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Having undyed East Asian hair means your brow pencils need a strong grey tone to make sure your brows don’t look like face paint. I’ve been using The Face Shop’s Love ME:EX Design My Eyebrow pencil exclusively because it’s next to impossible to find a brown brow pencil in-store in Australia that’s affordable and doesn’t pull red (Korean brands have some affordable and nicely coloured brow pencils, but shipping takes a while). I was super excited when Face of Australia launched their new Precision Brow Pencils, which are are based on a similar concept to The Face Shop’s version.
These are wind-up pencils with firm triangular tips that you can angle to draw thin lines, or fill in large areas quickly. They also have a spoolie on the other end which lets you groom your brows, rub out mistakes, soften dark parts and blend out harsh lines.
There are two shades available – Blonde (left) and Taupe (right).
I was most excited about the taupe shade, which was a brown colour that didn’t pull too red. Here’s a comparison with some Asian “Gray Brown” brow pencils:
It’s not quite as grey as The Face Shop’s Gray Brown, but there’s definitely less red than Skinfood’s version. It’s pretty similar to the A’peiu pencil, but less yellow tinged.
I’ve applied the Face of Australia pencil on the brow on the left of this photo, and the Face Shop pencil on the brow on the right:
It’s still not completely natural-looking, but it’ll do in a pinch!
Face of Australia Precision Brow Pencils are $8.45 for 0.15 g, and are available in Priceline, Big W and online. These products were provided for review, which did not affect my opinion. For more information, see Disclosure Policy.