Benefit Cosmetics is known worldwide for its range of eyebrow products, and many have sung praises of their Goof Proof Eyebrow Pencil. I had always wanted to try out the brow products from this range but found them a little expensive for my budget. Recently the brand has launched mini versions of some of their cult products on Nykaa.com, which has made their products slightly more affordable and accessible for those on a budget. Nykaa and Benefit were kind enough to send me the mini of the Benefit Cosmetics Goof Proof Eyebrow Pencil in the shade 5, and here are my thoughts on the product along with swatches.
The Packaging of Benefit Goof Proof Mini Brow Pencil
This mini brow pencil comes in a quirky cardboard packaging and the pencil itself has a silver body with pink lettering and a futuristic looking silver cap. The pencil is of the twist-up variety but does not come with a spoolie at the other end like the full-sized version of the product. Having a spoolie is definitely an advantage when you want to brush out your brows before filling them in, but if you already have a pencil with a spoolie then you can save some bucks by picking up the mini version.
The Shade Range and Formula
The mini version of Benefit Goof Proof is currently available in 7 shades on Nykaa while the full-sized version is available in 11 shades. However, I feel that the shades 3.5 – 5 should cover almost all Indian skin tones and brow colours. The formula is quite creamy and pigmented and is not too waxy. It glides on the skin with ease and provides an even pigmentation to fill in the brows. The formula is waterproof and fairly smudge-proof. I personally feel that the shade 5 is a little too dark and bold for me and I will opt for the shade 4 or 4.5 next time but if you have dark and dense brows then you can go for this shade. For sparser brows, I will recommend to go with the shade 3.5 to 4 for a more natural look or you can create a transition on your brows with 2 shades too. I will recommend a brow powder instead of this pencil if you want an extremely natural look.
Ease of Use
If you are someone who is used to filling in your brows with creamy eye pencils then you will find this product fairly easy to use but if you are a beginner then you may need a couple of tries before you figure out how to use this product perfectly because it is more on the pigmented side. It has a somewhat triangulated tip which is very thin on one end to help with precise outlining and creating fine strokes to mimic hair while the other side is flatter to fill in the brows quickly. Overall, I would give this 4 out of 5 stars when it comes to ease of use because you have to be a little careful to not go in with a heavy hand when you use this product.
If you have been curious about the brow products from Benefit Cosmetics then now is the time to pick up the minis from Nykaa. I will personally recommend the Benefit Cosmetics Goof Proof Eyebrow Pencil to those who prefer twist-up brow pencils as opposed to sharpenable ones and like their brow products to be creamy and pigmented.
Have you ever tried any brow products from Benefit? Which one is your favourite? Let me know in the comments below!