Sunday, 3 July 2016

Soap and Glory Archery Brow Pencil: Brow Wiz Dupe?

Soap and Glory Archery brow pencil with arrow on white background

I HAVE NEVER OWNED ANYTHING BY ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS.

There. I said it. Even though a lot of people swear that the Dip Brow Pomade is the best thing for eyebrows since discovering eyebrow wax as a teenager, I’ve just never needed it. The eyebrow gods have been kind to me and blessed me with a strong brow.


It’s a blessing and a curse, really. Lucky me, I only ever really needed to fill in my brows a tiny bit, but whoever said that the eyebrows are the nipples of the face is full of shit, because my nipples definitely do not require so much maintenance. I’m still trying to find the delicate balance of how gently to fill in my eyebrows, as just the tiniest slip of the hand gives me a brow so heavy that I look like an even angrier Bert from Sesame Street.



Although I have been lucky in naturally having a pretty decent brow shape, they can’t be left alone, or they will take over my face. I do have to regularly pluck them, and if they aren’t filled in, the arch does look a little funny. I’ve come to terms with the fact that I’ll never need to try the Dip Brow Pomade, and I do have my heart set on eventually owning an ABH Brow Wiz. I just can’t justify spending £15.50 on an eyebrow pencil. I borrowed a Brow Wiz from a friend once, which was slightly too dark for me, and I wasn’t convinced enough to buy straight away.

When I was last in Boots, I came across the Soap and Glory Archery 2-in-1 Brow Filling Pencil and Brush, and at £6 I figured I may as well give it a go, to see if this could work in place of the Brow Wiz.

Archery comes in three different colours, Blondshell (for you blondies), Brownie Points (for you brunettes) and Hot Chocolate (for you…slightly darker brunettes). I went with Hot Chocolate, as I dye my hair black, and my eyebrows are naturally quite dark. One thing that ABH already has over on S&G is that Brow Wiz comes in a whopping ten different shades, and Archery is only available in three, so you may find yourself a little limited unless you fork out for the Brow Wiz.



The design of Archery is virtually identical to that of Brow Wiz, with a brush on one end, and a twisty pencil on the other.  From what I remember of Brow Wiz, the formula is very similar too. It’s very solid, and just a touch waxy, just enough so to make application easy enough without it applying clumpy. With short strokes, you can fill in your brows and they still look natural.

The only real difference that I can determine is the price and the shade availability. For Brow Wiz, there’s an incredibly helpful table on Cult Beauty to help you choose a shade, and I definitely cannot argue that Brow Wiz definitely caters to a lot wider range of skin tones. Anastasia specialises in brows, so you would expect that. However, if you’re like me and don’t have a lot to fill in, or the price bothers you, you could get away with using Archery. If you really need to fill them in a lot, I’d probably recommend the Brow Wiz, as it’s most likely going to be easier for you to find your best shade.


Have you used Archery or Brow Wiz? What did you think?


2 comments :

  1. Hahaha the Bert from Sesame Street comparison made me laugh a lot 😂 I am the same, I never fill in my brows because they're pretty thick as it is! Still interesting to hear your thoughts on these products though, thanks for sharing! 💕

    Abbey ✨ www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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  2. Great review! I'm definitely going to check this out!

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