Saturday, May 4, 2013

Nyx Eyebrow Cake Powder // Review & How To

 Ever since I ran out of my E.L.F Eyebrow Kit ages ago, I have been just using the dark brown eyeshadow from the Sleek Storm palette, and after I hit pan on that big time I went to the darkest brown in the Wet n Wild Vanity Palette. But I have been wanting to use an eyebrow kit for the longest time now, so I thought I would give NYX's eyebrow cake powder a go, and have been using it for over a month now.


Packaging: Quite bulky but still small & good for traveling, has a see through lid that opens on the left side, which is annoying when you are right handed.
Texture: Wax is thick but not chunky & holds brows in place, although mine don't usually go hay wire. The powders are like regular eyeshadow.
Color Selection: Black/ Gray, Dark Brown/ Brown, Taupe/ Ash, Auburn/Red, Brunette & Blonde. I have it in Dark Brown/ Brown, which I am glad I got because I like my eyebrows quite dark.
There is only a very slight difference in the 2nd colour being slightly warmer & lighter.
Brushes: It includes a mini spoolie brush & slanted brush, but with most brushes that come in kits
like these are pretty useless when they are too small to grab, and these are hard to get out of the compartment, so I have to tip the kit upside down. I do like to use the spoolie to brush through my brows before & after, and the slanted brush is good for the wax because it is quite stiff, and if I use it only for that use the wax won't go murky & gross.

Longevity: These last all day for me, even without the wax but for added security the wax will help it hold for as long as possible.








Application
At first I had no idea what order I should apply the wax, but I learned that applying it after the shadow made it go a bit streaky, so I apply it lightly first before the shadows as it also works as a base to help it last all day.
1. Apply wax using fingers or the angled brush. Also brush hairs into place if you have unruly eyebrows.
2. Using a stiff angled brow brush (I use the Real Techniques Brow Brush) & the first darker shade, outline the top & bottom of the eyebrow to the thickness you desire. If I want to make them a lot thicker than they are I use the lighter shade just on the edge of this line so they kind of fade out better. Fill in the middle- tail of the eyebrow with this colour.

3. Going in with the 2nd colour from the outside in of the start of the eyebrow using feathering motions. At the edge of the eyebrow I change the angle of the brush so it is pointing upwards and fade the eyebrow out.
 4. Brush through the brows to soften them if you need to.
 5. Optional: (I don't do this often) Using a highlighter pencil (I use Prestige Brow Duo in Illuminate) or a slightly lighter concealer, highlight underneath the brow & blend it out. If I go a bit too far underneath or take away from the arch I correct it here.
Compared to the unmade eyebrow. This is probably not my best effort & I did go heavier with the powder but you can see the difference this makes. I wouldn't do my eyebrows this harsh if I wasn't planning to wear eyeshadow as I think a softer eyebrow looks better with bare eyes. Don't forget eyebrows are sisters & not twins so as long as they aren't completely different don't be too fussy!

Overall, the Nyx Eyebrow Cake Powder is a pretty good eyebrow kit that has the basics for filling in eyebrows. I probably don't like it as much as the E.L.F Eyebrow kit as it had a coloured wax & eyeshadow compared to 3 different products & the packaging is less bulky. However I would still recommend this kit & give it a 7/10.

What do you like to use on your eyebrows?
xx

22 comments:

  1. Thanks for the how-to! For the longest time, I couldn't figure out for the life of me how to do my brows! You certainly make it look really easy. I think I'm a bit too heavy-handed with the brow powder these days, but maybe I do need some brow wax to help get rid of the too-powdery look I get some times. I agree though - if I'm wearing less makeup, I don't like to do my brows up, but if I'm wearing a stronger look, I'll do my brows just to balance it all out. Funny logic but whatever :D x

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    1. It's no worries hun, it takes practice like anything else but you will get there. I have days where I completely stuff them up by being empty handed. Oh no that logic makes total sense to me, haha! xx

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  2. I have wanted to try a brow kit with wax for such a long time. This Nyx kit looks fantastic! Thanks for the review x

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    1. The wax is so handy to have, I've only started to use it again and prefer it with the wax! I hope you like this if you try it. xx

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  3. Wow amazing job! I honestly thought your eyebrows were naturally quite full . I ve used this and probably every other brow product lol

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    1. Really chick, that's cool to know! They are certainly lacking in the fullness haha. Oh I bet you have, what did you think of it? xx

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  4. I have used the elf one for ages now but this sounds great!

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    xx

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    1. Honestly this isn't as good as the E.L.F one, but still decent! xx

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  5. love brown colours ! :)


    saralookbook

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  6. This seems like a decent eyebrow kit! I use my Mac eyebrow pencil in stud for my brows.
    A MakeupHabit

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  7. Lovely post! I'm not too happy with my brows right now. I think the edges are not as sharp as I would like them. I think my problem is the brush I'm using. It's a bit flimsy. What's your favorite brush for brows?
    xx

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    1. I use the Real Techniques brow brush and after the first wash I found it more stiffer although it is bigger so not as good for precision, but before that it wasn't hard enough for sharp edges. Or you could try a tiny brow brush from Sigma or MAC, I don't know the numbers though sorry hun! xx

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  8. I was about to buy this off Cherry Culture last night because they're having a 40% NYX sale at the moment, but unfortunately I didn't. I wish I did now though, it sounds pretty impressive! :'(

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    1. Oh boo that sucks, I always try to find reviews if I'm unsure about anything! I ordered from the sale, too :D
      x

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  10. I know what you mean about going heavier with the powder but I honestly think it looks good! Sometimes I do my brows way heavier like when I go out at night and it makes me feel more attractive in a messed up way... I wish I had more access to NYX products where I live!
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  11. Nice review! I'm currently using the Benefit Brow Zing and it does the trick too! I find that it doesn't take much for a brow product to work effectively so I should have stuck to a more affordable option. But the benefit has a nice sturdy packaging so I'm happy.

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  12. I absolutely love your brows, they look so flawless! This eyebrow cake powder is a perfect match for you. I find that brown brow products don't suit me well and I need a grey shade for my brows!

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