After experimenting with the Long Lasting Brow Pen ($24) by Xtrème Lashes, I was excited. I felt like a kid who had been given a new set of markers. Remember that feeling?
I got extremely excited when I tried the pens for the first time. I don't use brow pens on a regular basis, so it's not that easy to impress me. Xtrème sent me press samples, and because I'm a big fan of Jo Mousselli's products, I "dug" right in.
I found that these pens meet their promise - and more. The Long Lasting Brow Pen is an innovative, soft-tipped, long-lasting (yes, I need that hyphen) "pen" that can help you have perfectly sculpted brows, even if yours are far from perfect. The long-lasting, smudge-proof formula fills in sparse areas beautifully. My brows are full, but occasionally, I'll get a sparse area when all the hairs in a spot decide to end their life cycle simultaneously. For anyone who needs more help, perhaps those who always have sparse brows, lightly colored brows, brows that need shape correction with color, or brows that are going gray, Xtrème's pen deposits natural-looking color - amazingly easily. I really like the way these pens write effortlessly. I've had them long enough to report that they don't dry out, and there's no way for them to break either (big smile).
Imagine a pen a bit larger than the felt-tip pens we use for writing on paper - one that deposits its color perfectly and responds to your touch. Want very light coverage? Use the pen lightly. Want heavier coverage. Apply just a bit more pressure. They apply color consistently and "fluidly." I need to emphasize "effortlessly." I really love the way these pens work.
Another plus, the water-based formula removes easily with any eye makeup remover or cleanser. I like Xtrème Lashes Eye Makeup Remover. It's fabulous - gentle and effective. I recently ran out, and I need a new bottle. It's one of the company's fine products I loved from first use and continued to love, right to the last drop. I kept the bottle to remind myself to order more.
The pens are available in two shades, Light and Deep. Here is a swatch photo of both, taken in full sun. Light looks very red, and, actually, it's a little too red for my brow color. It's not too red to wear (you'll have to trust me on that one), but I'd rather have a true dark blonde shade without the red undertone. These pens are so good, I'll bet Xtrème's already working on more shades.
Light is said to be ideal for blonde, auburn (absolutely), strawberry blonde, and light-to-medium brown hair. Deep is designed for those with rich brown to black hair. It's actually my favorite. Figure that out! It may not be dark enough for those with black hair. More colors, please!
You can order directly from the Xtrème Lashes Consumer site. While you're there, check out the other cosmetic products offered by the company. Jo Mousselli founded Xtrème Lashes, which has grown from a small, family business into an international company - for good reason. You can find out more about Jo and her company at this link.
Update: I am thrilled to report, just as I anticipated, that Xtrème Lashes is working on more shades. You are going to love this brow pen.
Photo at top courtesy of Xtrème Lashes; swatch photo by Best Things in Beauty