Your eyebrows are one of the most important features on your face. When shaped and filled in properly, they can make you look younger, fresher and even create a lifted effect. Eyebrow makeup took off and became really popular within the past 5 years or so. Although Anastasia Beverly Hills took the beauty community by storm and made eyebrow products and eyebrow shaping really popular, they certainly weren’t the first to emphasize the importance of shaping your brows and filling them in properly. One of the first brow products that I personally remember buying over 10 years ago was from Smashbox. They used to have a product called Brow Tech that was a split container with a brow powder on one side and a clear wax on the other side. I used to order it from HSN where I could purchase it in a set that included the eyebrow brush (which I still use to this day). I was using that product long before brows became popular on Instagram and YouTube. Unfortunately, Smashbox doesn’t make the original version anymore, but they’ve modified the “Brow Tech” product to turn it into a pencil. Fast forward to today, and there are literally tons of brow products available on the market by almost every beauty brand. Not all are created equal, and that’s why you’ll find my brow drawer filled with at least 20 different brow products that I’ve tested over the past few years…. with only a few that I use on a regular basis. I’ll admit that I’m pretty new to the NYX Professional Makeup brand. This is honestly the first product that I have tried from NYX. Shocking, I know! I decided it was time to give the brand a try, and this was the perfect opportunity since NYX just recently released a selection of new brow products.
NYX 3-in-1 Brow Pencil – The Basics
I decided to pick up the 3-in-1 Brow Pencil because it’s literally 3 different brow products in one for a decent price of $12.99, whereas other brands would require you to purchase each of these products separately. That adds up to a lot of money. NYX released other brow products at the same time as this one, but I figured this was the most economical way to try out 3 products at the same time for one price. The pencil contains 3 different sections with the following products:
- Brow Pencil – fills in sparse areas of the brow by using hair stroke motions or use it to outline the shape of the brow
- Brown Powder – Fills in the sparse area of the brow with a powder that matches your brow hair color. Can give your brows a softer application of color.
- Brow Gel – A colored brow gel with a spiral, mascara-like brush, intended to top off the look and hold the brow hairs in place.
My Overall Thoughts and Review
I went into the test excited and with a very open mind. I’ve become a brow product addict over the past several months, even though my brows are pretty full and thick. I need a pencil to define and fill in a few thinner areas, but mostly I need gel products to hold my brow hairs in place and keep them from traveling up, down, and all over the place. They’re a challenge to keep in place, as I usually find the hairs migrate downwards onto my eyelid area and give my eyes a droopy appearance no matter how much I have them professionally shaped and trimmed.
I started by using the pencil portion of the product. The tip is a little thick and stubby, so it’s not easy to use this for creating thin hair-like stroke marks or to define the eyebrow shape. It’s better suited as a fill-in product. It’s very creamy, more so than most other brands that I’ve tried. I liked the pencil, but it’s not my favorite. However, it is really nice if you have large areas to fill in. It seems easy to work with and blend out. The problem is that it doesn’t come with a plain spiral brush to blend the product out. I had to use my own spiral eyebrow brush for that. So, proceed with caution with this part of the pencil.
The next part I tried was the powder. This component was in the middle section of the pencil. When you twist it out, there’s an applicator with a pointed foam tip that has brown powder (or whatever color you selected). This was a disaster. Powders are good when they are applied carefully with a stiff brow brush. This applicator doesn’t work. The powder is intended to fill in sparse areas. It typically sticks to bare skin areas and can look somewhat soft and natural. The problem is that there’s just no way to apply this with the foam applicator, without powder literally falling out all over your face and making a mess. It took me a while to clean up the fallout that landed all over my eye area and cheeks. It was everywhere. This is definitely a no-go!
The 3rd and final part that I tried was the brow gel. I crossed my fingers and hoped for a better experience with this component, but unfortunately it didn’t work out either. It was the strangest formula. It just sat on top of my brow hairs and wouldn’t blend in and work into my brow hairs to set them in place. I tried everything to get this to work, but it looked absolutely horrible! A gel should not sit like a clumpy liquid on top of your brows. It was too obvious and it didn’t lock my brows in place like I need a gel to do. Definitely another no-go!
I’m sorry to say that I cannot recommend this product. My goal of saving money by buying a 3-in-1 brow product was a total flop. You’re much better off finding the specific products that works best for your brows and then buy those individually. One last point about the 3-in-1 pencil in general…. because it contains 3 totally different products with different applicators inside, the amount of product you’re actually getting for each part is very small. So if you fall in love with the gel part, don’t expect it to last long (I doubt that will happen, but you get my point).
I have some favorite brow products that I use regularly if you’re looking for suggestions. For a brow setting gel, my favorite is the Mister Brow by Givenchy. It locks my brows in place all day and night and won’t budge until I take it off with an oil-based makeup remover. For a pencil, I’ve tried several that I like. Benefit Cosmetics makes some good pencils. Everyone loves the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, but I still haven’t tried it. Shocking, yes. I use a variety of pencils like the Loreal and Revlon drugstore brand brow pencils. I’ve even been known to use the ColourPop brow pencil. I also love the Milani brow products. They make a pencil and also a brow powder set. I also like brow pomades/creams and use different brands such as Becca, ABH, and L’Oréal.
There’s so many great brow products available to choose from, and everyone has their own preference on which type of product they like… powders, pomades, pencils, gels, or a combination. I just can’t recommend the NYX 3-in-1 pencil, but hey…. maybe they have another product that would work great! And since makeup is something personal that we all have different opinions and experiences with, maybe…. just maybe…. this product work great for you!
Where to Buy: Ulta, any store where NYX products are sold
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