Brow Drama – Brow Gel Beauty Review

Brows – they can make or break your overall look.  Wouldn’t you agree?  It seems the trend right now is a thicker, fuller brow but if your brows are a little ‘sparse’ what’s a girl to do?  I say – Fake it till you make it…

I tried out a few brow gel products to see which worked best for me and I wanted to see if a drug store brand could replace some of the higher end brow gels on the shelves – plus I just had my brows tamed at the salon so they are ready for their close-up.

Brow gels are meant to be a quick and easy way to ramp up your brows (in place of an eye brow pencil).  I do love the convenience of the brow gel – I never leave house without my brows out of place so the gel is perfect for the 5 minute face.

Stepping up to the test task are:  Anastasia Brow Gel ($29) • Benefit Gimme Brow Gel ($26) • Maybelline Brow Drama($12)

Anastasia Clear Brow Gel ImageThe first brow gel I bought was the Anastasia Clear Brow Gel (this was back in the day when brow gels weren’t tinted).  With this gel I could either work my magic with an eyebrow pencil first and then sculpt and set my brows with the clear gel or I would use the clear gel on the fly and just use it to set my ‘natural brow’.  Very versatile depending on how I was feeling or how much time I had that day.  The gel applies evenly and I did not experience any clumping on the applicator brush.  I have to admit that since I have purchased the color tinted gels that the clear gel is not my gel of choice anymore.  The color tints are much quicker and give me the look I want in one step.

Benefit Gimme Brow ImageThe second brow gel I bought was the Benefit Gimme Brow.  Yes I always get caught up in the Benefit beauty hype – but the Gimme Brow did not disappoint.  The Gimme brow is a brow-volumizing gel – which means that you brows will be the star of the show and appear more full – right on trend.
This gel is pretty darn good: • applies in seconds • small brush applicator definitely gives brows a fuller appearance • good color match for my brows.  The only downside I could possibly mention is the applicator brush does tend to get clumpy with product after a few uses. With the product gathering on the brush it does make it a little trickier to evenly apply the gel without having to ‘touch up’ uneven application on my brows.  I also find that if I let my brows get a little ‘wild’ in between waxing appointments the Gimme Brow is not usually my choice to touch up my brows, as it adds too much volume to my already voluminous brow line.

Maybelline Brow Drama ImageThe third brow gel I bought was the Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara . I bought this to try mainly for the drug store brand pricing. Oh yeah- and the application brush intrigued me with it’s ball shape tip – I’m so easily amused. Maybelline does not advertise this product as a brow gel – it is a brow mascara and I  have to say the product does kinda work like a mascara.  The brow mascara does not really add any fullness or  volume to my brows – it mostly adds color and shapes the brow that I have already.  I do like the applicator brush with it’s little ball on the tip – it allows me to really shape and contour my brows in a way that the Gimme Brow brush does not.  I have not experienced any clumping on the Maybelline brush – mostly because the consistency of the Brow Drama is more gel like than the Benefit.

As with anything – you can buy several varieties of a product for the same ‘body part’ and each will perform a little differently based on what their claim to fame is.  It really depends on what loving attention that your brow needs.  I am a Maybelline Brow Drama fan and user – it is now my go-to brow pick me up on a daily basis.  The Maybelline price point is fantastic, compared to the Benefit and Anastasia gels, and I am getting the brow look I want.

So step away from your eyebrow pencils and find a brow gel that works for you.  You won’t regret it.

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Sample Sunday – Benefit Ultra Plush Lip Gloss Beauty Review

Here we go – Sample Sunday – My favorite day of the week to share with you. This weeks sample is glam and glossy…in a not over the top, look at the those sweet sticky lips kinda way.  Nope this weeks sample is a very nice understated way to keep those lips sweet and pretty.

Benefit’s Ultra Plush Lip Gloss is well…a bit of lip luxury. The color sample I received is Sugarbomb (a shimmery pink nude) and the gloss color and gloss itself is a winner for me – Little Miss Pick and Choose My Products with a tiny bit of skepticism. Benefit is usually a company that can do no wrong for me as whenever I have tried a Benefit product I normally have good results and the lip gloss is no different.

When I try any new lip gloss I always marvel at how far gloss products have come.  I remember the days of goopy, sticky lip gloss that looked three dimensional on your lips and if by some unlucky twist of fate you got your hair stuck in your gloss you were stuck (literally) with sticky glossy hair for the rest of the day.  Thankfully this is not the case with Benefit’s gloss.  The lip gloss was easy to apply with it’s basic lip gloss squeeze and go tip and the results looked fantastic.  The Sugarbomb color was perfect and most likely the color I would have purchased if I had seen the gloss in the store.  The color takes on the hue of your natural lip color and adds a tint of the pink to make a very nice flattering color with a hint of shimmer on the lip.  As well as providing a nice color the gloss itself is quite moisturizing and lasts a couple of hours.

I’ve got no arguments on this one – it’s fabulous – my only dilemma is…should I keep this sample in my purse or on in my make-up kit.  Now that’s a dilemma every girl should have.

Benefit Ultra Plush Lip Gloss collage