Have you ever always bought a product and one day you just couldn't afford it or ran out and had to go to the convenient store and just pick up something in the mean time? Well I ran out of my favorite eyebrow pencil and well I had to substitute it for something else and I never had so much appreciation for my MAC spiked pencil. This pencil makes my brows look natural, I can go light or go dark and it doesn't smudge and can last ALL day. Compared to my "substitute" it went on too dark for the first coat and I found it to be not as thick as MAC so it seemed to smudge easily and not give me the perfect line look I was going for. If you ever want a long lasting natural eyebrow look check out MAC's different eyebrow pencils especially "spiked!"