Micro Brow Pencil
Micro Brow Pencil earns our praise for its ability to draw defined, yet natural-looking brows, but ultimately loses a star due to its shade range.
We'll start with the high notes: The semi-stiff, fine-point pencil works well to create precise, hair-like strokes and its matte finish holds up well throughout the day. Some amount of smudging is possible if that area of skin becomes oily and you inadvertently touch it (which isn't unusual for most brow products but just thought you should know), but otherwise, you can expect stay-put wear.
We also appreciate the retractable (no sharpening needed) design and attached spoolie brush to help groom hairs and blend product after application. Kudos to NYX for the fragrance-free formula.
The shade range is where things get a little murky. While we were initially impressed to see such an extensive lineup, finding the right color is hit-or-miss. For example, NYX describes the "Blonde" shade as ashy blonde, but it actually comes across as a brassier tone. The "Taupe" shade fits its description as a soft neutral but it goes on so soft that you may find yourself wanting something more pigmented. Some of the brown shades also went on lighter and/or warmer than we were expecting.
That said, if you can find the right shade, Micro Brow Pencil works well for creating sculpted, natural-looking brows. Our tip: Try testers if they're available to make sure you get the perfect color match—or at least or hold on to your receipt!
- Semi-stiff, fine-point pencil works well for creating precise, hair-like strokes.
- Twist-up design ensures less product is wasted compared to manual sharpening.
- Spoolie brush helps groom brows and blend product after application.
- Fragrance-free formula.
- Tricky to find the right shade (the colors are hit-or-miss).
This small Los Angelesbased makeup line was founded in 1999 by a woman named Toni Ko. The company's Web site is vague about Ko's background, merely stating that she developed an interest in cosmetics as a teenager and wanted to create her own line of cosmetics. Ko's goal was to produce high-quality products at affordable prices, and that's the draw of NYX (pronounced "nicks") Cosmetics. We are pleased to report that, for the most part, Ko succeeded in her childhood dream.
It is important to note that this line offers a full selection of makeup products, from foundations to lip gloss. However, the only place to access everything NYX Cosmetics has to offer is their Web site. The Ulta chain is the largest distributor of NYX Cosmetics products in the United States, and the line can also be found at Target and Nordstrom Rack, but they carry a smaller selection of NYX products.The good news is that most of the few NYX products Ulta stocks are impressive, especially the powder eyeshadows, which compete evenly with eyeshadows that cost a lot more.
NYX Cosmetics website is www.nyxcosmetics.com.
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