Beauty Low-down: Eyebrow liners

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 02 July, 2014, 11:14pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 02 July, 2014, 11:59pm

Dolce & Gabbana Shaping Eyebrow Pencil (HK$325/0.25 grams)
Claim: A long-wearing, smudge- and water-resistant liner that requires no sharpening and comes with a handy spiral brush for grooming. There are four shades — soft brown, stromboli, chestnut and mocha — to choose from. Rating: 3/5

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Brow Lift Duo (HK$220/1.2 grams)
Claim: A micro-slim brow pencil with two ends, one for precise brow shaping, the other for instant highlighting. Comes in four shades — black brown, rich brown, soft brown and blonde brown — and stays in place for up to 12 hours. Rating: 3.5/5

Kose Fasio Powder Eyebrow Pencil (HK$88/0.7 grams)
Claim: A fragrance-free powder-based liner featuring pigments of two different tones at the same time which blend naturally to create softer, more dimensioned brows. It is available in three colours — dark brown, light brown and grey. Rating: 3.5/5

All three products are easy to use, thanks to the twisting, retractable design they share. The tear-shaped nib of Dolce & Gabbana's Shaping Eyebrow Pencil is easy to control. While its soft, creamy texture is easy to blend and offers a glide-on finish, it isn't as long lasting as the other two. Trying to create a thicker brow using Estée Lauder's Double Wear Stay-in-Place Brow Lift Duo takes a bit more time, but it's great for sharp, refined strokes. Kose Fasio's Powder Eyebrow Pencil is a solid 4.9mm-thick tube which is less precise (unless sharpened) but gives a more natural result.