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.
Nancy from Jackson NJ
Eyebrow pencil is so easy to use and shapes my eyebrows well.
Alyssa from Idaho
This eyebrow pencil sucks, I dread using it in the morning, I'm broke so I can't just go and buy another eyebrow pencil especially with how expensive this one is & for what? Why is it so expensive? The Anastasia eyebrow pencil in my shade was out of stock so the employee at Ulta recommend this one. I hate it. Won't stay sharp, won't sharpen, if you do sharpen it the color falls out, lots of wasted product. Don't waste your money on this.
Tatya from Chicago
Wasn't sure why I needed this product (I have both Benefit thick and thin liners) but then I got a sample. This stuff is great! It makes my spare mature brows look fluffy and fuller without being messy or unnatural. It literally glides on. Great for those mornings where I'm hurrying and half awake.
JeniD from Texas
First off, most of the negative reviews are surrounding the sharpener issue. Benefit sells an inexpensive sharpener that easily sharpens this thick pencil - buy it! That said, this product deserves high praise. I also use the Precisely benefit pencil and was so sick of having to replace that one almost every 3 weeks - was starting to look for other options. This is the answer! I still use the precisely pencil for the first small portion of brows where I want small defined strokes, but then I fill in the rest with this volumizing pencil. Its easy to apply, lasts all day and Ive used the pencil for almost 3 months without needing to replace. LOVE IT
gottabemel from Queens Vlg, NY
Great product! I love brow pencils because they're so easy to use and are super long lasting! They do the job when I need a quick fix on my brows. I love benefit all together
Mo from Rockwall Tx
It keeps breaking when you sharpen it. Theres a plastic coating inside that makes it impossible to sharpen. SAVE YOUR MONEY. DO NOT BUY
jem from Philadelphia, PA
When I say this is THE BEST brow product I have ever used, trust me!!! I have dark, sparse brows and have been using this daily since this product launched, for about a year now. Aside from the fact that I am still on my first pencil, it takes me about 2 minutes to do my brows and they come out looking perfect every time. The shade range is amazing and they stay on ALL DAY. No smudging or losing a tail midway through but it also blends so well. I don't know what technology or sorcery is in this, but I will never use another brow product.
Karen from Anacortes, Wa
The color was a perfect match. I have light colored hair and it wasn't dark at all so my brows matched better.
ann from North Carolina
The young girl did a good job penciling my brows in. I currently have none due to health issues but she was able to show me how easy it is
Julie from Boston, MA
Benefit pencil review 4 ulta
Cool idea - Horrible product. When you receive the product it obviously comes sharpened to a point which is great. but once it dulls down its useless because it cannot be sharpened. It will just break and clog up in your sharpener. I tried several different sharpeners including the one specifically made by benefit. I wanted to love this product but unfortunately its just a dud! Would have been better if they made it as a twist up. I would not recommend this product.
macyj17 from South Bend, IN
This eyebrow pencil is my absolute favorite but it goes way too quick. I feel like I have to buy two at a time and it's too expensive to do that every month.
Mari from Fl
Very smooth pencil you don't need to press hard it's the Best brow pencil. Definitely worth every penny !
marenh18 from Washington, DC
My eyebrows are really sparse and light because I am a natural strawberry blond. This pencil is awesome because it comes in an auburn color that is perfect for me. It really adds volume to my eyebrows without weird fibers everywhere. I honestly don't know how it works but it does.
JR from Idaho
I have always struggled finding a brow pencil that is soft and pigmented but forgiving and blendable. This is it! Plus the spooley is stiff but not scratchy. I have strawberry blonde hair and light skin, Color 2.5 is my match for summer up to 3 for a bolder red brow.
Jen from West Des Moines, IA
I was excited to try this product especially because the color selection included a grey (which is more like a very ashy brown) amd that is what I wanted. I was disappointed because every time I go to use it, the pencil is so dry, I have to scribble on my hand over and over to get the color warmed up and for the pencil to work. I have struggled with it for about 3 months now and I've decided to toss it and find something new.
emmag383 from United States
I have used this product for years. It's the only brow tool I use. I used it when I was not good at make up and it has helped me shape and defined my brows. It goes on incredibly easily, and is very easy to use for beginners or skilled make up artists.
Heather from Idaho
For a brow pencil this is just ok. Works well enough. I don't think I will buy this again.
Tammy from Eugene, OR
I have been looking for a replacement after Bobbi Brown discontinued their eyebrow pencil. This was perfect!
Lilly from Gresham, Oregon
I prefer this pencil over gel! Goes on great! Doesn't run or smear!
Ash from Washington, DC
The first time use was great, but once jr was sharpened I discovered actual the actual lead is covered in plastic so you can use the sides to fill the brows, only the top. What's the poing of the plastic? So you have to keep sharpening and that leads to crumbling and a jagged finish.
According to another review the pencil only works correctly with the Benefit pencil sharpener. Tho the inital finished result was satisfactory, I found nothing about the design that that justified the hassle.
Bernadette from San Francisco
I used all kinds of sharpener, even a cutter to manually take off the wood part but the "lead" of the pencil keeps on breaking :( I cant use it at all. I dont know if i just got a bad batch but it really keeps breaking.
Aisha from Orlando, FL
This brow product is easy to work with, but if you have sparse brows like myself, you may find yourself using a lot more product to fill in those gaps. Only big downside is sharpening! Use the benefit Sharpener, otherwise the product will not sharpen and you waste a LOT of product.
shasinger from Colfax, NC
As expected, Benefit delivered with this product. A true "pencil" brow product that applies flawlessly. Only issue I have with it is it doesn't come with a sharpener. Other than that, highly recommend.
Victoria from Farmingville
I gave one to my mom and bought another one for me. I strongly recommend it 👌🏻
Fefe428 from Wilmington, NC
If you have sparse brows I highly recommend this product. The tip does break easily, which is a drawback, but the product works so well it's a small price to pay. This is the pencil I've been looking for for years!!!