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Smashbox Brow Tech Matte Pencil & Highlight Stick Swatches + Review

Smashbox Brow Tech Matte Pencil & Highlight Stick Swatches 2Since I am very clearly obsessed with brows (seriously, check out that tag on my blog!) here are two more options, newly launched by Smashbox. I have the Smashbox Brow Tech Matte Pencil in Brunette* and the Smashbox Brow Tech Highlight Stick in Bronze Shimmer* to share with you, but there’s also a third variation for brows, the Smashbox Brow Tech Gloss Sticks.

Smashbox Brow Tech Matte Pencil in Brunette SwatchesI tried out the Smashbox Brow Tech To Go in Brunette last year, and really enjoyed it, so I was definitely curious about their most traditional new brow option, the Smashbox Brow Tech Matte Pencil in Brunette. It is one of those really popular (and for a good reason!) ultra-skinny brow pencils, with a microfine point for a precise application. One important warning–this brow product twists up, but does not twist back down. I’m not sure if this is done because it is so thin to prevent it breaking, but do not twist it up more than you need! Smashbox Brow Tech Matte Pencil in Brunette Swatches 2Even though my hair is nearly black, the Smashbox Brow Tech Matte Pencil in Brunette does a fairly good job as a match. It makes my brows bolder, and helps fill in those sparse areas. In addition to Brunette, which is a medium-to-dark brown, there are also Natural Blonde, Taupe, and Dark Brown options. When I think of brow products, Matte is definitely my gut instinct, so I think this is the option most people would be comfortable with it. Not only does it give you a really easy application, but it also lasts all day.
Smashbox Brow Tech Highlight Stick in Bronze Shimmer SwatchesFor a more unusual brow option, there’s the Smashbox Brow Tech Highlight Stick in Bronze Shimmer, which is also available in Gold. Honestly, my first instinct when I saw this product was that it was for highlight around your brows, in which case it seemed awfully dark for my skintone. Turns out, it actually goes on your brows. It comes in a twist up (and back down) pencil format, and it’s a creamy, bronzey very shimmery shade. There’s a spoolie on the other end to help blend it in.

Smashbox Brow Tech Highlight Stick in Bronze Shimmer Swatches 2I applied the Smashbox Brow Tech Highlight Stick in Bronze Shimmer on its own, and I found it a bit strange and a bit too warm and shimmery for me. I would not use this product on its own if you have very sparse brows, but maybe as a secondary product, or just subtly over the brows. It does give them a different dimension than using the traditional matte products that can be quite heavy. I really appreciate Smashbox trying something new, especially in an area of makeup where there are so many similar products, but I’m not convinced by it yet.

Smashbox Brow Tech Matte Pencil & Highlight Stick SwatchesWell, I’ll confess, yes, I am still obsessed with brows and there’s at least one more brow post to come on Writing Whimsy…hopefully more. Brands, if you are reading this, send me all the brow products please.

Out of these two, my clear preference is for the Smashbox Brow Tech Matte Pencil, but I am definitely a bit curious about the Smashbox Brow Tech Gloss Sticks because I think they might be more accessible than the Smashbox Brow Tech Highlight Sticks.

Have you tried any new brow products lately? What do you think about Smashbox’s new take on brows?

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