The Two Products That Convinced Me to Switch from Pencils and Powder to Brow Gel

I was formerly a pencil only kind of gal...
Publish date:
July 13, 2016
Benefit, brows, brow gels, Glossier

If there's one thing about my makeup routine that's consistent, it’s that my brows are always done in some manner or another. Up until the last few months, I’d pretty much stuck with pencil or powder, but lately I’ve switched it up and started using — gasp — brow gel (both with and without pomade).

I’ve tried a few different brow gels before but I always thought they just made my eyebrows look patchy. Recently, however, I found two that I like for different reasons:

Benefit Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel

This is new to my collection, and to be honest, I’m not a fan of the packaging — it’s a bit clunky. I do like the product, though, and that’s the most important thing.

This gel doesn’t deposit a lot of color, so I find that it works best on days when I’m not wearing other makeup or my makeup is more natural. The formula is a bit wet, but that gives me a little bit of time to get my brows shaped the way I want them before it sets. It holds them in place well all day, even in spite of the heat and humidity as of late.

Glossier Boy Brow

Although I find Glossier’s “cool girl” marketing to be a bit annoying, I haven’t come across a product yet from them that I don’t like or love. I held off jumping onto the Boy Brow bandwagon — that would be a good country band name — for some time but eventually gave in when I couldn’t find any drugstore formulas that I liked.

This is probably one of my favorite products from Glossier (second only to the Moisturizing Moon Mask). The texture is a bit thicker than most brow gels I’ve tried, and it feels a little like mousse to me. I also feel like it gives my brows a healthy dose of tint so they look well-groomed without having to fill in with pencil first.

This brow gel holds up really — I’ve even worn it in the pool and through a heavy rainstorm without incident.

On a daily basis, I tend to favor a more natural brow, but on occasion, I like to go quite bold. In those cases, I use brow pomade first and then set with gel. I was an Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow devotee for a long time, but when Morgan sent me the Chi Chi Brow Pomade I fell in love! This pomade is heavily pigmented, so a little goes a very long way, but its softer texture doesn’t dry out as fast as Dip Brow.

  • What is your product of choice for brow grooming?
  • Do you prefer a natural or more defined brow look?