Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Eyebrow Gel: Worth It?

I’m really glad Play! By Sephora included this cult classic in one of the monthly boxes. People who are new to makeup may be asking themselves, “What’s the big deal with eyebrow gel?”

Well, as a gal with unruly brows, let me tell you that this can be your best friend, especially now that brows are so important and the bushy boy brow is all the rage.

img_4195
Such a simple product that’s a necessity, IMO

So really, what’s all the fuss about?

If you’re like me and your brows have a mind of their own, this is your new best friend. Yes, I understand that the fact that Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel runs $22.00 for the full size is off putting. But honestly, this stuff is like super glue for your brows without feeling like hairspray on the face.

Lately, I’ve been doing the bushy brow technique where I brush brow gel through my hairs in the reverse direction and then taking a brow brush to arrange the hairs that look out of place. It’s a great way to get the runway boy brow without looking crazy in real life. The ABH clear brow gel has been great for me, because it keeps my work in place through a full day, including 2 hours of working out. The rest of my makeup may be faded but at the end of the day my brow hairs are still in place.

Alright, I can admit that if you have very sparse brows that easily stay in place, this probably isn’t the product from you. I can safely say you can pass on this and be alright. You’re better off just investing in a tinted brow gel and some brow powder to get a polished, but full brow. You can find great brow products at both high end and more affordable prices (personally, I love Essie’s brow gel, if you need more cool toned shades).

I’ve been on the search, but I just can’t find an affordable alternative that does for me what ABH does. If I could I would, but for now I’d say this is a purchase worth your money. Plus, it lasts a really long time before it either dries out or gets gross.

Bottom line: Yes, it’s just a clear brow gel. Yes, you’re paying over $20. But honestly, if you have unruly brows that don’t stay in place, this is worth while.

Boxycharm Review: The Brow Gal Clear Brow Gel

image
A good brow gel is a must.

One of the basics I recommend every person keep in their makeup stash is a good brow gel. Be it tinted or clear, brow gels are great for keeping the brows groomed and unruly hairs at bay.

My brow hair tend to be unruly, so I absolutely need a brow gel to keep my brows from looking askew. (And yet, I still have one unruly hair that, no matter what, is always slightly out of place. Oh, well).

They’re also great to wear as a clear mascara, if you don’t really like wearing makeup, but want to curl and set your lashes. When I was first allowed to wear makeup in middle school, my mom let me buy a clear brow gel from CoverGirl, which I loved to death. It’s a great option for middle school/high schoolers who want to start playing with makeup but don’t want to wear anything heavy. I’m personally a huge advocate for younger teens wearing lighter makeup that enhances the youthful glow and beauty rather than heavier stuff that covers it up. Teens, I’m not kidding, that radiance y’all have doesn’t stick around forever and you’ll be craving it when it starts to disappear (hello, late twenties…).

I personally prefer clear brow gels, since I use either a powder or pencil to take care of filling in any sparse spots. My go to is the one from Anastasia Beverly Hills. However, I more than welcome brow gels in my subscription boxes to use in between purchases.

Boxycharm included this Eyebrow Gel from TheBrowGal by Tonya Crooks (USD $20.00, full size) in one of our boxes. I was stoked, as my latest tube from ABH was starting to get gross. Reading up on this brand, it does remind me a lot of Anastasia Beverly Hills. Tonya Crooks is a celebrity brow and makeup artist who decided to venture out and create her own brand. I can really appreciate that what motivated her was, what she felt, was a lack of eyebrow makeup shades that were able to suite a majority of her products. We can all relate to how it feels when you try a brow product and it’s too ashy, warm, or just an odd color.

The brow struggle is real.

The price also seems fair for what’s being offered. Using ABH’s Brow Gel as a comparison reference point, ABH runs about $22 for 8.5 mL, where as TheBrowGal’s version  is $20 for 5.o mL. So you’re paying $2 less, but getting less product. I’d say the price here is comparable.

image
Good wand.

The bristles from the wand are also the same as I’ve seen on other clear brow gels. It’s a good, sturdy wand that does a fine job of combing the brow hairs into place.

I do like the formula of this brow gel. Like it says in the description, I’d say this gives a medium hold to the brows, which is enough to keep them in place without feeling like super glue. ABH’s is basically superglue for your brows, so if you don’t like how that feels, this might be a good alternative formula.

However, because it does give a medium hold I’d say this is more suited for people whose brows aren’t quite as full. I did find that after several hours wear, some of my more unruly hairs would be slipping out of place. This is something I don’t experience with ABH, which keeps things in place all day long. This didn’t bother me, but it is worth noting for those with harder to work with brows.

image
Great medium hold.

I do love how it felt lightweight on the brows and didn’t leave them feeling super stiff (the drawback of ABH). Also, this was very easy to remove with eye makeup remover. It didn’t take half my brow hairs with it.

Bottom line: This is a really promising introduction to a company that’s new to me. Comparable to the prices you’d pay at Sephora, TheBrowGal’s Brow Gel is a great clear gel option for those looking for a light to medium hold to help set their brows. Because it’s not a stronger hold, those with thicker brows may find that its holding power fades throughout the day. Still, this is absolutely a great product! I’d love to see more from this brand in the future.

If you’d like to subscribe to BoxyCharm, follow the link!