Brow pens have never been THAT great in my experience, tough to get a very natural look with what is effectively a felt tip but some are better than others. Very fine, flexible applicators tend to be a little better but it really depends on how bold a brow you’re going for as to whether this kind of product will be for you. Another issue I’ve had in the past is colour, unlike gels, pencils and powders, ink dries to a different colour than it may first appear so finding the right shade for you can be tough. With all of this said I was intrigued to discover Primark had added 3 brow pens to their new PS..Pro line, they’re not the easiest formula to get right so it was an interesting choice and I was excited to give them a go. You can see my apply the pen in THIS VIDEO
The packaging is sleek and simple, I like the colour indicators at the end of each pen and the branding, nothing feels particularly cheap until you remove the cap. The pens are stiff, not really like felt tips so much as a firm marker pen nib, not ideal for creating fine strokes mimicking natural brows. I chose the very darkest shade when I tested them out because my memory told me that one faded to the most natural colour however the swatches below disprove that memory. When first swatched I thought they were pretty good, not a tremendous difference between the first and second colours which were both on the warm side but the third was a fair bit deeper and cooler. The next day, after multiple hand washes and a long soak in the tub the stains remained on my hand and I couldn’t believe the colours that were left behind. I tried to recreate this for this post by rinsing the swatches away, it didn’t quite leave the same stained effect however the main culprit I think is still obvious. That deepest shade has a quite unnatural purple undertone that you may not spot on your brows but that you almost certainly wouldn’t want the morning after wearing it.
Call me picky but it’s something that I know some of you will care about so something I wanted to mention. Overall the pens are £3 each and not too bad if you’re looking for a quick, long wearing brow product, don’t mind a bolder look and can find a shade that’s right for you. I’m not sure I’d use them again in a hurry but I’ve tried more expensive versions that I don’t love either so this may come down to preference rather than a poor product!
AVAILABLE IN SELECT PRIMARK STORES FOR £3 EACH