Firm slanted pencil, although no way to sharpen, so if you want to create the illusion of individual hairs this is not for you. That said, the colour (dark) is a cool tone which I prefer and the slanted edge allows good control when in a rush! The gel was a little disappointing. I have incredibly dark eyebrows, and the coloured gel simply doesn't colour and the brush isn't fine enough to create full eyebrows. On the whole, good value for money, not a staple make up tool for me, but one that's handy to keep in my bag!