No matter how much time I have to get ready in a morning, there is always one step I can never leave the house without completing - my brows. I'm a lover of really strong defined brows, but as I've been lightening my hair I've found myself having to adjust my brow routine to be a lot softer and lighter.
Naturally I have very fine, blonde brows. When my hair was dark (practically black) it was easy to just whack on some MAC Espesso powder and not even have to worry about what my actual brows looked like underneath. Now I've switched to lighter shades my actual brows are a lot more prominant, and so I've been on a 'brow mission' to get them, quite literally, back into shape.
I've been leaving them to grow out, only plucking hairs that are no where near where I want my eventual thinkness to be. I've also been trimming them - brushing them upwards with a spoolie and trimming hairs that go above the top of my brow line. But my biggest issue is that I have 'downward brows', i.e. the hairs in by brows grow down towards the arch. This means it's always a struggle to get my brows looking even remotely presentable. So I scoured the blogosphere for a good brow gel and I finally settled on the Illamasqua Brow and Lash Gel.
I've been told this gel is like 'superglue for your eyebrows', and that it keeps your brow hairs locked in place all day. My initial worries were that it would be visible on my brows and that it might leave clumps, like mascara can do on lashes. Thankfully these worries were put to rest as the product really does live up to it's rave reviews as being one of the best lash gels on the market today.
The product is a clear gel, which personally I prefer as I feel coloured brow gels can sometimes be more visible. You get 8ml of product for £11.50 (I got it slightly cheaper as the Illamasqua website have a 10% loyalty discount) compared to the 8ml for £12.50 that you get with MAC Brow Set - so price wise it's cheaper than it's most obvious competitor. The applicator spoolie isn't too big, so you don't feel like you're loading your brows up with product. It sets clear and most importantly it doesn't set clumpy or shiny - it's literally undetecable.
It's certainy a strong gel, you do feel a bit like someone is pulling your brows up at first, but once you get use to it it's not really noticable. Over all it does what it promises to do, which is to "create flawlessly finished brows" and "to hold your look in place."
[On my natural brows]
Worth the hype?
Yes! It is a really great, not too expensive product that will keep your brows tamed and controled. In my opinion it is the best brow gel I've ever used, and definitely trumps MAC Brow Set by a mile!
What are your experiences with brow gels/waxes? Which ones would you recommend?