BROWS | NYX Micro Brow vs Anastasia Brow Wiz

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? 

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  • The NYX brow pencil sounds pretty good, shame about the shade range, though

    Indie// In Search of the Holy Grail

  • I have the ABH haven’t tried NYX but I have tried before Sephora version of this brow pencil and recommend to a friend she loves the NYX one but now she loves the Sephora one.

    Sheer Beauty Blog

    • I used to use the Sephora one and really liked it! It’s just quite hard to get here in NZ.

  • Laura

    I have heard so much about the ABH brow pencil. I have yet to try it though. At the moment I love Tarte brow mousse, its amazing x

    Pink Frenzy

  • Both of them look great on you, I like it. I’m pretty surprised that you said that the NYX pencil is soft. Whenever I go to Douglas to try it out, it always felt hard and rough, not soft at all. Maybe it’s because it’s opened all the time. I think I migt give this a try. Thank you.

    Michelle Morchella

    • Thanks Michelle! I think the testers are probably a bit gross from being swatched on so many hands – that might be why it feels hard!

  • I found these two to be really similar and given how quickly they get used up I think I’ll stick to the NYX version!

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

  • I really need to try both of these haha I think the NYX would work just as well plus you save so much!

    xx Sofia | SOFIAADOT

  • Lisa

    My favourite is the Kevyn Aucoin Precision Brow pencil – a perfect Ash Blonde for my patchy fair eyebrows but will have to check out the NYX one now that Farmers have that mega NYX stand at Lambton Quay!

    • I didn’t swatch the blondes in the NYX range but I’m sure they’ll have something decent. I’m yet to try the Kevyn Aucoin brow pencil actually, although I’ve heard it’s great!

  • I actually really like how your NYX brow (right brow) looks, but my shade is always out of stock in Boots annoyingly. You have reaffirmed my decision to buy it when I see it though, thank you for sharing and comparing, hope you have a great week Morgan xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

    • Thanks Kiran – fingers crossed you can find the right shade! Is there anywhere you can buy NYX online in the UK?

  • Sinéad Danielle ✿

    It never fails to amaze me how many NYX products are dupes for higher end ones! This isn’t too far off in terms of applicator, just a shame about the shade range!

    Sinéad xo Fabuleuse Du Jour

    • NYX are just killing it with their products. If there was only one affordable brand of makeup I could buy, I’d want it to be NYX!

  • What I love about the Brow Wiz is definitely how it’s in between a hard and waxy pencil. Is the NYX pencil also similar in that way? The result is quite similar, it’s just a shame about not finding the exact shade.

    I’d quite like to find a good dupe. You know, for those days you run out and have to wait three days for online sites in the UK to dispatch. This reminds me, I need to buy a spare!

    Shanelle || SLovesAutumn