One of my favorite elements of doing my make up is doing my brows. I have been blessed with quite a good case of brows if you ask me, so they don’t need that much work. However, I do suffer from the bare patch here and there and my brows do not have a very uniform color. In some parts they are a bit lighter and sparse than others. To create a more sculpted brow, I like filling them in, which I usually do with the Soap & Glory Archery brow pencil. Lately, however, brow pomades are all the rage. It all started with the Anastasia dipbrow, but NYX do a much more affordable option, which I picked up to give a try.
NYX Tame & Frame Tinted Brow Pomade in 03 Brunette
The reason why I picked up the NYX rather than the Anastasia version is because I wasn’t sure how much I would be using such a product. It seems to be ideal for people with less of a brow game going on and since I already have a reasonable amount of brow I don’t see myself reaching for this all that often. That’s why I decided to go with a more affordable option. If I end up loving this stuff, I can always look into getting the more expensive version.
The brow pomade comes in a simple box that boasts a lot of information. From a how to use in 4 different languages, to a list of ingredients and a color swatch. The instructions on how to use this seem quite straightforward. You simply apply it with an angled brush, brush through your brows with a spoolie or old and clean mascara wand and you should be good to go. The NYX Tame & Frame retails for $7.00, 5.50 pounds, or €11.95.
The jar itself is lightweight and fuss free. The lid simply unscrews and you can see the color through the plastic of the compact. The plastic has a matte finish which makes this looks a bit more chic.
The shade I bought is 03 Brunette. Blonde was too light for me and shade number 2, called chocolate, was sold out. So I took a gamble and bought this shade instead. Since I have fairly dark brows already, I can get away with a darker brow than what I usually do, but I do find it can make me look a tad too strict and severe. There are 5 shades in total (of which espresso and black are the two darkest shades).
The shade ended up being quite spot on. In the pan you can see this already pulling away from the sides, so I am wondering how long it will take for this to completely dry up and no longer be of use. It appears to be quite a taupe colored ashy brown shade, which is what I usually go for in my brow shades. Judging by these pictures I didn’t think this would too dark for me after all.
Swatched on my arm the color seems a bit more warm toned and reddish than in the pan, but only slightly so. This looks like a very workable brow product to me color wise. The texture is very creamy and as you can see in these swatches the color payoff is intense and with a brush, you can create very precise, thin lines, which I think is a must for a product like this.
Nothing on my brows
Shaped & filled in with NYX Tame & Frame brow pomade
Added Maybelline Brow Drama brow gel in dark blonde
But you just never know how a product works until you apply it to your face. Here you can see a 3-step process going from ‘no brow’ to ‘all brow’. The middle picture shows you the effect of just the brow pomade. I only applied it very lightly, as I found that it is very easy to apply a tad too much. You certainly have to brush through your brows after applying it as the lines can be a tad too stark after you first apply this. The brush I use to apply this by the way is an angled eyeliner brush by Essence which is super flimsy and thin, which I think is perfect for creating natural looking flicks of color in your brow.
I find the Tame & Frame nicely fills in the sparse patches of my brow and gives is a bit more shape. The color suits my brows perfectly, but I did find this product a little too much work. A brow pencil makes for a quick and easy brow, whereas this requires a lot of patience and precision from your brush strokes to create a natural look. What I did find is that with this product your brows last so much longer. This product will not budge once it is on, so if you’re looking for a brow product that will give you a good brow until you take off your make up, then this is for you.
As a conclusion I can say that I like this product, but it isn’t something I will be using every day. It requires more work, but that effort will give you a budge proof brow that will stay on all day. I like wearing this product when I know I have a party or when I am looking to create a stronger brow look. To say this is a musthave? No, not for me, but if you need a bit more brow in your life, then I can see this being a staple in your make up stash.
What products do you use for your brows?