In this edition of Battle of the Brands, the contenders are the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz and the NYX Micro Brow Pencil. The NYX version undoubtedly appears to be a dupe for the ABH version, but does it actually compare? Can we really count on it to be just as good as the ever-so loved Brow Wiz, and for a fraction of its cost? Keep reading to find out.
NYX Micro Brow Pencil
I picked this up from the NYX Canada website for $12 CAD in the shade Espresso, which is described as a “deep brown”. It contains the same amount of product as the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, making it the more economical choice of the two. Here is a description for the product straight from the NYX website:
Build full beautiful brows with our ultra-thin Micro Brow Pencil. So precise it coats even the finest hairs with color for a natural-looking finish.
There are 8 shades available, which is much better than the average selection available among drugstore brow products. It pretty much looks and works exactly like the ABH Brow Wiz, however the packaging is a little flimsy and feels a little cheap. But for about half the price of the latter, that’s something I think most people are willing to overlook.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz
I got this product from Sephora for $27 CAD in the shade Dark Brown. The description for the product from the Sephora website is as follows:
Brow Wiz’s ultra-fine, retractable tip is perfect for spot-filling in areas where brow hair is sparse by mimicking fine, hair-like strokes. This pencil is idea for places where your arches may be bare or over-tweezed, and the smudge-proof formula stays put day for fresh, natural-looking brows.
There are 9 shades available, most of which are similar to the shade range that the NYX Micro Brow pencil provides, however the ABH Brow Wiz comes in a granite shade which is an ashy black shade.
At first glance, the two products are practically identical. Their packaging looks very similar and the size of the actual crayon is very similar as well. However, the spoolie ends of each product differs slightly.
Left: NYX Micro Brow Pencil. Right: ABH Brow Wiz
The spoolies are about the same width and length, however the Brow Wiz spoolie is more dense and much softer. The NYX Micro Brow spoolie is very stiff and a little painful to use. I prefer the Brow Wiz spoolie since I feel like it does a better job at brushing through my brows and feels much nicer.
As for the formula, the NYX brow pencil is slightly more waxy and therefore is a little tougher to use than the ABH Brow Wiz. Don’t get me wrong, the ABH brow pencil is still quite stiff, however it’s still creamy at the same time. It delivers a smooth and precise line whereas the NYX brow pencil skips a little and doesn’t glide as nicely as the ABH pencil. As for the shade, the ABH pencil is a little darker and has a cooler undertone whereas the NYX pencil has a warmer undertone.
On the brows, there isn’t a major difference between the two. I will say that I did have to go over my brows more with the NYX brow pencil, however the end result is very comparable to the ABH brow pencil. I also feel that the ABH pencil is more precise than the NYX pencil, however the NYX pencil doesn’t look as harsh as the ABH pencil can sometimes look. Both products lasted through the day without any smudging or fading.
So which one do I think wins this round of Battle of the Brands? I think I’m going to have to go with the ABH Brow Wiz. I think that it is much easier to use and I prefer the shade. However, the NYX Micro Brow pencil is very comparable, and the price is definitely right. My biggest issue with it is that it’s a little too waxy, and although it is cheaper than the ABH Brow Wiz, I find that I have to use way more of it to achieve the same look I get with a few strokes using the Brow Wiz. Since both products have the same amount of product, I think I would probably go through the NYX pencil much faster than I would the Brow Wiz. It’s a small but important detail to me, however I think it’s a great alternative regardless. The NYX Micro Brow pencil is also more widely available since it is a drugstore product, so I would definitely recommend it if you’re not used to filling in your brows and would like to get started.
Have you tried either of these brow products?
Which one do you prefer?