It's not you—it's me.
We had a good run. You faithfully stood by me, through bad days, bad weather, sweat, and tears, but ultimately, it was time for a change. I can't define the moment I decided my heart wasn't in it anymore, but I've found something that suits me better, and we're really happy together.
This is the breakup note I'd send my old brow pencil (you know, if brow pencils had feelings). It's not that it did anything wrong—in fact, I've sung its praises many a time. It has a user-friendly retractable tip and waxy consistency that allowed me to mimic the look of brow hairs on my otherwise sparse and patchy arches, and best of all, it stayed put all day long without so much as a smudge. But as a beauty editor, I'd be damned if I didn't give other products some face time. So when I got an email about trying the Kelley Baker Brow-Defining Pencil ($22), I agreed to take it for a spin, not knowing it would soon become my new staple brow product.
If you don't know, Kelley Baker is the celebrity makeup artist and brow expert responsible for grooming the celebrity brows of Kelly Rowland, Kourtney Kardashian, Mandy Moore, and hairstylist Justine Marjan. Considering her impressive client roster, I had a hunch her products would be as rock-solid as her red carpet work.
Unsurprisingly, after the first use, I found the consistency to be perfectly waxy yet drawable and easy to maneuver. And the shade I chose, Brown, is a perfect match for my coloring. The brow brush on the opposite end of the pencil is also top-notch, perfectly grooming my brow hairs in place and somehow avoiding the buildup my old pencil's brush was prone to gathering. I've been using Baker's every day since and haven't once noticed it fade or move throughout the day. Lastly, and this may just be a coincidence, I've noticed that my brows have grown in more than they have in years since I switched products, so perhaps it treats the skin around my brows much better than old faithful did. I'm hooked.
I hope you can understand, dear old faithful. I have to move on.