JUNGSAEMMOOL Refining Color-bony Brow - Smoky Bony

lavlilacs JUNGSAEMMOOL Refining Color-bony Brow - Smoky Bony Review

Have I become brow-obsessed? Maybe not in the sense that my brows have to look perfect all the time but I have spent a lot more time and effort into the two small strips of hair above my eyes than ever before. Committing to the permanence of microblading isn't my cup of tea right now; I like having the choice of changing between a natural brow and well-defined one. I thought having an eyebrow product with just a pencil and spoolie would be sufficient but the JUNGSAEMMOOL Refining Color-bony Brow's extra powder & sponge tip has changed my standards for future brow pencil purchases.

lavlilacs JUNGSAEMMOOL Refining Color-bony Brow - Smoky Bony packaging

JUNGSAEMMOOL's description:

Like an artist's pencil, it allows to express fine definition of eyebrow. This 3 in 1 multi brow item with hard type pencil on one side and smudging powder on the other side perfectly contours the eyebrow and also completes your hairline makeup.

Defined touch of hard formula
Hard formula of this retractable pencil shapes natural-looking eyebrow without smearing.

All-in-one pencil
Fill in the blank spot on eyebrow using the powder tip and shape the definition of brow edge using the pencil.

Eyebrow that matches with your eye pupil color
Find your perfect color and shade based on color of your hair and eyes.

Directions
Pencil
Use the angled-tip of the pencil, stroke and shape the brow as you like.

Powder
Using the powder-tip loaded inside the pencil, fill in the blank spot of the brow to give a natural shade.

Ingredients
Smoky Bony - Pencil
HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN OIL, HYDROGENATED COCO-GLYCERIDES, HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OIL, ZINC STEARATE, STEARIC ACID, CARNAUBA WAX, POLYGLYCERYL-2 TRIISOSTEARATE, TOCOPHEROL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, PHENOXYETHANOL, ASCORBYL PALMITATE, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, MICA (CI 77019), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77499), IRON OXIDES (CI 77492)

Smoky Bony - Powder
TALC, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, DIPENTAERYTHRITYL HEXAHYDROXYSTEARATE/HEXASTEARATE/HEXAROSINATE, OCTYLDODECANOL, DIMETHICONE, PHENOXYETHANOL, MAGNESIUM MYRISTATE, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, MICA (CI 77019), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77499), IRON OXIDES (CI 77492), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491)

Pencil cartridge 0.18 g
Powder pan 0.5 g

JSM Beauty (Korean retail): ₩18,000
JSM Beauty (USA retail): USD $19.83
Peach & Lily: USD $21.00

lavlilacs JUNGSAEMMOOL Refining Color-bony Brow - Smoky Bony packaging closeup

lavlilacs JUNGSAEMMOOL Refining Color-bony Brow - Smoky Bony components

lavlilacs JUNGSAEMMOOL Refining Color-bony Brow - Smoky Bony components closeup

lavlilacs JUNGSAEMMOOL Refining Color-bony Brow - Smoky Bony closeup

Packaging

A double-ended eyebrow product with a retractable pencil on one end, a spoolie on the other, and a shadow with a sponge-tip applicator in the middle. The pencil is an ingenious triangular shape which allows for thicker, blunt lines and thin, defined ones. Unlike the shu uemura brow: sword, the JUNGSAEMMOOL Color-bony Brow does not come with a sharpener. (This was not an issue for me since I never find myself sharpening eyebrow pencils anyway.)

There are a couple of things I think the packaging could be improved upon. The durability of the plastic is lacking when compared to other JUNGSAEMMOOL products—specifically the caps; one of the caps cracked not long after opening and is now loose. The other tweak would be to adhere the sticker label more securely or to just directly print the color name on the tube itself. Neither are big problems for me since I only own one of this pencils and I mainly use it at home. But I can see it being a bother for people who tend to carry makeup on the go or would own multiple of these in various colors.

lavlilacs JUNGSAEMMOOL Refining Color-bony Brow - Smoky Bony swatch

Color, Texture, Finish, & Scent

Smoky bony is grayish black with tiny hints of warm brown. This seemed to fit black hair the best of all the colors JUNGSAEMMOOL offers (mostly different undertoned browns which would be better a match for those with dyed hair). I thought the cool-toned ashy brown of the shu uemura's seal brown was a great choice for me but I have come to prefer this "smoky bony" shade instead; seal brown looks too cool in comparison.

The pencil and powder have a matte finish and isn't scented. The pencil portion is a hard type pencil but draws on easily. A light stroke will give me a sufficiently pigmented line, whereas some pencils require a couple of harder-pressed strokes to show the same amount of color. The sponge-tip applicator picks up just the right amount of product and can easily give a light wash of shading or a darker coloring.

lavlilacs JUNGSAEMMOOL Refining Color-bony Brow - Smoky Bony swatch on brows

How I Apply

I unscrew the middle part of the brow pencil to reveal the powder portion. I "color" in my brows with the sponge-tip applicator to fill in the empty spaces. After screwing the pencil together, I take the pencil portion and outline the overall shape I would like. I finish it off by feathering the edges with the spoolie end.

Thoughts & Recommendations

I have already said how much I like the "smoky bony" color. I did not expect to like the shadow as much as I do. It seemed to be something extra I wouldn't reach for at all but a brow with both just looks more refined now. The shadow fills in empty spots far better than what I can draw in without over saturating my brows when using the pencil alone, yet the pencil is what creates the definition the shadow cannot give. A spoolie at this point is a must-have in all brow pencils. Big points go to the general ease-of-use of this product.

My brows don't budge unless I forcefully smudge them. Even when feathering with a spoolie the color doesn't get rubbed away. I find myself using less product overall. The pencil portion is diminishing faster than anticipated but has lasted me 8 months and still going with daily usage. It is impossible to tell how much of the powder is left without taking apart the entire contraption but it feels like it is neverending.

The price point isn't bad either—falling amongst mid-range brands like Benefit and Anastasia from Sephora. Color-bony Brow offers less product in the pencil compared to other brands (0.18g v 0.3-4g); however, it has more product altogether when combining the pencil and powder (0.68g). It is now much easier to get a hold of JUNGSAEMMOOL products as she offers international shipping AND sells via Peach & Lily. This brand does not offer refills like shu uemura does—how would the powder be switched out anyway?

I mentioned shu uemura too many times in this review, yet that is naturally to be expected when my previous favorite is dethroned. Like with the former HG, I would recommend Smoky Bony to those with naturally dark, especially black, locks and are on the lower-maintenance side who do not want to deal with many different brow products.

June Haul

lavlilacs June 2018 hauls

The goal is still to hoard less and purchase only when necessary. June seems to have been a success of sorts. One item is going to be a replacement for something I am running low on and the other is not a need in my collection but inexpensive enough to not warrant too much scrutiny, I hope.

My current eyebrow pencil is still months away from its end; I just like having a replacement on hand before that time comes. I can always work with eyeshadows had I not bought a backup but nothing beats the speediness and ease of a pencil. I chose to go with the Innisfree Brow Master Pencil in #1 Gray because it was double-ended, included an eyebrow powder, and color seems to match my natural black hair well. I also wanted to give something more affordable (at USD $11) a try as the last few I had were all higher-end brow pencils (USD $20+).

The Ordinary's 100% Plant-Derived Squalane is 100% unnecessary to me right this moment as I had bought the Olivarrier Fluid Oil Squalane just 3 months prior—which is still unopened. However, I was already at Deciem's storefront in Soho to pick up something for my brother and was curious how their much cheaper option of squalane (USD $7.90) would fair against the pricier option (USD $42). It is such a huge cost difference, how could I not pick it up?

Project Make a Dent No. 4 | Half Year Update

lavlilacs 2018 Project Make a Dent - half year - cover

This is a progress report to be proud of! Never would I have thought my picks would empty so quickly especially when I have so many blush and eyeshadow options. When excluding my tendencies to over-swirl and -scoop products, I attribute the success to using more combinations of blush (cream + powder) and using multipurpose eyeshadow colors (highlight, contour, & eyeliner).

lavlilacs 2018 Project Make a Dent - half year - products flat lay

As with past Project Make a Dents the results for certain items didn't look so drastic until I compared the before and after shots side-by-side. I am hoping there will be just as much progress in the latter half of 2018. I may never see the pan in the powder blushes and eyeshadows but making an even larger dent would suffice.

lavlilacs 2018 Project Make a Dent - beginning - VDL MULE Ultimate Cover Palette in A03

lavlilacs 2018 Project Make a Dent - half year - VDL MULE Ultimate Cover Palette in A03

VDL MULE Ultimate Cover Palette A03

The unexpected and most drastic update award would most likely go to this VDL palette. I never thought I would be able to pan out so much of the two cream blushes yet here I am. I am about halfway finished with the cream foundation. Scooping out the product first rather than dipping a brush directly into the cream helped a lot.

lavlilacs 2018 Project Make a Dent - beginning - Kate Lasting High Coverage Powder Foundation in OC-C

lavlilacs 2018 Project Make a Dent - half year - Kate Lasting High Coverage Powder Foundation in OC-C

Kate Lasting High Coverage Powder Foundation OC-C

Pressed powders almost never get completely used up. By the time I expose enough of the middle pan, any brush swirling increases the chances of the outer ring of powder crumbling into unusable pieces. It is just not worth the effort to re-crush the powder in order to continue usage.

I am glad I could finally let this powder foundation go. It wasn't a terrible product but wasn't the most favorite part of my makeup routine.

lavlilacs 2018 Project Make a Dent - beginning - Skinfood Salmon Dark Circle Powder

lavlilacs 2018 Project Make a Dent - half year - Skinfood Salmon Dark Circle Powder

Skinfood Salmon Dark Circle Powder

Quite possibly the most satisfying comparison photo. I genuinely thought I hadn't used much of the loose powder. I guess I remembered beginning with less than I thought?  Using the product as an overall face setting powder instead of just on the under eyes area seems to have helped get through this quicker.

lavlilacs 2018 Project Make a Dent - beginning - MAC Cosmetics Mineralized Skinfinish in Pink Power

lavlilacs 2018 Project Make a Dent - half year - MAC Cosmetics Mineralized Skinfinish in Pink Power

MAC Cosmetics Mineralized Skinfinish in Pink Power

Considering how large this baked powder is, I am proud of how flat the dome has gotten. It still seems like there is a long ways to go before all the rings are fully visible. At this point, I have given up on using the remainder of the highlighter/blush shades.

lavlilacs 2018 Project Make a Dent - beginning - Milani Minerals Blushes in Sweet Rose and Luminous, MAC Cosmetics My Highland Honey

lavlilacs 2018 Project Make a Dent - half year - Milani Minerals Blushes in Sweet Rose and Luminous, MAC Cosmetics My Highland Honey

Milani Minerals Blushes in Sweet Rose and Luminous & MAC Cosmetics My Highland Honey

Out of the 3 powder blushes I picked for the year, I have consistently used the bottom two thus far. Sweet Rose was great during the winter months when I seemed to gravitate towards dustier/cooler shades. My Highland Honey is currently in my makeup mix simply because of how bright and sunny it looks. I intend to swap in Luminous in a few months time.

lavlilacs 2018 Project Make a Dent - beginning - VDL Tint Bar Triple Shot in 502 Triple Burgundy and 101 Triple Pink

lavlilacs 2018 Project Make a Dent - half year - VDL Tint Bar Triple Shot in 502 Triple Burgundy and 101 Triple Pink

VDL Tint Bar Triple Shot in 502 Triple Burgundy and 101 Triple Pink

I have to confess, I didn't reach for these at all during the colder months of 2018. Buying the JUNGSAEMMOOL and Maybelline lipsticks kept my interests preoccupied for a while. I have only recently started to use the Triple Burgundy shade VDL Tint Bar but progress has been made. These are two products I cannot wait to complete; not that they're not good nor I don't like the gradient look but I think I have outgrown the finish these give.

lavlilacs 2018 Project Make a Dent - beginning - Urban Decay Naked Palette

lavlilacs 2018 Project Make a Dent - half year - Urban Decay Naked Palette

Urban Decay Naked Palette

The dents in these eyeshadow pans are so encouraging. I think some greed has grown within me to see at least one of these shades hit pan. Luckily I found it easy using some colors in large amounts (Virgin, Sin, and Half Baked) as they are great for facial highlight. There was a phase during these last 6 months where I mixed Naked and Buck together as a nose contour.

While I used Milani's Sweet Rose blush, I loved pairing it with Sidecar, Toasted and Hustle. As I am using MAC My Highland Honey, I tend to reach for Naked, Bucked, and Darkhorse or Half Baked, Smog, and Darkhouse in those combinations. I am not sure what to pick when I switch over to Milani's Luminous blush nor if I'll ever use Creep and Gunmetal. Next challenge perhaps?