BROW DEFINERS

When Benefit launched a massive range of 13 silver-packaged brow products in 2016, even fans like us asked ourselves: are there really that many different brow issues that women need to tackle...? Well, here's the definitive proof: Benefit scoop a Gold, Silver and Bronze Award here (sharing that Bronze with the equally fabulous Studio 100). If you're in doubt which of the winning products will be best for you, the in-depth comments should help shape your choice – but score-wise, there were micro-points between all of these outstanding winners, which put on stellar performances. If you're not a regular user of brow products, we say: these can make a massive difference to any face. We also heartily recommend Benefit's in-store brow-shaping and tinting service, which the whole Beauty Bible team swears by. (Almost like a mini-facelift – and we're not exaggerating).

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GOLD AWARD – Benefit Precisely, My Brow Pencil

One of our own favourite products: a twist-up pencil (so it never needs sharpening), which has a super-fine tip for precision – allowing for a truly natural feathering effect – and a budge-proof finish. On the other end of this pencil is a brush, for sweeping through to make the effects appear even more natural. As with most of Benefit's brow range, there are six shades available – and a useful on-line test on their site for figuring out which is your perfect tone.

OUR TESTERS' COMMENTS:

'A great product in the quirky packaging you expect and love from Benefit. This looked very natural even in bright daylight; I loved the fact it stays put through an exercise class, rain shower and rubbing my eyes when I’m tired (more than I can say for my mascara…). It’s easy to use: just apply very light strokes to begin with then add slightly more pressure for a more definite look. The brush on the other end is a great idea as it lightly breaks up the solidness and makes brows look like they’re all real hair. Just remember not to wind the pencil up too much because it is so fine it may break' • 'I tried the pencil on my white-haired mother-in-law and it looked perfect. So much so she is buying one' • 'A great everyday brow-groomer with a lovely natural tone so your brows look completely believable' • 'This promised clearly defined brows and delivered. I would certainly buy it' • 'I’ve not used a brow pencil before – though I probably should have – and I found this really easy. It came with instructions to show you how to apply and blend, which is good for a newbie. This looked like a medieval torture device when I first unboxed it but I absolutely loved it and it came at just the right time – I’d had a bad threading experience and spent months growing back my patchy brows. I never had the confidence to use a pencil before but I’m really pleased with these results.'

£20 - click to buy

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SILVER AWARD – Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil

Goof-proof by name, goof-proof by nature; this twist-up angled pencil – which has a glide-on. waterproof formula – couldn't be easier to use. (You only need to have a small length of pencil twisted up, however, to avoid breaking the tip). Again, no sharpening required – and again, six shades in the collection. (One you've found 'your' Benefit shade, it makes it super-easy to shop across the range, as shades are consistent.)

OUR TESTERS' COMMENTS:

'The texture is just right – firm but pliable. It’s really easy to apply now I’ve got the hang of it. It cleverly has a twist-up angled tip, which stays angled as you use it. It lasted a full working day, though I did touch up if I was going out in the evening' • 'I’m now addicted to doing my brows daily, which I never did before. I still hesitate a little due to my age, but this product has changed my opinion on enhanced brows!  I’ve come to love a little extra depth of colour and length of brow' • 'Fantastic product and my brows look fantastic now' • 'I really liked this product. It claims to be a super-easy brow-filling and shaping pencil and it is!' • 'Very easy to apply. It took me seconds to fill in eyebrows and give them the perfect shape. The colour blends in easily with the brush on one end. The pencil gives definition and sharpness so brows look tidier as well as thicker.'

£20 - click to buy

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BRONZE (JOINT) AWARD – STUDIO 10 Brow Lift Perfecting Liner

This dual-ended pencil also features a highlighter shade, to complete the 'lifting' effect. Creamy in texture, and available in one single shade – an 'ash' tone that seems to work very universally across many natural shades of brow. STUDIO 10 is a brand specifically created for women in their 30s and over, created by a proper 'grown-up' industry insider, Grace Fodor – and we're big fans, NB. The one caveat with this: as you'll see below, it needs sharpening – and doesn't come with its own sharpener.

OUR TESTERS' COMMENTS:

'With use, the waxy texture softened up and went on smoothly but you did have to keep it sharp to get precision strokes' • 'I know brows frame the face and really make you look younger, but I’m no expert at doing mine so I practised a few time on the back of my hand to ensure I knew how much pressure to apply. It was easy to use and looked natural; I especially like the highlighter end which I used above and below the arch of my to lift it, which made me look more awake even when I was very tired. It must have worked because a colleague told me I looked as if I had slept well!!!! When I told her I had done them with this pencil, she was surprised because they looked normal and natural' • 'I used the highlighter on my cupids bow too, so multi-tasking product = win, win!' • 'I tried a few techniques for application: with the pencil pointing straight at my brows and also with gentle strokes using the side of the pencil which worked very well and gave the illusion of hair – that was my preference' • 'The texture is waxy and gives a natural finish, not powdery or harsh at all. When applied, it has a slight sheen, which looks youthful' • 'The colour worked well with my natural brow colour so individual strokes of the pencil blended in well. I find it works best if I warm the pencil by blowing on it.'

£22 - click to buy

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BRONZE (JOINT) AWARD –  Benefit Gimme Brow

This tinted gel can be swept through brows via the tapered brush in the colour that's best for you – a choice of three shades, here. It not only adds a brilliant temporary tint (and grooms, as it goes), but the formula is enriched with teeny microfibres which build up the 'volume' of brows, rather as a volumising mascara might do for lashes. The results, however, are super-natural.

OUR TESTERS' COMMENTS:

'Fab, trendy packaging – and more importantly, the product is very easy to apply. It looked very natural and stayed put all day; I just retouched my brows when I redid my face for the evening. It defined my brows and made them look fuller. Full marks' • 'What I love most is how natural my brows look with it on. It promised to volumise, tame and tint brows – and yes, it did live up to those promises' • 'It does what it says on the tin! I love this product as it is so easy to use and stays put until you take it off – which is very easy as well. Just a very nice product to use!' • 'It promises natural looking brows with fullness and definition and my daughter – who tested this – really likes it and says it lives up to the promises. My brows are very sparse indeed, so I find a pencil is better' • 'The tiny brush really helped to apply it well and neatly, then it lasted all day. I don't use eyebrow products at all usually and don't really need more volume but this did neaten and accentuate my brows. If I turn to a product, I will use this one from now on as the application is so simple – even for a novice like me' • 'This was really good as a fill-in between my eyebrow tints. My brows are naturally quite thin and fair; this product added thickness and darkened them temporarily but still looked really natural.'

£22 - click to buy