When a brand releases a new product a lot of other brands come out with their own version (ehm..imitation) of that same product, if it is a good one. Sometimes these other versions aren’t worth our time, but at other times they can be the perfect solution if we want cheaper alternatives for higher end products.
In this new series in my blog I will present each time different products which are dupes and I will tell you all the pros and cons of each product. For those of you who don’t know the term – a dupe is actually a copy (comes from the word duplicate).
And today in Battle of the Brands – Skinny eyebrow pencils!
The eyebrows might be the most important feature on our face. The shape of them determine the tone of our face and can make or break our look. If your brow shape isn’t compatible with the shape of your face, the tone of your face can completely change. For me, I feel that my face isn’t complete if my brows aren’t done. I can wear a full face of makeup but if my brows aren’t done my face will feel naked. And on the contrary, some days I just don’t feel like wearing makeup, and all I need to do is fill in my brows and I’m good to go.
To achieve the perfect brows it is important to have the right tools. Besides a good pair of tweezers there are plenty of options out there – brow powder, brow pen, brow gels (in a more liquid form or a pot form and even a mascara form) and brow pencils (both the ones that twist up or the ones that need sharpening).
When I fill in my brows I like a good and quick solution (specifically in the morning), something that will do the job and won’t take up too much time and energy and for me these skinny brow pencils do the job. Today I will tell you about four of these pencils that I own which are pretty similar to one another (they are all skinny and double ended – one side has a spoolie and the other has the pencil itself) but some are much better than the others.
Anastasia Beverly Hills – Brow Wiz
Anastasia is the queen of brow products. A few years back she changed the game with her brow products, changing the way all makeup lovers think of their brows and their importance. The Brow Wiz is the MVP of skinny brow pencils, the first and the original. What’s so special about it? It’s double ended, with a tiny spoolie on one end and a skinny twist up brow pencil on the other. It’s so thin that you can draw on little hairs that will look like your actual brow and shape your brow perfectly while still making it look natural. This pencil is really easy to work with, it is smooth and blends easily. A slight con though is that because the formula is a bit buttery, even though this helps the application it takes a second longer to dry, and because of this you need to make sure you don’t accidentally touch it because then it might smudge. And still, once the product is completely dry it does not budge and won’t come off once you remove it yourself at the end of the day.
The Brow Wiz comes in 9 different shades so it’s easy to find your perfect one. It contains 0.003 OZ (0.085 grams) of product. It’s biggest con in my eyes is it’s price – $21 (off the official website), a bit pricy for a product that runs out quickly. Still, I do think this is an amazing product and it is definitely worth the hype.
NYX – Micro Brow Pencil
NYX is one of my favorite drugstore brands. most of their products are great and are fairly priced. This is the first company that released a dupe to the Brow Wiz and honestly the company did a fantastic job with it. The formula of the Micro Brow Pencil is a tad drier than the Brow Wiz but I actually think this is a good thing. The product doesn’t smudge easily and sets better on the skin. It is extremely easy to work with this pencil, it blends easily and most importantly – it’s very long wearing.
The Micro Brow Pencil can be found in 8 different shades so also with this one it is easy to find your exact shade. It contains 0.0317 OZ (0.09 grams) of product (the most out of all the pencils mentioned, with the Brow Wiz right behind) and costs $10 (off the official website). It’s not the cheapest you can find, but it’s definitely worth your buck.
Holika Holika – Wonder Drawing Skinny Eyebrow
Holika Holika is a Korean brand. Though I haven’t tried many of the brand’s products, from what I’ve read and seen (on Youtube..duh) it is considered to be a good and cheap brand. While exploring ebay I came across the Wonder Drawing Skinny Eyebrow pencil and decided to try it out since I’ve heard good things about the brand, and because the price was so low. The pencil does do what it is meant to do and I do find myself reaching for it quite often, but I think it is mostly just to finish up the product and so I don’t “waste” my better pencils. It’s formula is extremely dry, too dry. You can eventually achieve your required look with it, but only after working really hard with this pencil. Also, I recommend using a setting brow gel over top it, so the product won’t budge throughout the day (which it tends to do).
The Wonder Drawing Skinny Eyebrow comes only in 4 shades so finding your perfect shade is a little tricky (when I ordered mine I purchased 2 shades – Dark Brown, which isn’t very dark and I passed it along to a friend, and Ash Black which isn’t actually black but more of a grayish brown, which is perfect for me). The pencil contains 0.18 OZ (0.05 grams) of products and costs about $6.
BH Cosmetics – Studio Pro HD Brow Pencil
The BH pencil is the newest in my collection. I got it last month while putting out my first ever BH Cosmetics order (I really wanted the Carli Bybel palette and decided to throw in a few other products to try out). This Studio Pro HD Brow pencil is drier than the NYX pencil, but not as dry as the Holika Holika one. The pencil works well, but takes a while to achieve the perfect brow (again, not as good as the NYX one but not as bad as the Holika Holika one). With this pencil as well I recommend using a setting brow gel so that the product remains in place.
The Studio Pro HD Brow pencil comes in 5 different shades so it might be difficult finding the perfect shade. This pencil contains the least amount of product from all the pencils mentioned – 0.001 OZ (0.03 grams) and costs $5.5.
You can purchase the Studio Pro HD Brow pencil from the BH Cosmetics official website (they always have discounts and coupon codes so make sure to check them out before purchasing).
So who is the winner of this battle? The NYX Micro Brow Pencil of course!!!
It has an amazing formula for an amazing price. IMHO you cannot go wrong with it. The Anastasia brow wiz is obviously amazing as well (and I’ll probably continue purchasing the Anastasia one’s in the future) but only because of the price does the NYX pencil win, since they are almost identical. I would suggest passing on the Holika Holika pencil, and I wouldn’t run out and buy the BH one. I say the NYX one is a definite win, with the Anastasia one as a close runner up.
What’s your favorite brow product? Have you tried out any of the brow pencils I mentioned? And what do you think of these type of battle posts? Would you like to see more of these in the future? Let me know in the comments!
Until next time,