Saturday, August 13, 2011

Review: NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder + Brow Tutorial

Recently I have become obsessed with eyebrows and eyebrow products. Strong brows seem to be back in fashon nowadays and having well groomed and defined brows can be key to looking put together and pulling off dramatic looks.
Unfortunately most of the quality eyebrow products I have seen around are relatively pricey.Benefit Brow Zings, the Urban Decay Brow Box and the Too-Faced Brow Envy all sell for around $30.00 and the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Kit is a whopping $65.00. So henceforth I began my quest to find an affordable, good quality eyebrow kit.
Today I present the NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder "For Those Movie Star Brows."

I picked this product up at Ulta for only $5.99. It comes in six shades, blonde, auburn/red, taupe/ash, brunette, dark brown/brown, and black/grey. I bought the dark brown/brown.

The kit contains one wax cake, two shades of  pressed powders, and an angled brush and a spoolie (a clean mascara wand). 
From what I can tell the wax works really well, hours later my brows were still in place and the powders are very well pigmented.
The only thing I didn't like about this product is that the brushes were so short that they were almost impossible to use. Also, it didn't contain any instructions on how to use the product for very new beginners like most of the other more expensive alternatives do.
Since there isn't a how-to on the packaging I decided to provide a tutorial of my own.
 This is how my brows looked to begin with, make sure that they are well trimmed and plucked.

The first step is to use the spoolie to brush the brow hairs up towards the temples.

 Next, dip the angled brush into the wax cake and use it to coat the brow hairs and set them into place. Keep going in the upward direction towards the temples.
Since my brow tails are very sparse and don't grow far enough I apply a small amount of wax just past my brow extending the tail.
To figure out where your brow tail is supposed to end use a brush or pencil and line up the angle from the corner of your nose to the outer corner of your eye, extending towards your brows. Where the brush or pencil is marks where your brow tail should end.

After applying the wax, coat the angled brush in the powders. use a mixture of the two shades to get a perfect match. I ended up using more of the darker shade. Brush onto the brows over the wax, keeping with the upward strokes. If you need to extend your tail, continue past the brow onto where you applied the wax, the wax will help the powders to adhere to you skin.
Now take the time to clean up any mistakes with a makeup wipe.
Finally, grab the spoolie again and use it to blend out the brow. This will help even out any areas that you may have applied too much wax or too dark powder.It will also blend out the brow and make it look much more natural.
This is the final product of my brow technique. I really like doing my brows this way because they don't end up looking too overdrawn but still look polished and tamed.  


  1. You have saved me! I had bought this product I am sure at least a year or two back and had no clue how to use it. I would use gel or hairspray to make my eyebrows stay in place and just use the colors to fill in. Not until now have I gotten the best results! They are looking fuller and a lot neater.

    Again thank you! :)

    1. Awesome Awesome, I have brought this product 3 times in the last year, and i knew i was buying the right thing by listening to others talk. didn't want to ask anybody. but it wasn't until now that i know how to use it. Girl thank you so much!!!

  2. I agree with what you said about the brushes being too short and the packaging not including instructions. I had to figure it out as best I could experimenting one day. Your brows look great.

  3. I bought this product today and I was clueless on how to apply it until now. Thank you so much for your pictures and instructions.

  4. This was so helpful! I have thin brows and have SUCH a hard time figuring out how to fill them in and have it still look natural. I love this product, but I had no idea how to use it correctly until now.

  5. Glad I had stumbled upon your blog. I just bought this one yesterday and not so sure on how to use it haha.

  6. Your instructions are professional ,keep up the excellent

  7. Your instructions are professional ,keep up the excellent

  8. I noticed my eyebrows had become thinner the older I got. My daughter bought me this product and I haven't used it until now after seeing your tutorial. Easy to follow with pics. Thank you so much. X

  9. Thank you! I now feel confident to use the product! Aloha.

  10. Thank you! I was disappointed that there were no instructions in the package.

  11. When I bought this, I just sat and stared at it! Ha ha! I thought, "what is that white stuff and what the heck do I do with it"? So I googled it and up came your blog! Thank you so much for showing us how to use this! I'm a happy camper now!