Friday, 24 June 2016

SAVE VS. SPLURGE: NYX BROW POMADE VS. ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS DIPBROW

During the course of the last year or so, Anastasia Beverly Hills has come out of nowhere and taken the world of beauty by storm- and still continues to do so! First it was the almighty Dipbrow Pomade that beauty bloggers everywhere couldn't wait to get their hands on, then the cream contour kit that became like gold dust, the liquid lipsticks, and most recently- the elusive 'Glow Kits'. Can Anastasia do NO wrong?!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade
And in short, no. She can't. In the hundreds of hours I have spent online reading beauty product reviews, I have not seen ONE that slams ABH products. I don;t even care that I am paying £15 for a tiny pot of wax, because it lasts ages and it is SO worth it. The only negative is that they are STILL not available to purchase in UK stores. Hmph. YEAH I know, you can get them online at BeautyBay and Cult Beauty, but when my roots are growing at 50000mph, I'm gonna need a completely different shade of Dipbrow than when I've just had a fresh colour. You feel me?

Naturally, when every woman and her dog are obsessing over eyebrow pomade, other brands are going to follow suit. This brings me to the NYX Tame & Frame Tinted Brow Pomade. I was at the stage with my ABH Dipbrow where I was LITERALLY scraping the barrel, so when I popped into my nearest Boots after work to pick up £40 worth of things I definitely didn't go in for, and more to the point, didn't NEED (we've all been there!) I noticed the NYX version on the stand for an absolute steal at £5.50. I had a night out planned for the following day, so rather than scrape 1mg of ABH out and hope for the best, in true beauty blogger style I picked one up to review. Unfortunately the NYX Pomades only come in five shades, but on the plus side they were physically in front of me so I could try them out. Swings and roundabouts. I ended up going for 'Chocolate'.

NYX Tame & Frame Pomade
And I was surprisingly impressed! Well, when I say surprisingly, I am OBSESSED with the NYX matte lip cremes so I kinda have a soft spot for the brand anyway, but still, they look pretty identical! I applied it with my ABH large synthetic duo brush and although they were a little lighter than usual as you can see in the photo- I was digging it! It isn't as pigmented as ABH so I felt like I need to use the remains of my ABH Pomade in 'medium brown' to line the underneath of my brows to make them a little more defined, but I think I could have easily done this if I had picked up the NYX 'Espresso' or 'Brunette'.

Like every brand, there are pro's and con's. I would say the main competition with these two would be that ABH is available in 11 colours, however a little on the pricier side at £15 and not available in UK stores. NYX- available in UK stores, absolute BARGAIN, however only comes in 5 shades.


For £5.50 though- can you really complain?! ABH, I will always love you, but until I can physically shop your products I think I will be raiding my local NYX stands a lot more frequently.
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2 comments:

  1. Ahh I wondered whether any of these cheaper versions could live up to the wonder that is Dip Brow! I'm going to HAVE to give this a try.


    Claire | Vanity Claire xx

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  2. I've been waiting for a comparison review on these two products, so thank you for saving the day haha! Like you, I adore my Dipbrow and although my first (and only) pot of it has lasted me well over a year and a half, it'd be nicer to own a cheaper alternative.
    I'll have to head back to my local NYX counter and check out the shades! x

    Kathryn | Chapters of Kat

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