Benefit Cosmetics have launched a few hyped products lately but Gimme Brow is the one that caught my eye the most. As you should know by now I probably care about my brows most out of all the things on my face. Realistically, I didn’t need either of the products pictured as I’m still going strong with my latest of many Anastasia Brow Wiz pencils (although typing that has probably jinxed me and it will run out tomorrow). I couldn’t resist giving them a go, however.
Australis Tint My Brow brow tint in Blonde
This was about $16 from Farmers, so I thought I’d give it a go before I committed to the much more expensive Gimme Brow. I chose to get it in blonde because I’ve been using a blonde brow pencil to fill in my brows for a little while now, as I wasn’t liking how dark my eyebrows looked. Turns out that was a mistake, which looking back isn’t that surprising. The product acts very much like mascara in that it coats the hairs in pigment, and is very much like coloured mascara in that putting a light coloured pigment over dark hairs just doesn’t work very well. It’s just visible enough to make the hairs look a weird colour. Lesson learned. Other gripes with this one: the wand is way too big to get any kind of precise application through the brows. It’s also probably too light for Harriet to use, so it’s just currently taking up space after being used once. Anyone want it?
Benefit Gimme Brow in Medium/Dark
I bought this from Sephora via PriceUSA, but for New Zealand readers, the link above is to Smith & Caugheys, where you can buy it for $41 NZD. I learned from my mistake with the Australis one and went for Medium/Dark this time. Gimme Brow is a fibre gel, which in theory sounds like it’s going to create the appearance of hairs where there aren’t any, but unfortunately it can’t really do that. Instead it behaves very similarly to any other brow gel or mascara, coating the hairs that are already there. For this reason, it’s great if you’ve already got dense brows and a shape you’re happy with. The tiny brush wand gives you a really precise application through your existing brow hair. You can’t use it to apply pigment to the skin under or around your brow hairs, however, so most people will have to use a pencil or powder first. I use it after my Brow Wiz or filling in with MAC Espresso, and it’s really good as a final step to bring a natural texture back to your eyebrows and for setting them in place.
This (washed out, sorry, it was very sunny) photo is from last weekend at the MUO meetup, with my friend Bronwyn. I filled in my brows with the Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Ash and then went over the top with Gimme Brow. In fact, I think she might have used Gimme Brow too. (Edit: she just confirmed she also used the Brow Wiz then Gimme Brow! #twins)
The winner in this battle is definitely Gimme Brow, but it hasn’t won my heart completely. Plus, I got my brows threaded a week or so ago and now I feel I really need to do some filling in before I go in with the gel. I’ll post about my threading experience soon. Tell me in the comments if you’ve used Gimme Brow and how you feel about it!