TOP 5 | Brow GelsMonday, August 24, 2015
The say eyes are the window to the soul, but equally as important is those furry things above them - your brows. The day I started filling and shaping my brows is one I will never forget (so dramatic right?) and since then I've not looked back. The way you shape and define your brows really gives your face more shape, dimension and it also pulls together any makeup look straight away, making it look more polished and put together.
I am definitely a lover of pencils for my brows, and then I always use a brow gel to soften the colour, set them in place and create the illusion of more hairs than there might be. Here are my Top 5 brow gels (in no particular order...)
BENEFIT Gimme Brow Brow Volumising Fibre Gel in Light/Medium | NZD $45.00 [via. Smith & Caugheys]
If you have relatively thin brows, or want a brow gel that is more targeted and precise - this is the one for you! I did a full review of this ages ago now (see it here) and it shows my brows with and without it. Personally I prefer to use a pencil to shape my brows, as I find if you don't have a naturally good shape it doesn't give them a completely polished look if you just use this on its own. But used in conjunction this really helps to beef up the brows, and it does a great job at volumising the hairs too. The wand is absolutely tiny as you can, so it gives you a lot more control then the others that I have featured. I know my Mum really loves this product, and finds it easy and simple to use (for someone who isn't as makeup obsessed like me!)
BLINC Fountain Of Youthful Colour Eyebrow Mousse in Dark Brunette* | NZD $39.95 [available at selected beauty salons]
I have only just cracked into this brow mousse and from the first time I used it I absolutely loved it! This has a much larger wand (when compared to Gimme Brow), and is basically mascara for your brows. This has a heck load of pigment to it and it really works well to add more colour to the brows, whilst also setting them in place, with a waterproof and long wearing formula. I find this formula grabs on to each individual brow hair so it aids in making them look thicker and more natural. There are nine different shades as well, a lot more than the Benefit and Maybelline options, and hopefully something to work for everyone.
MAYBELLINE Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara in Dark Brown | NZD $14.95 [via. Beauty Bliss]
I've harped on about this plenty of times before, and it was part of the new drop of products from Maybelline in July, and it is pretty darn good. The wand on this one is very unusual looking, and is causing people to either love it or hate it (I've even seen people cutting the ball part off and using the slimmer part of the wand). I personally like it, you get good control when using it and it helps to keep the product on the brow hairs rather than on the skin (which can happen with the blinc one especially). This doesn't have as much colour pigment to it like the blinc offering, but once your brows are filled in with your choice of pencil, gel, pomade etc, running this through in quick swipes will set the hairs without making them feel hard and chunky, and give more definition to your existing hairs.
AUSTRALIS Extender Lash & Brow* | NZD $16.50 [via. Beauty Bliss]
On a regular basis I do tend to reach for tinted brow gels, but there are time when I just want a quick fix and a clear brow gel (or simply, a clear mascara) does the job perfectly. If you already have quite naturally full brows (I envy you) then a clear one is probably all you need to keep any unruly hairs in place. This one from Australis was once clear (I know it looks pretty disgusting here), but it does a good job at setting the hairs in place and it doesn't feel to crusty or look to obvious in the brows.
BILLION DOLLAR BROWS Brow Gel* | NZD $30.00 [via. Beauty Bliss]
If you really want to splash out on a clear brow gel, I definitely suggest BDB. Although I don't think you need to spend this much on a clear brow gel, it is rather nice and it doesn't feel at all stiff, thick or crusty once set down. I got this as part of a Best Sellers kit (see it here) and it's really good value for money buying it this way.
What is your favourite brow gel? Have you used any of my Top 5?
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