By Erin Lukas
Aug 07, 2019 @ 12:45 pm
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The Splurge is our new weekly column dedicated to expensive beauty products that are actually worth it. This week, why we're rebuying Hourglass' Arch Brow Micro Sculpting Pencil, despite the $28 price tag. 

One of my only beauty regrets is waxing my eyebrows for over a decade. Blame it on the early 2000s for wanting thinner brows, but pre-waxing, I had thick, full arches of Cara Delevingne proportions. Even though I stopped the bi-weekly waxes almost 10 years ago, my brows have never been the same: They've never grown back in. There's also there's some chunks missing from arch and the tail is too thin. To sum it up: My brows need some work every day.  

Now, I'm obsessed with getting my brows to look like they did before I discovered the waxing salon at my suburban mall in middle school. Grooming them is a two-step process that requires a brow pencil and gel. I've always preferred skinny brow pencils because I think they look the most natural. With a ultra-fine tip you can go in and precisely fill in any sparse spot without it looking too harsh or fake. 

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The only problem? Super skinny brow pencils tend to snap. Then, I was introduced to Hourglass' new Arch Micro Sculpting Pencil. Truthfully, I've written about other "natural-looking" brow pencils in the past, but none of them compare to this one. 

This Hourglass pencil has a super-thin, angled, 1.4 millimeter tip that allows for drawing on controlled, hyperreal hair-like like strokes to fill in and define brows. The other end is a spoolie to blend and brush your brows in place. There's nine shades to choose from, including warm and cool tone options to match various brow shades. I have dark, chocolate brown hair and Ash is a perfect match because it doesn't have any red undertones to it. 

Confession: More often than not skinny brow pencils break on me because I tend to press down really hard when I'm applying any make product. That being said, Hourglass' pencil held up against my Hulk-like strength and I was impressed with how much color payoff it has despite the tip being so small. I was able to fill in the spots I wanted without having to clean up any messes. Hourglass also claims that the formula is waterproof and I have to agree. My brows haven't smeared even on the most humid summer days. 

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Hands down, my brows have never looked this natural when I've filled them in, so I'm breaking up with all of the other pencils I have in my stash. The catch is that Hourglass' pencil will set you back $28. However, when I think about how many skinny brow pencils I've broken, and thus wasted, this indestructible pencil seems like a pretty good deal. You can bet I'll be restocking it once I go through it. 

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