Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil (Review, Swatches & Photos)

Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil in 'Dark Brown'

Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil in ‘Dark Brown’, £2.99 || Boots

I’m a big fan of filing in my eyebrows with powder rather than pencil, but being the little beauty addict I am, I saw this eyebrow pencil by Rimmel and decided to give it a try (even though I’ve just confessed I prefer powder); oh, why not?!?

Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil in 'Dark Brown'

The Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil is pretty much self-explanatory; it’s a kohl pencil and the lid also doubles as a little brush so you can brush your eyebrow hairs before and after filling them in. To the best of my knowledge they only come in 3 shades (black, dark brown and hazel), which is pretty rubbish to be honest. I chose the colour ‘dark brown’ based on the fact that ‘hazel’ was too light and ‘black’ would probably be too dark, but even when I swatched it in store, I wasn’t convinced it was a good colour match for my eyebrows… unfortunately, I was right!

Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil in 'Dark Brown'

The pencil itself is quite smooth, but the pigmentation is very sheer. The ‘dark brown’ shade is quite a warm brown, which did not suit my eyebrows very much. I also found it hard to fill in my eyebrows with this pencil and make them look as natural as they normally look with powder eyeshadow. I wouldn’t say this is a bad product, but I honestly think you can get products that are a lot better and for a similar price.

Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil in 'Dark Brown'

If you’re looking for a good cheap eyebrow pencil and your brow hairs are a similar shade to mine, I would recommend the MUA Intense Colour Eyeliner Pencil in ‘Rich Brown’ (HERE); they are really easy to work with and only cost £1! But, if you are a fan of powder eyeshadow to fill in your eyebrows, my favourite is Benefit Brow Zings (HERE) or for a drugstore alternative try VIVO Ultimate Brow and Eye Kit (HERE).

Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil in 'Dark Brown'

Overall, unfortunately I wasn’t impressed by this eyebrow pencil. The shade range is poor and the pigmentation is sheer, which means you use a lot more product to get a decent result. I even tried using it as a brown eyeliner but I couldn’t get any colour payoff out of it. I probably won’t use the pencil as much, but the little brush is quite handy and I will keep that for touch ups.

Have you tried the Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil before? What do you think of it? Which is your favourite eyebrow pencil?

  • Product: Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil in ‘Dark Brown’
  • Price: £2.99
  • Availability: Boots

Au revoir!




  1. 10 September 2012 / 6:00 pm

    I bought this a while back and felt exactly the same about it! x

  2. 10 September 2012 / 6:31 pm

    This was the first ever brow pencil I bought as a teenager and I still have it because I’ve used it once (I think it’s time to bin it!). The black is too dark and the brown is too warm toned. I’ve yet to find a high street brow pencil which I like because the colours are too limited :( I currently use a MAC one but if I could find a cheaper one I would switch

  3. 10 September 2012 / 6:51 pm

    I agree, I’m currently using a powder eyeshadow, but it’s so fiddly and time consuming. I’ll probably give the MAC one a go, even though I’m not happy with the price tag of MAC products! xx

  4. Lily bee
    10 September 2012 / 7:54 pm

    Have you tried the brown/black one? It’s a better colour match for dark eyebrows and I love it! X

  5. Carolllynn.blogspot.com
    10 September 2012 / 8:00 pm

    Tomorrow I’ll buy!

  6. Beauty Follower
    10 September 2012 / 8:20 pm

    Looks great.

  7. 10 September 2012 / 8:40 pm

    Yeah, really sheer and very few colours to choose from! xx

  8. 10 September 2012 / 8:42 pm

    I found it to be a bit too dark, but maybe it would have been a better :) x

  9. 10 September 2012 / 9:25 pm

    wow i love this eyebrow pencil – it’s the only one i use! mines so pigmented /: strange!

  10. Blush Bug
    10 September 2012 / 10:03 pm

    you always have the perfect brows!


  11. 10 September 2012 / 10:06 pm

    I havent tried this eyebrow pencil. Looking at your before & after pics it doesn’t look too great. Dont think I will be purchasing this. I love my VIVO Brow Kit & it works great

  12. 10 September 2012 / 10:13 pm

    Aw, thanks! That’s very nice of you :) xx

  13. 10 September 2012 / 10:14 pm

    Yeah, I love the VIVO brow kit. It’s affordable and great quality. I suggest you give this Rimmel pencil a miss, if you already have an affordable one that you like :) x

  14. Yewande
    10 September 2012 / 10:31 pm

    I have used this brow pencil and you are right, the pigmentation is rubbish and it’s staying power is no good, I have to be really careful to avoid touching my face when I use it. Switching to Mac’s Espresso eyeshadow now, Hopefully that works better..xx


  15. Jen
    11 September 2012 / 10:19 am

    You have lovely eyebrows naturally, but this pencil looks great! xx


  16. 11 September 2012 / 10:52 am

    Thank you, Jen! I was just a bit disappointed with the pigmentation and the shade range, but I love the little brush; super handy! :) x

  17. 11 September 2012 / 10:53 am

    That’s right, I wouldn’t wear this without worrying about it smudging. Fingers crossed for Espresso :) xx

  18. 20 September 2012 / 4:23 pm

    Thank you Juliette, that’s very nice to hear :) x

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