style by Renee Ultado

Road Test: Revlon Colorstay Brow Crayons

Our makeup guy finds more ways to use the American beauty brand’s latest hero product


I never fully got the kilay craze. Why would anyone willingly draw on thick, harsh lines as eyebrows and have the courage to go out and face the world. But then again, we’re all free to put whatever we want on our faces. It’s just that I personally subscribe to the school of thought that the best makeup is invisible, for someone to look at your well-blended mug and not know where exactly the illusion starts and ends. To go out there and convince onlookers that yes, I was actually born kind of pretty. So when I was asked to road test the Revlon Colorstay brow crayons, I took it with enthusiasm but also with a fat grain of salt.

Around the same time, I was impatiently waiting for a contour kit to arrive in the mail, no thanks to our unapologetically inefficient public postage. A gal had to be creative. I noticed that the Revlon crayons, with its creamy consistency and cool-toned shades, could possibly double as cream contour. They did. The shade Dark Brown slashed my cheekbones and jaw line quite flatteringly and blended with warm fingers after foundation, before setting powder, it was easy to control and appeared hypernatural.

The Light Brown shade provided a softer contour on the nose and a sandy taupe eyeshadow color on the lids. Blonde proved to be a dependable eyeshadow base for more dramatic looks. While my contour kit never made it to my PO box, I am at peace with the thought that I have a good, albeit repurposed set of crayons to casually modify my bone structure and that someone, somewhere out there is a customs personnel bronzed and aptly contoured for the gods, waiting for the next package that will consequently be reported missing.

Renee Ultado
Renee Ultado is a stylist and writer fueled by glamour, caffeine, tequila shots (sometimes), an unswayed faith in the goodness of other people (always), and the reassuring thought that Mariah Carey is out there somewhere in a rhinestone studded slip dress doing the Lord's work. Find him on Instagram as @reneeultado.
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