Back to the price of this extraordinary product. Cle de Peau is the epitome of a luxury brand, it makes no pretenses of being otherwise. In short, their makeup is very expensive. And they think it should be.
Cle de Peau Beaute Eyebrow Cartridge in 204 [the actual product]: $25
Cle de Peau Beaute Eyebrow Pencil Holder: $30
Total: $55 + tax
This makes my stand-by $20 + tax Shiseido Natural Brow Pencil in Natural Black feel like drugstore makeup. But the splurge is worth every penny. You only have to purchase ONE holder, so consider it an investment. The cartridge refills are $25, which not cheap (automatic/mechanical brow pencils always come with less product than a traditional pencil like the Shiseido).
UPDATE: I have used this pencil regularly for one year now, so I would say it is clearly worth the investment.
Top to Bottom: Armani Silk Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil in Black,
Cle de Peau 204 Brow Swatch (heavy), Shiseido Natural Black Brow Swatch (light)
I loved the color of the Natural Black pencil because I have grey brows (I inherited them from my grandfather), but the Shiseido formula is much more waxy (better for fuller brows). Sometimes, the combination of the pigment and the excess wax would cause my brow hairs to bunch up.. but it was, at least, long lasting. The Cle de Peau formula, on the other hand, has the ideal blend of pigmentation and wax. If anything, I would prefer just a little less wax, but the wax level in the CdP Brow Pencil allows for more control over the direction of my brow hairs than does the less waxy Armani pencil. This way, I can avoid topping with a brow gel (I prefer to use as little as possible on a day to day basis).
The CdP formula glides over my brow hairs, allowing me to shade them in and shape them simultaneously. The color does tend to pool up around the follicles of my brow hairs when too heavy a hand is used. It will last well enough through respectably tough gym sessions, so long as the brows are not disrupted by towels or fingers. The spoolie brush provided at the end of the holder also has the right amount of spring to comb through my very fine brow hairs. Spoolies that are too soft (Lioele) are useless, those that are too hard (Armani) only remove color instead of blend. The CdP Spoolie actually allows for blending.
Last but not least would be the angled shape of the brow pencil cartridge. It does not have the popular triangular shape, like that of Lioele's or Tom Ford's Brow Pencils. The CdP is widest at the middle and sharpest at either edge. It reminds me of a sculpted thin sword! Some people may not prefer the softer angle of the CdP, but I find it easier to use when creating a variety of brow looks. It does not deposit excess amounts of product on my brows when I use the widest bit of the pencil, and when I use the either of sharp edges, I can create an individual hair effect.
Overall: I wholly recommend you give this Cle de Peau eyebrow pencil a try! I knew of its availability but was too reluctant to pay the hefty price tag, even in the name of beauty. I am glad I finally became bold enough to go for it!