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Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Honest Beauty | Benefit: Precisely My Brow (worth it?)

Benefit Precisely my Brow Review | Fake Fabulous | Honest Beauty

Welcome to this review of Benefit's "Precisely my Brow" brow pencil.

Forget the fluff, this review is guaranteed to be honest, open, unbiased and to the point!
The photos won't be edited and you'll see me (and the products) in all our glory... or not!

NOTE: This post has not been paid for by the brand {Benefit} and I bought the product myself, with my own money.

Let's get stuck in...
Benefit Precisely my Brow Review | Fake Fabulous | Honest Beauty

What is the BENEFIT precisely my brow pencil all about?

What the brand says:

WHY WE LOVE IT

Fake full brows!

Oh my WOW...precise & defined eyebrows! This ultra-fine eyebrow pencil draws incredibly natural-looking, hair-like strokes that last 12 budge-proof hours.* A few strokes of the rich yet blendable colour will transform brows from shapeless & undefined to filled & defined eyebrows. Includes signature Tips & Tricks.
  • Comes in full size & mini
  • Twist-up, non-sharpen tip
  • Built-in spoolie-brush
  • Waterproof** eyebrow pencil

DETAILS

Fullsize: 0.08 g Net wt. 0.002 oz.
Mini: 0.04g Net wt. 0.001 oz
What I say:

I've tried A LOT of different brow pencils, pomades and gels.
I've done the legwork where brows are concerned!

My natural brows aren't great but they're not too bad either.
I know that many people have much sparser hair than me BUT I still gaze longingly at those lucky ladies with a luscious full brow.

{A close friend of mine has the thickest brows EVER and I envy them!}

I also have the added problem of CRAZY brow hairs that point in all directions and like to break free and do their own thing.
They need serious control.

I had recently finished an old brow product and decided to try something new.
Maybe this product would be the holy grail of brow products?

I'm sharing my sparsest and most patchy brow with you here.

Hmmm... let's see how this product gets on, shall we?

Benefit Precisely my Brow Review | Fake Fabulous | Honest Beauty

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

I chose the mini version of this product.

You can also get this from other retailers such as BOOTS, SEPHORA and JOHN LEWIS.
Have a look online for your favourite shop and see what their prices are.

It also comes in a full size which is double the product and (unfortunately) also double the price!

What I paid:

£11 with free delivery from ASOS.

The reason the postage was free is that I have an annual postage subscription with ASOS.
Mostly for my children and for birthday present shopping etc...
I like ASOS because it has the things my family want, the delivery is the next day and the range of products is generally good.

Benefit Precisely my Brow Review | Fake Fabulous | Honest Beauty

PACKAGING

Here lies the main problem I have with this product.
There is A LOT of packaging and a teeny tiny totty wee amount of the product.

This is what 0.04g (and £12) of product looks like.
The is FULLY EXTENDED people!

Less than 8mm of usable product.
That's £1.50 per mm.
Wow.

The full size is only double this and is over £20... what a shocker!
I know other high-end brands charge a similar price for such a small volume BUT I just think we should expect more for my money.

Benefit Precisely my Brow Review | Fake Fabulous | Honest Beauty

I feel benefit could also be focusing more on innovative, reusable or recyclable packaging.
Surely such a long-standing and classic (yet trendy) brand could do better than this?

HOW TO USE / EASE OF USE

The pencil does look nice and is easy to use.
No sharpening required.
{Good job as there is sod-all product in there to waste!}

I did my usual brow routine...

  • Brush them down
  • Fill in the sparse bits with light feathery strokes
  • Brush them back up
  • Add clear soap to hold them in place all day (Clear soap is better than any brow gel I've ever used)

Benefit Precisely my Brow Review | Fake Fabulous | Honest Beauty


RESULTS

So how did this brow pencil do?

The good news is that it stayed put all day and looked pretty decent while doing it!
I like the colour (I chose no. 3) and the texture and I felt my brows looked polished and neat.
On super-close-up mode you can see that I've used a pencil BUT who gets that close to you in normal life?
Not many people.

I liked the results.

Benefit Precisely my Brow Review | Fake Fabulous | Honest Beauty

VALUE FOR MONEY?


No.
0.04g is so tiny I was in a little bit of shock.
What a rip off.
Surely Benefit could give their customers a little more for their money?
Let us remind ourselves of how much you get for your cash...
GULP.

{Imagine a bit breaking off when you used it!}

Benefit Precisely my Brow Review | Fake Fabulous | Honest Beauty


PROS v CONS

I'm going to cut to the chase here and weigh up the pros and cons so we can get the full picture.

Pros
  • Nice texture
  • Easy application
  • No need to sharpen
  • Trendy and attractive packaging
  • Wide range of colours to suit all skin and hair combinations
  • Stays put all-day
Cons
  • Too much unrecyclable and unnecessary packaging
  • You get less than 8mm of product!!
  • The pencil doesn't have a sharp point for realistic hair strokes so it 'colours in' rather than recreates the illusion of hairs

WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THIS TO A FRIEND?

Bottom line... No.
Too little product for the money.

If you don't mind paying through the nose then it is a good product.
I am looking for a little more bang for my buck... and a sharper tip!

Have you tried this benefit brow product?
What about other products in their range?
Or, do you have another brow brand you could recommend?
I'm always on the hunt so I'd love to know!
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4 comments

  1. When you say add clear soap what precisely do you mean? How do you apply?

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    1. Soap that is see-through... jelly like almost... I use Pears but any brand will do.
      Normal solid soap shows up on your brows.
      All you do is wet a spoolie and scrape it over the soap, rub in slightly to the bristles without foaming it up, then apply as you would a brow gel.
      It drys in a few minutes and sets them in place all day better than any brow gel.
      XXX

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  2. Great tip! I have been unable to find a product that doesn't just look like brow shadow, and i don't like that. Have you tried the ones with multiple spaced out hairs that actually paint on what looks like hairs?

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    1. Only on my hand Sharon... I'd love to see how they look in real life and how they wear through the day! X

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