NYX Micro Brow PencilSaturday, September 17, 2016
Around 3 years ago I wouldn't have dreamed of filling my brows in and despite both my daughters telling me that it would make a massive difference to the way my makeup looked and it would frame my face I always felt like I looked silly when I filled my brows in.
Fast forward to the present day and now I can't go out without filling my brows in and I now have my brows waxed and tinted at the Benefit Brow Bar every 6 weeks, what a difference 3 years makes! When I go have my brows tinted and waxed I don't fill my brows in because it saves the girl doing them taking them off and I always feel so naked without my brows on, it's strange to think 3 years ago I wouldn't have dreamed of filling my brows in at all and now I feel naked without them.
I have tried numerous products over the last 3 years to fill in my brows, from eyeshadow to brow pencils and brow pomade but no matter what I use I always find filling my brows in difficult and I am never completely happy with the way they look. I recently picked up a few of the new Benefit brow products ( I reviewed all of them in this post) and have been using them for the last couple of months but around the same time I bought the Benefit products my daughter came home with the NYX Micro Brow Pencil for me to try.
My eldest daughter Cole is a professional makeup artist so has a lot of knowledge and experience with makeup products and she uses the NYX Micro Brow Pencil both on herself and on her clients, she really likes it and says it is the best brow pencil she has tried and being a makeup artist she has tried a lot of brow pencils.
Cole picked me up the shade Taupe in the brow pencil, there are 8 shades available, Taupe, Blonde, Auburn, Chocolate, Ash Brown, Brunette, Expresso and Black so there is quite a good shade range. I always find it difficult to find brow pencils in the right shade having blonde hair but Taupe is a really good colour for me, Cole always says as a guide to choosing a shade, the best way to do it is to go off the colour of the roots of your hair, unless of course you like to use other shades but if you want to know the best match that is what Cole advises.
The packaging is nice it's simple but also looks sleek, the brow pencil has a retractable applicator at one end of the pencil and a spoolie brush on the other end. The pencil twists up freely and doesn't have the "click" type twist up application some pencils have.
The pencil is a very thin pencil meaning it is very precise and I can use the pencil to draw hair like strokes in the areas of my brows that are sparse but I can also fill in my brows where they are much fuller and extend the "tail" end of my brows too, once I have finished my brows I brush them through with the spoolie for a nice flawless finish. I find the pencil easy to use and I like the way my brows look when I use the pencil, I have always struggled with filling my brows in but I find the NYX pencil really easy to use and I like the finished look which is pretty much unheard of for me.
In the swatch photograph above I have drawn a thick line to show the shade of the pencil, the line I have drawn is not the actual depth of the pencil it is much much thinner but wouldn't show well for a swatch so I have drawn a much thicker line to show the shade.
I am really happy with the NYX Micro Brow Pencil, the shade is just right for me, it applies well and has a matte finish, the pencil is easy to use and doesn't feel scratchy or drag through the brows, because the pencil is so thin it is able to coat fine brow hairs with colour and give a nice natural, flawless finish, I like that the pencil is matte and is long lasting, once applied the pencil doesn't smudge or move until it is time to take my makeup off. The NYX Micro Brow Pencil really is a great affordable brow pencil and I would definitely recommend it if you haven't tried it already.
If you would like to give the NYX Micro Brow Pencil a try, you can pick one up from the Boots website HERE priced at £7.00 or the Feel Unique website HERE priced at £7.00.
Have you tried the NYX Micro Brow Pencil? Do you struggle to fill in your brows? What is your go to brow product? Let me know in the comments below.
Thank you for reading, much love as always