Raising Eyebrows

posted by: Emily

I had really given up on any kind of eyebrow wax or pencil or tint. I had decided that they all look fake and weird, and that I was just going to love my brows as-is, and make peace with them. I was going to toss out all my spoolies and combs and just embrace the brows with which I was born– while still having them threaded regularly, of course– when I discovered the answer to all brow issues, ever:


This Jane Iredale Retractable Brow pencil is a game-changer.

It combines the precision of a pencil with the holding power of a wax, all in the easiest-to-use little wand you can stash in your purse! The spoolie on the end is perfect for combing brows, and convenient on the go.

Perhaps the best discovery I made about this brow pencil is the color. Jane Iredale sent me all 3 shades to try out. How lucky that was, because usually, were I to choose one to buy or request for sampling, I’d say the darkest shade.

I have what I like to call “dark brown” hair, but for years my husband has tried to convince me that my hair color is plain “black.” We’ve debated and color-compared, and it doesn’t even matter because I’m obviously right :), but the bottom line is this: I have very dark hair and eyebrows.


Selfies are weird!!! But these are my brows. (With Jane Iredale Retractable Brow Pencil in Blonde, even though I’m clearly not!)

But every time I’ve ever used a brow pencil or gel or wax, I always feel like I look like I’ve painted on fake brows– it always looks too dark! So, since Jane sent me all the brow pencil shades, I decided to try the lightest one out for some reason. And good thing I did! Using the brow pencil intended for blonde hair has been revolutionary for me! It looks far more natural, the wax still holds my brow hairs in place, and the light color is just enough to shade in sparse areas without looking like I took a Sharpie to my face!

If I were to make a pro/con list about this product, the only con would be this: It has a list of ingredients that read like a chemistry textbook. However, Jordan and I have spent some time with Jane Iredale herself, and her commitment to safe cosmetics is amazing. I looked up each of the ingredients separately on EWG’s Skin Deep database, and they all score 1 (“low hazard”). Sometimes, I have to embrace a little chemistry and technology!

In short: I’m back to using an eyebrow pencil! This one. And I really love it.


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