Beauty review time!
I somehow came across this video of one of my favourite YouTube beauty Guru’s Julie G, demonstrating the NYX eyebrow kit and stencil. Because I am a sucker for these YouTube vids, I decided to give it a try.
I am a big fan of NYX products, particularly their round lipsticks. I usually find their products completely on par with higher end brands and the price point is always much lower. I picked up my brow kit at Phoenix (Pacific Mall) for $19.99. If you have never been to Phoenix, it is a great store for NYX and other products that can be challenging to find in Canada. They also have a huge selection of China Glaze and OPI polishes at great prices. The price was a bit hefty for a NYX product. But, the kit does contain four shadows, stencils and two brushes.
I purchased the kit in the colour, “For brunettes”. It also comes in , ” For Blondes” and “For Everyone”. I later found out that this kit usually retails for about $13.00, so I definitely overpaid. Sometimes the markup is due to the fact that items are not readily available in Canada, and I think that is the case with this kit.
I have always been a bit skeptical about eyebrow stencils. Everyone’s brows are so different , how could a stencil possibly fit. When I watched Julie G’s video , I noticed that instead of just putting the stencil over her brow and filling it in as I thought she would, she instead worked first with the inner half and then moved the stencil to complete the tail. Ahhh, makes sense!
The kit comes with three possible stencils. This seems like very few, but using Julie’s method you could actually use different stencils for each half of your brows, increasing your options. I chose to stick with the medium sized brow stencil, as it was closest to my natural brow shape.
There are four shadow colours in the kit , one being a matte highlight for the brow bone.
Here are my brows with au naturale. I usually use the Rimmel eyebrow pencil in Hazel to fill in sparse areas.
I lined up the medium stencil with the inner head of my brow and filled in with the enclosed brush. I used the darkest shadow shade in the middle and faded it out on the edges with the medium brown.
Then I removed the stencil and lines up the tail with the end of my brow, then filled in the same way.
I assure you that I lined the stencil up better than I did in the picture. It is just REALLY hard to photograph oneself doing this!
Afterwards I combed my brows and took some of the medium shadow through the whole thing to blend.
This is the finished brow.
Not bad, although definitively a stronger, fuller brow than I am used to.
I filled in my other brow, as I usually do with a bit of Rimmel pencil in Hazel. I much prefer working with the pencil, as it allows me to have more control and is more precise.
On the left of the following picture is the brow filled in with the NYX kit , on the right, Rimmel brow pencil. The difference is subtle, but I prefer the pencil.
Left: NYX Eyebrow Kit With Stencils in ” For Brunettes” Right: Rimmel Eyebrow Pencil in “Hazel”
I do not think that the Rimmel Eyebrow Kit and Stencil is worth the price of $19.99. It may be helpful for someone who find it difficult to fill in their brows without a guided shape, or has extremely sparse eyebrows to begin with. I actually fill in my brows very little, so I found this to be too heavy.
Have you ever tried the NYX Eyebrow Kit with Stencils? What is your favourite brow product?