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Anastasia Brow Wiz VS. Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil


I’m pleased to present the final edition of my four part brow pencil comparison, where I search for a dupe of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Dark Brow. So far, after comparing it to the NYX Micro Brow Pencil, the Colourpop Brow Pencil, and the Sephora Collection Retractable Brow Pencil, I don’t quite feel like I’ve stumbled upon a real dupe, though all are respectable products.

Though I never intended to when I began this series, here I take a look at the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Dark Brunette. Admittedly an unfair comparison.

Catch up on the series:

Part 1: Anastasia Brow Wiz VS. NYX Micro Brow Pencil
Part 2: Anastasia Brow Wiz VS. Colourpop Brow Pencil
Part 3: Anastasia Brow Wiz VS. Sephora Retractable Brow Pencil

Before we discuss the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil, let’s review the pros and cons of the ABH Brow Wiz.


  • Smooth application
  • Perfect level of pigmentation for a natural looking brow (can be built up for greater intensity)
  • Long-wearing formula
  • Double ended packaging includes spoolie to brush product through brows
  • Line features extensive shade range


  • Packaging cracks and breaks easily (my spoolie has broken off of three different pencils and I ended up buying a MAC 204 brush, which defeats the purpose of a dual-ended brow product; the caps also crack and do not stay on the pencil or spoolie securely over time)
  • Considering unreliable packaging, price is a bit high ($27 CAD)

I admit: the Hourglass Arch Brow more closely resembles the Anastasia Brow Definer than the Brow Wiz, so it’s not exactly fair to pit it against the Brow Wiz in my search for a dupe. What drew me to this product, however, was the amazing cost per ounce compared to all of the other brow pencils I’d used.

  • Anastasia Brow Wiz: $27 for 0.003 oz = $9000/oz
  • NYX Micro Brow Pencil: $15 for 0.003 oz = $5000/oz
  • Sephora Retractable Brow Pencil: $16 for 0.003 oz = $5333/oz
  • Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil: $40 for 0.014 oz = $3076/oz

Let’s also take a look the ABH Brow Definer, which has a multi-edge pencil as well:

  • Anastasia Brow Definer: $30 for 0.007 oz = $4285/oz

As you can see, the Hourglass pencil is the most expensive but offers the lowest price per ounce — by quite a margin. It’s in sturdy, luxe packaging, and feels heavy in your hand; the spoolie end is dense and awesome. Hourglass offers nine shades of Brow Arch, and the range seems to cover the spectrum between platinum blonde and black.

L-R: Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil, Sephora Collection Retractable Brow Pencil, Colourpop Black N’ Brown Pencil, NYX Micro Brow Pencil, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz.

I don’t love this triangular shaped pencil, since it dulls with use and literally renders it pointless. When you’re used to a more defined point like the Brow Wiz, there’s a bit of a learning curve in achieving the same level of precision with the Hourglass pencil. I’ve decided to harness this drawback, turning to the Arch Brow when I need a quick, imprecise deposit of colour on minimal makeup days. Little bit of Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil with some brow gel? Don’t mind if I do.


Most noteworthy, the colour of this pencil is the real win for me — it has a similar depth of colour and coolness of undertone as the Brow Wiz in Dark Brown. If it had a smaller pointed pencil like the Brow Wiz, this would be the ultimate dupe. For now I’m happy to alternate between the Brow Wiz and the Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil according to my level of lethargy.

Unfortunately across this series, I was unable to find an exact dupe for the ABH Brow Wiz.

If my current Brow Wiz pencil breaks as my first three did, I will simply refuse to purchase another. I’d contentedly move on to the Sephora Retractable Brow Pencil (along with my MAC 204 spoolie brush), and keep it in rotation with the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil for lazy days. If I absolutely had to, I’d choose the NYX Micro Brow Pencil next. The Colourpop Black N’ Brown Pencil…is a pass.

Marcelle and Smashbox make possible Brow Wiz dupes, and there must be something comparable by Benefit (there is). Regardless, I think I must put a rest to my searching for now.

If you’ve found a good dupe for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, let me know in the comments below.


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