This Pen Gives You the Look of Microbladed Brows for Just $8
Though my eyebrows have never fully recovered from a decade of over-tweezing, I refuse to get microblading. Sure, the popular, semi-permanent brow treatment would give me the full, thick brows I lost when I started tweezing, but I have an extreme case of needle phobia (and microblading is extraordinarily expensive).
That's why, when Maybelline's Singapore-exclusive Tattoo Studio Brow Tint Pen ($8; target.com) first went viral in April after YouTube beauty vlogger Tina Yong posted a tutorial on it, I stalked it in hopes that it would eventually land stateside.
Here's why it's been getting so much hype: It has a multi-prong tip that applies the tint in hair-like strokes to mimic the same natural, realistic finish you'd get from a microblading appointment—and it promises up to 24 hours of smudge-free, transfer-free wear. The four available shades range from blonde to deep brown with an ash undertone.
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Maybelline has finally brought the pen to the U.S., which is perfect timing because it doesn't look like thick, fluffy brows are just popular among YouTube beauty bloggers. At NYFW, the brand's makeup artists, Erin Parsons and Dick Page, gave models full arches at Staud and Proenza Schouler's Fall 2019 shows, and this pen seems like it would be ideal product to get my brows look just as full.
I took the pen for a test-drive last week, applying the deep brown shade in small strokes starting at the head of my brow to the tail. The pigment filled in sparse spots perfectly without looking, well, like I had makeup on my brows.
The angled shape of the multi-prong tip came in handy when I got to filling in the tail. Since this is the thinnest part of my brow, I tend to overdraw it and have to go back and clean it up with makeup remover, but Maybelline's pen made it easy to stay within my natural brow shape.
Verdict: Who needs microblading now that this needle-less pen exists?