Shobha is a line of salons in New York City that specializes in that one aspect of women’s makeup routine that rarely gets treatment on beauty blogs–hair management. Yes, I went there. Welcome to the Cafe!
Shobha’s salon experience with waxing, threading and beautifying “that which some prefer to tame” has led them to develop and sell products for at-home use. Like several other products reviewed on this site, Shobha focuses on maximizing natural ingredients in their products while still maintaining effectiveness. Fortunately for many of us, this means fewer allergic reactions and minimized chemical exposure.
Shobha’s press relations sent me a few products to try, including two brow pencils, one in Sand (for blondes) and another in Earth (for brunettes) ($16, sold at Shobha’s online site here). Both are packed with handy sharpeners in their caps. As a traveller, I love that feature.
I found that Sand was the perfect shade for my NC15/Chanel Cameo skinetone and light brown hair color. For those familiar with this blog, Sand would be the right shade for Liz as well.
Shobha’s pencils apply very smoothly, and lay down plenty of pigment. I found that the pencils released pigment with less pressure on the pencil compared to Chanel eyebrown pencils, for example. Those who are familiar with Shu’s Hard Formula brow pencils will find these quite different. Shu’s pencils are formulated to cling only to the eyebrow hair, which makes them challenging to use if you are attempting to reshape or fill in thinner areas. Shobha’s pencils go one with full-on color, so that fill-in work is easy to do.
Heavy-handed users may find that they get small strokelines in their brows, which can be easily brushed away using a standard eyebrow brush. In fact, I use an eyebrow brush even when applying these very lightly, because, well using a brow brush is like brushing your teeth. It’s the right thing to do in so many ways. Swatches:
Overall, I found that the lasting power of Shobha’s pencils was excellent, on par with other pencils and longer than powder. Well-priced at $16, convenient with the inner sharpener. Supply your own brow brush to polish the look. Highly recommended.
Ingredient list: simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, cera alba (beeswax), bis-diglyceryl polyacyladipate-2, copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax, caprylic/capric triglyceride, squalane, tocopherol, iron dioxides (ci 77499), iron oxides (ci 77492), aluminum powder (ci 77000), ultramarines (ci 77007), titanium dioxide (ci 77891), manganese violet (ci 77742), bismuth oxychloride (ci 77163), mica, iron oxides (ci 77491), ferric ammonium ferrocyanide (ci 77510), ferric ferrocyanide (ci 77510)