The Anastasia Brow Wiz has been my preferred eyebrow pencil from way back (and by way back I mean literally, right-the-way-back-to-my-first-ever-blog-post-in-2013 way back.) It’s a bit expensive though, and that fact hasn’t changed either. I’ve tried other brow pencils over the years but haven’t found anything that I like as much as the Brow Wiz.
Then Farmers started selling NYX and I had a Farmers voucher so I ordered the NYX Micro Brow pencil. It looks virtually identical to the Brow Wiz so naturally I was curious to see how it held up. (Plus for $20 it’s about half the price of a Brow Wiz pencil.)
In appearance they’re about as identical as you can get without copyright infringement (or whatever infringement, I don’t know I’m not a lawyer). They’re both made in South Korea, which leads some people to say “they’re made in the same factory!” but while they are probably using the same supplier for the packaging, I think (don’t quote me on this) there’s more than one factory producing cosmetics in South Korea. Maybe.
My current preferred colour in the Brow Wiz is Granite. It’s still brown, but only just—it’s about as grey a colour can get while still being brown. I find this works for me since my hair’s still got the residue of being dyed black in it, plus my hair and brows have always been a very cool-toned brown.
I picked the NYX Micro Brow pencil in Espresso, hoping it would be somewhat similar to Granite. It looked the most likely to be cool-toned, compared to the other shades available. As you can see in the swatch photo, well… it’s nothing like Granite, and swatched next to each other it looks positively red.
In practice, however, the colour isn’t too bad at all. In this photo I’m wearing the NYX Micro Brow in Espresso on the left (my right brow) and ABH Brow Wiz in Granite on the right (my left brow). While they don’t match at all, they do both look fine—it just depends what look I’m going for.
The NYX pencil looks much softer, so it’s probably the one I’d choose if I wanted to fill in my brows and not wear much other makeup (although, to be fair, that’s what I got my brows tattooed on for). The ABH pencil looks closer to the colour of my actual brow hairs, imo, so I can build it up more aggressively without it looking fake.
While there’s no dupe in colour in the NYX Micro Brow range for the Brow Wiz in Granite, there are a good range of colours available, and truthfully, I couldn’t notice any difference in formula or application. I’m slightly disappointed that there’s still no drugstore eyebrow pencil I can definitively recommend (as I don’t imagine there’s going to be a truly cool-toned fair brow color in the range either) but if there’s one to check out, the NYX one is it.
Plus, Farmers Lambton Quay has a giant staffed NYX counter now (truly bizarre but why not capitalise on the trend of the brand, I guess) so you can go scope out the brow pencil colours before you buy them.
Have you tried the NYX Micro Brow? What did you think? Or do you have a better drugstore brow pencil to recommend?