Most of you know that my Holy Grail eyebrow pencil is Maybelline Define-A-Brow in Dark Blonde. I love everything about that pencil and, most importantly, Dark Blonde is a perfect match for my brows. I have dark blonde/light brown hair and the natural color of my brows is actually quite cool (as opposed to warm). As those of you who have looked for medium, cool-toned brow pencils at the drugstore know, there are NOT many of them. In fact, Maybelline Define-A-Brow in Dark Blonde is one of the only ones I've come across at the drugstore. Most drugstore brow pencils designed for those of us who have lighter hair are usually very warm-toned. That's great for those of you with warm-toned brows, but what about those of us who have more ashy-toned brows?
Since Maybelline reduced the shade range in the Define-A-Brow line (they discontinued a few colors last year), and this pencil is becoming harder and harder to find in stores, I have been forced to start looking for alternatives in case the unthinkable happens. The very best alternative that I've found for my beloved Dark Blonde shade from Maybelline is this one:
K-Palette Lasting Eyebrow in 03 Grayish Brown
(retail: around $7, 0.018 oz)
I buy this pencil at my local Mitsuwa Marketplace, but I've also seen it at Nijiya Market and Marukai Living here in San Diego. You can also purchase it online at Sasa.com for $7.10 (they only have two shades at Sasa but one of them is Grayish Brown) and on Amazon, and I'm sure there are other Asian beauty product etailers that carry it as well.
This is a standard size double-ended pencil:
My swatches above were taken both with a lot of pressure, and then with just a little pressure. I love that you can easily control the pigmentation of this pencil, and it's not super creamy (so it won't melt off in hot weather) but it's also not super dry or waxy. It's the perfect consistency. My swatches above make it look a little bit warmer than it really is, but take a look at these before and after pics to get a better idea of how truly ashy this shade is:
My "nude" brows (no pencil, etc.)
After using K-Palette Lasting Eyebrow in Grayish Brown
I can't tell you how much I love the fact that the color showing through isn't warm (orange)! It truly matches the color of my brows and does a great job at filling in the bald patch I have toward the left side of my brow.
Staying power is fantastic for this brow pencil. I can put it on in the morning and not have to worry about my brows all day and even into the night. It's still going strong a full 10 hours after application. Removal is easy as well--regular facial cleanser does the trick.
FINAL VERDICT: If you are looking for a true, ashy-brown eyebrow pencil and you can't find Maybelline Define-A-Brow in your area, at least now you know that another affordable option exists! I love everything about this pencil, from pigmentation to color to staying power. I also love that it comes with its own spoolie (great for travel). The only thing I don't love is that I now need a pencil sharpener for my brow pencil (I love automatic pencils) but that's totally something I can live with in exchange for a perfect match for my natural brow color. Oh, and you should know that this is actually my second purchase--I purchased my first K-Palette Lasting Eyebrow in Grayish Brown many months ago, used it up and bought another!
Do you own any K-Palette products? I'm so happy with this pencil that I'm thinking about branching out and trying some of their other cosmetics. Any suggestions?
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