In Chanel’s recent Sophisticated Eyes Collection, it introduced a new brow pencil to the U.S. market. This is the new Crayon Sourcils Sculpting Brow Pencil ($29). Like the older Crayon Sourcils Precision Brow Definer pencil (now gone from Chanel’s website), the pencil is wood with a useful brow brush on one end. The older pencil has gold lettering, the new has white lettering. Please note that the picture above is the used one that I purchased in Europe in March-it’s shorter than a new pencil because I’ve been using it for several months.
I bought the lightest shade, Blond Clair (in the former Crayon Sourcils, I used Taupe, which is swatched third from the right in the line-up here. There are four colors total in the new line–Brun Naturel, Blond Clair, Brun Cendre and Noir Cendre.
I find the new Chanel Crayon Sourcils slightly waxier and creamier than the dryer, older formula. To avoid a “too waxy” or matted look and to keep brows looking natural, using the convenient attached brush is essential. Unsurprisingly, it’s softer than Shu Uemura’s Hard Formula and so the Chanel works a bit faster.
Here are swatches of Chanel Blond Clair and the discontinued Chanel Taupe, together with Shu’s Hard Formula in Seal Brown. Keep in mind that Shu’s Hard Formula is not designed to adhere to skin (hair only), so the swatch is patchy and had to be applied several times before it adhered to my arm.
Overall, I find that the new Crayon Sourcils has excellent staying power, is very easy to use, and looks very natural once brushed over. If you are looking for a quick brow solution that is easily accessible and easily packable, it is definitely worth investigating.