NYX Micro Brow Pencil

Dupe Alert! As you guys know, if there’s something I like to try out, it’s a brow pencil. High up on the list have been the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil and the Anastasia Brow Wiz. The latter has gained a cult following for a reason, but the price (and quality of the pencil casing) have kept me from repurchasing it all the time.

Enter the NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Ash, a perfect dupe at about a third of the price.

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Both the pencil itself and the little spoolie are exactly like the Brow Wiz and deliver the same natural and soft result. To be honest, I wouldn’t be able to keep the two apart in a blind test.

The twist up pencil is neither too soft nor too hard and leaves the brows with hair-like strokes that look believable and not at all blocky. The color, Ash, is a perfect match for my cool-toned medium-brown brow hairs and keeps them from looking to harsh.

Funnily enough, the tiny brush has been my favorite part of the Brow Wiz and when it broke off, I was over the pencil too. I am happy that the Micro Brow Pencil comes with a similar brush and has seemed to keep up better than the original.

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So if you’re a fan of the Brow Wiz too but are looking to soften the blow on your wallet, here you go. Get yourself to a NYX counter and rejoice!

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

On a recent trip to Sephora, I decided to give into the hype and pick up one of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz eyebrow pencils.

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Having swatched the impressive range of colors, I decided to go for Medium Brown, an ashy brown tone that works well with both the natural shade of my brows and my hair color. I’ve professed my love for the Hourglass Arch Brown Sculpting Pencil before, which is a quick and easy option, but I have to say, the Brow Wiz is a strong contender for the top spot.

It probably is the most natura brow pencil I have tried so far, which is down to the precise nib that dispenses a waxy long lasting formula in fine, hair-like strokes.

Anastasia Brow Wiz Medium Brown

I do have pretty full and dark brows, so my aim is not to cheat any kind of shape, but rather to fill in a few gaps and define the shape that is already there. I have a feeling though that the Brow Wiz delivers on both ends of the spectrum. While it works nicely to give my brows some added fullness and shape, I think it would be a pretty easy feat to pencil in natural looking brows with this as well.

The only thing I was afraid of was that the super thin nib might break easily, but so far so good (now that I’ve said this, I will probably drop and smash it in the next couple of days…). And even though the amount of product you get is pretty small, it seems to be lasting a good while as well.

I do love when brands become famous for a specific type of product and Anastasia Beverly Hills seems to reign supreme in the brow department. I am tempted to try out some of their other brow products, but so far, the Brow Wiz is doing a pretty darn good job.

Maybelline Brow Drama

Since running out of my beloved Hourglass Brow Pencil, I’ve been trying out a few different products on my brows, including the Maybelline Brow Drama.

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This is a tinted brow gel from the drugstore with an interesting twist to its design. I picked the shade Dark Blond, as my hair is a bit lighter right now than usual and the darker colors looked a tad intimidating (and warm toned).

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I actually like the product – it’s not too tinted but gives a nice tone and shape to the brown without making them crispy. However, the ‘interesting’ shape of the wand makes it a strange experience to apply this. I don’t feel like I can get into the nooks and crannies of my brows completely, so there are always a few bald patches left at the end of the process. I’ve been tempted to just cut off the little sphere and try it that way, so I might do that and tell you how I get on in a future post.

Maybelline probably thought they were being innovative with this brow gel, but I find it to be too gimmicky and awkward to really be a hit. On the other hand, there are reviews that really praise this gel, so I guess it comes down to preference (and level of clumsiness, which in my case is really really high).

Hero Product #1

In my book, a hero product is something that will enter my stock time and time again, something that reaches a highly acclaimed – albeit slightly over-dramatic – ‘can’t live without’-status.

The first product in this category  is the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in ‘Soft Brunette’.

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Now, for years I had been a firm believer of the ‘eyeshadow and angled brush’-method, using MAC’s Espresso and the MAC 266 brush to fill in my brows every day without fail. And I was happy and probably still would be. But being a bona fide beauty junkie, I of course had to try out the blogger/vlogger favorite that it the Hourglass pencil.

It’s completely different from what I was used to, but I loved it at first application. Quick and easy, my brows looked full and defined with just a few sweeps of the pencil. Hook, line, and sinker!

The pencil is waxy enough to where it keeps the brows in shape all day and the color is a perfect non-descript brown that seems to match the everychanging shades of warm brunette that grace the top of my head.

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I also love love love the incorporated spoolie, since it seems to help achieve a nice shape and comes in handy for inpromptu flyaway-taming.

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It might be a pricy habit to entertain, but I would (and will) repurchase this brow product time and time again, it really is that good!

XO B.