So, you want to have perfect brows, and you've decided you need a liquid eyebrow pen. Now how do you choose the best one? mybest is here to help.
Our editors searched Japanese e-commerce sites such as Amazon, Rakuten, and @cosme for the best liquid eyebrow markers available. We then picked out the most popular products and tested them.
With the advice of our expert, we focused on 3 things:
We then ranked the products and put what we learned into a buying guide to help you choose the best Japanese eyebrow pens.
We picked out some of the most popular products and tested them for how easy they were to use and how well they worked and stayed on.
Then, based on our tests and with the advice of our expert, we ranked the top 13 Japanese eyebrow markers available online.
Japanese prices for some of the products are given, but they've been converted into US dollars to make it easy for you.
|Japanese||常盤薬品工業 エクセル ロングラスティングアイブロウ|
|Colors available||Natural Brown, Caramel Brown, Grayish Brown|
|Ease of use||1.1|
|Japanese||コーセー アディクション リキッド アイブロウ|
|Colors available||Cinnamon, Chestnut|
|Ease of use||3.0|
|Japanese||クオレ K-パレット ラスティングツーウェイアイブロウ リキッド|
|Colors Available||Light Brown, Natural Brown, Mocha Brown, Grayish Brown|
|Ease of use||2.7|
|Japanese||イプサ クリエイティブ アイブロウ エレメンツ|
|Colors Avaliable||Beige, Brown, Gray|
|Ease of Use||2.3|
|Japanese||資生堂 インテグレート ビューティーガイドアイブロー Ｎ|
|Colors Avaliable||Natural Brown, Light Brown|
|Ease of use||2.8|
|Japanese||コーセー エスプリーク Wアイブロウ|
|Colors Available||Bright Brown, Natural Brown, Natural Gray|
|Type||Dual, With Mascara Brush|
|Ease of use||3.6|
|Japanese||資生堂 アネッサ パーフェクトアイブロー|
|Colors Available||Ash Brown|
|Ease of use||2.7|
And why they didn't quite make it.
Kose Fasio Perfect Eyebrow is readily available, and the price is reasonable, but it was rated middle- of-the-road in our tests. The powder is brighter than the liquid and can be smoothed easily. The brown tone fits any complexion. It's a good affordable choice, with no major flaws.
Kanebo's Kate Lasting Design Eyebrow W N (LQ) has a soft powder, and the liquid can draw delicate lines because it's very firm. The color is a well-balanced brown that isn't too red or yellow. The liquid by itself comes off easily, but combined with the powder tip, it's a good choice for those who want a simple, fast solution.
Canmake Eyebrow Liquid from Iida Laboratories is a felt tip type, so it's not good for fine lines, but can make a good thick shape easily. It worked well for drawing an outline. It bleeds a little, so forget about making individual hairs. However, the color is a bit olive and translucent, which we felt suits those with black hair well.
Equipe's RMK W Eyebrow Colors was indeed a nice color, creamy with a little sparkle, but the applicator was big and hard to manipulate. The brush is thick and the liquid too runny. It leaks easily. It is possible to create 3D brows with it, so if you get used to it, you might like it.
UR Glam, available at Daiso, is as cheap as you'd expect for something that costs a dollar. The color is greenish and dark and doesn't look natural, and the felt tip bleeds and dries slowly. It might be good to have in your purse for emergencies, but that's all.
Sweets Sweets Lasting Brow Maker by Chantilly was just bad. We really found it annoying to use and sometimes way too much came out at once. The color was so faint you almost couldn't see it, and the tone was a shade lighter than expected. Just don't.
We put each of the liquid eyebrow pens through three tests.
Test ① Finish
Test ② Durability
Test ③ Ease of Use
For this test we had the makeup applied by a professional, then evaluated the results based on how natural it looked and how the color was. We wanted to see if the pen could be used to create thick lines and fine lines, could reproduce natural-looking hairs, did not look sticky or like the brows were floating.
We learned that the best way to get a natural look is to apply a light color over the base coat. You can see this in the photos above. We gave a high rating to products that blended with the skin. A lower score was given to those that looked overpainted.
The top photo shows a good match with the skin, while the bottom is not so good.
The best color is a neutral tone that is neither too red nor too yellow. Yellowish colors especially can make you look a little old. Unless you are choosing yellowish shades for a fashion statement, it's better to choose a neutral color close to your skin tone.
To check how well each product stayed on (who wants missing eyebrows? Not us!) we applied each product to artificial leather. Then we dipped a tissue in fake sebum to represent the oil on your skin. We put a weight on the tissue and dragged it over the eyebrow mark.
The result was rated on a 5-point scale. We found that liquid eyebrow pens by themselves didn't stay on very well. In fact, there was only one product, Anessa, that performed well! It outperformed even waterproof types.
The top image shows a durable mark, while the bottom clearly is less so!
The dual-tipped types, which had one tip liquid and one tip powder, fared better. The difference was slight, as you can see in the photo below, but some powder remained even if the liquid came off.
The top photo is liquid only. The bottom is powder only. You can see the powder stays on a little better.
For this test, five of our editors tried drawing on their eyebrows and the backs of their hands. We wanted to check how easy the pen was to hold, how it made marks, and for the dual types, how the tips and brushes were to use.
We found that a fine brush was the best choice. The felt tips and special nibs were not good for fine, detailed work. We recommend a fine-tipped brush with a round ferrule, not a flat brush or felt tip.
The pen on the left is superior to the one on the right. It has a fine, pointy tip and round ferrule (the part which holds the brush hairs.) The one on the right, with a flat ferrule, held too much liquid and was messy to use.
To find the best eyebrow marker for you, we recommend thinking about these three points before buying.
There are two types available- the kind which is just a marker, and the kind which is a combination of a marker and some other product.
The single-tipped kind is recommended for those who want to reproduce individual hairs or make a sharp edge. They are the most widely available and come in many colors and finishes.
The dual-tipped kind is perfect for those who want to save space in their makeup kit because it's two products in one. It's a liquid pen combined with either a powder, pencil, or mascara. This convenience also makes it fast to finish your style on a busy morning.
Just as important as the shape of your brows is the color. Don't try to pick a color that you think your eyebrow hair is - hold the pen up to your hair, in the light, and check if it matches or is slightly darker.
Don't choose something too light or your brows will look too faint. In general, we recommend these color pairs:
There are different types and qualities of tips, and this will greatly affect how well you can use the pen. Some are fine-haired brushes and others are like felt-tipped markers.
The felt-tipped pen type is better at creating an eyebrow outline than at reproducing individual hairs. These are stiffer and more stable, so you can draw thick lines consistently. You can use it the same way you would use a pencil, so it's recommended for people who aren't comfortable using brushes.
The key to making painted brows look natural is to study the direction of the hairs. Use a mascara-type brush tip to line the hairs up and see where there are gaps. Using a pen with a fine tip, fill in the missing areas (not too darkly.) Try to use the tip, not the side of the brush, and fill in one line at a time.
If your skin is oily, the eyebrow makeup will rub off easily and the color won't look good. Use a powder foundation and pat it in firmly before applying the eyebrow liquid for great results!
mybest looked at 13 of the most popular Japanese liquid eyebrow pens available online and tested them all. We found that the best had fine tips, were brush types, and came with a powder tip too.
Author: Haruka Toda/Translation: Susan Lucier-Ogawa/Photos: Yuuki Inagaki, Ayumu Sasaki
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