Clé de Peau Eyebrow Pencil (202 Grey Brown)

Cle de Peau Eyebrow Pencil review

Hi, my name is Sunny and I am a brow fillerholic. What’s more, I am very specific about the “type”. Essentially, I only want to try brow pencils with a twist-up mechanism as well as a spoolie on the other end. I might have mentioned once or twice that I have formed an unhealthy attachment to my Hourglass Soft Brunette Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil, but I don’t object to trying something new. That’s how Clé de Peau Eyebrow Pencil in 202 Grey Brown found its way to Belgium from Taipei!

Cle de Peau Eyebrow Pencil 202 Grey Brown

For those of you who are not familiar with Clé de Peau, it is the premium brand of Shiseido. I like how nice and well-trained their SAs all seem to be, but it is not widely available outside of Asia (and maybe North America).

Like I said, the main reason why I wanted to try the Clé de Peau Eyebrow Pencil is because it has a smart twist-up mechanism as well as a spoolie. The holder and cartridge are sold separately. I went to the counter with Hourglass Soft Brunette and picked out the shade (out of 4) that is the most similar, 202 Grey Brown.

Cle de Peau Eyebrow Pencil spoolie

The spoolie is amazingly soft! I have washed it a handful of times, and I am sure it will last quite a while. You will probably eventually have to repurchase the holder since the spoolie won’t last forever, but the system seems more budget- and environmentally-friendly.

Cle de Peau Eyebrow Pencil 202 Grey Brown closeup

202 Grey Brown is the closest match to Hourglass Soft Brunette, though as you will see in the comparison swatch, it is way more brown. The texture is harder, but I was surprised how easy the product actually goes onto the brows without the tip feeling scratchy at all. The tip has an angle, and it is much smaller than the Hourglass one.

Here is how Grey Brown and Soft Brunette look next to each other:

Cle de Peau Eyebrow Pencil 202 Grey Brown, Hourglass Soft Brunette Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil comparison swatch

Because of the drier texture, Grey Brown seems more intact by the end of the day. The shape of the tip makes it easier to get natural-looking brows. However, if you want your arch to look a bit more defined or cheat bigger brows, this might not be the best option.

Here is my naked eyes (no foundation, no concealer, no nothing):

bare eyes

After Clé de Peau Grey Brown, a bit of mascara, and under eye concealer:

Cle de Peau Eyebrow Pencil 202 Grey Brown, Chantecaille Vanilla Bio-Lift Concealer

You have seen Grey Brown in the following full-face photos:

Guerlain Les Voilettes +Crazy Meteorites

Dior Iridescent Leather 5 Couleurs FOTD

Bottom line: All in all, I am satisfied with Clé de Peau Grey Brown Eyebrow Pencil. I am sure I will use this cartridge up, but I am not sure I will repurchase. As you can see, my brows are naturally very sparse. It takes a lot of filling in, and it is easier with the bigger tip of Hourglass Arch. I do like the very natural effect of Grey Brown, and it is great for low-key days. However, each cartridge only contains 0.1 gram (0.003 oz), and with the amount of brow product I need on a daily basis, I will burn through it fast. I would recommend this to people who want more natural-looking brows and those who don’t have a lot of filling-in to do. If you want more defined eyebrows or if you practically have to draw yours on like me, you might want to look elsewhere!

Who else is a fellow brow fillerholic? What is your favorite brow filler?

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

  • Kirti

    I don’t fill in my brows or do anything to them as a matter of fact. It does make a lot of difference to the overall look though so I should probably start!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Kirti, if you’re lucky enough to be blessed with full brows, I can see why you skip this step! I am really doing a public service when I fill mine LOL

  • Chris El

    You read my mind. I was wondering about this and after reading, I’m going to stick with my HG Hourglass Arch pencil.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Chris, if you need a lot of filling in or a more defined arch, I’d encourage you to stick to Hourglass!

  • beauties

    It’s a nice colour for you :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Eva! I think it definitely passes as credible.

  • Jangsty

    great post! I am a huge brow fillerholic myself, since my brows are very sparse too! recently i’ve been a fan of Sensai brow pencil, it is also automatic and concerning shape reminds me of this Cle De Peau a lot!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Jangsty! I’m glad you enjoyed it! I’ve been intrigued by Sensai, but unfortunately the brand is very much unavailable here! I’ll keep it in mind in case I go somewhere where the brand is available though!

  • Lily

    I can’t go out of the house without filling in my brows. I’ve tried Shiseido, Empro (a Korean brand), Bobbi Brown, Maybelline, and lots others, but in the end, I think I just really love my Shu Uemura one because it’s harder and less waxy. I need to fill in my sparse brows and it’s easier when the brow pencil isn’t too soft.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Lily, I’ve thought about the Shu one but I’m just not into having to sharpen my brow filler. I do know many love it though!

  • Natasja

    I like it! What an interesting design. But it’s not for me, because I don’t fill in my brows.. or do anything with them at all.. just like Kirti 😛 haha. But I do like the way it looks on you!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Natasja, oh I’m really really jealous now :p

  • Emi at Project Swatch

    This looks really great – though anything called grey brown sounds good to me :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Emi, haha you should check it out! I think it’d work for your hair color!

  • LifeOfBun

    I love the look on you though Sunny! 😀 my brows also aren’t small, but sparse indeed.. and it really does take up a lot of time to fill them in every single day. I can understand your frustration hehe.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha thanks, Anouchka 😉 I wish I were the kind of girl who can jump out of bed and face the world, but I really must have my brows filled first instead LOL

  • Redhotjillypeppers

    The colour looks great. I’m using a Catrice pencil at the moment and it’s actually quite good.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      If it doesn’t have to be sharpened, I’d definitely be willing to look into it!

  • Larie

    I’ve been using different thngs lately because of my hair color change. Turns out not many brands pay attention to redheads, LOL. Right now it’s a MAC Brow pencil in Strut that Tracy sent me.

    • TracyBeautyReflections

      YAY so glad it works for you! :)

      • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

        Thanks, Tracy!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      OOO yeah, I bet being a redhead comes with a different set of challenges! So nice of Tracy to send that to ya!

  • TracyBeautyReflections

    I use the Shu Uemura Hard #9 pencil. I like the natural effect I can get with it!

  • Cassandrapamela

    I am a brow fillerholic as well because my natural brows are also sparse.. I usually use matte eyeshadow from INGLOT and eye brow gel from art deco.. And also sometimes eye brow pencil from essence, cheap but good ^^

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Pamela, I’ve tried eyeshadow as well, but it doesn’t adhere to bare skin, so for me it’s still not optimal. I know there are a lot of budget-friendly brow pencils around, but I’m just too lazy to sharpen anything LOL

  • Natalie

    I love filling in my brows! I use the Anastasia brow wiz when I want them really defined, but otherwise powder or Benefit Gimme Brow for a softer look.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Natalie, I thought about Brow Wiz and Gimme Brow as well. Maybe I’ll pick them up at some point!

  • Icaria

    Weird we have a counter of Clé de Peau in Montreal and in fact last Friday night I had a quick look at the line and left the store drooling! Now I must be from another planet since I never ever fill in my brows! I think they have a good shape and are kind of on the normal thickness side so I’ve never bothered. Actually I did try a few times but it was more fuss than anything else since it’s didn’t show much difference. :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Helene, oh consider yourself LUCKY! I can’t face the world with bare brows!

  • Catherine

    Both this and the Hourglass are exactly the kind of shades I like most for brows. I also just like how the pencil is slanted, a little added convenience. Sounds like this isn’t quite up there with the Hourglass, but I’m glad it still works nicely for you :) But jeez the amount is SOOO little… .003 oz? whoa

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Catherine, yeah it’s TINY! I thought there isn’t a lot in the Hourglass pencil, but this one is even smaller!

  • Shari

    It looks so soft and natural!! I think you’ll be my brow guru, sunny! You have the best choices when it comes to eyebrow stuff. Although I really love the look of filled-in brows, I’m too lazy to do it most of the time. And its because I have the most shapeless eyebrows which have no arch and just looks BLAH. I find doing it nicely is too much of a task to do everyday. :(( Sad right! Oh how I wish I had been blessed by beautiful no-need-to-fill-in brows!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Aww thanks, Shari! Your brows are naturally pretty full already, so consider yourself blessed!

  • ValleyDoll

    I’m also a brows-person and still looking for that perfect product to fill them with. Though I must confess I haven’t been looking very hard 😉 !

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Eva, so what are you using for the moment?

      • ValleyDoll

        I’m using a budget one from Catrice right now. But the tip is too blunt sometimes. It’s not really made for the more refined work, if you know what I mean :-).

        • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

          Hey Eva, yeah I know what you mean. That’s why I prefer twist-up pencils 😉

  • MyLuciteDreams

    This looks very fun to use actually and it’s the perfect shade. I started experimenting with brown a year ago. It’s so easy to go overboard and certainly hard to get used to. I’m currently using a brow gel from 100% pure and I really love it compared to powders.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Taylor, I need to venture into brow gels. Powders don’t do a lot for me because they don’t adhere to bare skin, so I end up not having bald spots but my brows still wouldn’t be defined!

  • rachlovespenguins

    *raises hand* Fellow fillerholic here. I do love a twist up mechanism in my pencils (so convenient) but I’m totally not above the 99cent Wet n Wild pencils from the drug store. Sure they’re really soft and I sharpen them a lot, but they’re also dirt cheap for a massive amount (1.4g!) and I just set them with some powder. The one I use is pretty similar to Soft Brunette. I did splurge and try out Benefit’s Gimme Brow, and I really like it for lazy not-so-defined days.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Rach, I’ve got to check out Gimme Brow now that everyone has mentioned it at least once LOL We don’t get Wet n’ Wild here, though people have told me about other great drugstore brow pencils. I’ll have to look into them!

      • rachlovespenguins

        What I love about drugstore pencils is the cheap-factor. The things I don’t like are A- general lack of shade options, and B- most don’t have a spoolie. But I’m willing to work a bit with a product (use a setting powder, provide my own spoolie etc) if the cost-effectiveness is there. Then I can save my monies for prettier things like sparkly eyeshadow and new lipstick. 😀

        • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

          Hey Rach, haha that is very sensible!

  • Lydia

    I’m obsessed with brow products! The Hourglass pencil is my usual go-to (I have it in soft and dark brunette), but I’ve been using Benefit Gimme Brow and the Givenchy eyebrow pencil and they’re both great! The Givenchy pencil has a really interesting, dry silky texture that makes it blend like a powder with the precision of a pencil. I’m Asian with dark grey brows and I use the darkest color, which is slightly darker and browner than the Hourglass pencil in soft brunette. I also recently picked up the Tarte brow mousse in rich brown, which I haven’t worn out yet but from my trail run at home it seems pretty killer!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Lydia, thanks so much for sharing your experience! I’ve been curious about Gimme Brow, but I’ve honestly never paid attention to the Givenchy brow pencil! Gotta check it out now!

  • Kate Driveller

    I love your criteria — very sensible way to narrow the field down to manageable proportions! I’m going to hunt down a spoolie-on-one-end brow product now to take on flights, though hopefully I’ll find a shade in a line cheaper than CdP!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Kate! I do that because I’m lazy, and I’d HATE to have to sharpen a brow pencil because that probably has to happen very often. If you find a good one that is reasonably-priced, I want to hear allll about it!

  • Judith

    I love the look on you actually, but your brows are always nice and never overdrawn (which is a huge makeup pet peeve of mine!)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Judith! Just to be honest though, it is a little hard to overdraw my brows, considering how little hair there is to begin with LOL

  • Liz

    I love CdP (we have a counter here – yay!) but $$$$$$$$. LOL I just caved to Anastasia Brow Wiz and it’s LOVE. The shade Ebony matches black brow hair perfectly without being too dark or severe.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha yeah I’m glad I don’t have a CdP counter here, otherwise there would be too much temptation! I’m curious about Anastasia Brow Wiz as well. Need to look into the line!