Looking for a suitable Brow Wiz dupe? Check out my detailed review comparing the Anastasia Brow Wiz to the NYX Microbrow, which is half the price!

Doing my brows is the one thing I never forget, and I never leave the house without them ( except for that one time when I had to drop my sister off at the airport at 5 am, because I am not a morning person ). But otherwise, if I’m in a rush, I’ll make my brows my priority before heading out that door.

Drawing on my brows all the time means I’m going through a lot of products, but it also means I want to find the best bang for my buck when it comes to eyebrow products. Repurchasing every month can get expensive.

And when all the hype about the Anastasia Brow Wiz came out, I wanted to get so bad, but of course, $21 isn’t something I was quite ready to spend on a brow pencil I heard runs out fast. So after a lucky 50% off sale, and a $10 coupon in the mail some time after, not only can I try the infamous Brow Wiz, but also NYX’s Microbrow, a possible Brow Wiz dupe.

I’m hoping it will be good enough (if not better because you never know ) than the Brow Wiz, so I don’t have to count on a sale to get a nice brow pencil.


The Anastasia Brow Wiz retails for $21, while NYX’s Microbrow retails for $10, clocking in at half the price. Not a bad deal, huh?


Along with the outside packaging being fairly similar, both the Brow Wiz and Microbrow have the pencil on one end, and a spoolie on the other. The difference is when put side by side, and the side the Brow Wiz product comes up is the side where the Microbrow’s spoolie is.

In general, the Brow Wiz is sturdier, especially felt when twisting the product up. It doesn’t feel as loose as the Microbrow. In the same line of thought, the Brow Wiz snaps shut easily with no fuss whereas the Microbrow requires a little more strength and doesn’t feel as secure. Basically, the Microbrow does feel cheaper.

Both have the same amount of product, according to weight, which is 0.003 oz.


I got the Brow Wiz in Medium Brown, and the Microbrow in Espresso. Medium Brown happens to be a smidge too light for me, but it is cooler toned.

Espresso is a darker brown, but very much on the warmer side.


Looking for a suitable Brow Wiz dupe? Check out my detailed review comparing the Anastasia Brow Wiz to the NYX Microbrow, which is half the price!

I’ve heard the reason a lot of people enjoy the Brow Wiz is because of how thin and precise it is. No doubt about that, the nib is thin and perfect for drawing those hairlike strokes.

But the Microbrow is definitely comparable, as you can see in the photos (which, by the way, sorry if it’s blurry, my hands are a little shaky whenever I need them to be still, lol). It does well at creating a precise brow.

As for longevity of the product, honestly I haven’t noticed a difference between the two. Both wear really well on my brows.

Let’s not forget about the spoolies, as I know that’s important for some people. The Brow Wiz has a great spoolie, very soft, easy to work with and better at blending out the product naturally. Not that the Microbrow’s is bad; it’s not at all. It’s just a bit stiffer – not enough to be painful, but noticeable – so of course it’s a little nicer to use the Brow Wiz spoolie.

If expiration dates matter to you, note the Brow Wiz boasts a 24 month longevity compared to the 12 months the Microbrow has.


In short, absolutely! While the Brow Wiz is cooler toned (which I prefer) and has a nicer spoolie with slightly sturdier packaging, I’m not sure whether I’d spend twice the price for it. While the Brow Wiz is a good pencil to have, I’m just as happy with the Microbrow.

Have you tried NYX Microbrow or any other Brow Wiz dupe?

  • Ruth I.

    Yes I tried it already and I love it so much!

    StyleSprinter Blog by Katya Bychkova

    • Sam

      That’s awesome!

  • Omg if you are looking for a dupe, the L’Oreal Brow Stylist Definer is also a really good one too. I haven’t tried the NYX one because I was debating between that or the L’Oreal one at Ulta. I decided on L’Oreal because they were having a sale lol but it’s also really good and waterproof. Is the NYX one waterproof? I’ve been meaning to try the NYX one next because I wanted to see how this would compare. I always like getting waterproof ones cuz I dont want my brows to disappear haha
    Thanks for sharing this! Gotta love drugstore dupes!

    ~Andrea Tiffany~

    • Sam

      Ooh, I wanted to get the L’Oreal one as well, but I could never find it at Ulta, whenever I was in store! I’ll have to check that one out again and see how it compares. I actually found that most products are “waterproof” on me, as long as I don’t wipe/touch my brows while they’re wet (I’ve literally gone through barrels of rain & they haven’t budged). I mean, I’ve worn this and been sweating and it’s been fine, and I haven’t experienced smudging or anything. I hope that helps!

  • I don’t really use brow products often but it’s great when you find a dupe that is just as good for a far more affordable price xx

    Velvet Blush

    • Sam

      Right? I’m always on the lookout for dupes!

  • I love ABH products for my brows, I use the dipbrow but this NYX one sounds like a pretty solid dupe! Will keep that in mind next time
    I’m eyebrow shopping

    Cindy |

    • Sam

      I haven’t tried the dip brow yet (that’s probably my next eyebrow purchase), but considering how much I like the pencil, I can’t wait!

  • I love my NYX Micro Brow and never felt the need to spend the extra $$$ for ABH!

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

    • Sam

      So true! I’m not sure I would have ever paid full price for the ABH one – eyebrow pencils are eyebrow pencils.

  • I love to use all kind of brow products… and this one sounds really great 🙂 xx

    • Sam

      Definitely one to try out!

  • I’ve been using the Maybelline Brow Precise and I’ve been loving it. I’ll have to check out the NYX one.

    • Sam

      I’ve heard good things about Maybelline’s brow products in general, but I’ve never tried them!

  • This sounds like a lovely comparison! I don’t really use eyeliners but it was still a nice, informative post!

    Have an amazing day!

    xx Kris

    • Sam

      Thanks, Kris! Hope you have an amazing day as well!

  • Nina

    Great review, I haven’t tried any of this brow products but will keep them in mind. I’m using Burberry one right now and loving it.

    Nina’s Style Blog

    • Sam

      I’m glad you liked this, Nina!

  • I definitely need to do my brows before leaving the house as well, otherwise they are nonexistent, lol. However I’m actually terrible with thin brows pencils as I find them more difficult to work with. Maybe one day when I get better at drawing brows I’ll check out the NYX Microbrow, it sounds like a great affordable product!

    Jenny | Geeky Posh

    • Sam

      Thin brow pencils take some work! I thought they would be relatively easy considering all the YouTubers I watch use them but honestly I have to use a few different products to get the look I want!

  • Talina

    Ooo, I totally need to get these products! xo

    • Sam

      They’re really great!

  • Man.. I really wish I could work with brow pencils, this dupe looks great.. I can’t leave the house either without my brows a bit in shape but always opt for a powder product and keep old mascara wands as spoolies, they work wonders! x

    Sam Hodgett || Beauty, Food & Lifestyle

    • Sam

      Powder is my bread and butter, it always does the job for me. Old mascara wands are great ideas for spoolies! for me it’s just a matter of getting through the mascara though, haha

  • Prashant

    Great post and great photos too.

    • Sam

      Thank you!

  • I always do my brows but I’ve never actually used pencils before. I always use powder, but I have to give this a try.


    • Sam

      I used to always use powder as well, but pencils were a gamechanger!

  • I really want to try this!!!!!!! It sounds amazing (the NYX one hehe)

    xx Sofia | SOFIAADOT

  • barbiegirl06

    I’m always looking for good new dupes, so thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Sam

      thanks for reading!

  • Laura

    I need to give a try this NYX brow pencil. I usually like brow mousses and use one from Tarte, which is amazing x