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!
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.
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.
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:
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):
After Clé de Peau Grey Brown, a bit of mascara, and under eye concealer:
You have seen Grey Brown in the following full-face photos:
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