While it won’t be breaking any speed records for brow filling, the NYX Eyebrow Kit With Stencil ($13.50) gets mad props from me for looking like it belongs in an art store.
The kit comes in three color families — For Blondes, For Brunettes and For Everyone — and each one packs four brow powders, an angled brush, a brow comb and three plastic stencils cut to fit different brow shapes. Just hold one of the stencils up to your brow, and fill it in using the powders and brushes that come with the kit.
Well, that’s the idea.
I usually fill in my brows “freehand” using something like Benefit Instant Brow because, especially in Instant Brow’s case, it’s quick as a bunny. And when I’m not pressed for time, I might reach for a pan of MAC Concrete and a MAC 266 Small Angle Brush instead.
But what could be quicker than using a stencil, right? If they’re good enough for art class, they’re good enough for me.
Swatches from the left: For Blondes (four on far left), For Brunettes (middle four) and For Everyone (four on far right)
For Everyone on brows
I used the one called “For Everyone” last week and tried all three of its stencil shapes. Unfortunately, none of them fit my brows to a T. They were either too long or too short, too tall or too squat, or simply didn’t line up with the arch of my brows. Taking into account the time I spend constantly adjusting/reseating these, they haven’t saved me any time at all.
As for the other tools in the kit, they seem almost uninspired. I may be spoiled by the marvelous MAC 266, but the brush that comes with the kit doesn’t seem anywhere near as precise. At least the brow comb, while nothing to write home about, does a pretty good job.
It looks like NYX intended for these kits to be used by brow-shaping beginners, but if I were a newbie starting from scratch with these, I think I’d have a really tough time.
If you’re already proficient when it comes to filling in your brows and own a brush you like, the NYX EyeBrow Kit could be a pretty good deal. Each one comes with four intensely pigmented brow powders and rather large pans (each one about the same size as a MAC shadow).
PRICE: $13.50 each
AVAILABILITY: Available at select Ulta stores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. How was the rest of your Monday? Smooth sailing, I hope. I just had a big bowl of canned veggie chili for dinner (that’s klassy with a ‘k’), and now I’m back on the computer. I want to get a few things done before I leave for Vancouver on Thursday, which reminds me — thanks for the tips! If you think of any other things to see or do in Vancouver, I’m all eyes/ears.