When it comes to brows, I like to fill in my brows with something that will easily define them and completely hide that sparse haired look. I've used powders, pencils, wax, crayons, you name it, but pomades are definitely my favourite brow formula to use! I'd heard such good things about the NYX Tame & Frame Pomade that I had to give it a try. I've been a huge fan of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade for a long time now and I have two of them in two different shades. I've used them quite a bit now though and they have both got to the stage where they are almost dried out and I have to heat them up if I want a creamy consistency again. I thought that it was a good time to try out a new product, and one that I hoped would be a much more affordable dupe, so I went and got myself the NYX Tame & Frame.
Both products claim to be creamy, smudge proof, waterproof and glide on skin & hair. So I put them both to the test.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade | £15.00
The ABH pomade is definitely in a much more luxurious packaging, but I guess you're getting what you pay for at £15 a pop. I find that these do last you a long time, I've still got two of mine and one was bought well over a year ago, probably about a year and a half ago and it's still got quite a bit of product left in the bottom. They have a huge variety of shades to suit all tones of hair so you're sure to find the perfect match. You get 4g of product which is quite a lot when you don't really need to use that much on a daily basis, to say how long mine has lasted me as well, it's great. For the first few months using a new pot of this, it's gorgeous. It's so creamy and lovely to use and definitely lives up to the claims of being easy to glide on skin & hair. It's a highly pigmented product and it's definitely smudge proof, as someone who suffers with oiliness I can assure you that! Waterproof is a bit of a funny one, I once got caught in a downpour and got absolutely drenched and I had this on my brows, and whilst it didn't run down my face or anything, it was coming off if I touched my brows even the slightest bit. But I mean, how often does that happen? Just don't touch your brows if it's raining, at least the product doesn't drip off or anything so it's not really a problem. Now that both of my ABH pomades have dried out, they are veryyyy hard to use unless I pop them in the microwave for a few seconds, so that's something to consider when you're buying a high end product like this. It will be fine for months, but just beware that it will dry out. If you're happy to just have to heat it up when you want to use it then again it won't really be a problem, but it is a little bit annoying! Overall I do really love this product and for how long it lasts, £15 isn't actually an awful lot of money to spend, so if you want to treat yourself, go for it.
NYX Tame & Frame Brow Pomade | £5.50
Now the NYX pomade isn't as luxurious in its plastic little pot, but it doesn't look awful does it? It's got a clear pot with a black lid, just no pretty rose gold detailing. For £5.50 you can't expect much more than that anyway. I've only recently bought this so I can't really comment on how long it will last, but you do get 5g of product compared to the 4g you get with the ABH pomade. The shade range isn't as extensive, but there is still a shade to suit most tones of hair. I've been using this on a daily basis and it's super creamy and lovely to use, just like the ABH. It's not as pigmented I have to say, in sparse haired areas it does require a little more build up but that's not a massive problem. If you don't like your brows to be super filled in and defined that probably wouldn't bother you anyway. I do find this product to be quite smudge proof but it doesn't dry as quickly as the ABH does and you have to wait a while for it to set. Again, not really a big problem, especially if you don't leave your brows until last and you can just get on with your eye makeup or whatever like I do. I can't judge it on how waterproof it is as I haven't been caught in the rain when wearing it but if it sets and is pretty smudge proof, I can imagine it won't be much different from the ABH, probably just a little bit wet to the touch. I have noticed that as I've dipped into the centre of the product, it's starting to dry out a little and isn't as creamy as it is on the top, but I noticed that with my ABH pomade too. If you're having to use a bit more product because of the pigmentation then this probably won't last as long as the ABH pomade, but I still think it will last a pretty lengthy amount of time for the price it costs. If you want to get yourself a good brow pomade but don't want to spend too much, then the NYX pomade is definitely the best drugstore one to go for. I highly recommend.
Overall, I think if I can afford to or want to treat myself, I will go for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade, as it's a lot more luxurious, pigmented and just generally really lovely to use. They also have a far better shade range if you want something spot on. However for an everyday product, I think I'll use the NYX Tame & Frame Brow Pomade as it is practically just as good with just needing a little more build up in certain areas. I actually bought the NYX Pomade in a much lighter colour than my ABH and I think that's why I've been loving using it a lot more rather than for the formula. Even though I define them quite a lot, my brows look a lot more natural in a lighter shade, so if I want to pick up the ABH again, I'll be going for a much lighter shade than the two I already have.
Example of my brows filled in with the NYX Tame & Frame Pomade in Brunette.
Any of you guys tried both of these brow pomades? Which do you prefer?