It would probably be a fool’s errand at this point in my life to try to become an Olympic sprinter…
I’m barely 5’2″ tall, I’m in questionable physical condition, and one of my legs is shorter than the other.
The Olympic sprinting thing? Not the most realistic goal for me, but I do have other aspirations, like finding drugstore dupes of my favorite department store/high-end makeup.
Now THAT’s something I can do. 🙂
It’s not gonna be easy, for sure. Sometimes (but not always) with makeup, I do think that you get what you pay for.
So I’m on a mission. I’m a woman on a mission to find respectable, affordable alternatives to her favorite department store items.
I completely forgot to mention this pencil in the Ulta post the other day (it was buried at the bottom of that huge bag!), which is weird because, seriously, it took me a really long time to find in the store. I combed the aisles for a possible Brow Wiz dupe.
And then I saw it — Almay’s $7.50 Brow Defining Pencil — tucked away on the bottom shelf.
“Aha!” I exclaimed…to myself. 🙂
The size of the tip is what first caught my eye. It’s very thin, just like Anastasia Brow Wiz, and the pencil also has a brow comb on the back end, again, like Brow Wiz.
Unfortunately, I only spotted two shades on the shelf…
I figured, OK, well, maybe that’s because Ulta doesn’t carry all of the colors, so I checked online from my phone.
Apparently it only comes in two colors, Brunette (which is what I’m wearing here) and Dark Blonde, whereas Anastasia Brow Wiz comes in nine.
Obvs, the other major difference is price. Anastasia’s is $21, and Almay’s is $7.50.
Now for some may-jah bare-faced action in three, two, one…
Before Almay Brow Defining Pencil…
After Almay Brow Defining Pencil…
As for the barefaced action above, what I can say? It’s Friday and I felt lazy. And don’t even ask what’s going on with my hair…
After using the Almay pencil for the past couple days, I’ve found another difference between it and Anastasia’s pencil: texture.
The tips of both pencils are similarly fine (Anastasia’s is a tad finer), and Almay’s does create the plush natural brow look I like, but Almay’s formula is slightly drier and consequently not as smooth.
I mean, it’s not a huge deal… It’s not like the pencil’s painfully difficult to use, but Anastsia’s definitely does skim along my skin and brows more easily.
Even so, I think Almay’s Brow Defining Pencil is a decent Anastasia Brow Wiz dupe — if one of the two available shades works for you.
Almay Brunette is slightly warmer and redder than the Anastasia shade I usually wear (Dark Brown), and I think it’s most noticeable in pics when I use a flash.
Of course, that could just be me…
For the most part, I’m happy with Brunette. If you’re looking for a brow pencil for day-to-day wear (and less for pics), it’s a great deal.
Oh! — before I forget, the Almay Pencil’s twisty thing-a-ma-bobber takes Hulk-like strength to turn. Either that, or I need to incorporate more push-ups into my workouts.
For now, this is a pretty good dupe for my favorite brow pencil, and a more-than-capable drugstore option.
For my next drugstore dupe mission? Finding something similar to MAC Strobe Cream.
Is it possible? Time will tell… 🙂
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,