Thursday, July 19, 2012

Brow Pencil Face Off: Maybelline Master Shape Brow Pencil vs. Anastasia Brow Wiz

I'm kind of a newbie when it comes to doing my brows.  They were always fine and dark and I didn't feel the need to add one more step to my routine.

Recently though (thanks aging) I've noticed a few areas that are growing in a bit thinner and so I turned to Anastasia's Brow Wiz Pencil in Brunette to fix my brow woes.  I really love this product and the built in brush on the end really blends it well.  The tip is very fine and you can basically draw in individual "hairs" and then blend.  Unfortunately, I broke the blending brush off the end of mine because I was keeping it in the makeup bag I tote around in my purse.

A few days ago at Target I saw a product from Maybelline that looked remarkably similar to the Brow Wiz so I thought I'd try out this less expensive version.  The Maybelline Master Shape Brow Pencil  costs $7 as compared to the Brow Wiz's $20 tag so I was really excited to have possibly found a dupe.

The brush on the end is the same as Anastasia's but the tip is much thicker and rather fragile.  I broke the pointed part off the tip on the first use.  The color was a bit dark for me but that isn't why, in the long run, I didn't like the Maybelline pencil.  It has a much heavier consistency and is almost a bit greasy.  I felt like, instead of drawing on my skin underneath the brow hairs, it stuck to the hairs themselves and then dispersed when I used the comb brush to blend it.

Here is a swatch comparing Anastasia's Brow Wiz and Maybelline.  I drew two parallel lines of Anastasia on the left and one of Maybelline on the right.  The Anastasia pencil is so precise and the Maybeline was rather messy and hard to apply to the thinner parts of my brows.  

Side by side with my poor broken Brow Wiz :(
There used to be a spooley brush on the right side.

All in all, I would not buy the Maybelline pencil again, but I will use its spooley brush with my Anastasia Brow Wiz!  After using these two products I can see why Anastasia has earned her reputation as the Brow Queen.

Photos: Me

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