I've been wanting to try Pixi products for a while, especially after seeing my favorite beauty guru Lisa Eldrige use it in her makeup tutorial videos. Target happens to carry this British brand and I decided to check it out.
I tested this out during a night shift, which I find is the perfect venue to try out products for their long-lasting ability since the air-conditioning where I work tends to make my skin both really dry and oily. This product contains a pencil on one side and a brow gel on the other. The pencil portion of this product is triangular-shaped, which I believe is similar to Tom Ford's brow pencil, with one side thicker than the other.
Here's how I use this product: I like to hold the pencil vertically with the thinner part pointing up and swipe this across the inner half of my brows to fill it in quickly. I then like to flip it with the thicker side up to make to draw thin strokes to the outer half of my brows.
At first swipe, I wasn't too impressed with the color (this product only comes in one shade) because on me, the waterproof pencil swatched as a brownish-black grey, and I like to use a darker brown color on my brows to bring out my hair color because greys tend to look too harsh on me.
I was about to throw in the towel and give up on this when I decided to layer the brow gel on top of the pencil. I don't really use brow gels, but when I like my brows to look a bit more finished and glam, I like to use Maybelline Great Lash mascara in clear. When I tried the sheer brown tinted gel, I fell in love. This is the secret to using this product. The sheer brown adds the right amount of color to make my brows look natural (hence its name), and I find this gel to keep my brow hairs soft in comparison to Maybelline's product. I would keep this product if only for the brow gel. This product lasted about 8 hours on me, with slight fading by the end of my shift.
Bottom line: If you're looking to get natural-looking brows, it's worth giving this product a chance. Although I don't feel this product would suit lighter-haired ladies, brunettes might find the brow gel just perfect for a soft spring look. You can find this product at Target for $18.
|(left brow): No gel // (right brow): With gel|
|You definitely need to add the brow gel when using this product (right brow)|