A lot of people say they have crazy eyebrows, but mine really are. They’re curly, have a mind of their own, and grow quickly. I trim them often to keep them under control, but they never look good on their own. I thought I’d tried just about every kind of brow product there is, until brow tint pens came onto the market. I was hesitant to try them for a long time for a couple of reasons. First, I wasn’t sure if they’d work for me. Second, I couldn’t find any affordable cruelty-free options until recently. The one I found and decided to purchase is the Milani Weekend Brow.
Brow tint pens quickly gained popularity because the effect they give looks very similar to what microblading does for the brows. They usually have a felt or brush tip that creates hair-like strokes on the skin. Eyebrow pencils are still a popular option as well, but brow pens can create a more natural look.
I’ve only had the Milani Weekend Brow in my collection for a couple of weeks, but it has my brows looking better than ever. I couldn’t wait to share this product with my readers!
Milani Weekend Brow product claims directly from MilaniCosmetics.com
Weekend Brow delivers the realest woke-up-like-this, full brow definition. With a featherlight brush tip, superfine smudge-resistant pigments and polymers for long-lasting wear, this defining pen does it all — from filling in brows to building up arches. Make ’em wonder: “Was it microblade?” You won’t believe these brows aren’t yours!
Other product details
- Price: $8.99
- Net weight: 0.03 oz. | 1 ml
- Made in Korea
- Cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny certified)
- Shelf life: 6 months
- Three shades:
- Soft Brown
- Medium Brown
- Where to buy: MilaniCosmetics.com or Ulta.com
- MilaniCosmetics.com ships internationally.
- Ulta.com does not offer international shipping.
- Overall rating: 9.2/10
- Inclusivity: 6/10
- Packaging/ease of application: 10/10
- Pigmentation: 10/10
- Staying power: 10/10
- Price: 10/10
Please note that I am not a makeup artist. The opinions expressed in this review are my own, as a regular person that loves makeup.
Milani Weekend Brow is currently only offered in three shades. Three shades isn’t enough for most products, and brow products are definitely no exception. The shade names are listed above in product details, but I’d like to provide shade descriptions as well:
- Soft Brown: light to medium brown with a neutral undertone
- Medium Brown: dark brown, almost auburn, with warm undertone
- Espresso: very dark brown with cool undertone
I have the shade Soft Brown which does appear much lighter on the skin than you might expect (see arm swatches below). However, when applied to my brows it almost looks too dark in some places. It would be nice if a blonde or taupe shade could be added for those of us with light eyebrows.
In addition to the missing blonde/taupe shade, this shade range is also missing options for those with gray and black brows. People with black eyebrows might be able to make the Espresso shade work since it is very dark brown, but I’m not sure since I’ve not seen anyone with black eyebrows use this product.
Lastly, there should be a variety of undertones available. It’s nice that Soft Brown has a neutral undertone and therefore likely to work for more people, but the warmth of Medium Brown is very obvious. A lot of people with medium to dark eyebrows won’t be able to use that shade simply because of the very warm undertone.
Brow tint pens are meant to help us create very natural looking filled-in brows, but that is difficult without a proper shade match. Unfortunately, I’m afraid a lot of people won’t be able to find a perfect shade match in this range. This is really the only bad thing I have to say about this product. Please add more shades, Milani!
Packaging/ease of application
If you saw this product at the store and didn’t read the packaging, you’d probably think it’s an eyeliner pen. The packaging looks almost identical to every liquid eyeliner pen I’ve ever seen. It has a very fine brush tip designed to make tiny hair-like strokes. A lot of brow pens are designed with a felt tip that has three “prongs,” probably with quick application in mind. I’ve never tried that type of brow pen, but for those that want the ultimate in precision, I think this fine brush tip design is much better.
I’ve never been good at applying eyeliner that’s designed like this brow pen, but the Milani Weekend Brow makes it so easy to fill in and define brows. I already mentioned how precise it is, but it also glides over the skin easily without any drag. The brow tint flows out of the pen smoothly without skipping thanks to the tank system that prevents the pen from drying out.
I use the Milani Weekend Brow both to fill in sparse areas and to define my eyebrows. You can see there is a huge difference between the photo of my brows with no product applied, and the photo with this brow pen lightly applied.
I like the way my eyebrows look with just the brow pen, but my new favorite routine for my eyebrows is to pair it with e.l.f. Wow Brow which is a tinted brow gel. That brow gel contains fibers which give brows more volume. Since it’s also tinted, I often use it by itself on my brows. However, I’m much happier with the way my brows look when I use both of these products together for the best definition, consistent color, volume, and hold.
The brow tint in the Milani Weekend Brow pen is not highly pigmented like most brow pencils and pomades. I think that’s part of the reason it looks more natural. The low-medium pigmentation also makes it easier to apply because if you create a stray stroke, it’s easy to cover up. With the Soft Brown shade on my brows, the level of pigmentation in this brow pen is perfect.
I tested it on my arm to see if the color can be built up, and it can! For those that need more pigmentation from this product, I recommend building it up until the desired level of intensity is achieved.
Some brow tinting products are semi-permanent, but Milani Weekend Brow has a washable formula. You might think a product like this would run easily, but it stays in place surprisingly well!
I did a little experiment in the shower last night to verify this. I splashed water on my face and checked the mirror to see if any of the color dripped off of my eyebrows. It did not move at all! I was quite surprised and impressed that this product stayed in place until I used face wash to remove it.
While I’ve had great experience with the staying power of this brow pen, I would advise against using it when you have any highly emollient products or oils around your eyebrows. In fact, it might be best to powder your face before applying this product for optimal staying power.
Milani Weekend Brow is priced similarly to a lot of other Milani products, at $8.99. There are quite a few affordable brow tint pens available today, so this product isn’t special for its price. However, I’ve found that most similarly-priced or lower-priced options either aren’t 100% cruelty-free, or have very poor ratings. Milani Weekend Brow is completely cruelty-free (vegan, too!), and received great reviews on both MilaniCosmetics.com and Ulta.com.
I also like to think about the longevity of a product when I consider its price. A lot of liquid products have a tendency to dry out quickly. I haven’t had the Weekend Brow pen for very long so I can’t say for sure, but I expect it to last quite a while. That’s because it has a tank system meant to prevent it from drying out! I also think brush tips tend to last better than felt tips, and this pen does have a brush tip.
I think the price of this product is very fair. It checks all my boxes (except inclusivity) and it’s less than half the price of some high-end alternatives!
I am so glad that I stepped outside of my comfort zone to try the Milani Weekend Brow pen. My brows look more sculpted and perfected with this product (along with my beloved e.l.f. Wow Brow) than they ever have before!
I completely agree with Milani’s product claims. The brush tip is absolutely perfect for creating realistic hair-like strokes to fill in and define eyebrows. The color never smudges, fades, or runs, for all-day reliable wear. I think the Weekend Brow is an excellent at-home alternative to microblading.
I would recommend this product to anyone interested in trying a brow tint. Literally my only complaint about Milani Weekend Brow is the poor shade range. If there is a shade that’s close to your eyebrow color, I’d say give it a shot!
Have you tried Milani Weekend Brow yet? What about other types of brow pens? This is the only one I’ve ever tried so I’d like to hear how some others compare. Please comment below!