If you’re a long time scroller round these parts then you will know that for the past year or two my brows have been exclusively put into place and beefed up thanks to the Hourglass Arch Brow Pencil in Soft Brunette. I can practically write down its name without even having to look down at my keyboard. In that time I’ve been through two, raved about it countless times and have barely gone a day without using it. But this time round when the nub made its last stroke I was feeling a bit naughty and instead of repurchasing my trusty Hourglass, I cheated. I know, I know – I feel awful, but the Anastasia Brow Wiz in Soft Brown was an itch I just had to scratch and I’m bloomin’ happy that I did because now I see what all the fuss was about.
Texture-wise the two are pretty much the same. A waxy texture that sets things in place while giving off a natural, non-shinny smudge of subtle pigment. The big difference here is how they are deposited. The Hourglass is cut into a rectangular, quite thick edge and so leaves a block of colour when applied, whereas the tip of the Anastasia nib is so tiny I had to get out my macro lens to photograph it (and it still didn’t show up that well!), making it easier to mimic singular brow hairs.
But here’s the thing – shock horror – I actually think I prefer it. I can get a much more precision finish and the end result doesn’t look so blocky. I do prefer the colour of the Hourglass and it’s much quicker to apply, so I’m pretty sure I’ll make a repurchase at some point for good brow days when I just need a quick tidy up, but right now I’m thinking that the grass is greener on the other side of the brow fence. Watch this space.