NYX CosmeticsEyebrow Marker
0 fl. oz. for $9.75
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This fine-tip felt-style marker has a long enough tip to get between individual hairs, which is great if you want to create brows that don’t look “drawn on.” However, the water-based formula tends to bleed easily, which defeats the purpose of a precise fine-tip pen. All of the shades go on muted and soft, but they have a warm, red undertone that likely won’t look natural on fair to light skin.

  • Fine-tip felt-style pen easily gets between brow hairs.
  • Soft, muted shades avoid making brows look too harsh.
  • Water-based formula tends to bleed and isn’t long-wearing.
  • Shades lean toward warm undertones, which won’t work on a variety of brow colors.
Last Updated:02.06.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
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Smashbox At-A-Glance

This small Los Angeles–based 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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