Saturday, March 15, 2014

Review: NYX Eyebrow Marker in Medium

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.

11 comments:

  1. This is interesting! I am all about the natural brow effect, so the sheerness sounds perfect for me. Having said that, we don't get Nyx here and I already just use eyeshadow that gives the same effect, so the effort of getting this might not be worth it.

    Thanks for the review, though! I am always keen to hear about brow things...

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    1. Aw. You need to find a way to get some NYX lip products over there!

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  2. It looks nice! I have thought about getting a new eyebrow product lately but...NYX, we gotta talk about this. Medium and deep are not colors. They're adjectives. You need a color after it. May I recommend "brown" in this case? I'm a redhead and neither of these would work for me at all. They have a pretty good range in their eyebrow pencil (which I already own) so I can only hope they will extend the color range for the marker.

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    1. I doubt they will, honestly... I'm not sure these are popular enough to bother.

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    2. That's too bad. I'm sure there is a comparable product out there somewhere, or something better. I've been looking into Anastasia Dipbrow, which is obviously not a marker at all but might work well for me.

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    3. Katey,
      I'm a natural redhead (w/blond highlights) and Benefit's Gimme Brow in Light (no color afterwards) works well for me. For reference, my brows are a light brown with no red or blond in them. I had Hell to pay in finding something that didn't have some kinda' funky red/orange tint to it. You've probably already tried this, but NYX's eyebrow powder in 'Taupe' worked quite well, too. The Gimme Brow won out over the NYX because it gave me the illusion of thicker brows, which I need. The ends of my eyebrows are practically non-existent so I need a lot of help with that problem. Good luck in your search!

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    4. I'm waiting for Dipbrow to get their new colors! The ones they have are all funky on me.

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    5. Katey, as a fellow red head I definitely recommend the Anastasia dip brow it looks very natural on me, not too orange or fake looking as a lot of brow products for red heads seem to be. However, I will say that youll need to use a very light hand if you have lighter red hair. My hair is a darker shade of red so I can get away with it, but its still a bit more dark than I would like it.

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  3. So surprisingly, a lot of brow products seem to work better when you're filling the brows in backwards. I wouldn't have thought so with a market, but definitely with some of the gels I've tried.

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    1. Huh. Interesting! This is the first time I've run into this problem.

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  4. I used their marker in dark, and it wasn't a spot-on-match, but it is rather easy to use. I have the regular Nyx eyebrow kit now...definitely more of a learning curve, but it produces pretty fierce brows! In conclusion, I like them both, it just depends on what effect you're looking for.

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