day rubbing your eyebrows that you’ll still have it on at the end of the day! It’s very simple to remove with a wipe or with water, with no nasty red reaction for me personally!
A great eyebrow pencil, that does what it should, with a brush and a total bargain to boot! Very highly recommended!
At just £1 for a pencil with a brush on the end you really can’t go wrong and if you lose it – it’s not too much of a shame!
I never used to use anything on my eyebrows but I had a little makeover in Boots whilst shopping a while ago and she used some really expensive palet of colours on my face including my eyebrows. When I looked in the mirror afterwards, they looked great and it made me look really different so I decided to pick up an eyebrow pencil when I next got chance.
I bought the MUA (Make Up Academy) eyebrow pencil from Superdrug. They do a range of make-up that's really cheap and a lot of items are just £1 but I've found them to be quite good quality for the money. I think it is a Superdrug exclusive brand as I haven't seen this brand sold anywhere else which is a shame as its great for non-essential items or if you're on a budget.
The pencil itself came in two shades, light brown or dark. I opted for the dark as my hair is quite dark at the moment. It's quite long with the pencil at one end with a clear plastic lid on and an eyebrow brush at the other end also with a lid on. The MUA logo is written on the pencil in silver letters. It doesn't really look any different from any other eye/eyebrow pencil.
I didn't want to have super thick, dark eyebrows so used this with caution the first time. I've seen some teenage girls these days with massive eyebrows and didn't want to end up looking like that. I read about eyebrow pencils before I used this and it said to hold the brush more flat against your face rather than pointing at your face. It also said to brush in small, hair like motions accross your eyebrow rather than drawing a line to get a more natural result. I tried to use this technique whilst looking in the mirror. I found that the pencil was smooth and applied the colour easily so I didn't have to keep going over the same spot. My eyebrows aren't really gappy but there were gaps that were filled with the pencil which resulted in my eyebrows looking more shapely. My eyebrows weren't too dark as I didn't press too hard on the pencil. I have read that the brush makes the results better and did try it once but I felt ridiculous brushing my eyebrows and must admit I haven't used it since but it's not really a waste of money as the whole pencil and brush only cost £1.
The eyebrow pencil does come off quite easily in the evening when you wash your face. It isn't waterproof so be careful not to rub them in the day or your eyebrows could end up extending up to your forehead! Unfortunately, this eyebrow pencil doesn't come with a sharpener so you do need to buy one if you don't have one already as it gets blunt after a few uses.
I like the effect of this. It's quite simple and only takes me a couple of minutes but really changes the way I look, it makes my eyebrows look more shapely and tidy with no small gaps. The dark brown colour matches my hair well too which means my eyebrows look quite natural. I have since seen eyebrow pencils costing up to £5 which I think is mad given that this one is just £1 and works really really well. I'd definitely recommend this product and the brand as a whole as I've used a few of their items and never been disappointed.
It's only fairly recently that I have been discovering the brilliant MUA (Make Up Academy) range of products from Superdrug. I have used quite a few things from this range and one of the items I really love is their fantastically cheap eyebrow pencil. This costs only £1 which is an incredible price, really, when you think about it. The pencil comes in two shades (blonde and brunette) and though I do have fair hair and fairly light eyebrows, I just felt that the lighter shade of pencil wasn't going to be dark enough for me so I opted for the brunette shade.
I like to really define my brows and I hate the way they are so fair (along with my light eyelashes). I bought this pencil as it just seemed too cheap to be true, to be honest. It also comes with a little brush at one end so that I can tame my eyebrows either before of after using the pencil.
The pencil was lovely and sharp when I first started to use it. I am able to really define my eyebrows with this and as it's on the soft side, this means that I don't have to spend ages carefully 'drawing in' my brows. The pencil colour I have (brunette) is quiet dark, however, for my particular skin colouring, and for this reason I have to make sure I don't press too hard with the pencil otherwise I end up with rather false looking brows and I can look a bit clownish. The trick, I think, is to define using tiny little quick strokes until I get exactly the shape and shade I am after. It took a little practice when I first started to use this pencil as I had been used to using my (much harder) Max Factor eyebrow pencil and I was amazed how much quicker I was able to draw in my eyebrows using this pencil from MUA.
I also sharpen this pencil quiet a lot, and that is mainly because as it's so soft, it does have a tendency to become blunt rather quickly. I don't mind this too much, though and it does sharpen to a good fine point every time and it doesn't snap off. There is a lid for the brush at one end and a lid for the pencil end, so both are kept safe and secure. The brush itself is rather harsh and the bristles short and stiff but I prefer it this way as having a harder bristles makes it much easier for me to be able to shape my brows and keep them looking neater.
I am thoroughly delighted with this eyebrow pencil and I am so pleased I went out to buy it after I had read about it in Closer magazine. It's resulted in me becoming a bit of a MUA convert, to be honest, as they do so many great make up items at such brilliant hard to beat prices.
I really highly recommend this eyebrow pencil.
I have a complete and utter obsession with perfecting my own eyebrows and I always have to have a good eyebrow pencil to help me sculpt those bad boys. I'm often strapped for cash and therefore appreciate a good bargain, especially when it comes to makeup and I think that's why I pretty much fell in love with the MUA makeup range.
Unfortunately though, MUA has let me down with the eyebrow pencil for a number of reasons. Whilst the pencil itself isn't terrible and does the job, for me personally I feel that the pencil is way too soft and doesn't allow for great precision when penciling in my brow shape and requires a lot more sharpening because of this. I also found that the brush on the lid of the pencil was pretty basic and I didn't even bother using that to groom my brows after the first use as it was to flat and short for my liking.
Another reason as to why I wasn't very impressed with the brow pencils is that the choice of colours is pretty much pathetic. They only have two shades, which is impossible to cater for everyone's needs as there isn't a fair scale of light to dark and therefore the brown was way too dark for my brows and the blonde shade was too light. I can't win here!
Of course if you're lucky enough to find them to be a great match for you, they are in face an impressive price of just £1. Which I guess in theory by looking at the points I made previously, you kind of get what you pay for. But if you lose or break your expensive one and need an urgent replacement then I see no wrong in using MUA's brow pencils, however I would not recommend them as your main every day pencil because there are genuinely better ones available out there for only a quid or so more.
You can buy these at any superdrug that have a MUA stall or spinner and you can buy them online at their MUA store.
After reading several reviews on various sites about MUA make up I decided to give it a try and made it down to my local Superdrug to browse the section and see about buying some makeup. I am quite funny when it comes to make up as I am not the type of person who needs to wear it all the time, I can leave the house and go to Tesco's with just a bit of lipgloss on and not feel naked but when I meet up with my friends or go out on a special night I wouldn't dream f going without make up. I am getting a bit older now and I definitely think subtle but nice makeup enhances my face and covers up any blemishes that I may have.
I sometimes spend quite a bit of money on a piece that I know is going to last a long time such as my primer (Benefit That Gal) and eyeshadows (MAC make up), but then I also am just as likely to pay a couple of quid for a foundation or a lipgloss as I think it does just about the same job or even better than spending quite a lot of money on a more expensive product. This is the case with this eyebrow pencil from MUA. Firstly I will tell you a little bit about the brand that stands for Make Up Academy.
According to their website, "Great makeup doesn't need to cost the earth and it is MUA's promise to bring surprising quality, colour, fun and innovation to each and every product it delivers. Bringing guilt free makeup to every ladies makeup bag!
The team at MUA towers are constantly thinking of ways of creating fantastic products that deliver great value to your makeup bags. Inspired by playing with colour, there is something for everyone and with the introduction of the Professional range consumers can buy amazing palettes, foundations and primers all for under £4!"
This eyebrow pencil cost me the grand total of £1, yes £1 amazing right! I have quite think eyebrows, due to plucking them too much and so sometimes when I want a bit fuller of a look I like to add a bit of pencil to my eyebrows. I am not the type of person who draws a really heavy thin line in place of my eyebrow, no I like to use this pencil to add a bit of texture and bulk to my eyebrows and this pencil works well at doing that.
YOu can choose from two colours, blond and brunette and although I have blond hair I chose the brunette pencil which is a dark brown as I have quite dark brows. The product is in the shape of a regular pencil and when you first use it it has a really nice sharp point to it. I like to squish it down a bit though so I get a bigger end to work with as I find this gives me a better look. I find the pencil fairly soft so I can just delicately brush it onto my brows and they pick up some of the colour and just give it a bit more texture which is lovely. The effect will last until I take my make up off and you can't tell that I have added anything. What I love about this pencil is that it has a little brush as the other end for you to brush you brows with and I always finish off and do this so they look nice and tidy and all the hairs go in the same way. A little tip from a make up artist friend of mine, I then go over my brows with a toothbrush with some hairspray sprayed onto it so my brows stay in place and do not move, it works wonders.
This brush performs and looks way more expensive than its £1 price tag and is an eyebrow brush I definitely recommend.
If there's one thing I like to try and do it's maintaining my eyebrows. I find having decent eyebrows just makes the face look completely different and I feel a much more decent looking person once they are nicely shaped. I tend to get my eyebrows threaded (ouch!) about once a fortnight or so, and to help just give them that fully shaped look an eyebrow pencil can work wonders! It's not something I use everyday so when I saw it in the MUA range for a happy £1 I of course snapped it up!
The eyebrow pencil is a rather long thin pencil which comes in 2 colours - blonde and brunette. Not super helpful as my hair is rather black but I opted for the brunette as the darker of the 2 of course lol. It has a pencil at one end and a really decent plastic eyebrow comb on the opposite end. It has the simple MUA in silver along the side so you don't forget which brand it is lol.
The pencil, for a "brunette" shade is actually rather dark and doesn't look to brown and odd coloured in amongst my black haired eyebrows. The pencil is actually rather soft and easy to use which I was nicely surprised about! It isn't too sharp and is really simple to blend and create a natural, fuller look to nicely shaped eyebrows. I tend to find myself using the pencil more when my eyebrows are approaching the time when they need re-shaping and the brow pencil helps to hold the shape together a bit easier so I don't have 2 caterpillars crawling above my eyes! I am not at all a fan of the drawn on eyebrow types (eurgh!) so for me this is more just a small top up to creating a nice look to my brows and defining them. I find the eyebrow pencil holds well and doesn't smudge and lasts all day. Fortunately, I haven't found the nib to need sharpening often, perhaps as I only use this a few days of the month but nevertheless it is easy to sharpen. The pencil in my opinion is really long lasting as light application is needed to make a difference.
If I am really honest I am no pro at using an eyebrow brush and although when I get my brows threaded the makeup artist always uses one, I am yet to find a need to use mine and so it pretty much sits with the plastic covering on! It looks easy to use however and I am sure it does a good job at brushing through my little hairs lol.
Overall I really like this eyebrow brush and at a mere £1 it does the job for me up to a decent standard. It would be nice to have more colours and variety but nonetheless it gets 4 stars from me!
I often use a eyebrow pencil as my eyebrows are changing colour a little with age and I like to highlight them when I do my make-up.
I bought this eyebrow pencil from Superdrug for £1 which you really can't grumble at that and it is a brunnette colour.
You can get blonde but this one when lightly applied will do nicely for my light brownish hair.
It has a little brush at the end and can be sharpened with a pencil sharpener, so that you can get a fine point on it and this makes it easier for applying.
I like this as you can press lightly on the pencil to apply it evenly and not to thickly onto your eyebrows then use the little brush to smooth the eyebrows into shape and see if you have missed any where and reapply if needed.
For a dramatic look you can press on a little harder and get a really good deep coverage.
I used this at halloween to emphasise my eyebrows when I went to a fancy dress party dressed as Morticia from the adams family.
Its affordable for anyone at a pound but it is not always in stock , but if you ask in superdrug I find the customer service is good and they will order for you if you want a few things at once.
Or they will tell you if they are expecting any of the stock in the store.
I like this one as it fits easily into your make-up bag and can be applied when needded, it doesn't fade and can be removed with soap and water.
For an easy to apply eyebrow pencil at a cheap price I recommend this one.
I've got dark hair and dark eyebrows, and I usually fill my eyebrows in whenever I'm making an effort with my make-up as I find that a brow pencil adds extra definition and makes them appear very neat and precise. I usually get my eyebrows threaded, however whenever I do pluck them to neaten them up, I usually end up with tiny little gaps which I think look hideous, so a brow pencil comes in really handy when that happens!
I've experimented with a few different eyebrow pencils, with one of my favourites being the Make Up Academy eyebrow pencil from Superdrug. Like all of the cosmetics in the Make Up Academy cosmetics range, this retails at just £1.00 and you get a lot for your money as the pencil is so long. For a pound I wasn't expecting this to be much good, however it is amazing! It's so pigmented and long lasting, as well as easy to apply.
As well as being an eyebrow pencil it is also an eyebrow brush as it has the pencil nib on one end and a plastic eyebrow comb on the other. These are both protected by transparent plastic lids and the pencil itself is made of smooth wood. The pencil has the MUA branding and product name written on the side in silver writing as well as the name of the shade. The brow pencil is only available in two colours - blonde and brunette.
Blonde is a very light chocolate brown, while brunette is a dark, rich brown. As I have dark hair, I obviously opted for brunette. I was a bit concerned that it wouldn't be dark enough as I usually use black eyebrow pencils, but the colour is very dark and intense and it matches the colour of my hair perfectly, meaning that it looks very natural.The brow pencil is soft and creamy, which is probably due to the nourishing, luxurious ingredients which includes - carnauba wax, beeswax and cocoa butter - not bad for £1.00 eh!
Also, none of the ingredients in this have been tested on animals so it is completely cruelty free. As the pencil has such a soft texture it glides along my brows evenly and the nib is very precise, meaning it doesn't transfer onto the skin around my brows. This does smudge quite easily, but as long as you don't rub your eyebrows then it should stay in place and mine usually lasts for around four hours, eg on a night out.
I only usually wear this when I've got a full face of make-up and as long as I have plenty of eye make-up on it looks fine; big brows and minimal or no make-up can look quite wrong in my opinion as it makes the eyes look quite bare. The brush that comes with the pencil is easy to use and it does a good job in grooming my brows quickly and effortlessly, leaving them looking nice and neat. The pencil is easy to sharpen and I've found that the nib sinks into itself when the pencil is worn down and this happens quite quickly so it does need sharpening often.
I've had the pencil for around 2 months and it has only worn down by around 1/4 with regular use which for a pound is brilliant value for money and I highly recommend this eyebrow pencil - it's a bargain!
I am ever the bargain hunter, particularly when it comes to things such as make up. When money is tight, I still want to look good, but if I can look good for less, that is a win win situation. I had started hearing good things about MUA (Make Up Academy) which is a make up brand exclusively stocked at Superdrug where most items are only £1.00. I had tried out a few of their products and been extremely impressed, so made a huge order on their new website.
Although they have some things that are priced a little bit more, I only opted to buy things from their original line, and this included their eyebrow pencil. This was only £1.00 which I think is fantastic, especially if it actually worked, and it wasn't as if I was losing much money if I didn't like it? As far as price goes, it is fantastic and you couldn't really ask for more!
One thing I was a little disappointed in was that it was only available in two shades. However, for such a small price you probably can not be this picky. The two shades available are 'blonde' and 'brunette'. I was torn when it came to choosing as my hair colour is a light to mid brown, so I would probably be a shade smack bang in the middle. I went for brunette as I thought the blonde looked too light, but the shades are definitely out. The brunette was really dark, and I feel that it is more suited to those with darker hair and a darker skin tone. Despite having brown hair myself, I definitely will need to purchase a blonde instead. This is just a warning if people wish to purchase this, so purchase blonde unless you have dark hair and skin.
When this arrived, I was really impressed. The eyebrow pencil is huge, and I was worried it would not fit in my make up bag, but it does just about. It is double ended, and the one end contains the pencil itself, whilst the opposite end has a brush to comb through your eyebrow hairs and make them neat. It's essentially getting two for one which I think is fab. The comb has come in very handy to neaten up eyebrows and groom them well. The pencil itself is quite good. It has a creamy consistency which makes application easy. It does smudge a little, so if you go out of place you can fix it up easily. I found the application process with this really easy, but I must say I prefer applying this when the pencil has worn down a little, so the pencil is flatter. The results did look brilliant despite not being a matching colour to my hair.
I was really impressed with the results considering it cost only 100 round pennies. However, the staying power of this is not fantastic. I don't tend to reapply my make up in the day, just because I find that I am too busy to worry about things like this. I want an eyebrow pencil that will hold my eyebrows in place and keep them neat for all day or all night depending on the occasion. Although my eyebrows were still dark, I felt that it had smudged out of place and looked quite messy which is a little unfortunate, and I have used better eyebrow pencils. This one is good to keep in your bag for touch ups and a back up pencil, but I am not sure if I would repurchase it. If you are on a budget though, I would recommend trying this out, just be wary that it does smudge.
Overall, a good little eyebrow pencil and you do get good value for money, but in future I think I would prefer to spend that little bit more for better quality. This is great for those who are on a budget, or those who are playing around with eyebrow pencils for the first time. I will continue to use this, and feel it is okay but nothing too special to boast about. Hope this helps and thank you for reading.
Before Christmas I noticed that my eyebrows looked at the ends at little less thick than usual. It wasn't through me plucking them or anything and I eventually found out that this is because I have Hypothyroidism, an illness that can make eyebrows thin and patchy and as I found particularly to the ends of them.
I remember at the time feeling a bit mortified at this and not owning any eyebrow products at the time I went to my local Superdrug store and took a look round at their numerous make up counters when I stumbled upon this MUA range (which stands for Make Up Academy). Most of the products (including this at the time) were a pound each and the range had plenty of make up products within it to choose from for that price too including lipsticks, eyeshadows, mascara's and allsorts of bits and bobs. Sadly for me though my local Superdrug no longer stocks this range however lucky for me other Superdrugs do and you can still order alot of this range online from Superdrug.com as well.
This is an eyebrow pencil so basically its a long thin pencil and we are told what it is in silver writing up the side of it and then on the other side contact details for the manufacturer are stated. Both ends of the pencil are covered with little see through lids, one protecting the sharpened, slightly waxy looking colour and the other over a black brush. Its a nice long size this and easy to handle.
This is as far as I am aware available in only two colour options Blonde and Brunette......keeps it simple right??! Me being a red head and not one bit blonde I opted for the Brunette shade which ended up being completely right for me and is really a darkish brown colour with the Blonde being still a brown colour but much lighter.
The pencil does need sharpening quite often but being made of good quality and smooth wood this isn't a problem. The colour comes off the pencil ever so easily and of course the brush can be used to smooth it out and distribute colour if you want to. The brush is soft and small though I have to be honest I don't find the need to use it as I simply gently swipe the colour through my eyebrows and it looks natural without me needing to do that.
It stays put all day long, I can't feel it on and its easily removed with my usual make up removing routine and I simply love this as it really is easy to use and makes the world of difference to my eyebrows in one simple step.
Great product, thumbs up from me and I can't believe how cheap this is!
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~ MUA Eyebrow Pencil ~
I am naturally very fair, my hair is naturally light blonde and to go with the blonde hair I also have very fair eyebrows which lighten in the sun very quickly so I decided that I could do with an eyebrow pencil and I knew that Superdrug have the MUA (Makeup Academy) range and that this range is all rather cheap, with a lot of the products being just £1.
My local Superdrug is rather small so the MUA stand was very simple to spot so I had a good look at what was on offer and found the eyebrow pencils in no time at all. There are two colours available - Blonde or Brunette. I chose the blonde as I didn't want a massively drastic change and it looked a nice colour. It was only £1 so if I thought it may have been too light it wasn't as if I had spent an absolute fortune.
I was surprised by the length of the pencil, it's really long, around 7inches in length from lid to lid, notice I say lid to lid ... It has the pencil on one side and a brush on the other. The brush is around an inch in length and is a short stubby bristled eyebrow brush which is quite useful to have there on hand when doing your brows.
I don't really use a make-up bag as such but a vanity case so I have no problems in keeping this there but I don't think this would fit in a normal make-up bag.
I have been using this pencil now for about 2 months or so and I find it excellent. The nib is very soft and this makes it easy to use and simple to blend. I have needed to sharpen it only once yet and it sharpened well and didn't break or crumble at all, I used my sons sharpener (which lives in once of my make-up bags .... Oopps!) which obviously isn't one specified for eye pencils so I think any general sharpener is fine for these.
I follow my (natural ;o) ... plucked lol) brows and just fill in, I basically use it to add a little bit of colour to my very light brows and I find that the colour is very natural, I can see my brows and they now frame my face as they should. I am more than happy with the blonde shade, it is light enough to not make my brows stand out but dark enough to keep me happy!
For £1 you really can't complain. I think these are a fab addition to any make-up bag.
Find in Superdrug stores or online at www.muastore.co.uk priced at £1.
I purchased one of these pencils for just £1 from Superdrug.
I have dyed black hair and my eyebrows are naturally ginger, hence why I need this!
The pencil is large in size. It's too big to put into my usual make-up bag so I just leave it on my bedside cabinet until I am ready to use it. The pencil has a small brush on the end of it that you can use to brush the pencil through your eyebrows. Firstly the pencil sharpens well, although I recommend using a proper make-up sharpener and not a stationary one as it breaks the pencil. Once the pencil has been sharpened it can be used to draw on your eyebrows. Just make sure it's not too sharp first!
The pencil has a rich and creamy formula and the effect is long lasting. If I apply this pencil in the morning I find that it lasts all day until I am ready to wash it off. It washes off easily and it doesn't leave any residue behind. I chose the dark brown shade and it looks really natural. I am able to draw a natural eyebrow shape with the pencil and the colour doesn't fade or run. It actually looks really expensive. In fact I achieve better results with this pencil compared to my Benefit one!
A great eyebrow pencil for a pound!
I've had very few good experiences with eyebrow pencils, but a lot of good experiences with MUA products, so I was in mixed minds when I found that MUA had brought out their own eyebrow pencils. Maybe I'd finally get a good eyebrow pencil, and cheaply at that - or maybe it'd be terrible? Either way, £1 wasn't much to lose.
PACKAGING: The first thing I noticed about my pencil was that it was really long, about seven inches with the cap on - too big to fit into my little makeup bag! About an inch of that is the grooming brush at one end, but still, it's a lot of pencil for such a tiny price. When I first picked it up in Superdrug, I was surprised that it was one of MUA's £1 range and not a MUA Pro item! It looks very smart, with a metallic base on the brush end, as if MUA are upping their packaging ante a little. Both ends of the pencil have plastic caps to protect the brush and the soft crayon, which is a bit fiddly, but seems necessary and I wouldn't leave either of them off.
COLOURS: Unfortunately, the pencil only comes in two colours so far: Brunette, a deep chocolate brown, and Blonde, a lighter brown. I do hope the range is expanded in future, since both shades are quite warm and don't fully cater to people with more black-brown (me) or cool blonde hair. I tried my luck with the Brunette, and it's still perfectly usable, just not a precise match colour-wise.
APPLICATION: I was dreading that this would be as hard and unhelpful as my last Rimmel eyebrow pencil, but the texture turned out to be a joy. The pencil is highly pigmented with a soft, waxy texture that glides on with only the lightest pressure. I was surprised to see the ingredients on it, since pencils rarely list them, but this one includes Carnauba wax (a kind of palm wax), beeswax and cocoa butter. No wonder it's so nice and soft! It can look a bit heavy because it's so rich, but luckily it's great to blend; a few careful strokes followed by a lot of blending is the way to go. The provided brush does an okay job with this, though it's a bit stiff, as these brushes often are. If you have a preferred eyebrow brush you may as well use that, also saving on faffing about with the two separate caps. Nonetheless, it's nice to know that the product is self-contained if need be. Despite its softness, the pencil lasts most of the day, though expect it to have faded somewhat after a whole day out.
Overall, I really like this pencil and I'm glad to have taken a chance on it. The texture is excellent, and you get loads of product for the (very tiny) price. The only downsides are the lack of choice, and needing to sharpen often to keep the tip in shape. If MUA expands the colour range in future, this will be the perfect eyebrow pencil for me; they're already onto a winner with this formula, but since the Brunette isn't quite right on me, I can't give full marks. I do recommend these pencils anyway - they're easily as good or better than pencils that cost two or three times as much, and the colours might suit you better than me.