The difference that a well-structured filled in brow can make is honestly pretty life-changing, I can’t believe there was a time in my life where I didn’t spend a few extra minutes brushing my brows each morning. I’ve gone from someone who had one $3 brow pencil for those special occasions to someone with a decent little arsenal of pencils, waxes and pomades to pick from every morning and my entire face is thanking me for making the effort.
The Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Taupe has been my unwavering favourite for over a year now, you can tell I have serious love for a product when a repurchase takes place but lately, the Soap & Glory Archery Brow Pencil in Blondeshell has been sneaking it’s way into my routine a little more (thanks to my lovely friend Liv for picking it up for me from the UK). It’s unsurprising when you take a look at how similar the products are but how does the cheaper option stack up against the product that has everyone in the beauty community raving?
Obviously, the set up of both pencils are the same – spoolie on one side, thin, retractable nib of brow pencil on the other. I can’t get enough of how precise both pencils are, so easy to work with when it comes to really getting your brow shape in order. The main differences comes in when you compare those two factors – I find the Anastasia Beverly Hills offering is slightly softer and, as a result, a little more pigmented than the Soap & Glory pencil. This isn’t necessarily a good or a bad thing, though. Although the S&G takes a little longer to apply, I sort of prefer that it’s less pigmented, resulting in a more natural looking end result, if I do it right. The lasting power on both products is also incredibly impressive – when set with a teeny bit of brow gel, both last all day.
They’re virtually identical when you look at the shades, too, both just cool-toned enough for my blonde brows while never looking out of place or too dark. Another thing to think about is the shade range – ABH caters to a more varied bunch with at least three times the shade range that Soap & Glory offers, I’m lucky that I’ve found a match in both. The ABH looks slightly different in the swatch but that mostly comes down to the pigmentation and softness of the formula.
L to R: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Taupe, Soap & Glory Archery Brow Pencil in Blondeshell.
In the end, both products rock my world and if the Archery pencil was more readily available in Australia, I’d probably end up repurchasing the slightly cheaper option because for me, the similarities are definitely there. But for now, with Soap & Glory makeup being hard to source in Australia I’ll likely be repurchasing a Brow Wiz when I eventually finish off my current products in rotation.