I had a vision that the NYX Eyebrow Marker was going to be perfect. An eyebrow MARKER? How could an eyebrow marker not result in the most impeccable brows imaginable? There's something to be said for natural brows, but I was hoping that this product would let me define the ends of my brows in a Barbie-perfect flick of color.
Sadly, the first time I used the product, my expectations crashed into a fiery heap. "It... doesn't... draw..." I whined. In order to prevent freaking people out with an artificial, drawn-on effect, NYX made this marker sheer as fuck.
The problems with this are twofold:
1. I bought this product in the hopes of creating unnaturally perfect brows. NYX's "let's not make it too scary" philosophy negated my reason for buying the product at all. This is obviously not going to be a problem for everyone, but...
2. ...because the product is so, so sheer, when I draw over my brows, nothing happens.
I was so grumpy about this product's performance that I thew it under my desk for a few weeks so that it would be properly punished for wronging me.
I eventually rescued it from having its proverbial liver pecked out and gave it another a chance. I definitely hated it less the second time.
The good news is that the color works really well for me. It's a warm-toned medium brown. This may not be perfect for those of you with cool-toned hair, but the slight reddish undertone is great on me.
The other good news is that I figured out a way to make it work. The thin marker tip may be useless over my brows, but I can kinda shove it backwards through the hair to fill them in. This is a little more effort than I might ideally want to put in, but the ultimate product is really natural and appealing. There's no way to create harsh brows with this but most of you probably don't want harsh brows, anyways.
I didn't have any problem with the product bleeding or running once it had been applied.
Here's how I look with no brow product whatsoever:
And here's how I look with my brows filled in using the NYX Eyebrow Marker in Medium:
It's not what I thought it would be and it's a little challenging to use, but I think it looks nice. At the end of the day, I don't feel very strongly about this product one way or the other.
The NYX Eyebrow Marker retails for $9.75 for 0.037 fl oz, or $263.51 per fl oz. For comparison, MAC also makes an eyebrow marker that rings in at $19.50 for 0.03 fl oz, or $650 per fl oz.