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Last Sunday I had a poll on my Instagram story asking whether I should review the Garnier ‘Self-Heating Sauna Mask’ or the Soap and Glory ‘Archery Brow Pencil’, and whilst the Garnier mask review won out by a very small margin (you can read that review here) I still wanted to write up a review of the Soap and Glory product – so here it is!
I’ve been using this product for many months now and I think I have a really good idea about how it performs, so let’s jump straight into what exactly I’m looking at today:
- Soap and Glory ‘Archery Brow Pencil’ – £8.50
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I don’t have a photo of the box that contained the pencil as I have had these a while, but if you know Soap and Glory packaging, you can probably envision what it was like (pink, black, and gold). As you can see from the above photos, the packaging is sleek black plastic which has the brand and product name printed on it in gold.
The product itself is a 2-in-1 skinny retractable pencil with one end as the pencil and the other as an eyebrow brush. It also contains a cap at either end to protect the product. Let’s be honest here, this is virtually the same as the Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘Brow Wiz’, with the product on one end and a brush on the other. I feel that a lot of brands have been bringing out products very similar to the ‘Brow Wiz’ at a fraction of the price, and this isn’t an exception. I have owned the Anastasia Beverly Hills product, and I did like it but how long it lasted made it not financially viable for me to keep purchasing.
The two products in the above photos are two different shades of the same pencil, with the bottom one having been bought longer ago than the top one. As you can see on the bottom pencil, the product and brand name has been scratched off over time. The top pencil is a recent replacement for my previous one which had run out and that pencil had no branding or product name left on it when I finished it.
Whilst the information on the pencil being removed over time is unattractive to look at and slightly impractical (especially if you have more than one shade and are in a rush), it isn’t the end of the world and at the end of the day it is more about the product than the packaging.
Shades and Application
I naturally have light brunette hair (I don’t know how else to describe it, if anyone else knows please let me know) with lighter ends from previous dyeing. However, for some reason I always find it really difficult to choose a brow pencil that fits with my hair colour.
Initially I did purchase the ‘Dark Chocolate’ shade as ‘Brownie Points’ is pretty much always sold out in my local Boots. When I first started using it I did think that it matched pretty well, however it definitely is too dark for my hair colour! If I use it with a light hand then I can make it work, but it’s certainly not my shade. After checking (and checking, and checking) ‘Brownie Points’ was finally in stock at Boots, so I bought it. I definitely think that this shade it a much better match for my hair colour, you can see it on my brows in the above two photos.
Honestly, I’m not the best person at doing brows (you can probably tell), my brows are extremely sparse from over-plucking, and I find it pretty embarrassing so I always fill in my brows. As much as I would like to get that flawless blend at the front of my brows, having zero hair there makes it pretty difficult, and my seeming inability to create fake hairs also doesn’t help. However, on the whole I would say that this pencil is very easy to use, the tip being so small makes it easy to be precise and define the shape of your brows. Personally I can’t mimic small hairs with this pencil, but I couldn’t do that with the Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘Brow Wiz’ either so I think it’s down to my lack of skill rather than the fault of the product. I think that this pencil would be great for both beginners and those who are used to using brow products, and if you like the ‘Brow Wiz’ and want an alternative then I think this is perfect!
One issue that I do have with this pencil is that there just are not enough shades. This pencil only comes in three shade options: ‘Love is Blonde’ (blonde), ‘Brownie Points’ (light brown), ‘Dark Chocolate’ (deep brown). To be honest I think that my shade lies somewhere between ‘Brownie Points’ and ‘Dark Chocolate’, and I would love it if Soap and Glory would make some more shades! I tend to use a mix of ‘Brownie Points’ all over my brow, and ‘Dark Chocolate’ to fill in really sparse areas (and attempt to create faux hairs at the front of my brow). Whilst I would really recommend this pencil, the price is great, and it’s a fantastic dupe for the ‘Brow Wiz’, I think that the lack of shade options limits how many people can actually use the product and might make people look elsewhere for similar products (with more shades).
Overall, this Soap and Glory ‘Archery Brow Pencil’ is my go-to brow product and I would definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative for the Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘Brow Wiz’ (and believe that one of the colours will work for you). I find that the product lasts really well on me, and doesn’t move throughout the day, additionally I can achieve the look that I want for my brows with this product solely which is really great as I’m usually in a rush!
If you would like to try this product out then you can get it from Boots here.
So, this brings us to the end of my review about the Soap and Glory ‘Archery Brow Pencil’, I hope you enjoyed reading it! If you did then please give this post a like, also let me know in the comments what you think about this product. As always, if you think my blog contains the type of posts that you enjoy reading then please subscribe to stay up to date with when I’m reviewing – I post at least twice a week (I’ll be reviewing some more Soap and Glory makeup soon)!
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