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I’m a firm believer in the saying, “never trust anyone with bad brows.” Brows are literally everything, They can make or break your face. I know it sounds dramatic, but brows are so important, they frame the face and really enhance your eyes. A little walk down memory lane…I will never forget the tragic day when I was 17 and this wicked woman irreparably butchered my brows. My regular brow girl was out of town and I decided to go to the brow person in my hair salon. Monumental mistake. First glance in the mirror and I instantly started crying. I didn’t recognize the person looking back at me.
Again, it seems so dramatic, but I promise you, it was tragic. Ever since then, I’ve been on the hunt for brow products that will achieve the most natural look. So far, my holy grail brow pencil is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz (sephora.com, $21). I love the precision I have with this pencil because it’s teeny tiny and the formula is not too waxy. The shade range is so inclusive of different hair color – both warm and cool (10 total shades). And it lasts all day!
I realize that it may not be budget-friendly and I’m a huge fan of finding drugstore/affordable dupes. I’ve rounded my personal favorites that are less than half the price. Let me know your thoughts, and if you have any recommendations, please send them my way. As always, thank you for stopping by. You guys rock! xx Sarah
P.S. I’m working on finding my favorite brow gels so stand by for that!
NYX MICRO BROW PENCIL (ultabeauty.com, $10)
With a precise retractable pencil on one side and a spoolie brush on the other, Nyx Micro Brow Pencil is hands down the closest affordable brow pencil to ABH brow wiz on the market. Creating feather-like strokes is a cinch because the formula is not too waxy or creamy so you get the same precise application to achieve a natural brow. Just like brow wiz, the pencils are not opaque but are buildable so you can fill in your brows subtly or amp it up for a bolder look. With 7 shades to choose from, there’s no doubt you will find a match. And for my brunette babes, most of the darker colors are cooler shades, so no more reddish brown brows!
CON: The lid for the spoolie is slightly shorter and if you’re anything like me you’ll waste product by slamming the product down with the smaller lid. TIP: permanently remove the lid on the spoolie!
L’OREAL BROW STYLIST DEFINER PENCIL (target.com,$7.99)
I think that the L’Oreal Brow Stylist Definer Pencil is giving the Nyx Micro Brow Pencil some serious competition. This pencil is also retractable, dual-ended with a spoolie, very precise, and has a nice shade range. I would say it’s a bit creamier than the Nyx pencil. The darker shades are cool which is what most brunettes prefer in a brow pencil. I think that they can expand on the colors, however, overall this is a great product!
COLOURPOP PRECISION EYEBROW PENCIL (amazon.com, $10)
The Colourpop Precision Eyebrow Pencil is another great affordable brow product. It looks very similar to brow wiz (thin retractable pencil and dual-ended with a spoolie brush) and has an extensive shade range. The difference comes down to the formula: it is creamier and softer requiring a lighthanded application to achieve more precision. So it comes down to a matter of preference. If you like creating feather-like strokes, this isn’t the product for you. But if you just want to quickly fill sparse areas, this perfect for that.
CON: 1) Because of the soft texture, I wouldn’t recommend it for someone who has oily skin/brows. The product will end up moving and or bleeding. 2) They need a cooler medium tone brown shade! (Paging Colourpop!)
MAYBELLINE EYE STUDIO BROW PRECISE MICRO (target.com, $6.99)
The Maybelline Eye Studio Brow Precise Micro pencil also allows for great precision and control, and like the ones above comes with a spoolie brush on the other end. There are some differences that I will leave for the “con” section below.
CON: Unfortunately, the color range is limited and lacks a cool toned medium brown shade. Also, you end up using up all the product fairly quickly.