NYX Eye Brown Push-Up Bra on brows
How do you feel about glitter brows?
My gut reaction when I saw the NYX Eyebrow Push-Up Bra pencil ($10) was a big, fat OH, HELL YEA! I’ve probably worn glitter just about everywhere else, so I figure brows won’t be that much of a stretch.
The dual-tipped Eyebrow Push-Up Bra, called that because of how it’s supposed to lift brows, is one of five fall products from NYX to shape, define and highlight eyebrows. The side with the darker tip, the one for defining sparse areas, sports a sheer taupe with silver glitter; the other side’s a creamy, peachy pink that appears to lift the brows when applied beneath the arch (also works as a brow highlighter).
The definer’s silver sparkles aren’t exactly what I’d call in-your-face glitter. They’re barely noticeable, really, which could either be good or bad, depending on your point of view. I was hoping for a little more oomph!, but I guess without it the pencil’s actually more wearable.
See how sharp the definer tip looks in the picture? It also feels hard against my skin, and because of how sheer the pigment is it takes several layers to adequately fill in my “ghost brows.” In other words, if you’re a fill-and-go girl, this may not be your ideal brow pencil. Yeah, it’s been a tad frustrating to use.
One advantage, however, of sheer pencils like this one is control. Lighter layers mean having more control over how light/dark you go, and if you’re a newcomer to brow filling and don’t want to look like Morticia Adams, a sheer pencil like this could be a good place to start.
I get the feeling from the taupe definer tip that NYX was trying to pick a universal shade, something that would work for most skin tones, mine not included. On me this particular taupe has a cool gray tint, and one that I’m afraid may lead strangers to refer to me as “ma’am” instead of “miss.” BOO!
The highlighting tip is much creamier and pigmented than the definer, and it looks like a total ripoff of Benefit’s High Brow Lifting Pencil ($20), except in a warmer, darker shade.
NYX was kind enough to include a few pictures with the instructions on the box (see below). Following them, I get a subtle brow lift, but every little bit helps.
If NYX sold the highlighting tip separately and charged $5 instead of $10, I’d stock up, because I think the color is a closer match to my skin tone than High Brow’s shade, and I’d be able to get four of them for $20 instead of one. Plus, I think it has a slightly more pigment, yet it’s even easier to blend.
Swatches on NC35 skin: Eyebrow Push-Up Bra Brow Pencil (left) and Highlighter (right)
Eyebrow Push-Up Bra Highlighter (left) and Benefit High Brow (right)
Clockwise from upper left: naked brow; filled in brow and unblended highlighter; filled in brow with blended highlighter
Without filled brows and highlighter (left) and with (right)
If you’re interested, brace yourself for some bad news, though. I had a tough time tracking down the Eyebrow Push-Up Bra. It sold out last week on the NYX website, and according to the company won’t be available again online until mid-January (yikes!).
If you spot it somewhere, please share in the comments to help anyone reading who’d like to give it a try.
LOL, it’s like a makeup Yeti…
AVAILABILITY: Limited. Could be sold out on the NYX website through mid-January 2011
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,