I'm not a person who likes to spend a lot of time on their brows, but if they're not done right, they'll bother me to no end. Thankfully, Armani Beauty's Smooth Silk Eyebrow Pencil makes it a snap to fill them in — all I need is two minutes, tops.
Before this 2020 Allure Best of Beauty-winning pencil fell into my lap, my most-used brow product had been a drugstore powder. The Armani pencil essentially gives me that soft, blendable powder formula I adore in the convenient form of a pencil. Rather than using a separate, slanted brush, this all-in-one pencil gives me more control over each stroke, in terms of both pressure and thickness.
I've always been afraid to pluck my brows much (besides noticeably rogue hairs), and I'm pretty happy with their overall shape. My routine mostly consists of filling in some sparse areas and — arguably the most important part — extending the ends of my brows (typically to be even with where my eyeliner wings would stop) so they frame the rest of my face in a more pleasing way.
Though this brow pencil comes in only three shades, the darkest shade, called 3 Wenge Wood, melds perfectly with my naturally dark eyebrows. True to its name, it's a deep, woody brown that doesn't make my brows look overly harsh. It applies as smoothly as butter, which means it's easy to use a light hand while still getting the pigment that makes a noticeable "oomph" effect in your brows.
Despite the seemingly thicker pencil tip, I'm able to draw in realistic-looking hairs, and the sturdy spooley is perfect for blending out any harsh lines, especially in the sparse front ends of my brows. The formula itself leaves a velvety, matte finish that lasts all day long.
Eyebrow pencils tend to be hit-or-miss for me, but the Armani Beauty Smooth Silk Eyebrow Pencil hits that perfect balance of a pigmented yet soft and blendable formula. It's a failsafe way of ensuring that I maintain control over the shape and density of my brows, and also that I don't go too hard with my brows. They still look natural, just more cleaned-up. Thanks to this pencil, I don't have to stress about my brows, and they stay looking fresh and neat all day long.
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