Friday, June 19, 2015

COMPARISON: Lioele Auto Eyebrow Pencil vs K-Palette Real Lasting 2 Way Eyebrow Pencil

Since I've been making more of an effort in doing my brows, I figured it would be a good opportunity to talk about the two brow products I have so far. Having black hair really limits my choices in obtaining a natural brow look, so finding a pencil in the perfect shade is quite a challenge. These two are really great finds for me and I thought I'd put them side by side to see how they fare.


Both of these are dual-ended, though what is on the ends differs from one another. The Lioele pencil has a triangle-shaped pencil on one end, and a spoolie on the other. The K-Palette pencil has a thinner pencil on one end and a sponge tip with powder on the other. Like I said in my review for K-Palette, this pencil would have been perfect had they incorporated a spoolie much like the packaging for the Tarte Brow Architect. Because of this I find that I reach for the Lioele more just because of the spoolie, but depending on your needs, you can like either pencil.


The Lioele pencil is definitely the one with lesser pigment of the two, thought I would not necessarily label this to be a bad thing. I find this allows beginners more control in adding small amounts of product to the brows without immediately depositing a large amount of colour. At the same time, because of the shape, you can fill your eyebrows in faster, so this would be good if you were in a hurry and wanted a slightly more natural look.

Both ends of the K-Palette pencil are quite pigmented, and is a little more brown than the Lioele. This is great for those who have a little more experience in doing their brows, wherein they can physically draw on brow-like hairs in sparse areas. The powder is also great for lazy days or for days when you're in a hurry, because you can easily cover sparseness or fill in your brows without looking too drawn in.


I will warn you now - the K-Palette pencil will break when you drop it. This is obviously because the pencil itself is so thin, so I would exercise caution whenever leaving this on flat surfaces. The Lioele pencil is much thicker and hasn't broken on me yet despite dropping it (not deliberately!) a few times.

The packaging of the Lioele, due to the price, is much flimsier and cheaper. The lids don't shut tight and often fall off in my make-up bag. I don't mind this since I haven't lost it yet, but it makes me wonder why they couldn't make it a little more secure. -_-

The K-Palette pencil closes tightly. The pencil end always closes shut and never falls off. The powder end is much more secure as it is a twist cap, and I often forget this when I am using it. This is great as I know I will never lose the cap in my bag, which has happened to me a few times. ('-_-)

Lasting Power

The K-Palette pencil wins this by a long shot. I've read that this claims to be waterproof and I do find that to be quite true. It is sweat proof and won't rub off if ever you do accidentally touch your brows, so this works better on hotter days or when you will be wearing make-up for long periods of time.

For the Lioele pencil, the only way that this will stay on all day is with a brow gel. You can get maybe 4-5 hours of wear, but best to set with a brow gel so that the pencil and your brow hairs stay in place the entire day.

Price and Availability

I purchased the Lioele pencil in Singapore more than a year ago (see my Singapore haul) for 12.90 SGD (around 450 PHP or 10 USD) which is pretty cheap compared to other brow pencils. This is a lot harder to find though as they don't even have an offline store in Seoul!

The K-Palette pencil is a little pricier, but still affordable considering its classified under Japanese drugstore makeup. I got it at Beauty Bar for 795 PHP which is close to double the Lioele pencil, but I know I'm getting a little more value for money (except for the breakable pencil part). You can also get K-Palette at Rustans Shangrila, so its a little more widely available than the Lioele pencil.


Lioele Auto Eyebrow Pencil (#3)
(+) Easy to work with, more control, more afforable, more durable
(+/-) Not as pigmented so its easier to work with
(-) Caps don't lock securely, packaging feels flimsy, not long lasting, hard to find

Recommended for: beginners at filling in brows

K-Palette Real Lasting 2 Way Eyebrow Pencil (#3 Gray Brown)
(+) More pigmented, allows more precision, secure caps, sweatproof, waterproof, widely available
(+/-) Somewhat reasonably priced
(-) Breakable pencil, no spoolie

Recommended for: brow enthusiasts / experienced brow artists

For me the K-Palette Real Lasting 2 Way Eyebrow Pencil wins, but only by a few points. I really hate how breakable the pencil is and the fact that there is no spoolie. Otherwise it would have been the perfect brow product!

I would still recommend the Lioele Auto Eyebrow Pencil though as it is really nice for beginners and is very affordable, if you can find it. There are a lot of similar pencils by other Korean brands like Etude House and The Face Shop among others, so you can definitely check those brands out, too!

What about you guys - what are your favourite brow products? Have you tried any of these pencils before? Leave me a few recommendations and comments below!


  1. I still struggle to find the perfect color, let alone product for my brows. My hair color is an ashy blonde, ad my brows are quite dark, so I need a brunette shade without the warmth... Almost impossible to find.

    LindaLibraLoca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    1. Hi Linda! I can relate to your problem - which is why I don't typically go for brown pencils for my brows because they come off as too red. :( I know that Hourglass makes really ashy-toned pencils! You could check those out :)

  2. Close one then eh? Good to know :-) I usually use dark brown powder and then some clear or brown tinted gel to do my brows. I rarely use pencil. I bet it's easier and less messy though.

    1. I'm sure powder looks more natural, though! I don't have any matte brown eyeshadows that are ashy enough for the brows :(

  3. I find it quite hard to get the right color for my eyebrows. I always use powder to fll them in (often eyeshadows ^^) to make it look more natural (:
    Nati xx

    1. I want to try using powders too, but all the ones I have are too warm :(

  4. Great review! I can't stop using my Anastasia brow wiz, it's the perfect pencil!

    1. Thank you Adriana! I'm so curious about the Brow Wiz - hopefully I get to try it someday!