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Saturday, 11 June 2016

Review | Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil

Having picked up Benefit's new Goof Proof Brow Pencil free with this month's issue of ELLE magazine (check out the other freebies available this month!), I thought I'd share how I've been getting on while the magazine is still in the shops - that way, if you like the sound of it, you should still be able to pick it up for FREE. Hooray!
From what I understand, there are two shades available with ELLE; shade 02, which is described as "light" on Benefit's website, and shade 06, which is described as "deep". Now, someone at ELLE made a grave error and put the magazine in an opaque plastic wrapper, so you've no way of seeing which shade you're getting until you open it - it's pot luck really, and I ended up with shade 06. That's probably the shade I'd have chosen anyway, given the opportunity, so I don't mind too much - but if you have a strong preference, it's a bit of an inconvenience!
Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil
The outer cardboard packaging was horrible to photograph as it's shiny and silver; it was just coming out black in my photos, so I gave up. You can see it on the product page here if you're bothered! It's fairly standard Benefit, with fun text and graphics alongside some statistics. Apparently, 95% of testers said it was easy to fill and shape their brows, whilst 91% said Goof Proof Brow Pencil gave them beautiful brows on their first try. This really is a product aimed at beginners so I was expecting it to be super easy to use...
Benefit Goof Proof Swatch Shade 6
...and I haven't been disappointed! For once, I feel like one of Benefit's products actually lives up to its claims; the twist-up nib (no sharpening!) is tear-drop shaped which makes it super-easy to fill in both the body and the tail of my brows really precisely. It looks like the pencil which will be available to buy will have a spoolie on the other hand, which the one available with ELLE doesn't, so I've been blending a little with my own brow brush just to soften any harsh lines; it blends easily and looks really natural once I'm done.
Benefit Goof Proof Brow on the face
I've been wearing this for work which has been a true test of its longevity; we've had radiator trouble recently and a radiator was stuck on during the mini-heatwave we've had, meaning it was 34°C at work the other night. My brows did not budge. Colour me impressed.
Benefit's Goof Proof Brow Pencil will be launching on the 24th June and will be priced at £18.50 here; the full range will consist of six shades which look as though they should cover most bases. I think £18.50 is steep for 0.34g of product, even if it does include a spoolie, but then again it's Benefit and I always think their prices are a little steep. Overall, it's a good product; I'd definitely recommend grabbing it with ELLE (if you can handle the stress of not being able to choose your shade), and I'd consider buying it myself once I've used this up. Remember you also get a voucher with ELLE for a free wax at a Benefit brow bar when you purchase one first - in other words, book and pay for one wax, get a second free.
Have you picked up the Goof Proof Brow Pencil? How do you like to do your brows? If you prefer something a bit more purse-friendly, check out my Budget Brow Picks!

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  1. I haven't tried anything from benefit yet but this looks good! :)

  2. This looks so good, this is the first I have heard of it. Think I need to see if I can get myself an Elle magazine to test it out

    Lauren x | www.laurenapowers.blogspot.com

  3. I am absolutely obsessed with the new Benefit Brow Collection! I actually went to their launch event a few weeks ago and I am literally in LOVE with every single product in the new line up. I picked up Elle magazine too and also got Shade 02 - even though it's light I feel I could pull it off especially with some darker setting gel like Gimme Brow :)

    Sophia Meola | A Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog


  4. I'm pretty excited to try out Benefit's new brow products. I've only used a few things from the original lineup, and a lot of the new launches look awesome. Glad this freebie worked out so well for you!

  5. I want to try this but I feel like I can't justify it when there are so many affordable alternatives like Colourpop's eyebrow pencils and Nyx's micro brow pencil! Awesome review, though!

    xo, Kimberly

  6. The launch of their new products looks so amazing. Your eyebrows look so perfected with this!

    Katie // Words By Katie

  7. I'm currently use Benefit Brow Zing for my brows and I love it, but I'd love to try this as well! It's so good to know it didn't budge in the heat as well, would make it perfect for holidays. :D xx

    Ashton | Beauty, Books and Babble

  8. I got shade 2 which is my perfect shade and I absolutely love it x

  9. I haven't tried any pencil for my brows but this looks great!! I will search for the Elle magazine then :D


  10. I defintely need to sort out my brows! Haha!
    I have been looking for a brow product, for a beginner like me!
    So thank you. I may try this out.
    Sarah xxx

  11. Rushes out to get Elle magazine, it sounds great.

  12. I have been really curious about this new brow line of Benefit. If only it weren't that pricey (I'm still a studen, LOL), i would probably buy all of them.

  13. I have never heard of Benefit's products, but sounds great. I am definitely going to try. thank you!

  14. I need to try this out for sure! I have read some great things about this product :)

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  15. Im really surprised it works - I've heard a lot of not so great reviews but it looks great on you!

    Becky @ The Owlet

  16. I have it!! I love it!! and it's amazing! I was lucky to recieve the whole new range from them to try before the launch!

  17. This sounds brilliant! I need to pick it up when I go to Turkey for vacation, everything melts there x

    Pink Frenzy
    Öku Möku

  18. I'd love to give this a try! It looks so natural too! :)



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