Rated 4.45 out of 5 stars
Thankfully Benefit and Influenster sent me Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow+ Pencil complimentary for testing purposes, right as I was on the hunt for a new brow product! I have tried so many products from so many brands, ranging from pencils, powders, wax markers, gels, etc. Many products end up not looking natural, even when using very lightly. I have found that Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow+ Pencil looks great and doesn't irritate. I am a contact wearer with sensitive skin, so I am hesitant of brow products with fibers because they tend to flake, transfer, and upset my skin, but I have not had any issues with the Gimme Brow+ Pencil. I received a shade that matches my brows perfectly. I was happy to learn they have twelve shades in total because that is half the battle with brow products - finding the right shade! The pencil glides so well. It is applied like any other pencil and feels a bit creamy or light because of the powder formulation. I don't notice the fibers when applying, the pencil seems completely solid, it is only when I see the fullness in my brows that I can tell that there are fibers in the formula. I have not noticed any transfer or smudging. It is long lasting and seems to be decently waterproof. I have worn it during the summer heat, when most of my makeup wants to melt off. There is a spoolie included on the opposite end of the pencil which is helpful. The product is very buildable and using the spoolie at the end really helps the volumized look. The downside to this pencil is it does not have a built-in sharpener and is not non-sharpening. You have to buy a sharpener separately to use this product continually. For the price, I wish the product did not need a separate sharpener. Aside from the lack of sharper, this is a great brow powder pencil for anyone looking for better matching shades and natural looking fullness.
First off, I'm a "Benefit junkie". I've been purchasing products from Benefit for many years. I overplucked my brows as a teen and they've never grown back (thanks late 90s and early 00s trends). I've used most of their products at some point.
My first impression: The box is longer than usual. It is designed using the typical Benefit colors. The actual brow pencil is longer than other ones that I own and it's also silver. They've updated the packaging, so it looks a bit more modern. The pencil has a bit of a kohl pencil smell, but it's not overpowering.
The good: It's Benefit and they offer the best in brow products. They offer a wide variety of color options. I use the spoolie often, even if I'm not doing my brows and this one is a nice quality. It's easy to apply and it's easy to remove.
The not so great: Despite selecting the same color that I always choose, it was too dark. It didn't look natural at all. This product advertised that it contained fibers, which would add volume. I didn't notice any. It also said that it's transfer proof and longwear (12 hours). I was so bothered by the unnatural look of my brows that I decided to remove it in my car. It rubbed off with my finger. I didn't have makeup remover or anything. To get rid of the remaining tint, I used a napkin and all traces of it were removed.
This product isn't for me, though I'll give it another try. I will still purchase products by Benefit, as I've had great success with them throughout the years.
from Phoenix, AZ
Good shade, smooth to apply, easy to remove w makeup wipes
rossyr5560 from Paterson, NJ
The pigment is great, super soft and natural looking. I only using this from now on. Super recommend this. It looks really natural and it last a long time
Cristina from Miami,FL
As other reviewers mentioned, you cant use your own sharpener because the plastic design will get suck and you'll end up with a broken pencil. For those who are saying that the benefit sharpener works…it's ridiculous that they make you buy yet another item just for their pencil to work. That shows that they care more about the money than the product.
Nitasha from Colorado
Benefit, PLEASE 🙏 never ever ever get rid of or discontinue this beloved product 😍 unfortunately, I don't have much brow at all. Just a few hairs on each side. When I tell you that I've tried every brow pencil and brow pen- I truly have and NOTHING has ever worked for me quite like this magical pencil 😍 this is the ONLY product that makes it look as though I have NATURAL beautiful brows. I've never seen anything else like this magical product in the market. I have ONLY used this beloved volumizing/fiber pencil since I got it when it first released. I love many of your products, but this pencil is by far my most favorite thing from your brand and one of my top HOLY GRAIL products in my day to day routine. I promise to be a customer forever- please never get rid of this magical formula! You truly are such an innovative brand. Love you guys so much!
alexandrac515 from TEXARKANA, TX
I love this product! It comes with the pencil and a spoliy. It lasts all day with brow glue. It applies very smooth and gives a nice color. I totally recommend.
Belle from Texas
The only grey brow color that works. I love it
LT from SF, CA
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Jill from Portland
Would not recommend - same issue others have reported with the pencil keeps breaking off. Very frustrating
Jan from Knoxville, TN
I love Benefit eye products.
This brow pencil pulls out my brow hairs.
I've used other brow pencils in between.
When I return to this pencil I lose my brow.
zubaiday from PLANO, TX
I love this product. It's natural and doesn't make your brows look fake. I will definitely recommend it to everyone. This is by far my favorite product.
Rhonda from Leander tx
Goes on smoothly and has good colors to choose from
Sandy from New York
This is the only eye brow pencil I use from this day forward! Makes my brows look so full along with lamination brow gel. 100% be re-purchasing!!!!
Jeanne from Spring Hill, Tennessee
I have tried several brow pens or pencils. Never thrilled with any of them, till I found this product. I t goes on so easily and fills in so nicely. I will purchase the larger size next time I need to purchase a brow pencil. The brow specialist I talked with was very helpful in choosing this item.
I love the color that was recommended for me.
Maureen from East Hartford, CT
The application to my partially grey eyebrows doe not look at all natural
Jamiene from Memphis Tn
I've always liked the more natural eyebrow and wanted an eyebrow pencil to fill my brows..Well I finally found one I Love Benefits Gimme Brow&Volumizing pencil. The color match was perfect 05- Warm-Black Brown and it gave my brows the finished looked I was wanting. I'm soooo pleased and will recommend to my friends. Thank You for making this one..😁😁😁😁😁
ethelgraceeasterly from Winter Haven, FL
My Black Friday steal; I love this product. It's easy to use and just the right amount of paint to creat a natural looking brow. I have light brows and needed something to darken them. There's no mess or need to be an expert. They help you color in the perfect brow. Will continue to buy them and hope they never discontinue the product. I partner it with benefit brow volumnizing gel and the result are natural looking brows.
Cloudwatcher 9 from Sierra Mountains in CA
This brow pencil works well for me. The gray is not too dark. Easy to apply.
George from Ga
Yes I would recommend the primer the mascara the pencil. Benefits cosmetics are by far the best I have ever used and believe me I used many different brands .
nana32817 from Bronx, NY
It's very easy to use and it's natural-looking and holds well. I like the precision that it has and don't forget to buy the sharpener. I love this product and it's great for beginners.
Brow Gal from California
Great shades and the powder pencil is perfect for my thin brows.
Nora from Escondido Ca
Easy to apply and use, great colors.
mfker from Marietta, GA
So easy to use and so natural looking! Love the thickness and color and how easy it is to sharpen for a precise hair stroke. It's buildable and easy to take off too!
Tj from Portland Oregon
Thin brows, made them look fuller
Margalee from USA
Last time I wanted this it was totally out of stock so I was glad when I noticed it had come back in. I think this volumizing pencil works better than the regular pencil. It is a bit larger tip but this fills nicely. I will repurchase when this is gone. Hopefully it will be in stock.