Anastasia Brow Powder Duo, Brow Wiz, and Tinted Brow Gel in Granite Review & Swatches

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My natural brows are so thin and sparse so I'm always looking for brow products that would help fill in the sparse areas without looking unnatural or too drawn-in. I have tried more than a handful of what's available in the market but I always come back to the tried-and-true Anastasia. :)

Anastasia Brow products in Granite

Anastasia Brow products in Granite

Shown in the picture above are brow products from Anastasia in shade Granite. From top to bottom: Mini Duo Brush in #7, Brow Powder Duo, Brow Wiz, and Tinted Brow Gel. I'll be reviewing each product separately and will show you the completed brow look at the end of the post. I will not review the brush because it's simply a duo brush with an angled brush on one end and a spoolie on the other. I choose the Granite family because it blends most naturally with my black hair. It's cool-toned, with a little bit of gray, taupe, and an ashy tone to it which is what I prefer for my brows.

Brow Powder Duo

The compact is pretty small and comes with a mirror. I adore the elegant rose gold emboss of the brand's logo on the lid but the shiny surface seems to attract fingerprints too easily. There are two shades of brow powder in side, one is lighter and one is darker. I like to use the lighter shade in the front of the brows and the darker shade towards the tail. You can customize the two shades to make your own gradient color as well. I find the powder to be a little hard and dry in texture which can be a good thing. Drier texture means better staying power especially on the oily skin around my brows. Both shades are moderately pigmented and in fact, they go on slightly sheer when used a light hand. The colors are completely buildable, though, and the two shades blend well together.

Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Granite

Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Granite

Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Granite

Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Granite

Brow Wiz

The pencil comes in the skinniest packaging I've ever seen and at first I thought it was going to be awkward to maneuver. However, it's actually really comfortable to hold in the hand. It's lightweight but still well-balanced. The small, fine tip allows for precise application while the included spoolie on the other end helps soften harsh edges and distribute color into the hair. One thing about the pencil is, if you have a lot of sparse areas, it may take time to completely fill in the entire brows. I always use the pencil in combination with the powder — line with the pencil and fill in with the powder.

Anastasia Brow Wiz in Granite

Anastasia Brow Wiz in Granite

Tinted Brow Gel

I find Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel to be one of the best brow gels on the market simply because it's richly pigmented and the brush is big enough to groom the entire brow in just a few swipes. The gel texture holds brows in place by offering a flexible, medium hold without being too crunchy (it's still a little crunchy if you touch the hair). It is non-sticky and dries down quickly to a natural-looking and flake-free finish. I have re-purchased the brow gel quite a few times already and I find that, when you open a new tube, the brush tends to pick up a little too much product, so wipe off the excess first before application to prevent the brows from looking “wet” and “bunched up”.

Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in Granite

Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in Granite

Mini Duo Brush #7

Anastasia Mini Duo Brush in #7

Anastasia Mini Duo Brush in #7

Longevity

None of the products is waterproof so if you have bangs (like I do), they may rub off some of the product as the day goes on. If you have oily skin, it may loosen the product as well. To fix this, I usually apply a little bit of eye primer underneath and it seems to help extend the longevity a bit. Of the three, the Brow Wiz has the best staying power, followed by the Tinted Brow Gel, and the Brow Powder Duo, respectively.

L-R: Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Granite left half, right half, and mixed, Brow Wiz in Granite, and Tinted Brow Gel in Granite

L-R: Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Granite left half, right half, and mixed, Brow Wiz in Granite, and Tinted Brow Gel in Granite

My brow routine using Anastasia brow products

I outline/shape my brows starting from the bottom half and extend to the tail using Brow Wiz. Then I draw the top arch and connect the lines at the tail. Next, I fill in with the Brow Powder Duo — the lighter shade in the front, and the darker shade towards the tail using the Mini Duo Brush. I complete with the Tinted Brow Gel to hold hairs in place. I also groom the hairs during application of each step with a spoolie to blend the colors and soften the edges. Occasionally I also apply a concealer around the edges to clean up and add definition.

Wearing Anastasia Brow products in Granite

Wearing Anastasia Brow products in Granite

If you find black too harsh or unnatural-looking and brown too red/too warm, definitely check out Granite. I personally think it's the perfect shade for me and anyone who has dark or black hair. :) How do you do your brows? What's your favorite formula and shade?

BUY ▶ Brow Powder Duo US$23 | Sephora ● Brow Wiz US$21 | Sephora ● Tinted Brow Gel US$22 | Sephora ● Mini Duo Brush #7 US$18 | Nordstrom

18 Comments So Far & Counting!


 
  • Sunny says:

    Hey Jaa, thanks for sharing the thoughts about these! I used to use eyeshadow, until I realized powder doesn’t adhere so well to bare skin, and my brows are really really sparse (I also need to extend it a bit in the front, which powder doesn’t seem to do too well). Then I found Hourglass Soft Brunette, and it’s been a happily ever after! I love the shape of this one because I can fill my brows in rather quickly, and it never creates harsh lines. Also, the shade really gives me the brows I was supposed to be born with. Not too dark, not too brown, not too anything!

    • Jaa says:

      Oh I’m a big fan of the Hourglass Soft Brunette, too! It’s actually the one I reach for when I’m pressed for time. I just love its slightly powdery texture and the color, just like you said, perfect color for natural-looking brows every time. :D

  • Jeannie says:

    I find the majority of brown brow products to be too red, and even though I have some red undertones in my natural hair colour it still looks strange. I’m currently loving NYX’s Push-Up Bra, the brown brow pencil suits me and the other end has a pinky highlight shade, good for lazy days (everyday lol). However the only reason I bought it was because I previously purchased their Auto Eyebrow Pencil in Medium Brown and it was soo red, แดงมาาาก!

    • Jaa says:

      I agree with you, Jeannie! Browns tend to look too red for my taste (and my hair). Gotta love the name “Push-Up Bra”! How did they come up with that for a brow product I wonder?! LOL

      I like how you add a little bit of Thai in your comments — so cute! :D

      • Jeannie says:

        I guess it does sort of give the illusions of “pushing” brows “up” but it’s still a strange name haha! I went to an international school in Bangkok so my Thai isn’t as good as it should be แต่ต้องฝึกซ้อมเพราะภาษาไทยยากมาก :)

  • Sylirael says:

    I’m in a bit of a brow product experimental phase at the moment! I’m using an eyeshadow that works quite well (Lancome Tres Chocolat), but I like the little brow powder duo you’ve reviewed here!

    Now to figure out if/where you can get Anastasia here in NZ…

    • Jaa says:

      I wish all makeup products would be available everywhere so we can all enjoy! I know a lot of my Thai friends back home who want to try so many products that I review but they are just not available there! And not only that, they also have ridiculous mark up, too! >.<

      • Sylirael says:

        Hehe, don’t get us started on the markup, LOL (runs away from $56 MAC lipstick)

        Still, it makes you appreciate brands like Urban Decay more, which we can access totally legitimately, with all sales and benefits, from the actual UD website (with YouShop). I wish more brands would do stuff like that!

  • Your brows look fantastico! I’ve been very curious about the Brow Wiz! Thank you for the good insights. :)

  • Erin says:

    Luckily I don’t need to do anything to my brows! This looks great on you though!

  • Rae says:

    Hi! This is awesome, I’ve been deciding which brow product to buy. My eyebrow hairs are dark, coarse, and dense so if I put a something brown, it’ll look like brown brows with black hair sticking out. I just want something for definition.

    I might have to pass on the dip brow pomade. I think the powder one is better + the brow gel.

    • Jaa says:

      Hey Rae! Powder (or pencil) + brow gel is the most natural-looking in my opinion. :) I think the key is to find that perfect color that compliments the color of your brow hair. I have black hair as well and I think Granite suits me really well with its ashy gray tones. :)

      • Rae says:

        I agree! I’ve been searching high and low for brow products used by black-haired women. I currently have grey-ish hard pencils but they’re not as easy to control and blend out.

        I almost bought Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade in Ebony, thinking that it’s the darkest.

        I’m really glad I found this post.

  • Maria says:

    This is the most helpful info I have found so far regarding my particular brow issue; I have naturally dark brown hair with cool undertones. My eyebrows are black and almost greenish-grey in the light.

    Brow products with even just the slightest hint of warmth or chocolate make me look ill. Incredible how brows can make such a difference!

    Your suggestion to try ashy shades and the Anastasia products in ‘Granite” works out great for me.

    Thanks for the post!

    P.s I love your overall look

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